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DETOX Part 1: Detox body pathways

Detoxifying the body is a process of eliminating or neutralising toxins from the body, promoting overall health and well-being. Toxins can come from various sources, including environmental pollutants, processed foods, medications, and metabolic byproducts. The process ‘to Detox’ aims to support the body’s natural processes in removing these harmful substances, often through the liver and other elimination pathways such as the digestive system, including the small and large intestines.

DETOX Part 1: Detox body pathways

Detox of the body

Detoxifying the body is a process of eliminating or neutralising toxins from the body, promoting overall health and well-being. Toxins can come from various sources, including environmental pollutants, processed foods, medications, and metabolic byproducts.

The process ‘to Detox’ aims to support the body’s natural processes in removing these harmful substances, often through the liver and other elimination pathways such as the digestive system, including the small and large intestines.

Detoxification can involve dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and the use of specific supplements or herbs known for their detoxifying properties. The approach may vary based on individual health conditions and the specific toxins targeted for removal. It’s essential to undertake detoxification practices under professional healthcare guidance to ensure safety and effectiveness.

To Detox – WHY?

Detoxification in the body primarily focuses on eliminating or neutralizing various substances known as toxins. These toxins can come from external sources or be produced internally as byproducts of metabolism. The following list of common areas for toxins’ origins.

Environmental Toxins

Pollution: Air and water pollution introduce heavy metals (e.g., lead, mercury), chemicals (e.g., benzene, toluene), and particulate matter into the body.

Pesticides and Herbicides: Agricultural chemicals can contaminate food and water supplies.

Industrial Chemicals: Exposure to chemicals used in manufacturing and industrial processes (e.g., phthalates, bisphenol A, PCBs) occurs through direct contact or contaminated environments.

Microorganisms: Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites can produce toxins that the body must clear to maintain health.

Dietary Toxins

Processed Foods: Additives, preservatives, artificial colours, and flavour enhancers can introduce harmful substances into the body.

Contaminated Food and Water: Pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and microorganisms can contaminate food and drinking water.

Alcohol and Tobacco: These substances contain numerous toxins and carcinogens that can accumulate in the body.

Lifestyle Factors

Medications: Long-term use of certain medications can lead to the accumulation of drug metabolites and toxins.

Personal Care Products: Cosmetics, lotions, and cleaning products often contain chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.

Household Cleaners: Many cleaning agents contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful substances

Other Factors

Metabolic Waste: The body naturally produces waste products during normal metabolic processes, such as carbon dioxide, urea, and other byproducts that need to be eliminated.

Hormones: Hormones that are no longer needed or are in excess must be broken down and eliminated.

Stress-Related Toxins: Chronic stress can lead to the release of stress hormones, and the body needs to manage and eliminate these substances.

There are mechanisms of toxins that accumulate in the body through various ways:

  • Ingested and absorbed via the digestive system into the blood
  • Inhalation of airborne toxins and absorbed into the blood
  • Penetration via the skin and enter the bloodstream


The Liver will modify the toxins through oxidation, reduction and hydrolysis making them more reactive. They are more water-soluble facilitating their excretion via the kidney.

Fat-soluble toxins (e.g., persistent organic pollutants like dioxins and PCBs) are stored in fat cells because they are not easily excreted by the kidneys. Over time, these toxins accumulate in fat cells, especially with chronic exposure

To Detox – WHEN?

The impact of toxins on the body’s system can send off signals in the body

  • Oxidative stress on cell function and damage to cellular parts like DNA, proteins and fats.
  • Mutations and damage to the DNA sequencing can increase the risk of development of cancer cells. Some toxins activate pathways to promote cell proliferation and inhibit programmed cell death, leading to tumour development.
  • Chronic exposure to toxins can trigger an inflammatory response, leading to many diseases
  • Toxins can weaken the immune system reduce the ability to fight infections and increase susceptibility to autoimmune diseases.
  • Endocrine–disrupting chemicals (EDCs) mimic or interfere with the action of hormones, causing a hormonal imbalance and altered hormone levels. Receptor binding and hormone production are also affected, leading to problems in metabolism and reproduction, to name a few.
  • Toxins like heavy metals (e.g., lead, mercury) and solvents can damage the nervous system, leading to cognitive deficits, neurodevelopmental disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. Chronic exposure to neurotoxic substances can affect behaviour, mood, and mental health
  • Accumulated toxins in fat cells can disrupt metabolic processes, contributing to obesity and insulin resistance. Toxins can impair liver and kidney function, reducing the body’s ability to detoxify and excrete waste products.

The human body is your largest communication method to send signals and warning signs when it is not functioning as it should. There may be signs and symptoms that may indicate that detox of certain body systems is required.

Some signs and symptoms may indicate that you need a Detox

  • Bloating, lower abnormal cramps, and excess gas
  • Changes in skin and yellowing, dark, or dry patches and rashes
  • Dark urine
  • Pale looking stools
  • Chronic fatigue and headaches
  • Nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium or vitamin D
  • Difficulty digesting fatty foods and alcohol
  • Impaired immunity
  • Dysregulated blood glucose levels
  • Poor circulation, swelling and fluid buildup
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Painful joints and inflammation
  • Poor sleep and breathing
  • Candida overgrowth

Detox body Pathways


The organs involved in detoxification include the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, and digestive system. The picture below indicates how toxins may enter the body via the skin, lungs and digestive system.

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Adopting a healthy lifestyle, consuming a nutrient-rich diet, staying hydrated, and incorporating specific detox-supporting practices can contribute to the body’s effective detoxification. It’s important to note that the body has its natural detoxification mechanisms, and supporting these processes can help maintain overall well-being.

