25 Best Ways to Detox From Heavy Metals, Pesticides, Environmental Pollutants, and Metabolic Waste

Flickr - Organic - Pink Sherbet PhotographyChristina Sarich, Staff Writer
Waking Times

If you are endlessly tired, irritable, have trouble losing weight, or feel depressed, you might be suffering from the environmental onslaught of toxins being poured into our air, water and soil by greedy corporate monopolies. If you aren’t sure whether you are suffering from toxic overload, you can at least be certain you are not immune to the toxic effects of environmental pollution like oil spills, fracking, chemtrails, nuclear energy (think Fukushima), or even the domestic production of war materials. Even every day items like shampoo and rug cleaners also contain thousands of chemicals that are deadly toxic in higher dosages.

From concern about BPAs to heavy metals, pesticide residues and GMO foods, its time to take an offensive, instead of defensive, view of our health. Here are more than two dozen ways to purify the body from these ill-imagined pollutants:

1.  Support the liver and gallbladder with beetroot. Beets are a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium which all support healthy detoxification and better elimination. They are also full of B3, B6, C, and beta-catoene, important nutrients for supporting the liver and gallbladder in making bile acids which support detox.

2.  Drink more purified water. Water is one of the most vital ways of self-purification on the planet. It helps every single cell get rid of waste and allows us to excrete toxins through our urine and bowels, as well as through our skin via sweat.

3.  Bathe in Kaolin clay or use acalcium montmorillonite clay as they are considered the best for removing pesticides from the body.

4.  Reduce your meat and dairy intake since these animals are often fed on GMO-rich diets.

5.  Consume more pantethine, a biologically active form of the B5 vitamin, which can help open blockages created by pesticide consumption. When we are too clogged with pesticides our bodies cannot naturally detoxify themselves.

6.  Use activated charcoal. It is very safe to consume up to 20-30 grams a day mixed with purified water. Activated charcoal binds to pesticides and other environmental toxins and then ushers them through the intestines to be purged form the body. You can also supplement with molasses after using activated charcoal just to be sure to replace important minerals the charcoal might leech from the body in the process of getting rid of the unwanted toxins.

7.  Eat more citrus. Pectins in citrus are a very powerful detoxifying substance. Citrus naturally remove heavy metals without depleting the body of important trace minerals.

8.  Create an alkaline state in he body by eating more organic fruits and vegetables that support multiple channels of detoxification in the body. There are a variety of alkaline water benefits, including cleaning the liver, the bowels, the skin, the blood, etc.

9.  Eat more fiber. When we eat fiber, the liver can more easily flush toxins through the digestive system and we take an immense load off an organ that is constantly trying to get rid of toxic substances from the body. High fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, potatoes (including their skin), etc.

10.  Eat more grapefruit containing naringenin, a special flavanoid that helps the liver burn fat instead of storing toxins in our fat cells.

11.  Eating garlic can help boost detoxification since it helps to boost the production of white blood cells, otherwise known as lymphocytes, an important part of the immune system as well.

12.  Eating asparagus can educe the levels of pesticides in the body.

13.  Eating organic, free-range eggs can also help to remove toxins from the body. They also boost energy levels.

14.  Increasing your levels of vitamin C is so good for you, and detoxing the body that it was found this vitamin could help reduce levels of radiation exposure, even in people who were living near Fukushima.

15.  Native Americans have been using sarsaparilla for hundreds of years in teas and tinctures as a way to effectively detox the blood. It also effectively treats liver, kidney and skin conditions.

16.  Exercising and staying active is vital to keeping impurities out of the body. Just 30 minutes to an hour every day brings oxygen rich blood to the liver and kidneys, thus supporting them in detoxifying the body.

17.  Eating brazil nuts, which are full of glutathione, a natural detoxifying substance, can help the body get rid of pesticides and other harmful toxins. Also, full of selenium, Brazil nuts help to create more glutathione. Sometimes called the mother of all antioxidants.

18.  Our skin is one of the biggest organs of detoxification. It covers about 22 square feet and we replace skin cells every single day. Dry brushing is a great way to help support the skin in detoxing the body through sweat, bathing, etc. If our pores are clogged, the skin becomes less effective. Dry brushing also helps encourage lymph flow that helps to flush toxins from the body.

