Methods of Detoxification

“There are numerous ways in which the body rids itself of harmful materials, metabolic products and radiation. The liver, kidneys, intestine, skin, lungs — all work in concert to rid us of everything harmful and superfluous. Anything that strengthens these organs is also strengthening the capacity of the body to detoxify itself.” p146 Moon Time: The Art of Harmony with Nature and Lunar Cycles by Johanna Paungger

Spring Equinox is behind us and we are hurtling full speed into the year already. Spring is always a good time to do some detoxing! Spring came early to Vancouver this year, and if you ever start the GAPS diet just remember that it is important to do whatever you can to help your body detoxify–I have been doing a lot of detoxification lately! As most of you know by now, I have been having various health issues ever since a run-in with mold in New Zealand in 2005. Last year my condition just seemed to get worse and worse despite all of the good things I was doing food-wise, what with eating broth and fermented foods and whatnot. It could also have to do with moving from NZ to North America, and other things, since a recent hair analysis test showed high levels of pesticides in my body. I was at the point where, every 7-10 days I would get into a cyclical vomiting cycle in which I couldn’t eat or drink anything and I would just be vomiting or dry-heaving all day with a headache and shakes. It was pretty awful and made it rather hard to get any kind of regular schedule because of the unpredictable nature of this problem.

Finally, I began to find some things that helped me in these conditions, bentonite clay was a life saver. If I was just able to drink a little of that when it all began I could usually avoid the never-ending vomiting cycles (the worst was a 3 day bout last Easter-nightmare). Baths are also very helpful. Towards the end of the year I had an opportunity to discuss these problems with Harvest McCampbell (by the way she has put together a wonderful resource: Food Security and Sustainability for The Times Ahead, which I highly recommend). She gave me a simple but powerful suggestion–if these things helped, perhaps I should do them regularly so that my toxins didn’t have a chance to build up to the point where I was so overloaded my body just had to do whatever it could to get rid of them (cyclical vomiting-yuck!). All of these things came together recently and as a result I have found ways to make various of these detoxification methods part of daily healing rituals.

Since we began the GAPS diet in February we have found that staying on top of various detoxification habits has been key in allowing us to function and helps incredibly. Some of the methods that I have found particularly helpful are:

Periods of cleansing or fasting are incorporated into nearly every tradition to some extent. Rituals of healing and cleansing have been very important in mankind’s history and it is good to recognize that we need to make a place for these rituals in our modern lives. In fact, it is obviously important than ever in our modern world that is overloaded with industrial chemicals and whatnot.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Chris

    You’ve sold me on baths. I’ve put “Take Bath” on my calendar and will pick up a big bag of Epsom salts today. I would love it if they helped with my joint pain. Thanks for explaining how they work. I’m off to read the rest of the detox posts…

    1. hellaD

      I’ve been learning even more abut baths lately, baking soda is very good for detoxing from EMFs and other types of radiation poisoning as well as clays. I am posting more about this soon, but yeah…incredible the wonderful healing from baths. I have also learned that Magnesium Chloride is meant to be more effective at dealing with radiation, but all epsom salts are good.

  2. Sara

    Wow, your experiences these last few years sound very challenging. I’m glad you have found ways to provide some relief, though. I look forward to reading future posts!

    Where did you get your hair analysis that showed the pesticides?

    1. hellaD

      Hi I will have to try to remember to email you directly. I got my hair analysis done by a woman in NZ, but for some reason when I sent her a second test to do after about a year on the GAPS diet she never sent me the results or replied or anything, so I am not sure if she is still in business.

      I have just discovered another place to get them done, also you can get a kit to test at home for heavy metals. I will put up a new post soon with more info about clays I am just learning more about them myself–incredible healing abilities! Anyway here is the info for testing I got this info from this site It is well worth it to read all the articles on this site–really informative information:


      Here are a few ways a person can test their own toxicity of metals and chemicals right in your own home:

      Body Balance (from Great Smokies Laboratories – Asheville, NC)

      This laboratory offers a Mineral Check for 11 Essential Minerals and 9 Toxins. Mineral Check, uses a hair sample, measures levels of 11 essential minerals including: Calcium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Iodine, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, Strontium, Sulfur, Zinc and 9 toxic elements including: Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Bismuth, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, and Tin. Essential minerals are a factor in cellular function and are necessary for the body’s structural and metabolic functions, in particular, enzyme reactions.

      Toxic elements can affect many areas, including brain function and activity, kidney damage, and symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, and digestive problems.

      This test kit costs around $60.00
      Please contact Body Balance at 888-891-3061 Ext #5

      1. hellaD

        Unfortunately I have just discovered that Body Balance is shutting down it’s testing this year, but they say if you get a test kit somewhere and send in for a result they will process it until the end of the year:

  3. JC

    I am looking forward to future posts. The vinegar.. do you use it for cleansing the skin? Nettles are beginning to come up where I live in the midwest. Free food!

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