By Dr. Gregory Damato, PhD
What’s the deal with detox? Do we need to help the body along and if so, how?
Detoxification is a natural, continual process of the body whereby any foreign substance (including dead or decaying tissue, environmental pollutants and heavy metals, etc) are removed from the body via our breathe, urine, skin (sweat) or excretion (stool).
As we are exposed to over 100,000 synthetic chemicals each and everyday via our air, food, skin and water, we need to ensure our ability to remove such harmful substances is not hampered but how do we do this?
Substances that Promote Detoxification
One of the primary tools the body uses to detox foreign substances is a tripeptide (3 amino acids attached together) known as Glutathione. Glutathione can be considered like the garbage bag of your house. If you run out of ways to remove the trash from your house you are soon overburdened with a build up which only gets worse over time and eventually gets impossible to ignore. Our bodies use glutathione as a hook to remove anything that shouldn’t be there which hinders our ability to achieve optimal functioning of the mind, body and spirit. Everyone living on Earth is glutathione deficient due to the toxic nature of our planet and hence increasing glutathione ends up being a struggle for live and death.
The body produces glutathione primarily from a very important mineral known as sulfur (found in garlic, leeks, onions, durian, broccoli and cabbage, etc) which has become very depleted in the soil as a result of conventional farming (synthetic fertilizers such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous displace sulfur) and hence well over 80% of the population is sulfur deficient. When we ingest sulfur-rich foods our body converts this to cysteine (which is the direct precursor to glutathione). Cysteine grabs a molecule of glycine and one of glutamic acid (both amino acids) and creates glutathione. Once assembled, it becomes ready to grab paint fumes, herbicides, pesticides, formaldehyde from your new pants, parabans from your deodorant, chlorine from your shower or Roundup in your fruit salad.
Sulfur, or a similar molecule, known as MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane which is 99.9% sulfur), is amazing at increasing glutathione levels and is one we use greatly at our center in large quantities. Some benefits of MSM include:
- Improves joint flexibility
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Reduces stiffness
- Improves circulation
- Improves cell vitality
- Improves asthma
- Improves allergies
- Helpful in maintaining a proper pH balance
- Helps cure gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, nausea, constipation and hyperacidity
- Helps reduce snoring, when taken diluted with 16 percent water content
- Helps conditions like cramps, headaches and muscular pain, especially caused by hormonal imbalance
- Heals carpal tunnel syndrome
- Helps balance your blood sugar level
- Reduces overall stress levels
- Detoxes radiation from the body
- Detoxes heavy metals and environmental pollutants
- Increase oxygen levels in the body
Chlorella is a single-celled algae which naturally grows in cold water and contains up to 70% protein (via 22 bioavailable amino acids) and gets it name from its high chlorophyll content (5 to 10 times more than the average plant). Chlorella is great at chelating heavy metals out of the body as well as rejuvenating the entire body including the heart (via fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid), the lungs (via an increase in oxygen from it nucleic acids), the liver (nucleic acids stimulate the repair of the liver), the brain (due to high levels of B vitamins and fatty acids and the removal of heavy metals) as well as the rest of body by balancing blood sugar levels, eliminating osteoarthritis, growing more probiotics (80% of our immune system), alkalizing the blood and increasing overall energy and functioning of all the cells in the body.
There are several extremely potent herbs which greatly facilitate in the body’s removal of waste products while protecting the liver and kidneys. Some of them include: sarsaparilla (smilax officinalis), milk thistle (Silybum marianum), dandelion root (Willelmus Dawndelyon), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and black walnut (Juglans nigra) among many others. We use many of these at our center for detoxification of the bowels, liver, kidneys and blood as well as to remove parasites and nematodes.
Substances that Hamper Detoxification
There are several known substances that hamper or slow down the body’s natural ability to clean, repair and rebuild itself. Most of these items also create an acidic terrain in the blood which eventually leads to a weakenened immune system, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Some of these substances include:
- Pesticides, herbicides and all environmental pollutants
- Pasteurized dairy and milk products
- Eating food that has been put into a microwave or been radiated
- Wheat and products containing gluten
- Processed Sugar
- Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
Types of Detoxification We Use
There are several ways to help the body unload its chemical stores. We utilize the most potent ways and stack them on top of one another to achieve a fast and effective removal of toxins. Some of the methods we use include coffee enemas, herbal decoctions, fasting, infrared sauna, raw organic food, pipa (coconut) water, MSM, Sole (Himalayan salt and water), supplements and organic vegetable juice. When we start to combine these modalities and use them all on a daily basis, the synergistic effect is astounding.
