September 10, 2017
So, you’ve decided to embark on a cleanse, have you? Perhaps you clicked on this page after searching “how to detox”, or “is detoxing real?”– to which I respond, yes! and I will show you the way. It is true that the majority of us suffer from mild digestive distress, if not significant digestive distress, and that consequently the majority of us could benefit from a purification regimen. But the webisphere has it all wrong (as per usual; I urge you not to trust the likes of WebMD); all fads aside, most people have encountered some form of trauma in their lives, whether mental/emotional or physical in nature, and some people are more predisposed to having their traumas manifest within the digestive tract. Others will develop allergies, skin eruptions, headaches, etc., or a mixture of any number of ailments (perhaps explaining why you suffer from a multitude of disjointed symptoms), but one sentiment remains the same: the body and mind function as total system that needs to be treated accordingly. Thus, going vegan, while beneficial, may not account for the whole unless the vital force- the intrinsic mechanism by which we maintain homeostasis- is given enough time to heal the entirety of the being in the absence of triggers to overgrowth, and furthermore is strong enough to do so*. Moreover, herbs mainly result in suppression. Wiping out one’s gut flora, with man made or even natural antibiotics, eradicates the manifestation of disorder, but fails to restore those defense mechanisms that have allowed imbalances to occur in the first place. In fact, treating ailments of any kind with allopathic medicines, or allowing them to go unchecked, will permit the disease process to progress considerably until it can no longer be ignored. With each blow to homeostasis, and each subsequent suppressive device (emotional and pharmaceutical), the vital force is only weakened over time, and malady is displaced deeper, or elsewhere. Hence the necessity in rectifying- that is, truly healing- any underlying causation before graver disruptions incur.
Plus, all the while you’ve been bloated, constipated, gassy, or gluten intolerant, you’ve been less happy than you could be. Or even worse, anxious! Remember: the body and mind function as a total system that needs to be treated accordingly. A disordered physicality equates to a disordered mentality, and most people suffer from an altered personality.
Now, even if you lack obvious digestive and/or mood-related ailments, you likely still have room to improve. The remedies will do the work for you, lifting your depression, lifting your anxiety, and alleviating any mild-to-severe physical dysfunctions you have grappled with for some time, but no detox program is complete without spiritual growth. If you guide yourself into the right mentalities during your “cleanse”- rather, your path to restoration- you will surely gain insight into your own nature, your true nature, free from the confines of imbalance as well as the misguided claims of Western medicine (suppression, suppression, suppression). Awareness of your motives will then drive you to modify those that do not serve you, for you are not only capable of manifesting your reality, but the impetus to do so; the realization of your strength naturally follows coming into the self, and certainly elevating the self, as your tendencies and behaviors not only begin to originate from you, but reflect you (can we get a little self-love here, people?!).
Starting now, during this detox regimen and following it, you must take the time to relax, reflect, and improve. Refrain from attaching stress to this improvement, however, for the goal of cleansing should be to enlighten and transform organically, not further your detachment to your needs. You have inevitably suffered, to some degree, due to a value system that favors suppressed emotion, escapism, and bandages where restoration instead should take place. Hereafter, liberate yourself from all attachments and vices, including prescription medication (please consult a homeopath as to how you may do so safely), processed foods, controlling institutions, and the spiritually-inhibiting standards they perpetuate. Forgo all toxic relationships, environments, and thoughts that drain you in favor of adopting those that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Do what makes you happy, so long as it corresponds with the prosperity you deserve- real happiness, not that contrived by substances or people external to you.
Limit your limitations, attract positivity (in its absence create it), and guide yourself into whole-fulfillment, so that you may embody the light within you’ve possessed all along but partially lost in the muck of strife. You will feel the force of renewal within you, I am sure, and you will ride the wave of metamorphosis until it tumbles to shore, where your higher self awaits your arrival.