19.  Take Milk ThistleSylibum marianum, also known as Milk thistle is a great support for the liver. Long with helping the body detox, this herb has been linked to reduction in certain cancers, reduced diabetes and even reduction digestive disorders.

20.  Consume Essiac Tea, which cleanses the body and also has anti-cancer properties. This tea can help the body rid itself of pesticides used with GMOs, and ground-spraying including permethrin.

21.  Eat your sea vegetables. Algin in seaweeds helps to absorb toxins form the digestive tract (in much the same way that water softener removes hardness from tap water) so they can be eliminated more easily.  They also offer the largest range of vital trace minerals that can help to clean the blood.

22.  Consuming dandelion greens and roots can help to detox the body due to their high levels of antioxidants but also help to support liver decongestion.

23.  Use broccoli sprouts in your salads to ingest important substances that help with detoxification: sulphorophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate. Sprouts also contain up to 20 times more sulfurophane than regular, full grown broccoli plants.

24.  Eat flaxseed and flaxseed oil to help detox the body. This super food is full of fiber and Omega 3s, both important substances for detoxification.

25.  Add turmeric to your recipes. This root is full of Curcumin, used often in Ayurvedic Medicine to treat liver and digestive disorders, and a great detoxing agent.

About the Author

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao TzuParamahansa YoganandaRob Brezny,  Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

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  • Tanisha Adjo

    this is awesome and gave me some ideas for my site

  • I have been detoxifying on and off for the past 6 years and experienced amazing results in my energy levels and overall quality of life..Here are some of the supplements that I took that made the biggest difference for me:

    1- liposomal glutathione
    2- MSM
    3- NAC
    4- Zeolie
    5 – Liposomal R-alpha lipoic acid
    6- liposomal EDTA
    7- Selenium
    8- Zinc
    9- microsilica (IMD)

    Also, from my experience, fasting is great but it does not detoxify heavy metals by itself. Heavy metals need to be pulled out of the body using certain detoxifying agents like the one above.

    You can learn more about the dangers of toxins and heavy metals here: http://www.klinghardtacademy.com/images/stories/powerpoints/mercury%20presentation.pdf

    and you can find more details on how to properly detoxify heavy metals and what supplements to take here: http://thesupermandiet.com/detox

  • I’ve tried to the Isagenix cleanse & it did wonders for me. Don’t be put off by the investment – it worked incredibly well for me, I recommend it. Either way, detoxing your vital organs however you go about it – including intermittent fasting – will have you feeling miles better in a matter of days.

  • People should know that the best way to detox and remove both heavy metals and radiation from the human body is with the natural mineral Zeolite! Zeolite is a much better detox then plant based detoxes because it holds onto the heavy metals all the way out of the body without releasing any toxins back into the body as plant based detoxes do!

  • Cilantro also detoxes heavy metals.

  • Thankyou for the informative article. I love how you not only talked about how we obtain toxins in our body, but you provided many solutions to start the repair of damage.

  • Raul Troche

    Love your excellent article. I had arsenic poisoning, both chronic and acute. The medical profession can’t help you much other than chelation. I was not expected to live but thanks to medicinal herbs not only am I still alive I have amazed Drs with my comeback. My “lead Dr. Dennis Bowsher”. He is in Who’s Who in medicine and an arsenic expert. I acknowledged to him that he was indeed extremely knowledgeable. Then told him I could treat an arsenic victim better than he could. He the put his arms up, leans back, as if under arrest and then says “Raul there is no doubt in my mind.
    Back to the article you mentioned garlic, dandelion and milk thistle all three excellent medicinal herbs.
    Hippocrates : Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.

  • Anonymous

    Bentonite clay

  • Howser

    Well, shoot. I was hoping for more constructive suggestions. According to Inflammation blood tests, my body reacts poorly to over half of these suggestions. Beet, asparagus, citrus, grapefruit, milk thistle, Esiac, garlic, eggs, Brazil nuts, flaxseed, tumeric and dandelion. I can’t detect symptoms of inflammation but the blood work to test body-system inflammation says avoid these.

