It’s a new year! Woo! I was and am extremely thrilled for this year to begin and to start aggressively taking actions towards my new goals and surrendering anything that does not work for me.
Although I have a very clean diet the majority of the time, every year after the holidays are over, I do a new type of cleanse. The 2019 cleanse I am beginning is my own 21-day liver + heavy metals detox, specifically focused on releasing heavy metals from my organs and making my skin glow from within. It’s exciting what you can accomplish in a single detox!
What is a heavy metals detox?
Unless you’re a hermit living off unadulterated land, over time you have come across a ton of products that have been laced with toxic metals. Metals can be in the poor diet you’re consuming, unfiltered water you’re drinking, and even household materials such as the cleaning products and cookware and utensils you’re using.
Unfortunately, those metals can get stuck in your body and cause all sorts of nasty ailments from brain fog and chronic fatigue and pain to autoimmune diseases, and even dementia and depression. The bioaccumulation of the metals can also cause major skin issues (!!) because the toxins can greatly increase to inflammation which can lead to acne and various other skin afflictions.
Luckily, one of the best (and easiest, in my opinion) ways to rid your body of the metals is through diet and supplementation. Enter my clear skin and heavy metals detox!
The reason I picked 21 days is because that is the amount of time that it takes to form a new habit and also, I wanted to challenge myself and you.
How the Detox Works for Skin
You may have heard of the word “microbiome” as it’s a buzzword–for good reason–in the health world right now. The microbiome is a community of microscopic organisms, like bacteria, living in your body. There’s a gut microbiome, skin microbiome, a mouth microbiome and several more. The bacteria in our guts perform multiple functions including immune system regulation, food breakdown, and preventing growth of harmful bacteria. When we have an imbalance, which means that there’s an overgrowth of bad bacteria, the gut doesn’t function properly and can cause insulin resistance, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, microbial dysbiosis, and many other issues.
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are often accompanied by skin issues and the GI system, particularly the gut microbiome, appears to participate in inflammatory disorders. Through mechanisms not yet completely understood, the gut microbiome’s influence clearly extends beyond the GI system. One distant organ known to have a particularly complex connection with the gut is the skin in what’s called the gut-skin axis. In cases of disturbed intestinal barriers, intestinal bacteria and microbiota have been reported to gain access to the bloodstream, accumulate in the skin, and disrupt skin homeostasis, or your skin being in balance. Basically, when you’re not feeding your body healthy foods and are in a state of stress, that weakens the microbiome making it work harder to get rid of all the junk you’re ingesting and it detoxes that into your bloodstream and eventually out onto your skin in the form of acne, eczema and dry skin.
Fortunately, you can fix GI issues with a clean, plant based diet.
This cleanse be pretty straightforward: consume different types of organic, non-gmo fruits and vegetables primarily and healthy fats from produce such as avocados, coconut oil and olive oil. Eat lots of leafy greens, citrus fruits (vitamin C), wild blueberries, and cilantro. Eating non-organic could have trace metals and definitely pesticides in them which would be counteracting the work you’re doing of eliminating them from your body.
While there is no meat in this cleanse, eat wild-caught fish sparingly: one to two times a week. Eating farm-raised fish is an easy way to contract mercury and other metals in your bloodstream. If you choose to eat fish, use the EWG Seafood Calculator so you are eating the right amount for your body type.
Foods that are on the avoid list for this cleanse are: alcohol, dairy, eggs, farmed fish, gluten, meat, processed foods, soy, sugar.
I took eggs off of the list because they can be an allergen for some people and since this detox is resetting your body, you can introduce organic, cage-free eggs into your diet afterwards if you feel they aren’t causing you any issue.
To begin the cleanse I like take Aerobic Life’s Mag-O7 Oxygen Digestive Cleaner to flush toxins out of my colon and ease any bloating I might have. The day that you are going to take the pills, make sure that you are drinking water and not eating a lot of sugar otherwise it can cause cramping. Take Mag-07 before you go to bed with a glass of water. Reserve some extra alone time in the bathroom the following morning. (Sorry, I hate talking about bodily functions too!). If you’re really bloated and feeling sluggish, you can take Mag-07 two nights in a row.
Other supplements to include every day of the detox are below. Include the powders in whatever recipe tastes best to you.
- Atlantic dulse: This edible seaweed adheres to aluminum, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and nickel and doesn’t release them into your bloodstream–it’s released when the dulse leaves your body.
- Barley grass juice powder: This green powder pulls heavy metals out of your spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas, thyroid, and reproductive system.
- L-glutamine: This supplement has been shown to repair leaky gut and other bacterial issues in the gut. Healing your gut is an especially helpful way of getting rid of acne and other skin issues such as eczema and rosacea.
- Liver supplement: You could take milk thistle on its own, which is great for detoxing the liver. However, I am somewhat evangelical about the Health Force SuperFoods Liver Rescue because it includes different herbs and I’ve had amazing results using it multiple times.