A few things to consider:
- Contemplate alleviating your digestive and/or mental afflictions with homeopathy. More details below. The guidelines listed will remain applicable to your cleanse aside from the herbs. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body to heal itself by itself, as opposed to killing pathogens directly; thus, allopathic medicines, and even herbal medicines, interfere with the process via suppression. In order to fully reap the benefits of homeopathy, you must visit a licensed homeopath. Self-prescribing will not do, and you may very well find yourself as lost as when you started. Homeopathy is a complex sector of natural medicine, and in my opinion, superior to all others. It is amazing, transformative, and thus must be used with care and expertise. For more on how homeopathy functions to cure, as opposed to bandage (hint: it’s not placebo), please click here.
- If you suffer from severe digestive issues, I also suggest reading Signs, Symptoms, and Triggers of Pathogenic Overgrowth, Both Mental and Physical to get an idea of what you could be suffering from (although homeopathy cures through addressing the totality of the being, all of one’s symptoms combined, not the disease as it is so named in allopathy); if these problems have been present for some time, you could be harboring other forms of negativity within your digestive tract.
- On this note, consider SIBO and Candida overgrowth, which may coexist with your complaints.
- If you do not possess overt gastrointestinal troubles, but suffer mentally and emotionally, you may want to consider transitioning into veganism first; mental clarity and increased compassion often follow the adoption of a cruelty-free lifestyle.
The Easiest Way To Detox
And what is my first recommendation in order to rid yourself of pathogenic overgrowth, of course? Go vegan! Now, let me first start off by saying you do not have to commit to a strict plant-based diet for the rest of your life. Although, you might just get a taste of utter vitality and never ever look that pretty little head of yours back. I wrote extensive guides on going vegan the right way here, as well as how to maintain a healthy vegan diet here.
Veganism will cure those in search of a mild cleansing regimen, who are in a mild state of disequilibrium; others will need homeopathy. Read more below!
I truly, truly believe in only consuming nature’s offerings as means to reaching the highest self, and consequently optimal gut health. As society progresses, we do less and less harm; veganism accommodates this premise. The spiritual manifestations of mental clarity, a greater inclination towards positivity, and the knowledge that you choose to peacefully coexist with all life on earth may drive you to adopt this diet indefinitely. Within this context, consider that parasites subsist off of the life of others; we imperfect humans exist somewhere in between. We have been given the gift of “reason” (rationale has largely been used against the induction of nonhuman animals rights for centuries; read Descartes or Aquinas and you’ll know what I’m referring to) beyond the barbarism of instinct, and on our journeys to fully embodying the light within our souls, we will surely make mistakes. I do not blame people for doing what they have always done (I was once a meat eater too), but we can no longer justify the slaughtering of other souls for our wants, not needs. Meat consumption is normative; that is, it only happens because it is deeply ingrained within our society to do so. Add meat lobbying (and consequently the government) into the mix and everyone’s doing it- despite that fact that it is utterly detrimental our health as well as that of the poor souls we massacre, from the moment they’re born to the moment we kill them. Meanwhile, the welfare of humanity is compatible with the welfare of all. Parasites feed solely off of energy that is not theirs to take; we have a choice as to whether or not we will operate under similar means. Parasites furthermore thrive off of the toxicity that impacts us gravely: our traumas (pathogenic overgrowth is secondary to digestive dysfunction, not the origin). Does it makes sense to rid ourselves of toxicity, of evil, while cleansing only to return to a noxious lifestyle once the journey has ceased? You surely will not forgo the spiritual truths you attain on this cleanse, so why allow any form of negative energy back into your life? Adopting a lifestyle free of toxicity, wherein you hopefully refuse to contribute to the suffering of any lifeform, will give these pathogens little opportunity to thrive.
(Please direct rebuttals to How To Go Vegan The Right Way).