    Also, ozone steam baths produced open bleeding itching sores on my skin that took three years to go away. Have a far-infrared sauna and its good, but even at highest setting have never achieved much of a sweat.


    • Rachel

      Those foods are detoxing your liver. They are not bad–they are just ‘stirring things up’ so your body can begin to remove them. All detoxification causes sickness before health and this happens in cycles until the toxins are gone. Those are EXACTLY the foods you should be eating, just don’t eat more of these foods than you can handle if they make you sick–they are doing good. For example, I have a severe asthma reaction to sulfury foods like onions and garlic. This happens because I have mercury/heavy metal toxicity and the sulfur makes the metals come out of my cells and start moving around in my bloodstream, causing much discomfort and lung inflammation. But that does not mean I should avoid those healthy sulfur foods, just that I should limit them to what I can physically handle. If I don’t eat sulfur at all I will never detox all the mercury. So you should eat your beets!

    • I’ve been going through severe illness past couple of years and detoxing was a HUGE problem–Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cause huge toxic issues when they die. A colonic every week from a pro was an essential part of getting well. Just started coffee enemas and wish I could have done them earlier. Rashes don’t itch any more; I’m super sensitive to caffeine and taken from that end, it isn’t absorbed; skin rashes are getting smaller. Brain fog gone; feeling like a normal person again. Caffeine from the “wrong” end opens up liver bile ducts, opens gall bladder ducts, so one really gets rid of the toxins. Still taking Chlorella for heavy metals (the only thing that worked for me). Imp. to get the organic coffee blended especially for enemas–regular stuff way too rough.

  • feduptickedoff

    Infrared saunas – sweating is excellent to rid body of toxins

  • peteduncan

    The number one way to solve 3-4 of these at a time are ZEOLITES . Alkalinity, poisons , radiation, heavy metals, all eliminated by zeolites ….perfectly safe.

  • Jana

    Can the author please cite her sources and studies?

  • Carly Ryan

    Thank you SO MUCH! With all the articles pissing and moaning about GMOs, Monsanto, Chemtrails, Fukushima, Fluoride, FINALLY a PRO-ACTIVE article appears.

  • steph

    Although the author makes reference to seaweed/algin, I’m very surprised Chlorella did not make the list. Isn’t it considered one of the best super foods out there, especially for detox of heavy metals?

    Would like to get the author’s take on this.

  • reno

    When you say “blockages” in #5, what do you mean exactly? Blockages of what/where?

  • Detoxing with bitter herbs and also consuming bentonite clay mixed with psyllium husks is also very good.

  • Plato

    The grandaddy of all detox is a colonic! Yeah baby, yeah!

  • jay

    Dont forget dates. Rich in potassium and boron and other minerals.

  • keldoone

    AND let us not forget to be cleansing the mind (the subconscious tapes and programs)… people can be ingesting the finest foods and if they are angry, depressed, blaming… (just a list of negative emtions)… the food eaten becomes poisonous. As a start I recommend Shad Helmstetter’s – Choices. We can have a choice over what we say …. AND the internal dialogue of our past has incredible opportunity to change. Become the master of your self…stop allowing your ego from being in control. Take charge.

    • Rachel

      Proper detoxification with nutrient-dense vegetable juices WILL cleanse the mind and open intuition. The physical acts of cleansing and nourishing will make a person become happier and more spiritually aware.

  • Terry Anthony

    You forgot fasting, which is the #1 method of detoxification. Period.

    • Sakeeta

      That is incorrect. Starving your body puts it into survival mode, so it holds on to everything as much as it can. You gain weight that way, too.

      • Jana

        No, you are repeating what you’ve heard elsewhere. Look up the science on intermittent fasting. It’s good for you AND for weight loss.

      • john

        This is not true about healthy fasting,especially juice fasting, saying ‘it holds onto everything as much as it can’. The first thing fasting does in autalysis is to rid or digest and eliminate sick, diseased, mutant or cancerous cells from the body. Please do more research.

      • Jim S.

        Actually, he is right!

        Proper amount of fasting on regular occasions has been known for many thousands of years to be one of the most effective ways to quickly “loosen” the heavy load of accumulated toxins in the body. If a fast is done improperly, Yes, it can lead to putting the body into “survival mode”, thus the chance of undoing your hard-earned weight-management gains.