- Spirulina: Spirulina is an algae that helps to pull toxins, especially heavy metals, from your body. If you don’t want to add this nutrient to smoothies as it can taste very strong, try it in tablet form.
- Tocos: Tocos are a rice bran nutrient, that is very high in vitamin E, which makes them a power powder for your skin! Vitamin E is not only needed for that coveted glow, but it also staves off acne. Tocos also improves connective tissue and hydrates skin–perfect for winter in colder climates. You can also mix it in your coffee (once it’s cooled) and other smoothies after the cleanse. I don’t drink coffee (yes, I know I’m weird), so smoothies it is for me!
- Vitamin C: While you’ll be eating plenty of vitamin C through the plethora of produce, supplementing with vitamin C, especially during the winter will give you an extra immune system boost. Vitamin C helps reduce free radicals floating around in your body. Free radicals can cause inflammation which leads to a lot of skin issues and potentially other diseases.
- Vitamin D: While vitamin D isn’t necessary on most people’s heavy metals cleanses, I’m including it because most people have a deficiency in it, especially during the winter when the sunlight is minimal.
- Zeolite: I am using zeolite for the first time and it’s a crucial ingredient in my detox! Zeolite is a very gentle way to detox heavy metals which it pulls out of your system, then you urinate them out of your body. Each zeolite has different instructions of how many times and how much to take each day. I use Touchstone Essentials and it’s four drops, three times a day in water. Once the detox is over, I will continue to take zeolite for the next six months to continue to rid my body of any metals accumulation.
Oh, exercising! One of my new year’s goals is to consistently exercise five times a week. I’ll be doing Rebecca-Louise’s workouts for 30-45 minutes a day followed by 15 minutes of yoga. Having my workouts on my phone and being able to do it in my living room (because thank you Chromecast) and not having to think about them, gives me absolutely no excuse to not tone up.
If you haven’t been working out, starting it at the same time you start a detox is a bad idea because you’re introducing too many variables at once that your body has to work harder to adjust to. Start the detox and once your body adjusts (give it at least a week), then introduce light-to medium workouts–not triathlon training or an aggressive workout like that. In the meantime, gentle yoga, rebounding and walking will be good ways to get your circulation moving.
I’ll be doing the detox on the weekends too, but here’s a look at my Monday through Friday. Modify for your own schedule.
Drink 8 ounces of water with a few drops of zeolite before I exercise.
Finish exercise and complete 15 minutes of yoga. Finish drinking 20 ounce bottle of water if I haven’t already.
16-32 ounces of fresh celery juice on an empty stomach. This tip comes from Medical Medium and it restores hydrochloric acid which can be depleted through poor diet and stress. (If you cannot drink the celery juice in the morning, try in the afternoon/evening when you get home from work, on an empty stomach and before you eat dinner)
Fresh-squeezed lemon in warm/room-temperature water.
Smoothie time! The main components of this smoothie are barley grass juice powder (make sure it is juice and not just barley grass powder) and spirulina. You also need the extra ingredients because the taste of the two powders are so strong.
Blend all ingredients together:
- one juiced apple (the sweeter the better)
- 1.5 tsp of barley grass juice powder
- 1.5 tsp of l-glutamine
- 2 tsp of spirulina (remove if you are taking this in tablet form)
- 1-2 tsp Atlantic dulse
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries*
- 1 cup kale or spinach
- ½ c water
*If you can’t find wild blueberries, they are also offered in powder form here.
Round two of zeolite. I’m just using a double shot glass now. However it’s a good opportunity to remember to drink more water.
I do intermittent fasting so I won’t be eating until noon usually. However, if you want to eat sooner, you should. This also might be changing for me based on my new exercise routine. For this meal I will do a plant-based recipe that has protein in it (avocados, enter here) that is a warm dish since it’s winter and I don’t want to solely be ingesting cold foods.
Smoothie time (again!) and third zeolite water shot.
Blend all ingredients together:
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp tocos
- ½ c pumpkin
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 c frozen mango
- ½ c water
- sprinkle of nutmeg
- ½ tsp of vanilla
- ½ scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
Other ideas: Substitute the pumpkin and mango for cooked cauliflower and dark red cherries. Substitute the vanilla protein powder with vegan chocolate protein powder and add two tablespoons of dark cacao powder.
Sautéed vegetables with or without oil/sauce and a ton of spice and herbs. Or I will do one of the recipes on my Clear Skin Recipes Pinterest board or from the Ketotarian or Medical Medium Liver Rescue cookbooks. I will also occasionally add salmon, sardines or other fish. My easy go to recipe is sautéed kale in olive oil, baked sweet potato fries and I will add kimchi on top for extra flavor.
