How To Detox And Why It's Important For Lyme Patients
Updated: Dec 20, 2018
According to Dr. Mark Hyman (Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/detox-health_b_2140123.html ) "Detox is necessary when the metabolic waste from normal human metabolism, environmental pollution, and what has become known as the Standard American Diet (or SAD) has exceeded the threshold for what the body's innate detoxification system can tolerate." (1)
Detox is good for any person, but especially those that are fighting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Along with Lyme can come mold, heavy metals and other imbalances that can be helped through heavy detox. Below are a few ways to ensure your body is able to function and fight off illness to the best of its ability.
1. Drink lots of water. Lots and lots and lots of water.
- 1 Gallon is preferred for an adult. This flushes out your liver and helps to keep things moving to get rid of toxins in the body. A great tip is to drink a glass of fresh lemon water first thing in the morning!
- This is a very powerful way to remove toxins (and shed fat!). Two of the best ways to sweat are working out and infrared saunas. For your workout, if you can tolerate hot yoga this is an ultimate way to sweat A LOT, detox and get fit. But trust me on this one, you will not want to see anyone you know after this class because you look like you just jumped in a swimming pool with your yoga clothes on... and also you smell.
The infrared saunas are my favorite detox tool! I have an Infrared Sauna in my garage but before I owned one I went to a spa down the street. You can read more about the benefits of the infrared saunas in another blog post HERE.
3. Eat Clean
- Eat plenty of vegetables and eliminate any sugar except for 1-2 servings of low sugar fruits per day. Eat plenty of fiber such as organic brown rice. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.(2)
4. Cleanse and Support Your Liver
- Liver cleansing herbs include dandelion root, burdock, and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.(2)
5. Move your Body
- Yoga is a great way to move your body and is gentle on your joints and muscles. This is personally my favorite. If you are feeling pretty good then taking spin, swimming or any form of exercise is good for the body! Even just going on a short walk or doing stretches from your bed are great options if that is all your body can handle.
6. Dry Brush
- You can find dry brushes at your local health store or online. This is a great way to detox your lymphatic system. Read how to dry brush and more information on why it's so important HERE.
Please consult your doctor before using any health treatment, including natural supplements, and tell your doctor if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medications. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat or cure any disease.