Benefits of Detox
The benefits of detoxification (which amounts to roughly half of degenerative disease reverse on the physical plane) are expansive and benefit every cell of our body. Our cells were never meant to deal with chemicals whose synergistic toxicity of two combined in the body equals the toxicity of 1,000 chemicals by themselves. One can only imagine how our society copes with being riddled with over 100,000 environmental pollutants each day. Is it any wonder that our cancer rate is 50% of adults while diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, Parkinson disease, fibromyalgia and over 43,000 other diseases have been linked to chemical toxicity and continue to rise daily?
In order to truly reach our optimal functioning, we need to balance the mind, body and spirit and detoxification is one of the best ways to increase all functions of our bodies. Some important ways we detox at The SuperHero House include coffee enemas, fasting, infrared sauna and herbal decoctions.
Benefits of Coffee Enemas
Coffee has been used since World War I to reduce pain, detox the liver, remove parasites, cleanse mucous from the colon, increase glutathione, increases production of bile, alkalizes the intestinal tract, removes decayed fecal matter, increases selenium and zinc and eliminates yeast all leading to enhanced vitality and balanced of the intestinal tract.
Coffee enemas contain Theophylline and theobromine which dilate blood vessels and reduce inflammation in the gut while increasing glutathione which detoxes the bowels, the blood and subsequently the entire body. The liquid in the enema stimulates the peripheral nervous system which promotes peristalsis and the transportation of toxic bile from the duodenum.
Coffee Enema Procedure
Now that we know some of the amazing benefits of coffee enemas, we can begin to experience their powerful effects.
- Boil 3 tbs of freshly ground, organic, fully caffeinated coffee with 2.5 cups of spring water and simmer for 12 mins, covered
- Remove from heat and let cool for 10 mins
- Strains the coffee and add it back into the pan
- The temperature should be slightly warm to the touch and not too hot
- Pour the contents into the enema bag and seal it
- Press all the air out of the bag and seal off the air with the small clamp
- Lay on the floor with his knees slightly up on your right side
- Lubricate the attachment with coconut oil and insert fully
- Keep the enema bad above your body to allow the coffee to flow
- Make sure to start the drip VERY slowly to allow the body to get used to it
- Slowly increase the flow
- When finished remove the enema tube and lie down for about 15 to 30 mins (or as long as you can but not more than 30 mins)
- Sit on the toilet and release it all
Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy
Infrared saunas are very different from regular steam saunas in that they heat your body from the inside-out at a very low temperature (typically 46 degrees Celsius or about 115 degrees Fahrenheit) By matching our body’s natural infrared frequency in microns (12 to 15), the infrared rays penetrate 3 inches in to our bodies and pull out well over 100,000 environmental pollutants including heavy metals and other toxins we are exposed to everyday. Some powerful benefits of infrared sauna include:
- A cardiovascular workout equivalent to running 5 kilometers
- A release of toxins and heavy metals from our adipose and lymphatic cells
- A reduction in acid in the body and a return to alkalinity
- A deep relaxation and reduction of muscular tension
- A release of endorphins or happy hormones
- A deep skin cleanse which is our biggest detox organ
- Stimulation of the immune system akin to a artificial fever
- A reduction in pain
- An increased in the vitality of the cells via increase oxygen
- Weight Loss
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far infrared heats the body directly causing a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside. By stimulating a release of toxins from your fat (adipose) and lymphatic tissue where most chemicals and carcinogens reside, we can begin to reduce your body’s toxic burden immediately.
Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna therapy helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps circulation. Scientific evidence shows that using an infrared sauna a couple times a week lowers blood pressure.
Anti-Aging & Skin Purification
The near infrared wavelength (sometimes referred to as Red Light Therapy) is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Near infrared treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone.
Near infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.
Studies have shown that an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.
Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Pain management professionals incorporate infrared heat therapy into treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.
Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use—especially in the mid IR range—can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.
Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection.
For more amazing benefits of infrared sauna therapy, please see Dr. Sherry Rogers’ book entitled, Detoxify or Die.