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How to Detox From Heavy Metals

Updated: Jan 5

The first part of detoxing from heavy metals is to open overburdened detox pathways – liver, kidneys, lymphatic, and bowel and help them get working normally again! The second part of detoxing is removing toxins from body parts where they have been stored – fat, muscles, lymphatic fluid, blood, or even the brain.

detox spelled out in fruit infused water

If you read my blog, Should You Worry About Heavy Metals, you know heavy metals are naturally occurring elements with a high atomic weight and density at least five times greater than water, and we're exposed to them constantly. The toxicity level of heavy metals depends on several factors, including the dose, route of exposure, chemical species, and the age, gender, genetics, and nutritional status of exposed individuals, which is why it's so important to detox from them.


The mainstream will tell you detoxing isn’t possible. For instance, The Guardian states:

“There’s no such thing as ‘detoxing’. In medical terms, it’s a nonsense. Diet and exercise is the only way to get healthy.

They go on to say how all detoxes are fads and state:

“Detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam (1).”

That’s a bit of an exaggeration of the purpose of detoxification. Nonetheless, why do you think the patient is expected to cleanse their colon with excessive use of Miralax before a colonoscopy? It’s a form of detoxification, just using toxin-filled products.


The mainstream acknowledges that enhancing and rejuvenating the body’s natural detoxification system is possible. But wouldn’t improving your detoxification system, in turn, result in detoxing the body?


If your detoxification pathways are clogged or not being supported properly, they can’t detox. Some of these so-called “fads” are enhancing and rejuvenating what your body is naturally supposed to be doing. The thing is, these bodily functions may be hindered due to everyday toxin exposure.


I'm not suggesting taking Miralax, but we want to provide a regimen intended to remove toxins and impurities from the body – just as the actual definition means (2).

Although many mainstream sources will say detoxing isn’t possible, science proves otherwise.


How to Detox Heavy Metals

Before starting a detox, one must understand that detoxing technically comes in three parts – opening overburdened detox pathways, removing built-up toxins, and supporting the body. The detoxing process is much more complex than the mainstream’s “squeaky clean” claim. Since the process is complex, let’s discuss each part of detoxing and break them down into manageable steps.


Parts 1 & 2: Opening Overburdened Detox Pathways & Eliminating Toxins

The first part of detoxing is a two-part process – opening overburdened detox pathways and eliminating built-up toxins - detox pathways like the liver, kidneys, lymph nodes, and bowel. Our bodies help us detox from all the junk around us. But if we are exposed to many toxins at once, the detox pathways can become sluggish and overworked. The first step is to help them get working normally again!


Once the detox pathways are open and functioning, that’s half the battle! The body is working better independently, which is the whole goal. Now you’re ready for the second part of detoxing – removing built-up toxins. Toxins build up throughout the body, usually in fat, muscles, lymphatic fluid, blood, or brain. It can be dangerous to knock these toxins loose if the detox organs aren’t open and working correctly because then the body can’t eliminate the toxins, which can circulate and cause further damage. Many “detox plans” don’t emphasize this enough.


Opening up overburdened detox pathways and eliminating toxins can be tricky and may look different for everyone, depending on where you are on your journey. I recommend starting with the beginner steps and working through the intermediate and advanced steps in combination with the steps prior to maximize your detoxing potential.


Beginner steps for opening overburdened detox pathways and eliminating toxins:

Intermediate steps for opening overburdened detox pathways and eliminating toxins:

  • Encourage sweat production (e.g., exercise and sauna therapy).

  • Focus on consuming whole foods.

Advanced steps for opening overburdened detox pathways and eliminating toxins:

herbs to detox heavy metals (chlorella, cilantro, garlic, green tea, Oregon grape root, spiralina)

Part 3: Supporting The Body

While detoxing, you should support your entire body – liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, gut, immune system, and adrenals. Not doing this step is often the #1 detox mistake. Like the previous section, I recommend starting with the beginner steps and working through the intermediate and advanced steps to maximize your body’s detoxing potential.


Beginner steps for supporting your body:

Intermediate steps for supporting your body:

Advanced steps for supporting your body:

Aside from the #1 detox mistake of not supporting your body’s natural detox pathways, one must remember to not let their body return to this state again. This can be hard, especially considering we live in a toxin-filled world. I recommend detoxing every few months (especially after vacations) to ensure the body doesn’t become overburdened again.

Heavy Metal Detox Support & Recommendations

I highly recommend downloading Earthley's Vaccine Detox Protocol, which I co-wrote. This guide has 170+ studies cited to ensure accurate and science-based information. We break down complex topics, address key questions, and help you through the detox process — naturally! Additionally, there are several detox and support products I recommend, including:

  • Earthley’s Black Liver Oil is designed to support your whole body, focusing on liver health and natural detox. Our livers are our body’s detox organs — they help to filter, break down, and eliminate toxins on their own. But sometimes they can use a little bit of support! We combine hemp seed oil, black seed oil, and key herbs to give your liver what it needs to do its job well — and make your whole body healthier!

  • Earthley's Candida Cleanse helps to fight yeast and candida overgrowth to restore gut health. Made with 100% natural ingredients, this herbal tincture is safe and effective in bringing the relief you’ve been looking for.

  • Earthley's Detox Bath is one of the best ways to feel better during an intense detox. Detoxing can be a little draining, especially if it’s a more intense detox. The herbs in this mix can relieve pain, soothe rashes, promote lymphatic health, and improve sleep.

  • Earthley's Electrolyte Powder replenishes fluids naturally during detox with three simple ingredients. Simply add the powder to your favorite drink for an electrolyte drink that’s easy on sensitive stomachs and completely natural.

  • Earthley's Greens Powder/Capsules is a supplement that combines traditional greens like spirulina and kelp with green tea and nutrient-rich herbs for energy and wellness. High in vitamin and mineral content, this powder boosts your daily nutrition. Enjoy a natural energy boost, improvements to gut health, and an overall feeling of wellness.

  • Earthley's Gut Health Oil is an herbal tincture created to help detox your gut for improved health. This product can help to eliminate candida, parasites, and other stomach issues like bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and more. It’s also a prebiotic, which encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut to support better wellness.

  • Earthley's Immune-Aid is a vitamin C supplement made with 100% real food. Organic berries and orange peel provide natural vitamin C to give your immune system a boost. This powder makes the perfect nutrient-rich addition to your daily routine. Now available in capsules.

  • Earthley's Liver Love promotes liver health by supporting detox and proper function. The liver is a critical, hard-working organ, and this herbal tincture provides 100% natural support. Enjoy relief from bloating, gas, and other liver-related pain.

  • Earthley's Lymphatic Cream is a lotion created to help relieve achy body parts caused by swollen lymph nodes. This cream tackles lymphatic congestion at the source and gently encourages drainage to help detox, reduce soreness, and improve overall wellness.

  • Earthley's Vaccine Detox combines Oregon grape root, yellow dock root, astragalus root, marshmallow root, dandelion root, peppermint, and chlorella powder to help restore wellness post-vaccination by supporting gut health.

⚠️ Warning: The Holistic Hipppie is not a functional medicine practitioner. The FDA has not evaluated these statements. This content is not medical advice and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or replace medical guidance. The Holistic Hipppie assumes no liability for the application of the information discussed.


If you’ve ever done a detox, what was your experience?

Sarena-Rae Santos

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