If you have previously attempted to follow detoxification regimes and have found that it makes you feel bad and much worse before you feel an improvement, it may be because it’s important to realize that the order in which the body’s systems undergo cleansing is crucial.

Six major detox pathways in the body include the following body systems.

There is an essential sequence in which the human body eliminates and drains toxins from the body. To Detox the body as fast as possible is not the best method, but it’s important to support the body’s pathways to toxin elimination in the correct sequence. This can prevent uncomfortable symptoms and lead to the effective elimination of toxins.

Detox Drainage


Cellular waste products flow into organs and tissues, then to the lymphatic system, then the liver and bile ducts, and ultimately out of the body through the colon. There are other ways to excrete toxins, such as sweating through the skin and filtering the blood in the kidneys by elimination through urine.

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NORMAL DRAINAGE

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BLOCKED DRAINAGE

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To get the most effective detox, it is important to start any detox by making sure drainage pathways are flowing before ramping up detoxing. If you start to detox there is nowhere for those toxins to leave the body, reabsorbed into the bloodstream and they start to accumulate. This increases symptoms, leads to weight gain and sensitivities, and makes toxicity worse.

Body Systems


As mentioned above, the order of detoxing the body pathways is crucial to see the effective elimination of toxins from the body. Below is the order of detoxification.

Firstly: The digestive system ‘The Gut’

This should be the starting point and be prioritised first as it’s the final path of elimination. If your gut is not cleansed regularly and if the gut lining is compromised, the toxins dumped there may be reabsorbed instead of passed out of the body.

Secondly: Liver and Bile products

The liver is often the organ many people think of to detox. The Liver breaks down chemicals, medications, and alcohol and centralizes most biochemical processes by filtering the blood.

Third: Lymph and Kidneys

The lymphatic system flow is one of the best ways to support immune health and detoxification. Filters into the blood system and the blood is then circulated and cleansed in the kidneys.

Along with the liver, the kidneys filter the blood and excrete wastes as urine. It also maintains the blood pressure and balance of the blood acid levels and fluid volume.

Fourth: Lungs and Skin

The lungs are the primary organ for detoxifying the blood of carbon dioxide

The skin being the largest organ and barrier where many toxins enter the body, may reflect the inner health, especially of the liver and gut.

After these pathways, the detox of heavy metals and parasites can follow. More on this in the next blog.

The GUT


The term ‘gut’ refers to the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system. This includes the entire system starting at the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, and ileum), large intestine (caecum, colon, and rectum), and anus. Organs such as the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas function alongside the digestive system.

The main function of the gut is to digest and metabolise food and liquids, absorb nutrition, and excrete wastes from the system.  (Refer to the blog on the gut).

The health of the digestive tract contributes largely to the overall health or sickness of the body. Poor ‘gut’ health will present as problems with the digestive system such as pain, bloating, excess gas, and other symptoms. Conditions such as such as skin problems, food sensitivity, and mood disorders may also arise due to poor gut health.

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The colon is a primary organ to eliminate solid waste from the body via the anal opening. Its function is also to reabsorb water from digested food material. The first step to detox is to cleanse the colon and increase the elimination of waste products from the body.

A colon that is sluggish and slow to move causes blockages of toxins to be cleared. A healthy bowel movement, daily even 2-3 times in some cases. Supporting healthy bowel movements with regular soluble fibre intake, probiotic use, sufficient water consumption and regular physical movement.

The gut Function


To explain in more detail the function of the Digestive system:

Digestion

The digestion process begins in the mouth with enzymes like amylase breaking down carbohydrates. In the stomach, gastric juices containing hydrochloric acid and enzymes like pepsin break down proteins. This initial breakdown prepares nutrients for final digestion in the small intestine and indirectly helps eliminate some toxins bound to food.

Intestinal absorption

The small intestine is where most nutrient absorption occurs. Its lining is covered with tiny, finger-like projections called villi and microvilli, increasing the surface area for absorption. These structures selectively allow nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids to enter the bloodstream preventing larger molecules and toxins from passing through.

Liver and Bile

After absorption, nutrients and toxins enter the bloodstream and travel to the liver through the portal vein. The liver is a key detoxification organ. It also produces bile to assist in the digestion of fats from food and eliminate fat-soluble toxins and waste products from the liver.

Bile serves as a carrier for eliminating waste products, including bilirubin, cholesterol, drugs, and other toxins. In the intestine, the bile aids in the emulsification and absorption of fats and fat-soluble substances, promoting their elimination via faeces.

More about the Liver in detail in the next section.

Microbiota in Gut

The gut harbours trillions of bacteria, collectively known as the gut microbiota. These bacteria play crucial roles in gut health and detoxification:

  • Bacteria metabolise toxins into less harmful forms
  • Production of short-chain fatty acids produced by the gut bacteria during fermentation of dietary fires, supporting a healthy gut barrier and reducing inflammation
  • Enhancing nutrient absorption and ensuring optimal function of detox pathways


Immune system support

The gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) houses immune cells that help identify and neutralize pathogens and toxins, contributing to overall gut detoxification and defence.

Antioxidant Defences

The gut contains antioxidant systems, such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and catalase, which neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress caused by toxins and metabolic processes.

Detoxification Pathways

Specific detoxification pathways in the gut involve enzymes like glucuronosyltransferases, sulfotransferases, and glutathione transferases, which facilitate the conjugation of toxins for elimination.

Elimination of Faeces

Once processed by the liver and intestines, waste, including toxins and unabsorbed substances, is eliminated as faeces. Adequate fibre intake promotes regular bowel movements, aiding in efficient toxin elimination.

