This article was first published on Lymeology in 2016, a website that is no longer active. Most of the links on this post are informational, but a few are affiliate links to help maintain this website.
Disclaimer: This article was written as a freelance writing job. I do not personally endorse any specific type of detox and some things listed here are experimental at best. It remains posted here as a record of my publications.
If you are in treatment for Lyme disease, you probably know how important it is to detoxify. When antibiotics or antimicrobials kill off the bacteria from the Lyme or coinfections it needs to be cleansed from the body. The liver and kidneys take care of a lot of it, but they need a helping hand. Here is an A to Z guide of 26 ways to aid in detoxification.
Detox A to Z:
Alka-Seltzer Gold - helps ease herxheimer reactions and keeps the body alkaline.
Bentonite Clay - binds to toxins and pulls them out of the body.
Coffee enemas - detoxifies the liver and intestines.
Dry brushing - stimulates the lymphatic system and increases circulation.
Epsom salt baths - draws out toxins through the skin while easing pain and inflammation.
Filtered water - proper hydration helps the kidneys flush toxins out of the body.
Glutathione - a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and boosts the immune system.
Himalayan salt lamp- purifies the air in your home.
Infrared sauna - improves circulation and rids the body of toxins through sweating.
Juicing - powerful nutrients are easily absorbed and toxins are flushed out.
K vitamin - keeps arteries free of calcium buildup.
Lymph drainage massage - soft repetitive touch helps circulate and remove lymph.
Meditation - deep breathing detoxifies the lungs and calms the sympathetic nervous system to allow the body to heal.
N-Acetyl Cysteine - the precursor to glutathione helps the body create the antioxidant.
Ozone - oxidizes toxins so the organs can remove them from the body.
Positive thinking - maintains flow in the body, unlike negative thoughts which weigh heavy and bog down.
Quercetin - a flavonoid with strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Rife machine - a machine that uses electronic frequencies to breakdown toxins.
Sleep - during sleep the brain drains itself of toxins through a system similar to the lymphatic system.
Tea - rich with antioxidants and flavonoids which help detoxify the body.
UV IV therapy - the blood is run through an ultraviolet light to cleanse the blood of bacteria, viruses, and toxins.
Vegetables - nature's medicine contain nutrients to keep the body free of toxins.
Walking - improves circulation and causes the body to sweat out toxins.
Xylitol - sugar substitute which starves bad bacteria.
Yoga - poses improve digestion and others squeeze stagnant toxins from muscles and organs
Zero sugar - sugar feeds bacteria and compounds the body’s need for detox; eliminating sugar reduces the need for detox
Talk to your doctor before starting a new detox. Some methods cause herxheimer reactions. Not all detox strategies are for everyone. You won't see me near a coffee enema any time soon, but lymphatic drainage massage has been very helpful. Try a few until you find the best fit your body's needs and your lifestyle.
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