To Fast Or To Feed
You may have ended up here- on this website or at this article- after searching the key terms “parasite cleanse”, “fasting”, “cleansing”, etc. amongst the other phrases I mentioned above. Some (misguided, inaccurate, and juvenile) guides to cleansing assert that starving yourself will starve your parasites. I have a very simple perspective to offer as to why fasting does not work and why it should not be implemented into any anti-pathogenic or anti-dysbiotic regimen: you will drain yourself of energy before you drain your gut invaders. Or Candida (or SIBO, although I haven’t heard of fasting as a solution), for that matter. Food may be their main source of energy, but it’s also yours. Long-term GI dysfunction places a great deal of stress on both the adrenals and digestive organs to perform while inhibited by improper balances of gut flora; thus, you should aim to reduce the amount of stress on your body at all costs while it heals.
Regardless, gut flora imbalances do not stand alone; we need to heal our bodies at the source, and restore those homeostatic mechanisms that allow us to eat vegan ice cream every so often!
The Anti-Parasitic Diet
The Anti-Parasitic Diet can be approached in numerous ways, all of which negate the consumption of toxic foods.
- Stop eating processed crap. This is obvious. All of the stuff you crave you likely do because not only have you been fed it since birth, but because you constantly feed your pathogenic overgrowth when you do so. Thus, only you can break the cycle of craving, eating, and then craving those foods once again. Stop. Eating. Them.
- Go vegan. Whole, vegan foods are clean foods. I know many vegans- or friends of mine whom I feed vegan every so often- who, once switching to a plant-based diet, exhibit all the classic signs and symptoms of detoxification: gas, bloating, constipation, fatigue, etc., before they get better. Some of my friends eat so poorly that they experience mild GI distress after eating just one plant-centric meal. Our sad American bodies are so used to steak and cheese and Doritos that when we take those foods away it says, hey, I like that, but give me some time to adjust! And you must give yourself time to adjust. Slow your roll and eradicate the meat, then the dairy, then the eggs. Your body’s not unhappy with the diet change, your (unwanted) gut flora imbalances are. So as your body heals itself in the declining presence of pathogenic overgrowth, don’t force it to work too hard. Veganism should not be a burden. Now, I will say that if you experience such extreme symptoms- overt depression, overt anxiety, insomnia, serious diarrhea, constipation, etc.- when you are making the switch (and the right switch; see How To Go Vegan The Right Way first), slow down or stop altogether. Then consult a homeopath. Your digestive issues are likely too significant to be mended merely by eradicating the triggers to your symptoms.
- Go high-carb raw vegan (with an 80/10/10 or 60/20/20 macronutrient breakdown- whatever works best for you). Lay off all refined sugars, and consume fruit sugars on an empty stomach. The idea here is your body utilizes all of the energy from the simple carbohydrates you consume; high-fat diets slow the cells’ uptake of sugars, allowing pathogens to feast. This diet will not work, however, if you suffer from chronic fatigue or suspect low adrenal function; your body will struggle to regulate your blood sugar, causing hypoglycemia (hypoglycemia= more stress on the body), and worsened GI issues associated with your adrenal fatigue, such as constipation. I could not go raw vegan to save my digestive system because of my severe adrenal dysfunction. Once again, homeopathy must be sought to rectify severe manifestations of disorder such as these, in which veganism is only suppressive; suppressive “solutions” are recognizable when deviating from that solution (like going back to omnivorism) permits the return of former symptoms. The underlying causation has remained even in the absence of triggers.
- Take other facets of food combining seriously until you resolve your digestive issues. There are many guides on the internet available; consuming fruit on an empty stomach is the first and most important step for vegan hopefuls. Essentially, alkaline environments favor carbohydrate digestion, while hydrochloric acid breaks down proteins (when paired with proteins, veggies are OK as well). Fats exist somewhere in the middle, requiring a higher pH than proteins alone. Pairing certain foods together allows for the proper gastric juices to be secreted, which will optimize assimilation (more food for you and less food for your pathogens). This all sounds like a lot of effort to me, which is why I ate all the whole, vegan foods I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted, whilst under homeopathic treatment. You might be sensing a theme here… if I’ve learned anything from my healing journey, it’s that restriction, and even too much awareness (of what to eat and how to eat it), only exacerbates this nation’s “problem with food“. Homeopathy allows us to move on with our lives while we heal, attending to, experiencing, relishing in the stuff that really matters- not what’s on our plates.
