How to Start a Heavy Metal Detox

Before you read about my Heavy Metal Detox, please take a look at my How To Detox information on what exactly Detox means and why it was necessary for my body and health. For years, I was not absorbing any nutrients in anything I was eating. I ate a perfect diet but I didn’t absorb a single thing and nothing was moving in my body- which means toxins were reabsorbed in my gut (More information on Leaky Gut here). If toxins are being reabsorbed, then we are not flushing out our toxins and hormones, especially estrogen (you won’t be able to clear out/ flush out excess hormones- estrogen is known to build up which will reduce the thyroid hormone and lead to Hypothyroidism) in our gut. Then, we re-absorb all of these unhealthy particles. Healthy gut flora (good balance of ‘good bacteria’ over ‘bad bacteria’) is important for heavy metal detox and for a healthy thyroid. Why is flora so important? Because we have 4 pounds of gut flora in our bodies. 20% of our active hormones are in our gut, so an antibiotic that you may have been put on at one point in your life can inhibit your thyroid, the function of it, the lining of it, etc. which doesn’t allow us to eliminate properly- causing toxicity in our bodies. It was important for me to restore my gut and learn how the thyroid, gut and heavy metals all tie in together. More information on how Heavy Metals Are Making You Sick here.

Also, over the course of 10 years conventional doctors tested the heavy metals in my blood and never found a problem – UNTIL I started working with an Integrative M.D. who tests the tissues in the body and the heavy metals inside your tissues. (Information on Integrative Medicine Testing here). This is how I eventually healed my body and how I figured out what was wrong with me. An Integrative M.D. will perform a 24-hour urine test on a random day from you and then do the same urine test provoked with chelating agents. Integrative M.D.’s also perform more intensive alternative testing on your blood and look for specific metals based on your symptoms, unlike conventional medicine. Your Integrative M.D. will know the protocol to take and the tests to run. I followed a chelation schedule and detox from Dr. Jeffrey Morrison of The Morrison Center in NYC.

Here is a List of What I Ate and What I Had To Avoid for My Heavy Metal Detox

  • I went through two years of IV Chelation to help draw the heavy metals out of my body.
  • I eat fresh organic cilantro, which helps remove the metals. (Information on Why to Choose Organic).
  • I took powdered Citrus Pectin every day for two years.
  • I avoid eating anything out of a can (this includes tomato sauce, vegetables, fruits, etc. anything that came from a can).
  • I avoid high-mercury fish such as tuna and swordfish as well as most seafood.
  • I use liquid chlorophyll every day mixed into my hot tea and water with fresh organic lemon.
  • I had my mercury fillings removed through a special Integrative Medical Dentist so that the mercury was not drawn to my brain or organs.
  • I use a water filter that removes toxic chemicals and heavy metals from my tap water.
  • I use infra-red saunas as much as possible to sweat out the toxins. Relax in an infra-red sauna or steam bath to cleanse your system.
  • I go to acupuncture as much as possible to help my liver remove toxins.
  • I detoxed my face and body lotions, eye makeup remover products, hairspray, makeup, self-tanners, etc. and threw away any that contained parabens. Now I only use Barlean’s Organic Coconut Oil to remove my makeup. You can read more about parabens and toxic chemicals in beauty products on my Beauty Detox Page.
  • I detoxed my toothpaste. Now I use Organic Baking Soda or Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste.
  • I drink lots of fresh organic green juice daily.
  • I eat lots of fresh organic vegetables and healthy fats.
  • I avoid all processed foods, not only those that are high in salt, sugar and preservatives and follow a Low FodMap Diet.
  • I replaced simple sugars and carbohydrates with whole grains, complex carbohydrates and fruit. Check out my How To Detox Your Pantry Page and my Anti-Inflammatory Page for more information. (More information on How to Go Sugar-Free and How to Cook Whole Grains here).
  • I identified food allergies through The Elimination Diet and avoid eating those foods that cause inflammation in my body. (More information on Inflammation here).
  • I drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered or purified water daily.
  • I used a dry brush to get my lymphatic system working on my legs after I showered.
  • I detoxed my cleaning supplies to use only organic, non-toxic products. Chemicals in most commercial cleaning products can act as hormone disruptors, which may interfere with the body’s natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the actions of hormones. I use natural items like baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide that clean and disinfect without noxious chemicals. You can read more on my Natural Household Cleaning Detox Page.
  •  I threw out all plastic containers and water bottles made from BPA plastic. BPA found in many plastic containers is considered to be an endocrine disruptor or xenoestrogen, a class of compounds that can suppress male hormones and mimic female hormones by binding with estrogen receptors. I opt for stainless steel and glass containers and use glassware instead of plastic. Check out my How To Detox Page for more information.
  • I threw out all of my pots and pans that were toxic. Teflon-coated nonstick pans can release chemical toxins into the air when the pans are well heated, contributing to indoor air pollution. Specks of coating in scratched pans can flake into your food. I use Pyrex and cast iron cookware instead.

