5 Ways to Detox After Vaccines

People everywhere are flocking to get flu shots.

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Written by: Heather DeGeorge

Vaccines are a hot topic and I’m NOT here to take sides – I know and love people on both sides of the fence. But for those of you who choose to vaccinate and simultaneously worry about what’s going into yourself or your children’s bodies – this article is for you.

There is no dispute about the fact that vaccines contain metals (including aluminum); they are plainly labeled on the package inserts. There’s also no dispute that everyone’s body is different – and that everyone’s ability to remove these things from their body is different as well.  

I’m going to tell you how to gently encourage the detox process, naturally.

static1.squarespace.comSomething to keep in mind (and browse PubMed for more evidence-based information) is the use of acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) after vaccination. You want to look specifically for information about the link between acetaminophen and glutathione – an antioxidant that is plentiful in the liver and kidneys, which are major detoxification pathways.

I would also ask your doctor when to really worry about a fever. Fevers are indicators that your body is fighting off germs, but be clear about what temperature and symptoms really demand intervention and what is available to you (other than acetaminophen). Your doctor is going to have a better handle on your individual health history, complications and needs.

Once vaccinations are administered, there are definitely some things you can do to help your system remove the parts of the vaccine that don’t belong in your body, but were needed to produce the vaccine.

1. Getting on the Cleanest Diet Possible

This means drinking water and eating food that has ingredients your great-grandmother would recognize. Your body’s immunity and detox systems are working hard and you want to fuel them with the best possible food sources available. Keep in mind that food is broken down into tiny pieces and each of these little pieces fuel some microprocessors in the body.

By eating as pure and clean of a diet as possible, you prevent your body from getting mixed messages and allow it to perform more efficiently. If you cannot afford to eat entirely organic, it is estimated that you can reduce 80% of your pesticide intake by using the EWG’s Dirty Dozen Plus list and making sure that those ingredients are organic anywhere they appear in your diet.

2. Take Some Baths

There really are such things as “detox baths” and they can really be helpful in gently pulling bad things out of your body. The information given below is for a full-body bath, but you can benefit from a foot bath as well. The ingredients would be:

  • Epsom salt – The Epsom Salt Council recommends 2 cups of epsom salt per standard size bath tub and soaking for at least 12 minutes 3 times a week. They make no recommendation for children, but other sites have noted that children under 60 lbs. should use ½ cup and children or people who weigh 60-100 lbs. should use 1 cup.
  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or bath salt – If your water is unfiltered or you’re worried about neutralizing chemicals in the water (like chlorine), you can add ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda or bath salt (optional). Just make sure it’s aluminum-free.
  • Water

 

Add these things together in a tub of warm water and have a good soak. Some people like to add essential oils or other things to the baths, but if your goal is to detox, there is no need to over-complicate things.

Make sure to leave the bath carefully (the epsom salt has a calming effect that might make you less agile than when you entered the bath) and be sure to drink some water soon after to rehydrate your body from all the sweating.

3. Massage

fix-it-with-massage_1A gentle body massage (especially after that nice detox bath) can help stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps rid the body of toxins and does some transportation of white blood cells. There are massage therapists that do “lymphatic drain” massages, but those are intense and serve a different purpose than what we’re going for here. We just want to gently stimulate movement.

You don’t need anything fancy and you can totally do this for yourself! A bit of coconut or olive oil and some gentle rubbing – especially near your collarbone and up on the sides of your neck, in front and back of your ears, under your arms, in the crook of your elbows, behind your knees, in the center of your chest and along the line of your leg meeting your torso. You’re not looking for that deep kind of rubbing – just a gentle massage.

4. Supplements for Detoxing

Check with your pharmacist or doctor to be sure there are no potential interactions with your current medications. Some of the more helpful supplements are:

  • Vitamin C – This is a good supplement to help with detoxification pathways.  
  • Dandelion root – Either as a tea or from the green form, dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) has been shown to protect the liver – which is our major detoxifying organ in the body. Including some dandelion can help support your liver in removing things that shouldn’t be in your body. Dandelion greens are also great juiced!
  • Cilantro and coriander – Add some cilantro wherever you can tolerate it: mix it into guacamole, throw some into a smoothie, or (if you’re a juicer) add some to your juice. Cilantro has a strong reputation for being a natural and gentle detoxifying herb and has some research supporting its antioxidant effects in ways that help the liver.

 

5. Supplements to Help with Immunity

getty_rf_photo_of_probiotic_supplementsYou can also take some supplements that can help support your body in the process of working through the illnesses introduced by vaccines in hopes of your body building immunity.  

  • Probiotics – These will reinforce and restore your healthy gut flora, which are research-supported to help with immunity and illness.
  • Elderberry syrup – Another evidence-supported supplement for fighting off illness, including viruses.
  • Pharmaceutical grade fish oil – Check the label carefully: ”pharmaceutical grade” is often in small print somewhere and it should mean that the oil is filtered carefully for toxins. Fish oil has had some good research around it’s connection to better cognitive function due to the Omega 3’s.

 

All bodies handle vaccines, illnesses, environmental toxins, foods – everything – differently. There is no “one-size-fits-all” way to remove toxins or illnesses from your body. In the end, we do what we can and what feels right. Hopefully these tips will help you support your body, or at least prove to be a good starting point on your journey to detox.


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Heather DeGeorge

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and FirstLine Therapy Certified Lifestyle Educator at Heather DeGeorge
Heather DeGeorge is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and FirstLine Therapy Certified Lifestyle Educator. In addition to general health and weight loss, she specializes in dietary intervention for behavior and development problems of children. She also helps her clients to adjust to specialized or restricted diets based on medical diagnoses, like diabetes or gluten intolerance, with an end-goal of healing the body and moving towards a less restrictive diet.

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