Gut Detox Protocol


To detox the Gut, follow the Gut Detox Protocol for 2- 3 months using the following:

Drink 1 capsule of the following blends, daily:

Gut Cleanse 
Frankincense and Myrrh

Detox (maximum dose, two capsules daily for the first week of detox, it may also be applied over the spine and liver as necessary)

From the Herbal Range consider all or one of the following:

Digestive and Colon capsules, 2 capsules, three times daily.

Digestive and Colon tincture, 6-8 sprays in the mouth, 3-4 times daily.

Heavy Metal Detox capsules, 1-2 capsules, 3 times daily.

Detox Tea Take two teaspoons of the detox tea mixture and infuse it in 250ml boiling water; let it cool down before drinking.
Drink 250ml, twice a day for the first two weeks in the morning and midday (not later than 5pm). After two weeks, drink daily.

Further, assist with gut health by supplementing with the following:
Beet Kvass 500ml – 20ml, twice daily.

In addition: Kombucha Vinegar 500ml – 20ml, twice daily.

Collagen 350g 450g 700g. Collagen is good for gut health, as it aids in digestion, and help repair the gut lining.

Bone Broth 350g 450g (contains amino acids, glutamine, and proline, which may help repair the digestive tract)

Raw Biotics Gut can help recolonize the gut with healthy bacteria.

The LIVER and Gallbladder


The liver is the largest solid organ located beneath the rib case in the right upper abdomen. The Liver performs several functions and regulates most of the chemical levels in the blood. Some of the most important functions include detoxification and production of bile. The Liver is also

The liver is also responsible for removing cholesterol, processing ammonia to urea, processing drugs and other toxins from the blood, processing haemoglobin (red blood cells), regulating blood clotting, regulating blood levels of amino acids, resisting infections, and storing glycogen when there is excess glucose (sugar) present helping to regulate blood sugar. 

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When the liver has broken down harmful substances and toxins, its by-products are excreted into the blood or bile. The blood would then filter through the kidneys and toxins exerted as urine. The bile by-products would enter the intestines and leave the body in the form of faeces.

The Liver also produces bile, which contains bile acids, cholesterol, and bilirubin.
The gallbladder is the small organ situated underneath the liver, which stores the bile produced by the liver.

Bile helps in fat digestion, controls thyroid hormones and cholesterol, and moves fat-soluble toxins out of the liver.  It also has a crucial microbial effect and prevents bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.

Bile serves as a carrier for eliminating waste products, including bilirubin, cholesterol, drugs, and other toxins. In the intestine, the bile aids in the emulsification and absorption of fats and fat-soluble substances, promoting their elimination via faeces.

Slow or blocked bile flow can be problematic as toxins cannot be transported out. Several symptoms may indicate that your bile flow is diminished such as gallstones, pale-coloured stools, reflux symptoms, headaches, and fatigue.

The Liver Detoxification


The Liver’s main function is to detoxify and process toxic compounds to be removed from the body. Everything you consume and inhale, taken in both internally and externally passes via the bloodstream through the liver.

The Liver completes two separate phases of detoxification and depends on sufficient nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and proteins to do so. To sufficiently detox the body, it should be viewed as a critical process that needs to be supported daily. The sheer load on the liver to process so many modern-day chemicals and toxins we are exposed to daily requires ongoing support to avoid chronic illnesses and diseases.

Liver Detoxification occurs in two phases:

Phase I: Breaks down toxins

This occurs in the liver and involves a group of enzymes known as the cytochrome P450 family. These enzymes are key in Phase I detoxification. They catalyse reactions on toxins to make them more water-soluble and easier to eliminate in Phase II. They protect the cells from damage by transforming or neutralizing fat-soluble toxins into new smaller less harmful substances (metabolites) that are water-soluble so they can enter Phase II detoxification.

In this Phase I detox, the liver changes the toxins to facilitate easier excretion from the body through urine and stools. It is important during this phase as it may cause inflammation and damage to the body issues. Should harmful toxins not be metabolized and eliminated from the body, the remaining harmful fat-soluble toxins are stored in fat cells.

A consequence of the storage of toxins can lead to toxin weight gain, damaged tissues, harm to cellular DNA and RNA, and increased risk of cancers and other diseases.

Phase I detox is promoted by nutrients like B vitamins, amino acids, vitamin C, zinc, vitamin A and calcium. These can be obtained from animal proteins, fruits and vegetables, and herbs such as milk thistle, ginger, and turmeric.

Phase I detox in the liver is usually compromised by external toxins that it gives the liver to detoxify, such as caffeine, alcohol, medications and drugs, environmental chemicals  

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Phase II: Neutralise toxins

During this phase in the liver detox, a process of conjugation is followed, by which the water-soluble metabolites from Phase I are attached to molecules like glutathione, sulphate, or glucuronide and carried out of the body through bile, stools, and urine. This is one reason the kidneys and colon function well before more demanding detox regimes are followed.

Phase II detox is promoted by nutrients like amino acids, magnesium, vitamins B and C, choline and sulphur. These can be obtained by eating eggs, fish, bone broth, and vegetables.

Phase I detox in the liver is usually compromised by a lack of nutrients like sulphur and vitamin B12 and leads to a sluggish Phase II liver detox. The lack of eliminating the compounds through the gut and urine, could lead to accumulation and damage of tissues and cause inflammation. Symptoms of hormonal imbalances, acne, brain fog, and allergies could be a cause of poor liver detoxification.


Other detoxification functions of the liver include

Detoxification of ammonia: The liver detoxifies ammonia, a by-product of protein metabolism, through the urea cycle. Ammonia is converted to urea, a less toxic compound, which is then excreted in urine via the kidneys The liver also converts excess ammonia into glutamine, a non-toxic amino acid that can be transported to other tissues for disposal.

