This is part 3 of a small series about toxins. If you have not read What is Detox and How to Prep for Detox, start here
I was 35 at the time I started iodine due to my health crashing. Before my crash, I assumed I was generally healthy. But I abused alcohol to an extent for a long time and might have smoked several pounds of pot, so I had an idea my liver and kidneys might be kinda clogged. Starting iodine helped me resolve several ailments and everything was going smoothly till I got to about 35mg of iodine.
Usually when I would start getting detox symptoms, I would reduce my dose of iodine, or take a break from it for a few days, and then I would be able to continue without issue. But each time I tried taking a break and resuming at my 35ish mg, I just remained foggy, and had a hard time getting life and work done. So, I took a break and read about high dose iodine and decided to try it (more about all of this in Low and slow vs high dose) I restarted at 50mg and tried 100, 150 and just under 300mg for about a week. Ooof, that was a bad idea.
I don’t feel so good
I woke up one morning about 3 days after I stopped iodine, and felt like I was hit by a bus. My body hurt so bad and I could barely think. This happened because I pushed more toxins than my organs could handle at the time. As long as I don’t push too much too quickly, I don’t run into this issue.
My liver and kidneys “filter” bad stuff out. My liver does a lot of other stuff too and is very important to a lot of systems in my body. After messing around with some foods, herbs and supplements, I feel like it’s important to work on the liver and kidneys before pushing much iodine.
Focusing on my liver
After years of reading, I’ve come to the conclusion that my liver is one of the most important things to focus on for overall health. It’s wise to avoid loading it with toxins in the first place but that’s pretty much impossible anymore. There are foods that help support the liver which are great to include, or just about switch our diet over to. The liver is a powerhouse that can make use of various substances to make some serious detox happen, and we have a couple things at our finger tips, like foods, supplements, physical activity, sunlight and coffee enemas. 50 billion times a second, our body depends on a process called methylation, and 80% of this process happens in our liver. A lot of the processes that keep us happy and healthy, are in our liver.
Liver supporting foods
Beets – betaine helps run our methylation system. We can supplement in the form of betaine(TMG).
Cruciferous Vegetables – are amazing in so many ways(except when consuming too much raw, due to having anti-thyroid compounds still active). It’s wise to make a serious push to get these things in our diet. Cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, etc. Broccoli sprouts(which are ok raw) have some very potent substances in them that we can make use of for detox.
Leafy Greens – have antioxidants and other minerals we need for everything else, plus they help regulate digestion and clean our gut. Dandelion greens are especially potent for the liver. Spinach or other high oxalate foods might be worth avoiding for people with kidney stones and/or thyroid issues till we have a better understanding of stomach acid etc. We require folate from these leafy greens, and also protein & magnesium to run the beginning of our nutrient engine. Read more about oxalates at my other sites sickoftired.com/thyroid
Lemons – add flavor to anything and provide an excellent source of vitamin C and other goodies. Some people blend whole organic lemons for a better whole-food balance. Lemon juice is pasteurized and imbalanced, and should be avoided.
Avocados – contain very healthy fats and antioxidants. Try not to go overboard with these though. I think 3-4 per week was recommended a few places. They are loaded with a few nutrients that some of us need to be careful with, like copper.
Walnuts – are filled with excellent stuff that is great for our body in general. These are usually good in small amounts a few times a day, don’t pig out on them. Our body can only digest and absorb nutrients from nuts that are broken and chewed. If we were to swallow them whole, we would only absorb a thin layer on the outside of them, so chew them to a pulp for max absorption.
Turmeric – is a powerhouse and adds a nice flavor to some dishes. Use black pepper and a healthy fat to activate turmeric and don’t go crazy, a lot of turmeric is contaminated with heavy metals, so I only sprinkle it on black pepper and healthy fat food randomly.