- Consume anti-parasitic foods: coconut (caprylic acid, lauric acid), pineapple (bromelain), raw garlic (ajoene, allicin), onion (sulfur compounds), pomegranate seeds, papaya (papain), pumpkin seeds, pungent spices (warms the environment of the digestive tract, making it inhabitable for parasites), carrots and more.
- Help your gallbladder synthesize bile, a major avenue to detoxification and sustainer of homeostasis, with omega-3 fatty acids and betaine. Eat hemp, chia, flax, and beets.
- Stevia is a-ok; I don’t believe it feeds Candida (I ate it without problems), but I’m not certain it constitutes as a “whole food”. Make coconut flour “porridge”, bread, desserts, and more.
- See The Essential Candida Cleanse for more diet recommendations whilst utilizing homeopathy to heal your pathogenic overgrowth.
Homeopathy heals in accordance to the mind-body association: expressions of illness in the body can be measured by the mind, and the way illness is reflected here varies from person to person. Thus, the proper remedy must be chosen to suit the persona. I always knew nature provided us with the means to heal ourselves, but I never could have imagined how exceptionally the “vaccines” of homeopathy (the illness remedies cause in their whole state mirror the symptoms they will cure in the sick) correspond with all life on Earth, as if the traits of animals manifest in non-sentient beings*. This notion only solidifies the concept of unification: the connectivity of nature, and the ability we possess to help each other thrive, suggests we derive from the same body of light wherein no one suffers at the expense of another’s welfare. Indeed, we do not have to suffer; The Soul (and whatever this entity entails) has ensured that we can save ourselves from anguish, if only more knew. Our goal as one is not to synthesize methods of healing, but rather to realize and consequently utilize what we have already been given. I cannot convey to you how profoundly my remedies affected me on all levels, mending the parts of my body that hindered my mind. Below I have provided an overview of a few remedies touted for their digestive healing abilities. These descriptions are not meant to replace the advice of a reputable homeopath.
A good indication of a remedy’s applicability to pathogenic overgrowth is if the symptoms it treats worsen with the Full Moon and to a lesser degree the New Moon, as well as at night. At this time, parasites and Candida are most active.
“Affectionate, sensitive, and stable in good health” (9). Ambitious. Detail-oriented. Highly attuned to critical thinking. Worry-warts, particularly about health of self and family. Vivid imagination. Everything is all or nothing. Needs reassurance, order, cleanliness to calm inner restlessness when ill. Overly-sensitive and insecure. Feels exposed; imagines the worst. Pessimistic. Perfectionism pronounced. Desires company despite irritability. Fears of being left alone, ghosts, robbers, incurable disease, death. Depressed: loathing of life. Suicidal. Full of anguish. Driven by fear and need for control.
Burning sensations relieved by warmth. Stinging, particularly in skin affections. Pale or yellow tint to skin, with dryness, roughness, itch. Cramping pains. Nose stuffed up. Heartburn, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Bloating with enlarged liver. Heart palpitations and frequent fainting. Thirsty; sips little at a time. Craves fats, sweets, sour foods. Trouble breathing; feelings of suffocation when lying down. Vivid dreams that bring worry and fear. Sensitive to cold, which chills to the bones; “This patient knows that if he could just get warm, all will be well” (11). Right-sided ailments. Emaciation. Vital force completely exhausted. Worse from midnight to 2 a.m, from eating, from exertion..
See an in-depth analysis of Arsenicum here.
“Often clean-living, meticulous individuals, they can be contrary and capricious when ill” (9). Needs quietude. Extreme irritability and anger. Does not want to speak, nor move due to pain; tendency to reproach others when spoken to (silence is a very good indication of Bryonia) or when asked to move. Refuses what is offered, even when it is asked for. Always seeks comfort of home and work. Driven by need for financial security. Fears losing job due to illness.