Drug metabolism: The liver metabolizes medications to make them more soluble and easier to eliminate. This process involves Phase I and Phase II reactions, leading to the formation of metabolites that are often less pharmacologically active than the original compounds

Repair and Regeneration: The liver cells and hepatocytes can proliferate and replace lost or injured cells and restore liver function. Liver cells also have repair mechanisms that help maintain tissue integrity and functionality, allowing the liver to recover from injuries caused by toxins, infections, or other insults.

Liver Detox Protocol

 

The Liver Detox Protocol be followed for 1-2 months using the following:

Drink 1 capsule, of the following blends, daily:

Liver Cleanse

Frankincense and Myrrh

From the Herbal Range consider:
Liver and Gallbladder, 2 capsules, 3 times daily.

Detox Tea Take two teaspoons of the detox tea mixture and infuse it in 250ml boiling water; let it cool down before drinking.
Drink 250ml, twice a day for the first two weeks in the morning and midday (not later than 5pm). After two weeks, drink daily.

Apply 10-15 drops Frankincense and Myrrh over the liver, twice daily.

Avoid all caffeinated drinks such as coffee and black tea.

Drink the following first thing in the morning, 1/2hr before eating anything:
Juice half a lemon, add 2 drops Peppermint 5ml 10ml, 2 drops of Lemon 5ml 10ml, 2 teaspoons olive oil in hot water.

The KIDNEYS


The kidneys are situated in the upper back, and each kidney contains one million functional units called nephrons that filter the blood and excrete wastes as urine. Water-soluble toxins and waste products processed by the liver are filtered by the kidneys and excreted as urine.

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The Kidney Function

The functions of the kidneys in the human body are mainly to filter and cleanse blood. The following is a summary of the functions of the kidneys.

  • Filtration of blood from wastes and toxins such as ammonia, urea, and creatinine. Also, any drugs and toxins metabolites from the liver that are water-soluble.
  • Reabsorption of nutrients.
  • Balance fluid volumes and reabsorb or excrete water as needed.
  • Balances salt levels of blood and surrounding kidney tissues with Sodium and Chloride.
  • Controls the blood acid-base balance and reabsorbs into the blood or secretes into urine H-ions and HCO3 ions as needed.
  • Controls body blood pressure by the release of renin hormone in low blood pressure, or aldosterone hormone for increased blood pressure by promoting salt and water reabsorption.
  • Repair and regenerate damaged nephrons, DNA, and proteins ensuring proper cell function.

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Maintaining healthy kidneys involves several lifestyle and dietary practices. The kidney functions are supported.

  • Adequate hydration to help the kidneys filter wastes and maintain fluid balance. Aim to drink at least 2 Liter of water per day. More if necessary.
  • Balanced diet rich in whole grains, lean proteins, fruit and vegetables. Avoid excessive proteins that can strain the work of the kidneys.
  • Limit processed foods, high in sugar, artificial additives, and unhealthy fats
  • Reduce Sodium intake
  • Regular movement helps maintain healthy blood pressure and weight, reducing the risk of kidney disease.
  • Avoiding exposure to environmental toxins, excessive alcohol, and smoking can protect kidney health
  • Monitoring medications that may impact kidney function in conjunction with medical professionals

 

Kidney Detox Protocol


Detox Tea Take two teaspoons of the detox tea mixture and infuse it in 250ml boiling water; let it cool down before drinking.
Drink 250ml, twice a day, morning and midday (not later than 5 pm).

Drink 2 capsules, 3 times daily of the Kidney and Bladder herbal range. 3 Sprays in the mouth, 3 times daily of the Kidney and Bladder herbal tincture.

Drink 1 capsule of the Kidney and Bladder blend, daily.

Add 2 drops of the Living Waters blend (10ml) to 500ml water daily.

Drink at least 2 liters water daily, or more if possible.

The LYMPHATIC system


The lymphatic system flow is one of the best ways to support immune health and detoxification. Filters into the blood system and the blood is then circulated and cleansed in the kidneys.

 The lymphatic system consists of

  • Lymph fluid that originates from the fluid surrounding the cells and contains waste products, toxins, immune cells, and other substances.
  • Lymphatic vessels that transport lymph throughout the body, similar to blood vessels.
  • Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures that filter lymph and are packed with immune cells (lymphocytes and macrophages).Lymphoid organs such as the spleen, thymus, and tonsils, which play roles in immune function and lymphocyte production.
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The Lymphatic system plays a crucial role in detoxifying the body by removing waste products and toxins from body tissues and organs. It also plays a vital role in supporting the immune system in protecting the body from pathogens.

Lymphatic Function


To explain in more detail the function of the Lymphatic system:

  1. Fluid balance

The lymphatic system collects excess interstitial fluid that accumulates around tissues. This fluid contains waste products and toxins from cellular metabolism. The collected fluid (now called lymph) is transported through lymphatic vessels to lymph nodes.

  1. Filtration and Immunity

As lymph passes through lymph nodes, it is filtered. Lymph nodes contain immune cells that trap and destroy pathogens, foreign particles, and cellular debris. These cells in lymph nodes phagocytose (engulf and digest) harmful substances, presenting antigens to lymphocytes to initiate an immune response if necessary.

  1. Absorption of Dietary fats

Specialized lymphatic capillaries in the small intestine called lacteals absorb dietary fats and fat-soluble vitamins, forming a substance called chyle. Chyle is transported through the lymphatic system to the bloodstream.

