Detoxing heavy metals

So much information is swirling around the effects of heavy metals and toxins in the body and how they affect our health and in some cases inhibit us from getting well.  Examples of heavy metals include mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), thallium (Tl), and lead (Pb).  Although it’s not a heavy metal, aluminum should be included in this list.

In any given day we are exposed to toxins in our environment – second hand smoke, cleaning products, smoke from fires, vehicle emissions,  etc.  There’s also the consideration that most of us whom have tooth fillings have mercury in our mouths and of course the vaccine controversies.  Let’s not forget our foods – fish, wheat, soda, baked goods, processed foods, canned food, chocolates, to name a few.

We are surrounded by toxins and eating toxins and heavy metals every day.  So what do we do about it?  How can we strip our bodies of toxins and heavy metals?

Take a deep breath, and start considering adding a few of the following to your daily routine:

Selenium, (found naturally in fish and accessible in pill form) is a great way to strip the body of heavy metals.

16 ounces of water in the morning with organic lemon juice is an amazing way to detox your body naturally.

Activated charcoal at night before bed helps strip the body of toxins.  I use Bulletproof Coconut Charcoal.

Coffee enemas – although they are less than pleasant, they’re better than feeling “off” all the time. Give your colon a reset once in a while 🙂

Milk Thistle cleanses your liver (if you drink alcohol, you should always take this before bed to detox the liver).

Up your vitamin C intake.

Strive to eat 1/2 a cup of fresh herbs daily  – I love sprinkling cilantro and parsley on all my food!

Raw Garlic – a few cloves a day, and it keeps the vampires at bay… 😉

Probiotics – consider SPORE based probiotics!

Chlorella – acts as a natural chelation therapy option, pulling heavy metals out of the body.

Replace household cleaning agents with natural, chemical free ones.

Replace shampoo/conditioner, face products, cosmetics, hair products, lotions, etc. with clean alternatives ALWAYS making sure they are gluten free as well.  Unless a vitamin E is labeled otherwise, it is made from wheat germ – so pay attention to that and Tocopherol, Tocopheryl acetate – they are hidden gluten factors in MANY things.

Hoping this sheds some light on the situation.  When you’re battling toxins and heavy metals, it can slow your healing and sometimes prevent it all together.  Work a little more each day to feel your very best!

 

 

MTHFR Gene Defect

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Hello AIP Community,

Have you heard of the MTHFR gene mutation?  Kat has, and Lori hasn’t.  After discovering she in fact has this, Kat wanted to share this information with all of you to raise awareness, and maybe help you understand why certain things are happening to you and your health.

 “An MTHFR mutation is a problem associated with poor methylation and enzyme production. MTHFR mutations affect every person differently, sometimes contributing to hardly any noticeable symptoms at all, while other times leading to serious, long-term health problems.” – Dr. Axe

It is estimated that 45% of people suffer from a MTHFR defect, which causes gene deficiencies.  This leads to poor cellular health, hormonal imbalances, decreased immune function and mitochondrial dysfunction.

This crappy gene inhibits Glutathione production, which makes you more vulnerable to toxins.  The accumulation of these toxins leads to disease and premature aging.

What are some things we can do to battle this mutation?
  • consume more leafy greens, asparagus, romaine lettuce, broccoli, avocado and bright fruits to boost Natural Folate, b6 and b12!
  • treat leaky gut
  • reduce anxiety and stress
  • heart health – work on it, keep up those natural supplements and AIP foods
  • detox – Lori uses her Bulletproof coconut charcoal relgiously
  • Sleep

Knowing is half the battle – this is certainly something worth knowing when you’re battling autoimmune diseases.  I know I’m emailing my Dr now to test for this gene during my September bloodwork!

Keep it clean! ~Lori

 

What’s with Wheat?

“What’s With Wheat,” is in my opinion, one of the most important documentaries you can watch regarding nutrition, and information on food and health in general.  There is so much misinformation out there, and for those of us battling diagnosed autoimmune diseases, these facts are crucial to our healing.

Here’s a link to Youtube so you can view this informative documentary.  Most of the information in here I already knew from years of learning from some of the brightest nutritionists and naturopaths.  There were still things in here that I didn’t know and that blew me away.

I encourage you to take the time to watch this.  You can also get this on netflix if you’d prefer to watch it on your tv.