I encourage people to ACTIVELY choose daily actions to detox as a way of life. With the curiosity of a child please consider understanding how each body part presented work and how you can support each body part.
This is a different way of approaching the ((WHY)) of health practices that I hope you will find refreshing and informative. I spent months researching many diverse sources to create this because my own life is at risk to accumulated toxins. (More here)
There are so many options to consider, please use what resonates with your unique life! Try to include something from every category that is practical and sustainable.
This information should be taken as EDUCATIONAL, and not direct medical advice. Please consult with a physician who knows you prior to making significant changes to your healthcare, especially if on meds, have a history of heart/kidney/liver issues or are pregnant.
- Advice if living with mold mycotoxins.
- Reduce or avoid toxic burdens.
- Support essential body systems for detox.
- Advanced detoxification options after moving out of mold
Advice if living with mold mycotoxins
- Don’t spend money on TREATMENT until out of the mold. Not only can you not effectively detox in that environment, but doing so can can make you very sick with what is called Herxing.
- Avoid buying anything new until getting into replacement home or remediate the condition.
- Get out and take nothing to new home that is colonized. (paper, bed, sofa, etc)
Reduce or Avoid Toxic Burdens
- Evaluate and reduce exposure to toxic household, gardening and personal care products by removing them from your life and replacing with healthier options. (See toxic load questionnaire. LINK)
- Reduce exposure to electromagnetic pollution (Studies have demonstrated mold breeds faster and produces more mycotoxins
Support Essential Body Systems for Detox
Understanding how your organs orchestrate the overall health and balance of your body is something every person should know. In doing so, I think it helps you understand how an action you take helps with overall health and vitality.
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Support the heart, lungs and neuro-vascular system:
Lungs exchanges oxygen and the neuro-vascular bundle moves oxygen and blood through a combination of nerves, arteries, veins, and lymphatic system.
- GENTLE exercise like daily walks or swimming. Strong exertion while sick is NOT advised because your mitochondria is damaged. If you feel energized after strenuous exercise then you don’t need to limit yourself, because you don’t have this issue.
- Get fresh air at least 30 minutes a day. This is a great time to get vitamin D from sunlight with skin exposed.
- Daily 15 minute nap is helpful. (You could try this self massage and rest of the vagus nerve instead of a nap)
- Deep breathing exercises (Safety tips) (Exercises – 11 minutes ) (Use this breathing model for cold showers)
- Gentle 4-7-8 breathing exercises (Link1)(Link2)
- Get a night time pulse-oximiter to measure oxygen if using a CPAP or waking not feeling refreshed. (And make sure your CPAP doesn’t have mold!!!)
Support the liver and gallbladder:
The liver detoxifies various metabolites, synthesizes proteins and produces biochemicals necessary for digestion and growth. — This organ is critical to recovery to detoxification. Detox should NOT be heavily provoked until this organ is supported. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver and helps digest fat.
- Stimulate digestion. Consume bitter vegetables known as brassicas (LINK), especially at the beginning of a meal. (This helps your liver produce more bile, which is critical to health for breaking down your food into nutrients and detoxing.)
Support the digestive system:
The digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract plus the accessory organs of digestion (the tongue, salivary glands, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder). Digestion involves the breakdown of food into smaller and smaller components, until they can be absorbed and assimilated into the body or eliminated.
- Prioritize time to poop 10 minutes in the morning. (Detox happens while sleeping) 2 times a day is better because the longer it stays the gut, the more likely it will get re-circulated.
- Modify diet with the following goals.
- Eat every 3-4 hours on a regular schedule. No food preferably after 7pm so your body can detox for 12 hours.
- Increase vegetables, protein, fiber, and complex carbs. Eat organic.
- Know the glycemic load of questionable foods. You’d be surprised to know using oil and avoiding wheat when using grains decreases glycemic load when you have an option. (LINK)
- Decrease or eliminate moldy mycotoxin laden food (which is anything fermented like aged cheese, alcohol, and mushrooms) as well as gluten and processed food.
- Be mindful of using good fats (mono and polysuaturated fats and moderate use of saturated fats) while avoiding transfats. (Detoxing and lots of Vitamin D should keep one safe from plaque build up which appears to be the issue, not cholesterol itself.)
- Stop the use of plastic containers with water and food
- Avoid EMF exposure. (More on this later.)
- Supplement a healthy diet with basic nutrients. Please note with any supplements the caution statement at top of page, but also I’d like to highlight no supplement is a substitute for the other lifestyle choices on this page , which are FAR more important.