  1. Waste removal

Following filtration in the lymph nodes, lymph containing waste products, toxins, and immune cells is transported through larger lymphatic vessels (e.g., thoracic duct, right lymphatic duct) and eventually drains into the venous system (subclavian veins), where it re-enters the bloodstream. Waste products and toxins are then processed by the liver and kidneys and excreted from the body through urine or bile

Lymphatic Detoxification

The Lymphatic system network of vessels, nodes, and tissues, cleanses the whole-body cells of toxins and metabolic wastes.  Lymphatic vessels contain one-way valves that prevent backflow and ensure the unidirectional movement of lymph toward the venous system. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a central pump (heart). Instead, lymph flow is primarily driven by skeletal muscle contractions, respiratory movements, and smooth muscle contractions in the lymphatic vessel walls.

The immunity of the body is supported by the Lymphatic system:

  • Lymphocytes (B and T Cells) in the lymph nodes continuously monitor lymph for pathogens and other harmful substances. Upon detecting antigens, these cells can proliferate and mount an immune response.
  • Macrophage cells in lymph nodes and tissues engulf and digest pathogens, debris, and dead cells, helping to keep the lymph clean and prevent them from entering the bloodstream.
  • Dendritic cells present antigens from pathogens to lymphocytes, facilitating the activation of the adaptive immune response.

 

Lymphatic Detoxification


To ensure the optimal functioning of the lymphatic system and enhance its detoxification capabilities, consider the following practices and lifestyle changes.

  1. Hydration: Drinking plenty of water helps maintain the fluid balance and supports lymph formation and flow.
  2. Physical Activity: movement like walking, running, rebounding and swimming stimulate muscle contractions that promote lymph circulation.
  3. Nutrition: Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins provides essential nutrients that support the immune system and lymphatic health.
  4. Avoid toxins: Limiting exposure to environmental toxins, such as pollutants and chemicals, reduces the burden on the lymphatic system.
  5. Lymphatic Massage: Gentle massage techniques can help stimulate lymph flow, reduce fluid retention, and enhance detoxification. Use our Lymph blend (100 ml) to help detoxify the system.
  6. Cold plunges: Known as cold hydrotherapy, a technique that leverages cold water to stimulate the body’s immune system, with increased heart circulation and muscle contraction of lymph movement.
  7. Dry Brushing: This technique involves brushing the skin with a dry, soft-bristled brush in a specific pattern to stimulate lymph flow and exfoliate the skin.
  8. Practicing deep breathing exercises can promote lymphatic circulation by creating pressure changes in the thoracic cavity that assist in lymph movement.
  9. Supplements: Haddasah Healing oil Lymph cleanse protocol, see below.

Lymph Detox Protocol


Detox Tea Take two teaspoons of the detox tea mixture and infuse it in 250ml boiling water; let it cool down before drinking.
Drink 250ml, twice daily, morning and midday (not later than 5pm).

Drink 2 capsules, 3 times daily of the Lymph herbal range. 3 Sprays in the mouth, 3 times daily of the Lymph herbal tincture.

Apply 30-40 drops of the Lymph blend (100ml) over the lymph nodes via a light massage technique to stimulate the lymphatic system.

Add 2 drops of the Living Waters blend (10ml) to 500ml water daily.

Drink at least 2 liters of water daily, or more if possible.

The SKIN


The skin, as the largest organ of the body, plays a significant role in detoxification.

The outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, contains keratinocytes that produce keratin, providing a physical barrier against environmental toxins, pathogens, and harmful substances. The outermost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, consists of dead keratinized cells and lipids that form a protective barrier, preventing the penetration of toxins and reducing water loss.

The natural process of shedding dead skin cells from the epidermis helps remove surface toxins and cellular debris, maintaining a healthy skin barrier.

The skin barrier is also slightly acidic pH (around 4.5 to 5.5) creating an environment that inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria and fungi. The skin produces antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) that protect against infection and support the skin’s immune defense.

Sebaceous glands produce sebum, an oily substance that helps lubricate and protect the skin. Sebum can also trap and help remove fat-soluble toxins and heavy metals that accumulate on the skin’s surface.

One of many functions of the skin is to remove waste products in a liquid form as sweat. The skin contains many sweat glands distributed across most of the body producing sweat, which helps regulate body temperature and eliminate water-soluble toxins such as urea, ammonia, salts, and some heavy metals.

Skin Health

Indications of toxicity in the body are often reflected in skin health. The skin can exhibit various signs that may indicate internal toxicity or imbalances. Some common manifestations include:

  • Acne and Blemishes due to diet toxic exposure and hormonal imbalances.
  • Rashes and dermatitis triggered by allergens or irritants.
  • Eczema and psoriasis expressing internal toxins accumulation.
  • Dry and flaky skin due to insufficient water intake and nutrient deficiency such as omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and E.
  • Hyperpigmentation due to hormonal imbalances and certain toxin exposure.
  • Premature aging with environmental pollutants, UV radiation exposure, poor diet, and lifestyle.
  • Puffy or dark circles under the eyes can be an accumulation of toxins, allergies, impaired blood, lymph circulation, or lack of sleep.

 

Supporting Skin Detoxification


To maintain healthy skin and support its detoxification functions, consider the following practices:

Hydration: Drink plenty of water to support hydration and facilitate the elimination of water-soluble toxins through sweat.

Healthy diet: Consume a diet rich in antioxidants (e.g., vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, selenium) to combat oxidative stress. Ensure adequate intake of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that support skin health.

Physical Activity: Movement improves blood and lymphatic circulation, supporting nutrient delivery and waste removal and sweating, which helps eliminate toxins.