These are just a few things that I had to do under supervision of my Medical Doctor, ask your Integrative M.D. about these ideas before you start anything.  Here are a few Integrative Medicine Tests that I asked my Integrative M.D.’s to check me for- these tests were crucial in finding out what was causing my pain.

I am not a doctor; my protocol was handled by Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, M.D. of The Morrison Center. This information is not intended to cure or diagnose anyone. This is simply the protocol that I followed for my heavy metal detox. Please consult your medical doctor for treatment. It is essential to work with a nutritionist and an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.

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David April 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Amie, I saw you recently in a show on the Veria channel and you talked about your problems with heavy metals. How did you get exposed? I have been gluten free for about 7 years now because of non celiac gluten intolerance. About 2 years into the diet, I started having unexplained intestinal pain and intermittent diarrhea. I had been eating tons of rice and rice based products since going gluten free. After a lot of experimenting, I recently cut way back on the rice and started feeling better. It really makes me wonder about arsenic in rice since that has been in the news lately. Do you know if anyone is doing any research on the risk of chronic arsenic exposure for gluten free individuals?

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Amie April 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Thanks David and such a pleasure to hear from you! Thank you for your comment. Yes, all of my Integrative Dr’s did testing for Arsenic and I was off the charts because of rice and rice cakes and rice in protein powders! I was exposed from everyday life; water, food, pollution, household cleaners, makeup, sunscreen, etc. but I have since detoxed all of those items so that they no longer contain toxic chemicals. Hope that helps and hope you are feeling better!!

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Yum Yucky July 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

Excellent list. I still have a ways to go, but I’m doing a few of these things already. Next step is to get mercury fillings removed.

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Amie July 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

Thank you so much! So nice to hear from you Josie. Have a great weekend!

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Nuvagenic August 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Appreciating the time and energy you put into your blog and in depth information you present.
It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information.
Great read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google
account.

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Organic Newbie September 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Thank you for sharing how you began your journey to better health! I appreciate the information regarding how heavy metal toxins effect the thyroid. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and have several nodules. As I prepare for surgery and biopsy, I want to learn all I can about how to take part in keeping my body healthy. Thank you, also, for mentioning Integrative Medicine; I’ve not heard of this and will definitely look into it. I’ve got 2 young children to live healthy for and to teach them to live healthy as well. Your website will definitely be a regular reference for me!

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Amie September 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Thank you so much; so great to hear from you! Happy to help anytime. Have a great week!