- Multivitamin and minerals
- Magnesium and calcium
- Vitamin D3 (2000 IU a day and maybe more if you’re deficient)Methylated B complex vitamins
- Omega-3 fats (EPA & DHA from fish oil)
- Melatonin and selenium (sleep/detox aid)
- Consider mitochondrial support supplements until detox treatment is completed:
- Acetyl L-Carnitine
- R-Lipoic Acid
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) (Prescription required)
Support the kidneys:
The kidney participates in the controlling the volume of various body fluids, fluid osmolality, acid–base balance, various electrolyte concentrations, and removal of toxins. — This organ is critical to recovery to detoxification. Detox should NOT be heavily provoked until this organ is supported.
- Drink more filtered/mineralized water, green tea and other supporting liquids.
- Fasting helps the body detox. Try not to eat for 12 hours before peeing in the morning. (e.g. If peeing at 7am, stop eating at 7pm. This allows the body time to complete the digestion phase so the kidneys and liver can detox while you are sleeping.)
Support the lymphatic system and spleen:
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that run throughout the body, helping take away waste, bacteria, and microbes from your cells, essentially cleansing your body. Your lymphatic system relies on muscle contraction to pump the lymph fluid through the vessels.
Cold water immersion is an excellent method to move lymph fluid. (1) Prepare yourself mentally to not breathe shallow or hold breath. (2) Adjust to cold showers gradually w/ temp & time up to 5 minutes (3) Start mindful deep breathing before starting cold. (4) Make it a regular habit (Breathing method discussed, see 4m30 – Link1)(Program options Link2) (Or just do it, but see DEEP breathing techniques under lung support before starting.)
- Dry brushing and massage (Link1)
- Rebounding / jumping for a minimum of 2 minutes (Fun educational Link1) (Excellent long routine Link2)
Support the skin:
The skin plays a key role in protecting the body against pathogens and excessive water loss. Its other functions are insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, and the production of vitamin D folates.
The subcutaneous fat in your skin is essential to fighting bacterial infections. It is important to note that with chronic toxic exposure, it can cause irreversible age to the skin’s fat cells, particularly in older adults. This is due to damage from mitochondrial oxidative stress. The best was to support your skin is to get away from the toxin as quickly as possible.
- Epsom salt foot soaks. Very helpful and easy to do 2+ times/week
- Epsom salt baths
- Expose skin on walks to obtain vitamin D. (This has a direct impact on cholesterol utilization in your body.)
- Use a healthy moisturizer. ( I read recently tallow from beef fat is an excellent source because it has vitamins A, D, E, and K.)
Support the brain:
The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat. This is important to remember because toxins in the body are stored in fatty tissue.
A brain is the center of the nervous system. It contains about 100 billion neurons, each neuron is connected by synapses to several thousand other neurons. These neurons typically communicate with one another by means of long fibers called axons, which carry trains of signal pulses called action potentials to distant parts of the brain or body targeting specific recipient cells.
Physiologically, brains exert centralized control over a body’s other organs. They act on the rest of the body both by generating patterns of muscle activity and by driving the secretion of chemicals called hormones. This centralized control allows rapid and coordinated responses to changes in the environment.
Some basic types of responsiveness such as reflexes can be mediated by the spinal cord or peripheral ganglia, but sophisticated purposeful control of behavior based on complex sensory input requires the information integrating capabilities of a centralized brain.
When the brain becomes polluted by toxins, abnormal structures appear in the brain called amyloid plaques and neuronal tau tangles. They are a direct consequence of damage and destruction of synapses that mediate memory and cognition. As they continue to build up, mild symptoms appear. At some point in the disease state “the damn bursts” and the rate of accumulation increases exponentially. This disease state is known as Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons or Lewy Body Dementia.
The most effective way to support your brain is to support the organs in detoxification and create the perception of a safe environment to reduce the fight or flight stress response. (See Support the Vagus Nerve)
- Get 8-10 hours of sleep on a regular schedule
- Consider blue light blocking glasses after dark if using screens, especially an hour before bed. Another option
- I love is JustGetFlux.com (LINK) for computers or phones to block blue light from screens. It automatically adjusts luminosity, is adjusted based on location and time of year, and reminds you how many hours til you need to wake. Blue light blocking glasses is another option.)
- Create a dark, quiet, device free sleeping space and seek sunlight upon waking. (Use an eye mask if needed. If you have dry eyes, I find that helps alot for this too.)
- A hot shower, or even better an Epsom salt bath before bed helps relax you. (If you do that before sleeping you can get of the day’s funk AND remove dead skin cells before crawling under the covers.)