Avoiding toxins: Minimize exposure to air pollution and harsh chemicals. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption to reduce toxin load and oxidative stress.

Skincare: Cleaning, exfoliation, and moisturization of skin removes dirt and oil, pollutants, and dead skin cells and maintains a healthy skin barrier.

Steam baths and saunas: promote sweating and help eliminate toxins through the skin. 

Dry Brushing: Stimulates lymphatic circulation and exfoliates the skin.

Skin Detox Protocol


Detox Tea Take two teaspoons of the detox tea mixture and infuse it in 250ml boiling water; let it cool down before drinking.
Drink 250ml, twice a day, morning and midday (not later than 5pm).

Drink 2 capsules Heavy Metal Detox capsules, 3 times daily.

Drink 1 capsule daily, of each of the following 30ml blends:

Gut Cleanse

Frankincense and Myrrh

Liver Cleanse

If you must drink more than one oil capsule daily, spread them throughout the day, never more than two capsules at a time. Spreading the capsules throughout the day assists the body with proper absorption. It is important to have a small snack/fruit before drinking capsules.

Add 2 drops of the Living Waters blend (10ml) to 500ml water daily.

Drink at least 2 liters of water daily, or more if possible.

Sauna 20 – 30 minutes, daily.

The LUNGS

The Lungs sit in the chest cavity on either side of the heart. It is comprised of many small sacs called the alveoli sacs, that inflate with air and breathe in and deflate with air exhaled.

The lung’s main function is to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with each other through diffusion on the lung surface with the blood capillaries.

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The air breathed in contains oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. Air pollution unfortunately creates a toxic gas cloud with many toxins, dust, smoke, and many other chemicals. A steady stream of pollutants in the air over time may harm the respiratory systems and lungs, making effective breathing impossible.

There are several ways to clean the paths to the lungs and help them get rid of toxins:

  • Taking time outdoors, in fresh air, and getting enough sunlight and oxygen.
  • Getting an air purifier to improve the air quality inside the house.
  • Remove artificial scents such as air fresheners, and scented candles. Use essential oils instead.
  • Exercise can help you get more oxygen to the cells, especially useful is to do some deep breathing exercise.
  • Avoid mucus-producing foods: Limit dairy products can increase mucus production for some people. Monitor your response and adjust accordingly.
  • Reduce processed foods: Avoid foods high in sugar and unhealthy fats that can contribute to inflammation.

 

Lung Detox Protocol


Detox Tea Take two teaspoons of the detox tea mixture and infuse it in 250ml boiling water; let it cool down before drinking. Drink 250ml, twice daily, morning and midday (not later than 5 pm).

Drink 2 capsules, 3 times daily of the Lungs and Sinus herbal range. 3 Sprays in the mouth, 3 times daily of the Lungs and Sinus herbal tincture.

Diffuse 2-3 drops of the Breath Support Blend or steam with a few drops.

Drink 1 capsule of the Frankincense and Myrrh blend, daily.

Apply 20-30 drops of the Chest blend 50ml 100ml over the chest and lungs, and over the spine, twice daily.  Deeply inhale.

Inhale Method 

Drip 2-3 drops of suggested essential oil or as otherwise directed, into the palm of the hands, rub once to open the molecules (rubbing will evaporate the oil), cup your hands around your mouth and nose, and deeply inhale. 

Practical Guidance

 

Lifestyle habits are very important in the management of health. To succeed in supporting your body to fully detox in each of the body systems, please read and consider every area thoroughly.

As mentioned above, there are many factors to consider in altering lifestyle to support the body’s full detox. It is recommended to do a detox at least once to twice a year. To lighten the toxin load on the body it is important to consider the following strategies:

Consider the following as mentioned in previous sections.

  1. Hydration: Drink plenty of water to support kidney function and facilitate the excretion of water-soluble toxins.
  2. Healthy diet: Consume a diet rich in antioxidants (e.g., fruits, vegetables, nuts) to combat oxidative stress. Dietary fiber helps bind toxins in the digestive tract and promotes their excretion through feces. Choose organic produce to reduce exposure to pesticides and herbicides.
  3. Regular physical activity and exercise: Physical activity promotes sweating, which helps eliminate toxins through the skin.
  4. Avoiding Toxins: Limit contact with known environmental toxins, such as pollutants, industrial chemicals, and pesticides. Also, consider using natural and non-toxic personal care and household products.
  5. Supporting Detoxification organs: Consume foods that support liver function, such as cruciferous vegetables, garlic, and turmeric. Maintain kidney health with adequate hydration and a balanced diet.
  6. Detox practices: Saunas, steam baths, and dry brushing are a few suggestions to help eliminate toxins through the skin and lymphatic system.

Pure Essential Oils


Pure essential oils that support the natural detoxification of the body

Lemon (Citrus Limon): contains Limonene, citral, β-pinene, and γ-terpinene, which supports detoxification by enhancing liver enzyme activity, specifically cytochrome P450 enzymes, which play a crucial role in metabolizing toxins and drugs in the liver A study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (2016) demonstrated that limonene in lemon oil enhances glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity, a key enzyme involved in detoxification processes, in the liver.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): contains menthol, menthone, limonene, β-pinene that aid detoxification by stimulating bile production in the liver, facilitating the breakdown and elimination of toxins, including heavy metals. A study published in Phytomedicine (2014) found that menthol in peppermint oil increases bile secretion and promotes liver detoxification, supporting its role in heavy metal detox.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi): contains limonene, myrcene, and α-pinene. Limonene activates detoxification enzymes in the liver, such as phase II enzymes like glutathione S-transferase (GST), enhancing toxin elimination. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2012) demonstrated that limonene in grapefruit oil induces phase II enzyme activity, supporting its role in detoxification.

Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis): contains α-pinene, β-pinene, myrcene, and limonene. Juniper oil’s pinene compounds stimulate kidney function and increase urine output, promoting the elimination of toxins, including heavy metals and metabolic waste. Research published in Phytotherapy Research (2017) showed that α-pinene in juniper oil enhances kidney function and urine flow, aiding in toxin removal.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens): contains α-pinene, camphene, sabinene, and limonene that support detoxification by improving lymphatic circulation, aiding in toxin elimination, and waste from tissues and organs. A study in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2017) highlighted cypress oil’s lymphatic-stimulating effects, supporting its role in detoxification.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): contains Linalool, linalyl acetate, camphor, and β-caryophyllene. Lavender oil’s linalool content exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, supporting liver detoxification and reducing oxidative stress. A review in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2013) discussed lavender oil’s hepatoprotective effects and its potential role in liver detoxification pathways.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): contains 1,8-cineole, camphor, α-pinene, and β-pinene. Rosemary oil supports detoxification by enhancing liver enzyme activity, particularly phase I and phase II detoxification enzymes, which aid in the metabolism and elimination of toxins A study in the Journal of Medicinal Food (2015) showed that rosemary oil stimulates phase II detoxification enzymes, such as glutathione S-transferase (GST), supporting its role in detoxification processes.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus): contains 1,8-cineole, α-pinene, limonene, and camphor. Eucalyptus oil’s 1,8-cineole content has mucolytic and expectorant properties, aiding in respiratory detoxification by loosening mucus and clearing airways A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2018) highlighted eucalyptus oil’s ability to improve mucociliary clearance, supporting its role in respiratory detoxification.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): contains thymol, carvacrol, p-cymene, and γ-terpinene. Thyme oil’s thymol content exhibits antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties, supporting gut detoxification by combating harmful pathogens and parasites: A study in BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies (2020) demonstrated thyme oil’s effectiveness against intestinal parasites, indicating its potential role in parasite detoxification.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum): contains linalool, eugenol, methyl chavicol, and β-caryophyllene. Basil oil supports detoxification through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, in the body. Research published in Food Chemistry (2017) highlighted basil oil’s antioxidant properties and its potential, in protecting against oxidative damage, contributing to detoxification.

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum): contains linalool, geranyl acetate, α-pinene, and β-pinene Cilantro oil contains compounds that bind to heavy metals, such as mercury, aiding in their removal from tissues and organs. A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2014) discussed cilantro’s chelating effects on heavy metals and its potential to detoxify the body from metal toxicity.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): contains anethole, fenchone, limonene, α-pinene Fennel oil supports detoxification by promoting digestion, reducing bloating and gas, and aiding in the elimination of toxins from the digestive system. A study in Phytotherapy Research (2012) highlighted fennel oil’s digestive benefits and its potential in supporting gut detoxification processes.

Haddasah Healing Oils have specific formulated Essential Oil blends for Detox

Gut Cleanse blend 30ml

Frankincense and Myrrh blend 30ml

Detox blend 30ml

Liver Cleanse blend 30ml

Kidney and Bladder blend 30ml

Living Waters blend 10ml

Lymph blend 100ml

Breath Support Blend 10ml

Chest Blend 50ml, 100ml

Herbal Supplements


Several herbs can support the natural detoxification of the body.

Alfalfa: Alfalfa acts as a lymphagogue, supporting lymphatic circulation. It serves as a rich source of vitamins and minerals, providing essential nutrients for optimal blood function.

Amla: Amla contributes to hemopoiesis by aiding in the regeneration of red and white blood cells. It contains bioactive compounds that nourish white blood cells, supporting immune function.

Astragalus: Astragalus acts as a lymph cleanser, enhancing the efficiency of the lymphatic system. It exhibits adaptogenic properties, addressing congestion and swelling. This herb is rich in polysaccharides, flavonoids, and saponins, contributing to its immunomodulatory effects.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Exhibits antioxidant properties, supporting cellular regeneration and detox processes.

Activated Charcoal: Functions as an adsorbent, binding heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic, facilitating their elimination.

Ashwagandha: Contains withanolides, and possesses adaptogenic properties, supporting liver function and cellular detoxification while modulating immune responses.

Butcher’s Broom: With steroidal saponins, facilitates nitric oxide modulation, promoting vasodilation and aiding in immune barrier repair for detox support.

Bedstraw (Cleavers): Bedstraw functions as a lymph tonic and cleanser, promoting diuresis to increase fluid secretion. It acts as an adaptogen, facilitating drainage in lymphatic tissues.

Bladderwrack: Bladderwrack boosts the lymph system and acts as a detoxifying agent, eliminating excess fluids that can impede lymphatic flow. It contains fucoidan, contributing to its anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.

Burdock root: Burdock root acts as a diuretic, promoting the excretion of fluids and toxins. It functions as a lymphagogue, enhancing lymphatic flow. Active constituents include inulin and arctigenin, contributing to its diuretic and lymphatic properties.

Calendula: Enriched with flavonoids and triterpenoids, exhibits hepatoprotective effects, supporting liver detoxification pathways and enhancing toxin removal. It acts as a lymphagogue, promoting lymph drainage and reducing swollen glands. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are attributed to flavonoids, triterpenoids, and carotenoids.

Chickweed: Chickweed facilitates lymph movement and acts as a blood cleanser. It contains saponins and flavonoids, contributing to its lymphatic and blood-cleansing effects.

Clove: Rich in eugenol, displays anthelmintic properties, combating parasites and contributing to overall detoxification.