Our liver essentially takes raw protein from our diet and converts it into all the fancy stuff our body needs. The first step in this process requires magnesium, which is why magnesium is so important. After protein and magnesium, then we start getting into tons of other nutrients. For a more advances list of substances that I support my liver and other systems with, check out my write up about how I detoxed mercury on my other site https://sickoftired.com/mercury/
TMG – Trimethylglycine
We would usually get this from our diet but we don’t eat enough of the good stuff(mainly all the stuff above) to get enough of this and keep up with all the stress factors we expose ourselves to daily. Even if we eat a lot of the foods above, our body may not be in the right shape to absorb and use it properly ATM. And even then, our food might be pretty depleted of it by now. The supplement form commonly comes in 1000mg pills. Dr. Wilson recommends up to 1000mg per day for women and 3000mg per day for men. Read more about it from Dr. Wilson here
This ‘NOW’ brand absorbs moisture and deteriorates somewhat quickly. I purchased this one on purpose because I figured the one that breaks down the quickest doesn’t have a bunch of extra junk to keep it from doing that. “Bulk” brand is a better source for filler-free.
I eventually tried Choline several months after TMG. I felt a bit of the same symptoms/healing reactions as TMG, but even more. These two both run the other main methylation channel parallel to MTHFR, and can help produce SAMe, which helps with mental balance. Here is a Choline & Inositol supplement. If someone were to try this, they may want to go very slow with it. I break apart or open capsules and add them to a glass of water, drinking it slowly and paying attention to how I feel.
Milk Thistle – Silymarin w/Turmeric
Milk Thistle has so many benefits associated with it. Apparently it can help clean up free radicals. I don’t take it often but when I do I notice myself clearing more mucus out of my nose and throat, and then I am able to breathe better.
A lot of people claim milk thistle helps their skin look and feel better. A lot of skin conditions are linked to liver function.
I use this Liposomal Curcumin from Seeking Health https://bit.ly/32XZl8K
I also try to get milk thistle in tea from time to time. Here is a stand alone milk thistle https://amzn.to/3eCL4C4 and here is a detox tea from Arbonne which is my go to because its a decent blend of several common herbs https://www.arbonne.com/us/en/arb/MicahCoffey/shop-all/nutrition/cleanse-%26-detox/cleantox-herbal-detox-tea/p/2076%20US
MSM – Methylsulfonylmethane
Naturally present in fruits, vegetables, grains, animal products, and some algae.
MSM is a sulfur-bearing compound that is found in all body cells and is indispensable to life.
Some people take MSM for skin and hair health, or pain and sleeping issue. I found great relief from my mercury symptoms. When starting MSM, it’s most likely wise to start very very low, and make sure we drink plenty of water. Otherwise we can potentially run into a hefty detox, or dehydration. Sometimes MSM doesn’t work right away, if I don’t feel MSM give me energy or clarity, or a chance in digestion, I don’t keep taking it. Then after a few weeks or months, I try again.
Coffee Enemas have been around a while
Chances are if our liver is clogged, so are our kidneys, so it’s wise to work on kidney related stuff as well. Looking into “Lindsay’s nails” and “Terry’s nails” can help us get a better idea where our liver and kidneys are at. There are foods and supplements that help support kidneys, I believe teas are also very beneficial. There is a blend called Backyard kidney tea which could be made in your backyard if you have the stuff or you can purchase the ingredients online or locally sometimes. Moritz’s kidney tea is also a good blend but I believe is a little stronger and we should have an idea what we are consuming before just starting it. Dr. Moritz has a book somewhere about how to make and use this tea.”
I won’t get into them much here but these things are the bees knees when it comes to gaining health. The reason these help us is because we have a special set of veins in our bum that transports something in the organic coffee, directly to our liver. This allows our liver to do like 200 or 600 times as much detox as usual and seems to be rather safe. There are people that have done coffee enemas daily for 40+ years and lived healthy lives. Some people use coffee enemas while naturally healing through cancer.
Once we get past the ick facter, these things aren’t really all that bad. People have no problem eating and drinking things we know we shouldn’t but right when it comes to drinking stuff up the butt we cringe? Lol just kidding, this is weird af but what are we gonna do? die? I don’t think so.
Here’s the kit I started with. I plan on making resources on how to safely and efficiently perform coffee enemas, but in the meantime, feel free to contact me if this seems like something you may need to start sooner than later. https://amzn.to/3hceTer
I explain how I perform coffee enemas here sickoftired.com/coffee-enema/