- Dust mites and more! Sleep hygiene is not talked about enough. A healthy bedroom should have fresh air, clean dry bedding, evening showers and fresh night clothes. How old is your pillow? I’d recommend replacing it yearly. Consider covering mattress and pillow, launder anything touching your skin weekly, and use a HEPA vacuum on the mattress. (LINK – See great motivational video to prevent dust mites in your bed) (LINK – Washing suggestions)
- If you cannot keep your sleeping environment quiet, perhaps consider binaural beats which are designed in different wavelengths to enhance intended brain activity. (LINK1)(LINK2)
- Supplementing with 3mg of Melatonin a half hour before bed is helpful and is also an anti-oxidant. (I take with Selenium as well.)
- Seek environments the help you feel safe.
- Seek socially rewarding activities.
- Seek activities that challenge thinking patterns. BrainHQ.com(LINK) has progressively challenging games for processing speed and memory like Double Decision and Hawkeye.
Support the vagus nerve:
This is the most important nerve in body for the Parasympathetic Nervous System (“Rest, Digest and HEAL” mode). CAUTION: WITH TOXIC ILLNESS, ESPECIALLY WITH COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT, TREATING ANXIETY WITH BENZODIAZEPINE DRUGS COULD RESULT IN IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM.
The vagus nerve interfaces with the parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. It actually comprises two nerves—the left and right vagus nerves—but they are typically referred to collectively in the singular. The vagus is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system in the human body.
The reason why the Vagus Nerve is essential to this process is because being in the “safety/healing” mode with your Parasympathetic Nervous System is essential to healing. When faced with environmental threats of ANY kind, including toxins you can’t see, your body involuntarily goes to the “fear/threat” with your Sympathetic Nervous System.
Tier 1 – Physical basis for influencing vagus nerve
- Web-based breathing site: Set for 4-7-8 breathing.
- Breathwrk App: Use the CALM and SLEEP buttons.
- DEEP breath: fill up your belly and then expand the chest fully.
- S-L-O-W exhale: Any time the out-breath is longer than the in-breath, you are calming the nervous system.
- Vagus nerve reset stretching by Sukie Baxter
- Vagus nerve (ear) massage by Sukie Baxter
- Nitric Oxide Therapy
- video 1 (Explanation of value in pharmaceutical applications. Essentially inhaled nitric oxide acts as a pulmonary vasodilator, increasing oxygenation by dilating or opening constricted blood vessels, especially in more well-ventilated areas of the lung, thereby improving intra-pulmonary shunt fraction.)
- video 2 Make your own Nitric Oxide! +Trivia this is produced almost exclusively in your sinuses. 2m… wow! Host defense happens here in our respiration!
- “Bee”- breathing
- Humming to activate vagus nerve by Tune Up Fitness
- Cold water immersion therapy (See further links for the lymph system)
Tier 2 – Psychological basis for influencing vagus nerve (Like masturbation, it can help you feel better, but it won’t fix your immune system.) (In other words, this is a behavioral approach to controlling anxiety. It does address NOT physiological causes.)
- Turn off negativity: news, social media, anything that causes anxiety/stress/fear or perpetuates concern.
- Gratitude journal: jot down 3 good things per day. Search “gratitude” in your App Store to find many smartphone options to make this easy.
- Prayer: ask your Higher Power and Angels for specific support (if this resonates with you)
- Meditation, guided imagery: Apps — Insight Timer, Calm, HeadSpace, 10% Happier
- Practice daily affirmation: “I am healthy, vibrant and energetic”, Affirmations by Kenneth Soares (as an example)
- Regulate and reprogram your thoughts toward health: Dr. Joe Dispenza Note 13m is the essential basis to move forward.
Hybrid of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Vagus Nerve Treatment (As described above):
- Biopsychosocial programs: Gupta (LINK) (Well established and endorsed by many), Curable (LINK), Dynamic Neural Retraining (LINK)
Support the Sinuses (Known as the Paranasal Sinuses):
DO NOT OVERLOOK THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS AREA. It is the most direct route to your brain when breathing. I’m providing lots of detail on this area because it’s importance is often under-estimated.
The basic functions of the paranasal sinuses which are part of the respirator system are as follows:
- Providing a “crumple zone” to buffer the brain in case of injuries
- Isolation of sensitive structures (roots of teeth, eyeballs) from rapid temperature fluctuations in the nasal cavity during inhalation and exhalation.
- Humidification and warming of the inhaled air, as a result of slow air flow in the sinuses.
