Drainage Then Detox – Why The Order Matters

Over 18 years ago, when I started coaching and teaching about herbs, healthy living, and healthy eating, almost everyone in the health and wellness industry was pushing detoxification. Detox smoothies, detox supplements, and detox foot baths were slowly making an entrance to the health world.

As I started to get sick from toxic mold and chemical exposure (14 years ago) I quickly realized that making my body detox without the proper support was not a good thing. Every time I tried using supplements to rid my body of toxins I would get sicker so I took a step back and reviewed my herbal materia medica. After some time and due to lack of funds, I ended up writing my own protocol with herbs and supplements to help support my body before I could move on to detoxing. Pushing detoxification as the first line of treatment is wrong in my humble opinion. Pushing detox protocols for mold exposure while a patient is still living in toxic mold is also a wrong approach in my opinion. 

There is another D letter word that must come first. Drainage.
The body is only able to remove toxins via its drainage pathways. If the drains are plugged up the toxins just get reabsorbed, which can lead to awful symptoms sometimes referred to as die-off symptoms. A body that isn’t able to remove toxins can worsen or even start the disease process. 

My research over the years has shown me that it’s super important to first support the body’s ability to drain. You do this by supporting and strengthening the colon, liver, gallbladder, lymphatic system, other organs, tissues, and cells. 

Your body gets rids of waste via the colon. Think of your colon as a first responder. If your colon stops eliminating on a daily basis, everything is affected. It is imperative for me to have one or two bowel movements a day. Going days without a bowel movement is a big problem. If constipation is an issue then taking binders can cause more constipation and allow for toxins to be reabsorbed. 

Your liver and gallbladder are next. If you’re not producing enough bile or if bile is not flowing you’ll have difficulty absorbing fats and handling certain foods. When trying to support the liver it’s important to consume foods and herbs that stimulate bile flow and get things moving and also herbs/foods that open pathways so toxins can be cleared. Herbal bitters are a great and inexpensive option to help this process. I make my own from time to time and use them often. 

When we are exposed to toxins the liver can take a big hit. Think of your liver as a big strainer/modifier. When you’re baking you’ll often use a strainer or a sifter to make the flour a bit more airy and fluffy. This little action will modify your end result.

One of the liver’s jobs is to filter the blood before it is distributed to the rest of the body. It also is responsible for the detoxification of chemicals. It accomplishes this by making toxins and chemicals less toxic, and easier to eliminate. 

“The liver regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile. This helps carry away waste products from the liver. All the blood leaving the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The liver processes this blood and breaks down balances, and creates the nutrients, and also metabolizes drugs into forms that are easier to use for the rest of the body or that are nontoxic.
More than 500 vital functions have been identified with the liver. Some of the more well-known functions include the following:
-Production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion
-Production of certain proteins for blood plasma
-Production of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
-Conversion of excess glucose into glycogen for storage (glycogen can later be converted back to glucose for energy) and to balance and make glucose as needed 
-Regulation of blood levels of amino acids, which form the building blocks of proteins
-Processing of hemoglobin for use of its iron content (the liver stores iron)
-Conversion of poisonous ammonia to urea (urea is an end product of protein metabolism and is excreted in the urine)
-Clearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances
-Regulating blood clotting
-Resisting infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream
-Clearance of bilirubin, also from red blood cells. If there is an accumulation of bilirubin, the skin and eyes turn yellow. 
When the liver has broken down harmful substances, its by-products are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile by-products enter the intestine and leave the body in the form of feces. Blood by-products are filtered out by the kidneys, and leave the body in the form of urine.” Source 

Next in line is the Lymphatic system, followed by our other organs, tissues, and lastly our cells. I’ll cover these in a follow-up post.

For now, the takeaway is to work slowly and make sure that before you start any protocol your body is able to properly discard the toxins. In order to do that your pathways must be functional and open. Everyone knows that when there is a traffic jam no matter what car you drive, you ain’t getting nowhere unless the path is opened. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a Lexus, Mercedes, or BMW. You will not be able to move through until the jam is clear and the path is open. The same happens with our bodies. You can take the best supplements with the highest quality, the most expensive…and guess what? You’ll be wasting your money if your pathways are blocked and unable to let toxins leave the body.

With that said I have to mention one more thing. If you are trying to heal from toxic mold exposure and or chemical injury it is imperative that you remove yourself from the toxins that made you sick. So if your dorm in college has toxic mold and you’re trying to get better, you can’t stay in that environment. If you use pesticides in your job and suffered an injury due to those pesticides, you can’t keep using those chemicals, or you’ll just keep re-injuring yourself and making your health worse. Make sense?

Till next time,
Chemical Free Gal

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