        The key to proper fasting is to start off doing it only one day at a time, if your body is not used to regular fasting regimen. Some people may do well for a two-or-three day fast, but that should be long enough.

        Where most folks go wrong when it comes to completing the fasting regimen, is when they immediately start eating like “normal” towards the end of their fasting. This completely ruins the positive effects of the fast and may create even worse conditions for your health.

        A fast needs to be eased out of it by starting, slowly, to re-introduce certain types and categories of food, on a day-by-day basis.

        One great recommended schedule was like this:

        1) Fast for one-to-two days, only drinking fresh, pure water. Plenty of fresh air and lots of peaceful rest is suggested!

        2) Start finishing the first part of the fast by introducing fresh, pure fruit and vegetable juices that DO NOT have any added sugars on your second OR third day (if you were doing a two-day fast, for instance). Light exercise and concentration on regulated breathing (especially during meditation, if that is what you are inclined to do).

        3) On the next day, solid fruits, vegetables, and some good-quality grains (NOT GMO either).

        4) Next day, Limited amounts of meats, eggs, dairy (as fresh and pure as you can get them).

        5) Final day, you should be able to eat at your regular, hopefully better-balanced, diet.

        How often you fast is very much up to you and what you believe is best for your health. Some may recommend at least once a month as a minimum, but you should know your body’s needs best. It always as good to gradually increase the amount of physical activity to match the level of eating you are doing as you complete the fasting regimen.

        Conclusion: Fasting is a time-tested and well-proven beneficial method to aiding in detoxification. It is as ancient is many of the ancient customs that still thrive today in various areas of the world.

        I would not be so quick to trash the act of fasting, until I’ve learned more about it is the general wisdom here!

      • peteduncan

        If you haven’t done a prolonged water fast and detox you don’t understand how the body works. It doesn’t hoard fat in a prolonged water fast your metabolism actually speeds up. It speeds up for fast processing of the needed nutrients to keep it self and especially your brain functioning properly.

      • LIA

        To “fast” does not necessarily mean to “starve”. There are all kinds of different fasts, including detoxing/cleansing fasts.

    • I’ve heard that when you fast your body automatically “eats” the diseased areas and poisons and toxins before it starts to “eat” the healthy. If this is correct then fasting is indeed a very good detox method. I know someone who does long fasts all the time and they are one of the healthiest people I know.

    • Rachel

      It is important in our toxic times to fast with vegetable juices because in order for toxins to break down there needs to be nutrients available to help the proccess. Otherwise you could end up so sick with toxins you can’t even poop them out. Maybe a hundred years ago water fasts were good and safe, but now people are so malnourished many times we don’t have the necessary nutrients in our bodies to detox properly so the crap just comes out of our cells and then soaks back in because the liver is lacking what it needs to break down toxins and get them out-so basically you go through mass sickness and get nothing done. Also, juice fasting is nourishing so the fast is more tolerable: less hungry and less suffering from toxin expelling.

  • Don’t forget top Detoxifiers like Apple and Cilantro

    • steve

      Why no Coconut Water? The stuff is amazing, it dissolves kidney stones.

    • Slambo

      The only way to DETOX from Heavy Metal, is listen to some easy listening music from the 70’s or Alternative stuff from the 80’s!!

      • Anonymous


      • Ben Johnson

        Why would you detox from Heavy Metal it gives me so much energy,
        Metallica for ever

    • Anonymous

      I’m shocked that there’s nothing here about OZONATING YOUR WATER or COLLOIDAL SILVER… This ALONE would DREAMATICALLY detoxify you…

    • I cannot believe she left out the number one detox.chelate.binding super nutrition substance known to people….CHLORELLA

      • Man

        You have to be careful with chlorella. Chlorella as you allude is very powerful and beneficial only when it is pure. Chlorella is like a magnet to heavy metals, including mercury, however, often time the source of chlorella has heavy metals bound to it as you digest it and a significant amount will be deposited into your body. it is VERY important to find organic, mercury test (independent) chlorella, otherwise it would be a complete backfire. Same goes for seaweed.

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