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sarah December 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Hi there..great blog, thank u for posting it. I have been battling hormone imbalance, digestive problems, chronic stress etc for the past 5 years. Ive always dealt with mood disorders since I was little, acne, and candida also have been a long time friend of mine. I grew up in a 200 year old home with my parents who chain smoked cigarettes in the house and also smoked marijuana everyday, they didnt hide this from us. My dad also thought it would be a good idea to strip all the paint inside the home with a blow torch and scrapers, and yes as a little girl I helped as well. For years we remodeled each room, one by one. I always had headaches and complained of generally not feeling well. By 5th grade my tonsils were so large they were blocking my throat of air when I slept. Now 5 years ago I started a business and also waitressed full time until the money was flowing. During that time I got so stressed that I couldn’t sleep, eat, or poop like normal..when I ate food I pooped it out 20 minutes later and NOTHING was digesting..I lost 20 lbs QUICK..I thought I was dying so I started to see a natural doc. Ive been with a natural doc ever since, but we never talked about heavy metals.. I am starting believe that when I lost all that weight that I had a serious amount of heavy metals flood my body. Because after all this time and money trying to balance my hormones and my mood with expensive supplements im still not happy with the way I feel..when I take chlorella, my face clears up and things seem to work better in my body..any suggestions or ideas about my situation? Any help is greatly appreciated..thank u!

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Amie December 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Thank you Sarah; so nice to hear from you! Heavy metals are a huge issue. I had to stop eating chlorella because I found out that it was inflaming me- came up on my ALCAT test. I suggest getting the ALCAT test done for food and chemicals and the urine heavy metal test done through an integrative MD. You can find the doctors in your area on my ‘How to Find an Integrative Doctor’ Page. Hope that helps. Stay positive. It’s a long road but worth it.
xoxo
Sending hugs from NYC!!!

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Amie December 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Thank you Sarah; my best advice is to use my Integrative Medicine page to find a doctor near you. Start with your gut since that is where most of this stems from!

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Molly December 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Hi Amie, I just found your site last night. I was watching a show about how to prevent Alzeimers and avoiding sugar and gluten sounds like a very key part of a healthy brain and body! I also had a heavy metal poisoning issue due to Wilson’s Disease-my liver doesn’t process copper. I spent 2 month inpatient to chelate my body and now am on a maintence chelation therapy drug. I try to make healthy choices for myself and family but my husband isn’t really on board. I’m going to try to start replacing our food items and recipes with healthier choices and hope he and my two young girls learn to love healthier foods!
Thanks for such an awesome site full of good resources.

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Steven December 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hi Amie

I am having problems with a infection called H.pylori and Blastocystic Hominis,, but also got Heavy Metals Mercury and lead ,, and also got problems with adrenal fatigue.am always bloated and kidney pains,, could that be due to Mercury and lead over I got..

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Amie December 22, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thanks Steven, yes almost all gut issues are caused by heavy metals. You can do a lab test from Doctor’s Data from your MD to test for the metals – it’s a 24 hour urine collection. I do lots of infra-red saunas, detox supplements, detox support and eat 100% organic. Hope that helps!

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Ingrid January 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Hi Amie. Just had my comprehensive elements test done and had high levels of coppers. While I have had lupus for the last 12 years, the last 5 of those years brought on new symptoms including excessive swelling/ water retention. Did you experinece this? Does dry brushing your legs help with swelling? Thanks for any advice you can give!

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Amie January 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Thanks Ingrid; so nice to hear from you! I had the awful swelling and water retention for SO many years! Dry brushing helps but you need to detox the toxins out of your body-that will help with the water retention. xoxx

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Cheri Davis February 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I love this article. I just had 10 of my amalgam fillings removed last week from a biological dentist due to inner intuitive guidance. My deeper detox has been going on since I was diagnosed with colon cancer in June of 2012. I feel amazing and am looking forward to detoxing the mercury even more. Using Zeolite, Fulvic Acid, Cilantro and Chlorella too. Have already done most of everything you listed too. For sure an eye opening journey of health and wellness. :)

Thank you for you the great article!
Peace and Blessings,
Cheri

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Amie February 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Thank you Cheri; so nice to hear from you!!!

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Aqiyl Aniys February 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I knew that had to be cilantro in the picture. I use cilantro everyday in my veggie juice. I also each a lot of iodine in the form of bladderwrack. I brush my teeth with baking soda and coconut oil.

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Ed February 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

I never really knew this was so serious. Great tips! Guess I need to schedule an appt to have some fillings removed. ugh

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Amie March 1, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Thanks Ed! Good luck to you!

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