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One of the best ways to support overall health and wellness in the modern world is to detox, detox, detox. For those who are healing from infections or toxic exposure (mold, heavy metals etc.) extra detox support is an absolute must.
Maintaining a rigorous daily detox schedule was one of the key aspects of my holistic protocol for healing Chronic Lyme. In order to save money I did almost all of my detox therapies at home, which I highly recommend. Not only is it waaaay cheaper, it’s also more convenient.
These are the things I ordered to transform my home into a holistic detox spa. I’ve used all of them for years so I can recommend them with confidence:
🔹Far Infrared Sauna: My Dr recommended a very nice (read: expensive) one, so I did what I usually do in these situations: agreed it looked wonderful and then promptly ordered the cheapest one I could find.
Guess what? It absolutely gets the job done. I sweat like crazy and swear by it’s benefits. Plus I love that it folds up and can be stored in the closet when not in use.
🔹Home Colonic Kit: Doing regular colonics helped me so much during my first few years of healing. Going to see a colon hydrotherapist is nice, but not cheap. Even if you only do a home colonic once a month, you’ll have paid for this kit within two months.
Besides the incredible savings, I definitely prefer being able to do colonics in the comfort of my own bathroom. Note: it helps to have help setting it all up, especially if you’re navigating chronic fatigue.
🔹Ionic Detox Foot Bath: I was skeptical of these at first, but now I wish I’d bought one sooner. They’re easy to use and a great detox option for when all you have energy for is sitting. I’ve noticed a big shift since starting to use mine.
Once again my Dr recommend a top of the line (crazy expensive) version and I went with a cheap one. Once again, the cheap one works just fine.
After 15-20 uses the “array” (thing that makes the detox happen) will need replacing which you can order HERE.
🔹 Dry Brush: Dry brushing is a super economical way to support lymphatic drainage. I’ve tried a number of different ones over the years & I like this style because it’s easier to hold.
CoFfeE enEma SuPplies
🔹Stainless Steel Enema Bucket: I call this the “Cadillac” of enema buckets. It’s the only bucket you’ll ever need. It can be boiled to sanitize and washed in the dishwasher. For a cheaper, but seemingly comparable option check out THIS one.
🔹Organic Coffee: Wilson’s coffee is made especially for use in coffee enemas and it comes highly recommend. Basically, it’s the gold standard. I used regular organic (its gotta be organic!) coffee beans from the grocery store for years, but now that I know how often coffee beans are contaminated with mold, I no longer use store bought.
Beans sold specifically for coffee enemas are tested to ensure they’re 100% mold free. They cost more, but you know they’re the cleanest possible option. PureLife is another solid brand and what I’m currently using. They send you instructions for preparing the beans for enemas when you order them.
🔹 Replacement Tubing: Over the years I’ve only had to replace the tubing for my bucket twice. Silicon lasts a long time, but after a couple years of use sometimes mine gets a small hole or crack in it and needs replacing.
Detox baTh supPlieS
🔹Epsom Salts: These magical crystals provide relief for aches and pains. They’re also a supplemental source of magnesium, which gets absorbed through the skin. I typically use 2 cups in my baths, but if I’m needing extra relief I’ll use 3. This is why I highly recommend buying in bulk!
🔹Sea Salt: While Epsom salt is my main squeeze when it comes to bath salts, but if I’m craving an extra salty soak, sometimes I like to add a cup of less expensive sea salt.
🔹Baking Soda: Baking soda is super alkaline. So when you add it to a tub fulla water it alkalizes said water, which in turn will alkalizes you.
Lots of stuff in life can make us acidic, including processed foods, stress, toxins & infections. Returning to a more alkaline state is definitely a good thing. Please note that baddie-bugs hate alkalinity (they thrive in acidic environments,) so if you’re healing an infection, including baking soda can cause die-off. I use 1 cup per bath, but recommend working up to that niiiice & slow.
I’ve also been told baking soda can help detox Electric Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs) and other funky energies we can pick up, especially after being in crowds.
BTW, the cheapest place to get bulk baking soda is Costco.