Sharp, stabbing, burning pains. Excessive thirst. Indigestion. Diarrhea and constipation. Stools appear burnt. Diarrhea causes burning of anus. Fever, slow in onset. Remedy quite applicable for the flu. Symptoms improve with sweating. Headaches in morning, gradually worsening before dissipating at night. White coating on tongue, particularly in center. Dryness of all mucous membranes: in throat, colon walls, etc. Thirst for great quantities of water, but waits until cannot bear to do so anymore before drinking. Hypoglycemia. Worse from moving, from speaking, during sleep.
“Best suited to shy, placid, sensitive, contemplative people who may also have an agitated, excitable side, notably in the face of cruelty” (9). Typically overweight with strength and resilience. Diligent workers. Team players. Worrywarts in need of control over their own lives (but not others). Loves the home, loves comfort; resistent to change as a result. Highly sensitive. Embarrasses easily. Needs reassurance to combat deep insecurity when ill. Forgetful. Fears of failure, poverty, embarrassment due to belittling. Anxious but not typically afraid to die; rather, afraid to live entire life sick. Comfort in the home and through performance. Driven by need for security.
Low energy. Lazy. Sensitive to cold with sweats. Often fair-skinned. Overweight. Flabby abdomen. Poor muscle tone. Chronic low back pain and arthritis. Craves sweets, starches, eggs, indigestible things (pica) and eats them despite disagreement. Loves food, takes comfort in food. Constipation without urge and diarrhea (better from constipation). Grinding of teeth. Damp, smelly feet; cannot bear to have them cold and wet. Low pain tolerance. Insomnia. Worse from exertion, overwork, standing, and confusion.
“Prescribed when anticipatory anxiety figures strongly in the psychological symptoms. Lack of confidence is often hidden behind a veneer of sarcasm” (9). Tendency toward leanness and tall stature. Ambitious with great desire for approval typically due to an inability to meet standards set by one or both of the parents, usually the father. Impotence. Fear of impotence, in all facets of life, even when it is not present. Over-talks abilities to compensate for lack of self-confidence. Loves cocaine and caffeine, anything to veneer insecurity. Highly irritable when ill. Victimization common. Wants company in the home, but in other room. Fear of failure, of change, and cracking under pressure. Driven to by need to increase self-worth and value in the eyes of others.
Incarcerated flatulence, constipation and indigestion. Fullness after a few bites, which is generally disregarded. Abdomen bloated with enlarged liver. Pains in liver. Faintness and trouble breathing. Weak sex organs. Vivid nightmares. Craves fats, sweets, gas-causing and hot foods. Worse from fasting or overeating, on right side, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Small-boned and refined, even when tall. Typically underweight when ill. Innate sense of right and wrong, very proper, very conscientious. Quick-wit. Organized, detail-oriented, controlled and meticulous. Loners with feelings of abandonment. Poor self-image, never as good as others. Emotionally distant, struggles to express themselves. Despite fragile appearance and push-over demeanor, these types are resilient and stubborn when confident in their pursuits. They lack grit when ill, however, due to burn-out. Fear of failure, of speaking in public and of real or imagined ridicule, particularly about subjects of which they lack knowledge. Sensitive to feeling overwhelmed and to the critiques of the others. Centers their world in the home.
Sensitive to cold. Cannot bear to have cold and wet feet. Depleted vital force; immune system naturally weak. Sweats readily. Catches colds easily. Upper respiratory infections. Poor assimilation, multiple food allergies; avoids these foods like the plague. Skin afflictions. Gum bleeds. Poor-quality hair and nails. Must have head covered. Everything is slow to heal (start with lower potencies). Worse from the new moon, from washing or swimming, cold weather and extremely warm rooms, as well as lying on the left side.
