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The word probably conjures up a wide variety of meanings, depending on who you are.
For me, the word detox means removing toxins from my body so that my systems can function optimally (or at least better than they are).
Many of you know Pat Robinson. She is the founder of the Heal Thyself! website and also runs several large, active groups on Facebook. She is an absolute wealth of knowledge and I have followed her work for years now. Pat recently released her new ebook, The Safe Detox Protocol, and provided me a copy free of charge to review.
The Safe Detox Protocol Review
The Safe Detox Protocol was written in honor of Pat’s mother, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009. Pat’s grandmother also passed away from cancer, this time of the liver, at age 42. Pat has been on a mission to help people live the healthiest, cleanest lives possible and she wrote this book in hopes that it will potentially save lives.
Detoxing has always been a bit of a scary word for me. Mostly because I have known people who have done cleanses and detoxes and have ended up so very sick. It has always made me a little wary of any sort of formal protocol.
That said, it doesn’t have to be a scary word and the best detox is the one that we do daily, just by making healthier choices in our diet and environment. I created my “love your liver” herbal coffee for this very reason.
Our bodies are designed to do a large amount of detoxing on their own without much help. Our liver, lungs, and skin do this daily without us even knowing it and we take this process for granted. The human body is truly an amazing creation.
That said, we live in such a polluted, toxic world that sometimes our natural detoxification systems get a bit clogged and backed up and our body needs some additional support. In some cases, it’s because of the specific environment we live in. In others, it is due to some genetic or health condition that prevents us from detoxing effectively. When we have issues like this, our body can quickly get overrun with toxins and it can lead to chronic illness.
Symptoms of overwhelmed toxin load:
- Chills or fever
- Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breathe
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Eye, ear, nose or throat irritation
- Hair loss
- Infertility in women and men
- Liver disease
- Neurological dysfunction, such as loss of memory or concentration, or confusion, “brain-fog”
- Skin rash
- Weakness or fatigue
Pat discusses a wide range of topics in her protocol — pretty much anything you need to know is covered. One of the leading causes for an inability for the body to detox is because of the MTHFR mutation (this mutation affects some 40% of the population!). This is one area that I don’t know much about, so I was very glad it was covered. I have not yet had the MTHFR test done, but I am already assuming that I have the mutation in some form, as I suffer from an autoimmune disease and they often go hand-in-hand from my preliminary research. At some point, I will get the test done.
The book covers a ton of information other than just MTHFR, including:
- Is it safe to detox while breastfeeding?
- How does the liver detox and keep us healthy?
- Kombucha and candida.
- What nutrients are needed to support our body and detox pathways.
- Common toxins that we are exposed to daily and what to do about it (they’re in our air, water, food, and more).
- How detox affects our adrenals.
- Helpful toxin checklists, as well as what to avoid and what to add to your diet.
- Various products and medications and how they affect our body’s ability to detox.
- Helpful resources for further education.
There is so much information in this ebook and what impressed me is how easy it is to understand and that it was not overwhelming. Pat lays it all out there in an approchable manner and helps us see how even making small changes in our environments (like not using Downy sheets or harsh cleaners) can make a big difference in our short-term and long-term health.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone who is looking to live a healthier life. Even if you don’t feel you need to detox, chances are you do and this book can help you identify areas that you can work on without becoming overwhelmed.
Thank you, Pat, for providing me a copy of this ebook to review and I look forward to following your work for many more years to come!