I hope you are having a beautiful week so far. I am looking forward to sharing today’s post with you because it’s been one that’s been very requested. As you might have seen, I’ve showed parts of my detox routine on social media and have received so many questions asking for specifics on what I’m doing. The part I’m most thankful for is that this detox routine has REALLY been helping me heal and show improvement in my symptoms. It’s hard to know exactly which piece of this has helped the most but I do know that the combination of this routine along with treatment from both of my Lyme doctors has changed my life for the better. In case you didn’t see my post sharing my diagnosis, I blogged about that here.
I was incredibly sick up until about three months ago and am just so thankful to be healing and moving in the right direction. So, let’s first get into why it’s so important to detox when healing from Lyme + co-infections and all that come with it like parasites, mold, etc. To actually be completely honest, I really think that some level of detoxing for anyone living in today’s world is very important because of how many toxins we are constantly exposed to. Someone who is totally healthy can also 100% have a detox routine in order to prevent disease, keep the body strong, and fight off infection. My doctor described it to me once by saying “the body is like a big bucket. Toxins can accumulate over a lifetime and at some point, the bucket can overflow and disease happens. You want to focus on detoxing which is a way of emptying that bucket before it overflows.”
Why do I need to detox when dealing with Lyme disease/ co-infections/ mold/ parasites?
Essentially, all of these pathogens and bacterium release toxins when they are killed in the body. When they’re killed, they can make you feel SO much worse– which is why I’ve found it important to take a treatment plan slow and steady rather than going overboard with treatments all at once. In the beginning, I was told that treating lyme is “slow and steady wins the race” and this couldn’t be any more true. Because the infections release toxins, it’s soooo important to have ways to detoxify the body. I am VERY thankful that detoxing was the first “treatment” my doctors put me on. Before I was on any kind of killing protocol, I began my detox routine to prep my body to be able to handle treatment. If a body becomes overly toxic, it can be dangerous and it’s hard to get better in that case. It’s also very important to make sure the detox pathways are open, meaning that you are able to sweat, pooping regularly, etc. For more information on opening detox pathways, check out this account on IG.
What my detox routine looks like:
Infrared Sauna 4-5 x per week: I’ve been using the infrared sauna to sweat out toxins for the past 7 months and it has dramatically helped me. I started slow at 20 mins per session because it can cause a Herx reaction. I now have worked my way to to about 45 minutes 5 times per week (when I can fit it in). One of the best ways to naturally detox is through sweating. Infrared heat is so powerful for Lyme healing, more on that can be found in this article. The sauna I have in my home is linked here! I hope to invest in a wood sauna eventually but this one has been great so far. It’s portable and under $600, which is a hard to find for a sauna with low EMF. Make sure to drink TONS of water if you’re sauna-ing often and also supplement with a mineral supplement to prevent becoming overly dehydrated.
Epsom Salt & Clay Baths: I will take a detox baths on the days I’m not going in the sauna or want to switch it up. These are so important because they’re another way to heat up the body, which kills pathogens. You are also sweating which is detoxing the body again. The key here is getting the bath water as hot as possible without burning yourself. This isn’t meant to be a “relaxing bath,” it’s considered a treatment. I get the bath as hot as possible, add half of a big bag of epsom salt, and a few tablespoons of my detox clay. You want the whole bottom of the tub to be covered in salt because that’s what’s really going to help the body and then the clay detoxes you. START SLOW with the clay!! It’s pretty intense. In the beginning I would have to lie down for a half hour after my baths because of the detox reaction. I mainly noticed my arms would hurt and I would get a headache. Now that I have progressed, I can handle a bit more and don’t have such a strong reaction. These baths are a fairly inexpensive way to detox.
Binders Binders Binders!! I remember the first day I started a lyme treatment and wasn’t yet on a binder. It was literally one of the worst days of my life…. I saw yellow splotches, felt like I was literally in the biggest fog, had shooting pains through my head like a lightening shock, it was insane. The next day I started various binders and am sooo glad I did. Again, when killing these pathogens, toxins are released into the body. I believe on that really bad day, my body was so toxic that it didn’t know how to process or really function. Binders essentially help draw the toxins from the body in our stool and aid in detoxification. I can’t stress their importance enough!! I currently take one called Ultra Toxin Binder, Chlorella, Liposomal Glutathione, & Microchitosan (to help my body detox from mold poisoning) among others. Speak with your doc before adding in anything– but do ask about binders if you aren’t yet on one. In my opinion, it is SO important!! The big thing to remember with binders is that you need to take them at least 2 hours after other medications and meals– or 30 minutes before! You can set an alarm to remind you because all of this can become a lot to remember. Lyme healing has been like another full-time job for me.
Meyers Cocktail / Glutathione Push Weekly: I have to say, I believe this has really helped me to boost my immune system. This is a weekly IV I get at my doctor’s office and has helped over time. At first, it truly made me feel horrible. However, I now notice a little energy from it. Again, everyone is different here! My Father has Lyme also and he is usually totally down for the count the day after IV therapy. The IV can set forth toxins in the body and can cause some people to Herx. I’ve noticed the Herx getting less over time but usually I will still feel it for a few hours after the IV! I always take my ultra toxin binder within the two hours following the IV because it binds to toxins that are released in the system. This is SO important!! I want to point out that it is important to have a doctor that caters an IV treatment to your specific body. This is just what I’ve been doing that’s helped, but always ask your doc!
Coffee Enemas & Other Kinds of Enemas. THESE HAVE BEEN SO HELPFUL! I’m not going to get into coffee enemas in this post because I have a whole other blog post on them here. They have changed my life, especially since a big portion of my treatment has been treating parasites! I highlight recommend checking out the post here to learn more. I also do another kind of enema that was recommended by a friend’s doc! It’s a water enema, specifically designed to pull parasites. I mix 12 drops of each of these “beginners” solutions in 4 warm cups of water. It has been incredible for pulling parasites along with Mimosa Pudica, Biocidin, and my prescription parasite medication which is very specifically tailored to my body. I remember the first time I did an enema, I felt that my mind finally cleared up for the first time in months! That “brain-foggy” feeling really improved, I am such a big believer in them. Another great option is a Colonic! This might be a good way to start because someone else does it for you, ha.
Dry Brushing and Rebounding! These are two other amazing ways to detox the body. I have a blog post on dry brushing here. It’s wonderful because it gets the lymph moving! Moving lymph through the body is key for detoxification. Rebounding (jumping on the trampoline for 10-15 minutes per day) is another great way to detox and get get lymph moving. It’s easy on the joints and moves things along in the body. Just make sure to start slow and listen to your body!
I hope this post has been helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can find links to all the products I’ve talked about above. Sending you lots of healing love!!!