Since I’ve already removed any chemical products from my home and changed everything over to clean beauty and wellness products years ago, I’m going to be focused on replacing my cookware with safer alternatives. While I have gotten rid of most plastic containers, that were not BPA-free, I’m also going to replace my cookware because of the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). PFASs are the chemical that make your pots and pans nonstick, stain-resistant, water repellant. As with many chemicals, PFASs can disrupt your endocrine system, making male and female hormones go haywire, potentially causing developmental issues in children and a myriad of other issues. For a detailed list of everything containing PFAs and related chemicals, check out the article, “Can We Finally Ditch Teflon & Its Cousins?” by Branch Basics.
Aluminum foil: Why do I have this in the back of my cabinet?! I know better! I don’t even purchase beauty products that even have trace aluminum in them. Sigh. *Recycles immediately* The best alternative are glass bowls with silicone lids.
Kitchen utensils: I switched to organic bamboo utensils and cutting boards. These can’t be submerged in water, so cleaning off with water and and lemon. To preserve the boards you can use coconut oil. Also, make sure your cutlery is silver or gold, otherwise that can also be leaching chemicals right into your mouth.
Pots and pans: I have wanted to replace my nonstick pots and pans for a while now but haven’t made the time to research further. (If you don’t want to replace yours currently, here is an informative article from Branch Basics on what you can do in the meantime). I chose a set from GreenPan because they are 100% toxin-free, contain no PFOA, PFAS, lead, or cadmium and are dishwasher safe. Other non-toxic brands to check out are GreenLife, Made In and Zwilling.
If you aren’t ready to replace your entire kitchen yet, and want to start with cleaning supplies use my link at Branch Basics for $10 off of your cleaning supplies order. To make your beauty regimen cleaner and greener, use my code: ref15_4so7re for 15 percent off your entire order at clean beauty mecca, Follain. (The discount does not apply to Josh Rosebrook, May Lindstrom, One Love Organics, True Botanicals, and Vintner’s Daughter.)
Important Notes & Detox Hacks
I love to eat clean and do so regularly which is why this cleanse won’t be an issue for me. However, I realize that I am in the minority. To make this cleanse easier for you, incorporate some mind hacks into your regimen.
As soon as you wake up in the morning tell yourself: I am so grateful to be doing a cleanse that will help me feel and look my best. I’m choosing to make my body and health a top priority. I’m so happy that I’m starting my year doing something for myself. The foods and supplements I’m consuming will make me feel amazing and I am thrilled to be giving my body what it wants.
When your mind starts to wander and think about the alcohol, desserts and fried food you’re missing, repeat the mantras above until your mind relaxes. The key is to feel positive emotion when you’re trying to overcome an issue.
Being on a budget: It’s post-holiday season and most people are trying to reign in their spending right now. However, eating clean does not have to be expensive. If your health is a top priority, cut back in other spending categories. The options I’ve linked throughout the article are also the cleanest and most cost-efficient options I have found that I use and love. Also, I’ve found that using Thrive Market to get my organic products has also been cost efficient. Use my code to get 25 percent off your first order at Thrive Market!
Dealing with detox symptoms: Sometimes when detoxing, you might feel worse before you feel better. To ease symptoms, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, and do not incorporate anything past medium-intensity workouts, even if you’ve been working out consistently prior to the detox.
Disliking the taste of foods: If you don’t like how something tastes (like spirulina), keep trying to drink it. Celery juice was just meh to me before but after drinking it for a few weeks, I absolutely love it and can’t wait to drink it. Use your mind to help you and tell yourself you’re making a choice to love your body and be healthy. If something is absolutely repulsive to you, look for it in vegetable capsule supplement form! (Celery juice excluded).
Drinking water: Do not forget water! Your digestion needs it to push the toxins out. Your skin needs it to be hydrated. Add some cucumbers or lemon, if you want. Preferably the water will be filtered. I use a Berkey filter because they remove all of the chemicals you don’t want in your water. Yes, it does make a difference internally and externally…my skin is even less dry and itchy because I use the shower filter as well. I don’t even want to talk about how the water drastically changed my hair color to orange because of all the mineral deposits pre-shower filter…GROSS.
Having regular bowel movements (BMs): It’s extremely important to have regular BMs while you’re detoxing so your body can expel all the toxins the food and supplements have been pulling from your bloodstream and organs. If you’re constipated, take a triphala supplement a few hours before bed to regulate your body.
Making veggies tasty: Hack some of your favorite foods by making the clean version and getting creative! I love eating sweet potato fries. Regular fries. Fries with aioli. Fries with ketchup. Borderline obsessive. However, I bake sweet potatoes cut like fries with olive oil, fresh rosemary, garlic and pink Himalayan salt and I like the taste even more. I also use them as a base for a lot of recipes.
Since air fryers are currently very popular, fry your vegetables occasionally with a coconut or olive oil, if you’re missing that crunch. You do not have to sacrifice taste or texture just to be healthy.
This is where making sauces will bring in the extra flavor. If you don’t like to cook try Primal Kitchen’s dressing and marinades.
Comment below if you’re doing the 21-day Skin Detox with me and what you think of it!
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