A: Alkalize the Body & Adrenal Support
B: Bowels & Gut Microbiome
C: Cleanse the Liver
Key factors of the ABC’s
(For the most gentle detox results for sensitive individuals, approach the ABC’s in order, one-at-a-time & take YOUR time)
1. To effectively alkalize your blood you need MINERALS; eat a rainbow of colour on your plate daily including a variety of farm-fresh fruits & vegetables. Scientists now recommend 7-13, 1-cup servings daily to prevent Cancer and cardiovascular disease. The pH of healthy blood is 6.8 – 7, there are a few ways to test yourself to see if you are in fact in a pH balance; when you are in balance it means that your liver is releasing enough minerals to buffer the acidic foods, stress and other chemical toxins to maintain health. In an acidic condition, disease will thrive such as, heart burn, indigestion, IBS, autoimmune conditions, arthritis, bloating, Cancer, heart disease, etc.
The best concentrated forms of alkalizing foods are raw juice, sprouts, fermented vegetables, lemon water, spring water, chlorophyll, spirulina, sea weed, wild green herbs or weeds & wheat grass shots. *Juice Plus+ has the most research for reducing inflammation which will alkalize the body quickly. It is a concentrated cold-pressed juice, dried into powder with the sugar removed & pulp, seeds, peels, & fibre intact! *Juice Plus+ will optimally replace a multivitamin and offer much more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection.
2. The adrenal glands are basically nerve bundles and nerves need MINERALS to thrive (see alkalize above!), they also love Adaptogenic herbs, healthy fats including fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K & CoQ10 (grass-fed butter, coconut oil, liver, desiccated liver pills & cod liver oil), Vitamin C, B-Vitamins, rest, enough sleep, meditation, restorative yoga, spinal health, good posture, breathing, positive thoughts and loving affirmations.
3. Healthy bowels & gut microbiome has many levels to achieve thriving health and limit disease:
-Alkalize the gut environment (this again!)
-Probiotics & prebiotics: fermented foods & drinks, dirt, root vegetables, polyphenols, no antibiotics and reduce chemical toxins.
-Fiber: flax seeds, chia seeds, vegetables, fruit, herbs, clay, diatomaceous earth, and dirt.
-Hydration: Minerals (more whole foods), magnesium, spring water, green leafy vegetables, cucumber, watermelon, herbal tea, drink ENOUGH clean water (3- 4 litres daily including tea).
-Grounded eating habits: calm down before you eat, breath-work & prayer before food, meditation practice. Eating your meals on a daily rhythm: the circadian system in the brain thrives on this, or else inflammation will occur and confusion in cell communication causing over-eating.
-Reduced stress: the bowels have a complex nervous system wrapped around them and stress also increases inflammation which will create an imbalance in good vs. bad bacteria. When the bad bacteria thrive they send negative messages to the brain to make unhealthy choices.
For information about my 8 Weeks to Gut Wellness program, click here!
4. Cleanse the liver with bitter herbs & food such as lettuce, spring dandelion greens, stems and flowers in the back yard & arugula.
-Milk Thistle, Schizandra, Dandelion and Chamomile are my favorite herbs for effective liver detoxification.
-*The Liver & Gallbladder Flush (olive oil & lemon juice) is the most effective way to clear the liver (try it before gallbladder surgery). The Herbal Mama has a guide and detox kit available.
-Root vegetables & herbs help to support and build the liver cells. Dandelion root, burdock root & beetroot are some of the best. Bitter tasting vegetables & herbs literally help to release liver toxins and gall stones!
-Reducing stress, fried & packaged foods, hydrogenated oils, margarine, eat only organic & grass-fed animal products including butter.
-Reduce animal protein! Protein is difficult for the liver to process, especialy animal protein. In Asian cultures where their diet is higher in fat and plant foods while being low in protein, thrive far better than Western cultures low-fat and high protein diets, with little diversity in plant food.
The liver is the fat factory of the body, when it is functioning properly it will help to harness fat metabolism which will allow the body to start using fat for energy, burning up fat stores quickly. This will also help to assist the absorption of fat soluble vitamins: so important for adrenal health as mentioned above.
Leading into INTERMITTENT FASTING! This is my favourite way to burn fat fast, but if you have severe liver issues it’s best to take a break from fats and take some herbal bitters to clean it up a bit… live a long life, and feel amazing too! I totally recommend just jumping in to this as long as you are not showing any symptoms such as:
-Diabetes, glucose intolerance, autoimmune conditions, nausea, fat intolerances, uncontrollable cravings and binge eating, liver damage.
All those symptoms are a sign that you need to start at the beginning of the ABCs of detox and be your own health detective to sort it all out, also finding a health practitioner that can guide you will be a benefit. You will notice these as side-effects from intermittent fasting if you are unsure you have those symptoms listed above. Basically you will be cranky because you will feel hungry, so don’t push it and just start eating regular meals, find your daily rhythm with food, DON’T SKIP MEALS unless you are intentionally doing the intermittent fasting program which is very simple =
~Don’t eat processed & packaged foods, fried foods, trans fats, margarine, chips, crackers, alcohol, pop, sugar.
~EAT grass-fed animal products, only natural sweeteners in moderation such as honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, stevia, and fruit.
The well-researched book, Eat Fat, Lose Fat recommends consuming 4-6 Tbsp. of coconut oil daily! You can integrate that by adding 1-2 Tbsp. to smoothies, your coffee or coffee substitute in the morning (Dandy Blend- great prebiotic), on sprouted or sourdough toast, in soups. You also want to take a cod liver oil supplement to get your fat soluble vitamins into balance or eat more organ meats from healthy wild or grass-fed animals.
The Bulletproof diet recommends adding Brain Octane oil, a highly concentrated coconut oil with MCTs that give your body ketones to convert into a fat fuelled metabolism (fat burning). Download the Bulletproof roadmap or read it here.
My herbal detox kits are an easy thing to incorporate into your regular routine and are available for pick up in YEG or delivery with a $100 minimum purchase (2 Detox kits!!)
If you are interested in starting any of these programs contact Elaine Doucette Cl.H with The Herbal Mama. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram to find out about the latest group programs online and locally in Edmonton, AB. Contact me here.
The Liver & Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse, Andreas Moritz, 2007
Healing with Whole Foods, book by: Paul Pitchfork, 2002
Eat Fat, Lose Fat, book by: Sally Fallon & Dr. Mary Enig (International expert on fats), 2006
The Bulletproof Diet, Dave Asprey, www.bulletproofexec.com
Nourishing Traditions, book by: Sally Fallon, Weston A. Price Foundation 1945-present