Here are several ways to implement a detoxification program to help your body remove the toxins from the chemotherapy and from the foods you've been eating for the past 20+ years.
Drinking Plenty of Water, Herbal Tea is the most natural way to detox your body after chemotherapy. Make sure your water is filtered to help keep you safe from herbicides, pesticides, and other assorted nasties that our water can often contain. We used to hear that drinking 8 glasses of water per day was essential, however, newer studies have shown that as long as you are sipping away on water all day you are probably getting what you need. Put in a slice of lemon for some additional flavor, cleansing qualities and antioxidant protection. Herbal teas are also wonderful to help the cleansing process, particularly dandelion tea which is a liver tonic.
Juicing organic vegetables and fruits is one of the best ways to fight cancer and provide nourishment to your non-cancer cells. Make sure you have a great juicer though, as not all juicers are designed to keep the living enzymes within your expensive organic produce alive. Live juices can help to heal, rejuvenate, and flush away toxins. Fresh vegetable and fruit juices are the cleansers, energizers, regenerators, and blood builders of the human body. Try any combination of beet (great blood cleanser), kale, spinach, carrot, cucumber, apple, ginger and pineapple (both great anti-inflammatories, so that makes them anti-cancer as well). Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are full of antioxidants and help to cleanse the blood of impurities.
Eating Organic Food helps you to avoid processed and sugar-laden foods as these will not assist the detox process. Eating plenty of organic fruits, vegetables and lean meats like fish or chicken is much more conducive to keeping your system clear of any further toxins. Google “raw food recipes” for some really great suggestions and recipes that appeal to you.
Eating Fiber-rich Foods helps the fiber to grab onto toxins in your digestive tract. Fiber soaks up toxins rather like a sponge, speeds up elimination, helps with cleansing. Natural fiber is available from fruits, vegetables and whole grains, however there are also plenty of fiber products on the market which you could add to your regimen. Get a recommendation from your health food shop or naturopath.
Getting Plenty of Good Quality Protein provides adequate amounts of amino acids and proteins for your body and immune system to function well. Animal studies indicate that the immune system can be significantly compromised with even a 25% reduction in adequate protein intake. Your diet should include foods providing high-quality, complete protein, such as that found in vegetables, whey protein, some grains, cold-water fish and free-range eggs.
Avoiding Sugar and Flour helps your immune system and starves the cancer cells who love glucose. A study done by researchers at Loma Linda University which demonstrated that eating 100g of simple sugars inhibited the ability of neutrophils (a key component of the immune system) to produce certain cells know as phagocytes, which are cells that eat up bacteria, for up to five hours after ingestion.
Use Herbs to assist you in detoxing after chemotherapy and radiation. Milk thistle is a particularly good herb for liver cleansing. Seek the advice of a qualified naturopath before using herbal medicine, however, because they are specifically trained in herbal medicine and since herbs can sometimes have drug interactions you would want the best guidance possible for your particular needs. Also, only use organic herbs and tinctures.
Help Lymphatic System by bouncing on a rebounder (one of those mini trampolines) for 10 minutes a couple of times per day. This helps to get your heart pumping, blood circulating, and lymphatic system working -- all to help flush toxins out of your body. But, it's best to do this before a meal or juicing, however! Walking, cycling, hiking, dancing, yoga, deep breathing exercises – all of these are great to get the body moving and detoxing. Make sure you drink plenty of filtered water after exercising.
Rebuilding Your Immune System is critical especially since your immune system is your first line of defense against cancer and all other diseases, you must rebuild it because the chemotherapy and radiation treatments will have severely damaged the very thing you are relying upon to stay well. Yes, your body may eventually do this on its own, but the process is generally quite slow and we don’t want to give any open doors to stray cancer cells. Ways to build your immune system include eating organic vegetables and fruits, juicing, getting enough quality sleep and exercising daily.
Keeping Chronic Stress Out Of Your Life and Getting Quality Sleep helps for your immune system, and reduces the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. Sleeping helps your immune system recharge. Getting 8 hours of sleep per night optimizes production of HGH (human growth hormone, which helps repair our body). The World Health Organization lists sleep deprivation to be as carcinogenic as cigarettes and asbestos.