“Those best suited to Sulfur [British English spelling] are imaginative and inventive, but inept practically” (9). Well-fed individuals with a strong build. Philosophical, egocentric, original, revolutionary. Friends love them but tire of their egos. Will talk incessantly about subjects that interest them without a care if anyone is listening! Genuine confidence in themselves and their talents; thinks they are at the cutting edge of whatever they do. Rebellious, anti-establishment, cannot be controlled. Can be selfish or selfless; will be generous when it suits zir. Desires to pursue own interests rather than academic requirements. Highly analytical, sometimes spiritual, intelligent and inquisitive when focused; lazy, disorganized, restless, and averse to bathing when ill (Hering calls Sulphur the “ragged philosopher”). Disjointed thought processes; genius subdued. Head is perpetually in the clouds, neglecting practical matters. Driven by curiosity.
Tendency to overheat. Burning pains. Offensive smell of flatulence and stools. Constipation. Vomiting and diarrhea at 5a.m. Bloating. Burping. Craves sweets, fatty and spicy foods. Abdomen feels raw. Movements in abdomen. Dryness of skin, of mucous membranes. Itchy, red, dirty skin. Hunger pains at 11 a.m. accompanied by sinking feeling. Worse with bathing, from standing, around 11 a.m. with sinking feeling in stomach.
Distinguish between Sulphur and Arsenicum. Both remedy types possess superior analytical intelligence; Sulphur, however, is lazy in a state of disorder, has the answer to all of the world’s problems, yet will not lift a finger to solve them. Meanwhile, Arsenicum seeks restless fulfillment and will not shut off. Arsenicum is clean, exceedingly tidy, germaphobic. Sulphur will not bathe for days, pays no mind to his attire, does not care to attend to such trivial matters. Ze is also not afraid of germs and will not wash zir hands after using the bathroom!
and so many more…
*A note: I am obviously a huge advocate of veganism. There are a few remedies based in animal byproducts; vegan homeopaths do not use them. I don’t necessary disbelieve in using animal byproducts to heal our(human)selves, as we are all here to aid in one another’s growth, but as the industry operates now (heinously- although I don’t think homeopathic remedies are subject to the same evil), and given the general consensus among humans that animals are lesser beings, I think we need to begin to respect each other on more of a widespread level before we can begin to help one another grow.
I provide herbal options for those who want to see them, but I do not generally condone their usage, for it is too hard to tell whether your digestive issues are mild enough to be cured- healed at their source- with diet and herbs alone. Furthermore, the tumbling-dice effect of disorder implies that other facets of the body and mind have necessarily been affected by your gut flora imbalances, so unless your vital force is strong enough to restore itself in the absence of overgrowth, homeopathy must be sought. Think gallstones, constipation, anxiety, fatigue, etc. as indicators that you need the mac daddy of all holistic medicines.
An herbal regimen works to kill pathogens directly; your vital force will then clear away the muck, iff it is well enough to do so (which is precisely why symptoms return in some anti-Candida dieters and raw vegans when they cease their regime and revert back to their old diets: they didn’t address the root cause of their body’s dysfunction). Time may strengthen the body’s weakened foundations whilst cleansing, in conjunction with a reduction in stress levels, attention to proper nutrition, and an improved quality of life overall. Learn about all the basics of the healing crisis the right way here, including how to go about it and what to expect. Naturopaths recommend taking breaks when utilizing herbs to avoid overwhelming the body and its major detoxifying organs: the liver, gallbladder, spleen, and kidneys. Otherwise, you will inhibit yourself further. If you need to take breaks, however, you shouldn’t be utilizing herbs.
These are the herbs I used during my parasite cleanse, most of which contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties as well (hence their propensity to fight against Candida and to a lesser degree SIBO). Take these herbs on an empty stomach once daily, gradually increasing up to three times daily, thirty minutes before meals to allow them to kill pathogens; your food will escort dead matter out of the digestive tract.
- Black Walnut Hulls– This herb, in conjunction with Wormwood and Cloves, can comprise a complete cleansing regimen. The active ingredients iodine, tannin, and juglone work to kill adult parasites (5). The article cited specifically references juglone.
- Wormwood*- Touted to increase bile production (which encapsulates toxins) and stimulate appetite when hunger hormones have been compromised in the body’s attempt to rid itself of parasites. Appetite loss is a common symptom of long-term parasitic infection despite the popular belief that parasites only cause an increase in appetite.
