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One of the best ways to support overall health & 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 & then promptly ordered the cheapest one I could find.
Guess what? It absolutely gets the job done. I sweat like crazy & swear by it’s benefits. Plus I love that it folds up & 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 on e 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 & 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 & 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.
🔹Stainless Steel Enema Bucket: I call this the “Cadillac” of enema buckets. Its the only bucket you’ll ever need. It can be boiled to sanitize & 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 & 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 & 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 & needs replacing.
🔹Epsom Salts: These magical crystals provide relief for aches & 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) & 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?) & 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 ‘me 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 find in rentals clearly wasn’t a bath person. It’s a terrible design & one that basically requires the use of a bath pillow. I’m still waiting for someone to make a really nice, non-plastic bath pillow. 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 & electrolytes. Here are some options:
🔹 Electrolyte Powder: Mix scoop of this into your water 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 & 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.
🔹 L-lysine: anti-viral & anti-inflammatory Support for the central nervous system.
🔹 Lomatium tincture: a powerful anti-viral, especially for fighting the Epstein Barr Virus.
🔹 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: anti-viral. A form of lauric acid (the predominant fatty acid found in coconut oil and also present in human breast milk). It supports the immune system without negatively affecting your good gut bugs.
🔹 Medical Medium: there’s some really good info on anti-viral supplements & 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 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.
🔹 My Doctor: talk to yours before starting any new health protocol (gotta say it.)