- Perform the function of a sensory system of air signals (a baroreceptor organ that responds to changes in environmental pressure.
The nose contains an sensory receptors for the olfactory bulb which is responsible for smelling and is part of the central nervous system. The sense of smell is vitally important for detecting hazards, and pheromones, and plays a role in taste.
Perception occurs when an odor binds to a receptor within the nasal cavity, and transmits a signal through the olfactory system which will interact with parts of the brain responsible for smell identification, memory, and emotion.
When an odorant is detected by receptors and then the brain perceives and identifies it. The odorant binds to receptors that recognize only a specific functional group, or feature, of the odorant, which is ===((WHY))=== the chemical nature of the odorant is so important.
Unlike in the main olfactory system, the axons that leave the accessory olfactory bulb do not project to the brain’s cortex, but rather to targets in the amygdala and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, and from there to the hypothalamus. When the brain starts to show signs of advancing dementia this is ===((EXACTLY))=== where it shows up!
In understanding how to protect the brain and immune system we need to take this one step further downstream. The olfactory bulbs is a specialized brain structure that has highly permeable capillaries withing the blood–brain barrier (BBB).
BBB is a highly selective semi-permeable border of endothelial cells that prevents solutes in the circulating blood from non-selectively crossing into the extra-cellular fluid of the central nervous system where neurons reside.
The BBB restricts the passage of pathogens into the cerebrospinal fluid, while allowing the diffusion of various nutrients, ions, organic anions, and macromolecules such as glucose, water and amino acids that are crucial to neural function.
The BBB also restricts the passage of peripheral immune factors, like signaling molecules, antibodies, and immune cells, into the CNS, thus insulating the brain from damage due to peripheral immune events.
With this understanding, you should appreciate more what you allow your nose to take in. Artificial scents and toxins not only wreak havoc on the brain signal interpretation and sometimes causes mast cell activation. In the worst case scenario, invasion into your brain can occur which leads to chronic inflammation.
So even if you aren’t currently reactive to scents, keeping the olfactory portion of your brain healthy is vital to body fluid regulation, cardiovascular functions, immune responses, thirst, feeding and reproductive behavior, and much more.
- Nitric Oxide Therapy / Breathing (See supporting the Vagus Nerve)
- Saline rinses are helpful in removing debris. (Use reverse osmosis / pure water)
- Smell therapy with PURE essential oils. Can it be fun or helpful to anyone seeking to gain calmness and reorientation of our olfactory bulb? Whether it is loss of smell from COVID or chemical (smell) over sensitivity from toxins, it seems an idea worth exploring, but keep in mind no matter the scent source, being “natural” doesn’t mean it is safe. Personally I am going to chose to avoid scented products to avoid exposing my nose and brain to unnecessary particulates. (VOCs – If you smell it, it is a volatile compound.)
Support the mouth (It is a source of toxins):
An important fact that people don’t know is that bacteria from the mouth can get into the blood stream via bleeding gums or infections in the bony tissue. Researchers are finding that bacteria which gets into the brain can result in amyloid plaque formation which can lead to dementia. The American Heart Association also asserts that this contributes to heart attacks in 50% of patients.
- Get rid of mercury fillings if possible. Look for a SMART certified dentist and be sure your detox pathways are open and there is no other toxic exposure before disturbing these fillings. (Mercury gives off fumes with hot liquids or friction.)
- Check for bleeding gums. If they are, it is guaranteed you have bacteria entering your blood. You check by vigorously brushing and flossing. If you are bleeding, up your hygiene practice and maintain it. (Especially important to floss before bed.)
- Consider getting a Cone Beam Cat Scan x-ray study of mouth AND jaw. With this tool you can find hidden infections and it is more common than you realize, especially with root canals.
Supporting your eyes and ears (Supporting your brain neurons):
Neurons need to be supporting to optimize brain signaling and keep health as long as possible.
- Check and correct as needed. Keep those pathways firing!
- If you have brain inflammation you probably cannot pass a visual contrast sensitivity test. Here is a free version to check it out. (LINK)
Advanced Detoxification Options After Moving Out of Mold
These ideas below are NOT recommended if you are currently being exposed to significant toxins because it can make you very sick with what is called Herxing.
I have many more ideas, which are presented under my action plan which should be done under the guidance of a doctor.
Of the ideas I have, I’d like to present two very important pieces health considerations:
- Hyper-oxygenate body and improve neuro-vascularization (LiveO2 + Your favorite exercise equipment.)
- Infrared spa (Liberate toxins as part of a detox maintenance plan)