🔹Hydrogen Peroxide: I add a cup of this to my bath for anti-microbial support. If you’re new to detox baths, please start with just a little (1/4 cup maybe?) and sloooooooowly build up from there as it absolutely will make you “Herx” if you’ve got an active infection.
🔹Powdered Vitamin C: Use a 1/2 teaspoon or so to de-chlorinate tub water cuz, ewwww, you don’t wanna soak that stuff in.
🔹 Bath Water Filter : I also use this bath water filter to help filter out chlorine. I don’t love that it’s plastic, but this is the best option I’ve found for filtering bath water from the faucet (I’ve tried a few.)
🔹Mini Ice Packs: Detox baths are meant to be hot. To help ensure that I don’t overheat too quickly, I keep a bowl of ice water close by which I’ll frequently dip a wash cloth in to keep on my head.
I like using these plastic ice packs instead of ice because I’m notoriously bad about refilling ice cube trays. These are easy: just pop ‘em back in the freezer. I got mine at The Dollar Store, but the ones I linked are similar.
🔹Bath Pillow: Whoever designed the boxy tubs I always found in rentals clearly wasn’t a bath person. It’s a terrible design and one that basically requires the use of a bath pillow. I’m still waiting for someone to make a really nice, non-plastic one, but for now this is what’s I’ve got.
A number of the detox therapies I mentioned above can cause electrolyte imbalance and/or dehydration, so let’s talk hydration. First of all, drink lots of water. However, it’s also important to supplement vital cell salts and electrolytes. Here are some options:
🔹 Electrolyte Powder: Mix scoop of this into your water either during or post-detox (or as directed by your doctor.) I’ve linked the brand my Dr specifically recommended. Note: it now comes with a health warning from the state of California. I asked my Dr about this and she assured me that the product is safe; the labeling is simply a requirement because it’s possible tiny amounts of heavy metals could exist in the natural salts.
🔹 Redmond’s Real Salt: Honestly, I couldn’t always afford the electrolyte powder so once, in a pinch, I used the high mineral salt I keep for cooking instead. It seemed to work so I later asked my Dr about using it for electrolyte support and she gave me the go ahead. I use 1/4 teaspoon per glass of water. It’s not quite the same as the fancy, formulated mixes, but it does help!
🔹 Coconut Water: AKA “the poor person’s IV.” Fresh Young’s coconut water has actually been used in place of hydration IVs. It’s a life saver when you need immediate relief.
🔹 Coconut Water Powder: This is an other new option for supplementing electrolytes.
Binders absorbs adverse substances and helps the body properly dispose of them. They’re an integral part of any detox regiment. Almost all of them must be taken a couple hours away from medications or supplements so that they don’t get absorbed along with the toxins. Here’s my faves:
🔹 King Chlorella Tablets: These are my #1 most used binders. Chlorella is a blue-green algae rich in vitamins, minerals, iron, and amino acids. In my experience King Chlorella is an absolute MUST HAVE as they gently bind to all kinds of yucko stuff including heavy metals, environmental toxins and microbial die-off.
In my experience, Chlorella also detoxes funky energetics. So whether I’m feeling physically or emotionally toxic, they’re my go to.
If you want to go with the top of the line, certified organic version spring for Biopure’s Chlorella. That’s the brand my Dr sells through her office.
After purchasing Biopure’s (pricey) Zeobind a few times I tried out this brand and have been satisfied with it.
🔹 Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal: activated charcoal is an effective, low-cost option for reducing the body’s inflammatory responses by drawing out toxins. I know charcoal is kinda trendy right now, but I don’t use it that often. I think of it as a “medicine cabinet” binder, not an everyday one. It’s a little too efficient at binding to helpful things (like nutrients.)
When I do use it: if I eat out or have drinks (not often) and am worried about potential cross contamination or other food related toxins. I also take some occasionally if I’m having issues with bloating or other GI upset (chronic GI issues warrant looking into root causes.)
If you’d like an organic version, check this one out.