Maintaining a Healthy Digestive System helps to improve your overall health and your immune system since your gastrointestinal system contains the largest number of immune cells of your whole body, constituting approximately 60% of your entire immune system. So you can see that having a healthy digestive tract is really important. Ensure that you get any candida treated, take probiotics and digestive enzymes, eat plenty of quality fiber to help keep your digestive tract clean and working well.
Avoiding Antibiotics and Flu Vaccines may be controversial. Antibiotics may be necessary if you have an out-of-control bacterial infection, but they don’t work on viruses and they don’t have any effect on strengthening your immune system. In fact, antibiotics can destroy your immune system. Flu vaccines pose another problem in that the majority of flu vaccines contain 25 mcg of mercury, which is the second most toxic compound on this earth, right behind uranium. You don’t want it in your body.
Taking Wholefood Supplements Only will ensure that you're not consuming heavy metals and other toxins found in synthetic vitamins. However, do not rely on supplements instead of eating whole foods. They're called supplements for a reason.
Detoxing Your Household can be helpful especially if your body and skin care products are laden with toxins which your body is absorbing via your skin. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin or hair. Use organic body products and cosmetics when you are detoxing your body.
Epsom Salt Baths are restorative for several reasons. First, the hot water opens the pores and assists perspiration to take toxins away. Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, and these two minerals help generate enzymes that clean up the body. To make it a totally revitalizing experience, add lavender essential oil for its calming effects, or ginger which also helps to open the pores and is a good natural anti-inflammatory. If you don’t have epsom salts, baking soda is also useful and it helps to neutralize the effects of radiation. This is another place where water filtration is important because if you live in an area where the water is highly chlorinated you are soaking all that chlorine up into your body through the skin. Chlorine and cancer are linked.
Dental Cleanup may be required for the removal of mercury, root canals, and other materials routinely used in conventional dentistry. Read Dr. George Meinig’s article “Root Canal Cover-Up” for more details.
Colonic hydrotherapy can be of assistance not only after chemotherapy but also during to help alleviate the terrible constipation that often results from chemotherapy. Your medical staff may argue the efficacy of chemotherapy but it really helps tremendously. There’s nothing new about colonics – Egyptians were using it for constipation centuries ago. If you're not comfortable about colonics, then, try organic herbal cleanse/detox products such as those offered by HerbDoc.com.
Use Detox Products, Liver Flushes, Kidney Cleansers, Candida Cleanse, etc. but make sure they're organic and come from a reputable company! Also, always detox the colon first, otherwise the toxins eliminated from the liver will become trapped in the colon and be recycled back through the body into the liver again. It is also recommended you undertake a parasite cleanse before detoxing the liver, to avoid feeling sick. Colon cleansing will usually include psyllium, internal cleansing herbs and other natural colon cleansing products and are available from your local health food store. A good intestinal cleansing program will help you get rid of pounds of foul-smelling food debris which may be in your colon. When detoxifying your colon, it is also important to incorporate probiotics in your diet to replenish your intestinal flora.
Note: Other detox methods and substances include: aloe vera/raw honey, bentonite clay, castor oil, coffee enemas, heavy metal chelation, hydrotherapy, sauna (heat/infrared), and zeolite.
What Some Experts Say About Detox
1. "No disease, especially degenerative diseases including cancer and AIDS, could survive longer than a few weeks in the presence of a healthy liver." [Immune Perspectives - Dr Leo Roy MD, ND]
2. "Cancer is a mutation of somatic (body) tissues, caused by chronic damage of the liver. No other stimulus is necessary [for the growth of cancer] than a metabolic toxin which has not passed the liver filter or has not been neutralized - owing to liver failure." [The Liver And Cancer - Dr Kasper Blond]
3. "A good cleansing program should always begin by removing the waste in your colon, the last portion of your food processing chain. If you attempt to clean your liver, blood, or lymph system without first addressing a waste filled bowel, the excreted toxins will only get recycled back into your body." [The Constipation Resource Center]
4. "Proper digestion and elimination are vital to the health of the human body. A healthy colon is essential to these processes, although it is a part of the body that is often ignored." [Immunesupport.com]
Additional Website References for Detox
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The Best Way to Detox - DrAxe.com
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The Correct Way to Detox
|How to Do an 'Armpit Detox' to Prevent Breast Cancer | Natural Society|
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