- Cloves– Destroys the eggs of parasites in the abovementioned trio; skipping this herb will result in the growth of new life cycles, thus nullifying the progress of Black Walnut and Wormwood.
- Oregano Oil– Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal; inhibited growth of T. Cruzi in this study.
- Garlic- Shown effective against Trypanosoma, Plasmodium, Giardia and Leishmania, and Cochlospermum planchonii according to this study.
I also alternated Neem*, Olive Leaf Extract, and Cayenne.
A number of other herbs are also utilized in purgative regimens due to their anti-parasitic properties. You can most certainly combine any of the abovementioned with the below-mentioned to formulate your own treatment.
- Berberine (found in Oregon Grape Root, Goldenseal, and Barberry)
- Paul D’ Arco
- Any compounded version of the anti-parasitic properties in the abovementioned foods (papaya: papain, pineapple: bromelain, coconut: caprylic acid, pumpkin seeds: pumpkin seed oil, etc.)
You can also use a reputable anti-parasitic supplement such as Para-Dysbio-Zyme by Doctors’ Research. This is actually the first product I used to treat my condition back in December of 2015, as prescribed to me by my naturopath. You may have to meet with a holistic doctor of your own to obtain Para-Dysbio-Zyme, however.
*Wormwood and Neem should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, as they can act as a contraceptive.
Where’s The Proof That Herbs Work?
Take a look at the Resources tab on my website.
The extraction of parasites and other pathogens from the abdominal walls often results in abdominal pain. Certain vitamins, herbs, and amino acids can be taken to aid the body in restoring the protective mucosal lining. Patients under homeopathic treatment need not worry about taking additional supplements, however, unless advised to do so.
- Vitamin D helps regenerate epithelial tissue in the mucosal lining. This deficiency is very common, and not just in vegans. Ensuring adequate Vitamin D intake whilst cleansing will allow the body to restore the intestinal lining.
- Iodine is also a very common deficiency which hinders the body’s defense against pathogenic overgrowth and heavy metal toxicity. Maintaining healthy levels of this nutrient will prevent further infection.
- Vitamin A, along with Vitamin D, is associated with a poor intestinal immune response.
- L-Glutamine is an amino acid synthesized by the liver used to maintain the structural integrity of the intestinal lining. I had severe anxiety from my flatulence- yes, my flatulence- in February before I began supplementing with L-Glutamine; my digestive tract was so torn (i.e. “leaky”), I could not bear the literally constant, overwhelming gas pressing up against my abdominal walls. With L-Glutamine I saw significant relief within days. All of this occurred before I sought the advice of a homeopath, to clarify.
- NAC is an amino acid that helps heal the gut and may provide some relief from constipation.
- Marshmallow soothes the intestinal and acts like a coating to porous wounds within the intestinal lining.
- Slippery Elm reduces inflammation like Marshmallow.
- And finally, a good probiotic. Probiotics work to “kick out the bad guys” and restore proper gut flora. I recommend taking this while detoxifying; I do not believe you need to take it for maintenance afterward if you are fully healed and you eat well. The body is designed to function optimally without additional gut flora influencers.
The herbs I mentioned can be utilized in cooking (although Wormwood is not very palatable) or in teas to help the body maintain symbiosis and minimize the risk of overgrowth on an everyday basis. Don’t overdo it. Time and the consequent reduction of stress, both in body and mind, will help too, as will subjugating your Ego and living toxicity-free. We are sick due to emotional suppression, however unintended. This is a fact. Diatomaceous Earth on an empty stomach once daily can help as well (the particles of which destroy pathogens mechanically). Apple Cider Vinegar promotes the production of stomach acid, a main defense against pathogens, and also possesses anti-bacterial qualities in and of itself.
Permanently reduce your intake of processed foods (go vegan if you wish: join the movement!!), suppressive drugs, lifestyles and behaviors. Trust the mind-body connection; aim to feed your soul and your mind.
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