🔹 Thorne Modified Citrus Pectin: This is the binder I’m using to help detox lead. A 2008 study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine revealed that modified citrus pectin produced a “dramatic decrease” in blood levels of lead and therefore can help treat lead poisoning.
Folks, sleep is the secret sauce. It’s SO necessary for healing and health. And yet, as someone with a history of chronic insomnia, I know all too well that sleep can be tricky. In order to protect my sleep I’ve adopted what I call “squeaky clean sleep hygiene.” It includes using:
🔹Full Spectrum Light Box: One of the best ways to keep your circadian rhythm strong and healthy is to go outside first thing in the morning, but if any reason that’s a challenge that you really MUST get one of these. I’ve used mine for years and it’s such a cheap way to support your health, I can’t recommend ’em enough.
What’s more, just 30 min a day can also prevent Seasonal Effective Disorder, which is really important for those of us in the North (or who can’t get outside much.)
🔹 Blue Blocking Glasses: I sport these stylish amber shades before bed whenever there’s blue light from screens (ahem, Wonderhubs staying up playing PS4–love you babe!) or other bright lights that would mess with my precious slumber.
🔹 Cooler Looking Blue Blocking Glasses: When I’m out and about in the evening, sometimes my preference is to look less weird scientist and more ’80’s pop star (“I wear my sunglasses at night…”) When that’s the case, I don these.
🔹 Silicon Ear Plugs: most earplugs irritate my inner ear. These ones don’t. Hallelujah! Finding the right pair of ‘plugs was worth the search since I live in a big city and Wonderhubs, bless his everlovin’ heart, snores.
🔹 White Noise Sound Machine: necessary for the same reasons mentioned above. This one comes with different sound options so I can switch it up (as if I’d ever tire of the sound of rain, I looove living in Seattle!)
🔹 Free White Noise App (iPhone/Android): for five years I was living off a major city that necessitated multiple white noise sources strategically triangulated around the room. So we also downloaded white noise apps. Relax Melodies is my favorite. You can create your own personalized white noises and it also features an alarm clock.
🔹 UV Air Filter: Make sure you’re breathing the good stuff while you slumber! Getting this air filter made a huge difference for me back when I was dealing with histamine intolerance. It does put off a blue light so I cover the top with a felted hat to keep it dark at night.
🔹 Personal Air Cooler: I’m one of the people who can’t sleep unless it’s cold enough for a comforter. This little baby swamp cooler is small enough to sit on my bedside table and blows delicious, cold air on my face all night. Mmmmm. It also doubles as a white noise machine.
🔹 Acupressure Mat: A spiky mat may seem like a strange sleep aide, but I zonk out with mine under my abdomen most nights. Back when chronic indigestion was totally my thing, I started doing this and found it helped. I’ve got a whole post written on acupressure mats and their benefits HERE.
🔹 EMF Shielding Mesh Bed Canopy: I do not have this. I really, really want this. EMFs actually decrease melatonin production and have been linked to sleep issues including insomnia. We do what we can to limit EMF exposure in the evening for this reason.
🔹 Grounded Sleep Mat: I also don’t have this yet, but believe me, it’s on my wish list! Grounding is linked to lowered cortisol, decreased inflammation, reduced pain, improved sleep, and normalized circadian rhythms.
According to the EPA, the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels. In other words, sometimes the air inside your home can be more harmful than the air outside. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Getting a good quality HEPA filter is a good place to start.
🔹Air Doctor Pro Ultra-HEPA Filter: We saved up for this baby and bought during a special 50% off sale. Worth. Every. Penny. We run it constantly in our main room. It’s quiet, capable of filtering microscopic particles, has an air quality sensor, and self-adjusts based on filtration needs.
I also highly recommend switching to non-toxic cleaning products. Most conventional cleaning products contain active ingredients and fragrances that are linked to asthma, allergies, hormone disruption and even cancer. What’s even scarier is that here in the US, manufacturers of household cleaning products are not required to list ingredients on the label. Yikes. So what products I trust and use?