Dandelion: With sesquiterpene lactones and antioxidants, acts as a tonic for the liver, enhancing bile production and supporting kidney function, aiding detox.  Dandelion cleanses the blood and liver, acting as a powerful diuretic to improve fluid excretion. It moves lymph and increases white blood cells. The sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoids in dandelion contribute to its diuretic and immune-enhancing properties.

Echinacea: With alkamides and polyphenols, stimulates lymphatic detox, strengthens the immune system, and exhibits anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects. Echinacea strengthens the immune and lymphatic systems, stimulating white blood cells. It possesses anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Active constituents include alkamides and polysaccharides.

Feverfew: Contains parthenolide, activates nitric oxide modulation, and contributes to immune barrier repair, supporting the body’s detox mechanisms.

Gotu Kola: Enriched with triterpenoids and asiaticoside, enhances glutathione peroxidase activity, crucial for cellular detoxification processes.

Green Tea: With potent catechins, contains antioxidants aiding in the removal of toxins from the body.

Garlic: Rich in allicin and sulfur compounds, assists in liver detoxification, exhibits anti-bacterial properties, and contributes to overall detox support. Garlic has antifungal and antibacterial properties, combating harmful microbes. It boosts the immune system and improves circulation, attributed to allicin and other sulfur compounds.

Ginger: Ginger acts as an antibacterial and lymphatic cleanser, supporting immune function. Its active compounds, including gingerol, contribute to its anti-inflammatory effects.

Ginkgo Biloba: With flavonoids and terpene lactones, supports kidney detox, nitric oxide modulation, and immune barrier repair.

Lobelia: Lobelia provides lymphatic support and contains alkaloids like lobeline, contributing to its respiratory and lymphatic effects.

L-Arginine: L-Arginine supports lymphatic vessels by enhancing nitric acid production. Nitric oxide is crucial for endothelial integrity, addressing lymphatic barrier function.

L-Acetyl Carnitine: Facilitates nitric oxide modulation, supporting immune barrier repair and overall detox processes.

L-Glutamine: Essential for glutathione synthesis, critical for cellular detoxification.

L-Glycine: Aids in glutathione synthesis, serving as a potent heavy metal detoxifier.

N-Acetylcysteine (NAC): Supports glutathione production, rapidly metabolizing into intracellular glutathione, enhancing detox processes.

Milk Thistle: With the active ingredient silybin, is a potent antioxidant supporting liver detox, influencing glutathione ratios.

Marshmallow: Marshmallow supports the lymph and mucus linings, containing mucilage that soothes and protects these tissues.

Poke Root: Poke Root acts as a potent lymphagogue, facilitating lymph drainage. External application aids in lymphatic circulation. It contains phytolaccatoxin, contributing to its lymphatic effects.

Raspberry: Supports heavy metal detoxification and overall detox.

Red Clover: Red Clover supports the lymph, cleanses the blood, and improves lymph flow. Isoflavones contribute to its anti-inflammatory and blood-purifying properties.

Resveratrol: With anti-inflammatory properties, dampens specific pathways, contributing to detoxification.

Stinging Nettle: Stinging Nettle is rich in calcium and minerals, improving white blood count and supporting lymphatic function. Active constituents include flavonoids and lignans. With flavonoids and polyphenols, supports bone formation and provides overall support to the body’s detox mechanisms.

Selenium: A cofactor for glutathione peroxidase, blocks the absorption of toxic elements like mercury and arsenic.

Tribulus Terrestris: Addresses mercury poisoning and aids in heavy metal detoxification.

Turmeric: With the active compound curcumin, exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, contributing to detoxification processes.Curcumin, its active compound, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, supporting lymphatic processes.

Vitamin B6:  Vitamin B6 supports lymphatic function and metabolism.

Vitamin C: An antioxidant that reduces free radicals, neutralizes oxidative stress, and supports detoxification. Vitamin C offers cancer-fighting benefits for lymphomas. Its antioxidant properties support the immune system.

Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol): Vitamin D3 addresses low levels linked to increased inflammation, supporting overall immune function.

Yarrow: With flavonoids and alkaloids, displays anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, supporting detoxification mechanisms. Yarrow acts as a strong diuretic and anti-septic. It contains sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, and alkaloids, contributing to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.

Wild Dagga: With the active ingredient leonurine, acts as a lymph cleanser and supports heavy metal detoxification.

Walnut Shells/Leaves: Walnut serves as a lymph supplement, containing tannins and juglone, contributing to its astringent and antimicrobial effects.

Haddasah Healing Oils have specific formulated Herbal products for Detox

Digestive and Colon capsules

Digestive and Colon tincture.

Heavy Metal Detox capsules

Liver and Gallbladder

Detox Tea

Kidney and Bladder capsules

Kidney and Bladder tincture

Lymph capsules

Lymph tincture

Lungs and Sinus capsules

Lungs and Sinus tincture

Spiritual Guidance


2 Corinthians 7: 1-2

‘Having, therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and the spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God’

It would be good to consider a detox, not only to clear the body of dirt, debris, and toxins. However, to also search the heart and spirit, to be cleansed and stand spotless in the eyes of the Lord.

Psalm 51:7,10

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean heart O God. And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Often the cleansing of one heart by the blood of the Lamb, and washing through the Word, brings alignment and detoxification of the mind and spirit. And flows over with the correct physical detox plans into the cleansing of one’s body and body systems.

Do refer to books written by Dr MK Strydom – ‘Healing Begins with Sanctification of the Heart’ – DR MK Strydom. Second edition 2010. and The Bible from a Medical Perspective, Medicine from a Biblical Perspective. Dr MK Strydom, Eagle Wings 2017

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