🔹 Branch Basics: This cleaner concentrate is super-duper clean. I use it to make all of my household cleaners including laundry soap. Branch Basics also offers labeled, reusable spray bottles that show you exactly what level to fill the water and cleaner concentrate to, which btw is GENIUS.
Use this link to get $10 off: http://branchbasics.refr.cc/kat001
🔹 L-lysine: anti-viral and anti-inflammatory Support for the central nervous system.
🔹 Lemon Balm tincture: anti-viral, strengthens the immune system and supports nervous system health.
🔹 Lomatium tincture: a powerful anti-viral, especially for fighting the Epstein Barr Virus.
🔹 BioPure Key Five Herbal Tincture: This is a tincture I used often during my treatment of viral coinfections (including EBV). It includes five different anti-viral herbs.
🔹 Oil of Oregano: An herbal supplement containing anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
🔹 Vitamin C: strengthens the immune system & flushes out die-off toxins from the liver. If you tolerate sunflower lecithin, I recommend trying out Liposomal Vitamin C. Here’s a couple of ones that I’ve used and that seem to be legit: Core Med Science Optimized Liposomal Vitamin C (capsules) and Lipo Naturals Liposomal Vitamin C (liquid).
🔹 Silver Hydrosol: A very strong anti-microbial, that can lower your viral load without being overly harsh on your microbiome.
🔹 Monolaurin: A form of lauric acid (the predominant fatty acid found in coconut oil and also present in human breast milk) with anti-viral properties. It supports the immune system without negatively affecting your good gut bugs.
Books with anti-viral information:
🔹 Medical Medium: There’s some really good info on anti-viral supplements and foods for healing Epstein Barr Virus in this book. While I don’t fully agree what everything in this book, I’ve found that some of it has been really helpful for me. Take what resonates, leave the rest.
🔹 Healing Lyme: Natural Healing of Lyme Borreliosis and the Coinfections Chlamydia and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis: This book full of valuable information on naturally healing Lyme & its coinfections, including viral infections. It also will teach you have to make your own herbal tinctures at a fraction of the cost!
🔹 Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections: Another book by the same author that is specifically on anti-virals.
🔹 DAO – Histamine Neutralizing Enzyme: the enzyme DAO breaks down ingested histamine, preventing it from being absorbed in the gut and entering the bloodstream.
🔹 Reishi Mushroom: I learned about Reishi’s anti-histamine properties when we successfully used it to heal our ferret’s mass cell tumor. I take it daily, so to save money I buy it in powdered form instead of in capsules. I also continue to give it to our ferrets.
🔹 Nettles: Stinging nettles are traditionally used to support histamine relief. If you tolerate alcohol you can take this tincture, and if you’d like capsules this is a good one. The cheapest way to include nettles daily is to make tea using bulk dried leaves. If you’d prefer bagged nettle tea, I like this one.
🔹 Country Live Digestive Balance: This supplement’s label doesn’t mention that it helps with histamines issues, but I talked with a vendor for the company about my histamine and mass cell issues and she recommended it. And it does help! The yeasts it contains feed on histamines in your system so I take this as needed when my histamine levels get to high.
Books on Histamine Intolerance:
🔹 The 4-Phase Histamine Reset Plan: This is a great book with clear information on all things histamine intolerance, plus important info on how to address it and feel better.
🔹 Histamine Intolerance Explained: Easy to understand information and recommendations for navigating histamine intolerance.
Lyme disease boOks
🔹 Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease: this was the first book on Lyme I read. It is PACKED with info, although it was a bit hard to read while I was really brain fogged.
🔹 How Can I Get Better?: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease: a follow up book and incredible resource for healing Lyme and its confections.
🔹 Healing Lyme: Natural Healing of Lyme Borreliosis and the Coinfections Chlamydia and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis: this book full of valuable information on naturally healing Lyme & its coinfections. It also will teach you have to make your own herbal tinctures on the cheaps!
🔹 Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons: the Pentagon is currently investigating this very issue!
🔹 Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Germ Laboratory: another book diving into the connection between our current Lyme epidemic and the US weaponization of infectious diseases.
May you eat well, live well & enjoy a New Wellness.