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You Asked, I Listened: Best Practices for Natural Detoxification

Many of you have reached out to me to discuss the best detoxification methods. While the internet contains a wealth of knowledge, you may be unsure where to start. In this post, we’ll look at how to assist your liver and kidneys, including a DIY tincture recipe, recommended meals, herbs, and detox methods, as well as how to handle heavy metal detoxification. Let us begin!

Why Springtime?

Spring is considered the best season for detoxification according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Why? Wintertime is characterized by heavy food and less physical activity, which in turn creates a sluggish system — particularly with your two main detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys. Once we are into spring, it is important to clear out toxins, accumulated fats, and other compounds that may slow down their efficiency. By doing so, it will encourage vitality, energy, and health.

How to Love Your Liver & Kidneys

The primary goal of detoxification is to flush out accumulated toxins that hamper overall health. But if your detoxification organs are not operating at peak efficiency, a detox can cause more harm than good. In light of this, it is crucial to support your liver and kidneys so they are up for the task. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

  • Start your day with an eight-ounce glass of water with the juice of one lemon to support the function of your liver. I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking enough water throughout the day — especially while you are detoxing. Aim for 8-10 glasses/day.
  • To avoid taking in additional toxins and putting stress on the liver and kidneys, it is important to only eat organic foods and drink filtered water via reverse osmosis, or a Berkey system to avoid the chemicals found in plastic jugs.
  • Consume an antioxidant-rich diet including leafy greens, raw salads, sprouts and microgreens, berries, and brightly-colored fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit animal protein and fats from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.
  • Make sure you are getting enough fiber. One of the best ways to do this is to eat a whole-food, plant-based diet. Chia seeds and/or flaxseed should be on the menu every day.
  • Avoid processed, fatty, or refined sugar-laden foods.
  • Opt for stainless steel, glass, or silicone food storage containers and shy away from anything plastic.
  • Only use natural cleaning agents in your house. It doesn’t need to be fancy. You will be amazed at how versatile baking soda and vinegar can be for household cleaning.
  • Choose natural haircare and body products free of chemicals, foaming agents, and artificial fragrances.
  • Take Epsom salt baths and infrared saunas on a regular basis.
Liver Detox Dandelion-Milk Thistle Blend
You Asked, I Listened Best Practices for Natural Detoxification- dandelion and milk thistle tincture

For this recipe you will need to make two separate tinctures, one for milk thistle and the other for dandelion root, using the following instructions. When the tinctures are ready, combine equal parts for the blend.

  1. Fill a glass jar 1/3 to 1/2 full of the dried herbs you are using for your tincture, but don’t pack it down (the amount of the herb used depends on the surface area and extractability of the herb). You can also use fresh herbs – use 2x the amount of dried herbs.
  2. Fill the jar with alcohol (e.g. vodka), leaving 1⁄2 inch (1.25 cm) of headspace. Stir well.
  3. Close the lid on the jar, label and date, and store in a cool, dry place. Tinctures can take anywhere from 4 weeks up to 6 months to fully extract, depending on the herbs you are using. 2 months works well for most herbs. Shake the jar once a day if possible.
  4. When your tincture is complete, usually around 8 weeks, strain out the herbs and rebottle the finished product. The alcohol renders it very shelf-stable and tinctures can last up to 7 years. Many people put tinctures in amber dropper bottles for ease of use, but any small glass bottle will work.

Dosage: One-half to one teaspoon is a normal dose for adults.

Three Detoxification Methods

Once your liver and kidneys are functioning properly, you can now move on to a formal detox. Keep in mind you want to continue with the tips above for maintenance. Here are three tried and true detox methods:

#1 Raw Food Detox. With this method, you focus on nutrient-rich salads and uncooked foods for several days up to a few weeks. Unlike a standard raw-food diet, this detox doesn’t include nuts, seeds, or other fats known to challenge the liver. Focus on brightly-colored fruits and vegetables, especially nutrient-dense berries and dark leafy greens. Fresh vegetable juices are particularly good. Herbal teas are helpful too — such as dandelion, milk thistle, chanca piedra, fresh lemon, and ginger.

#2 Juice Fast. A more challenging detox is a juice fast for three days. If you would like to continue longer, I recommend working with your healthcare practitioner. With this detox, you focus on fresh fruit and vegetable juices throughout the day without any solid food. Some people also add vegetable broths and herbal teas. Care needs to be taken when coming off the fast so as not to cause digestive issues. Puréed vegetable soups are an excellent option for the first few meals after the fast, then you can gradually introduce solid, cooked vegetable-based meals over the next day or two.

#3 Water Only. For this detox, limit it to 24-48 hours. Supervision by your healthcare practitioner is necessary if you would like to continue beyond two days or if you have an underlying health condition. Not surprisingly, you only drink water for the duration of the detox. Some add a small pinch of pink salt to maintain electrolyte balance. As with the juice fast, you will need to introduce solid foods slowly once the fast is finished.

A Note About Heavy Metals

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Heavy metals are environmental toxins that can be found in the air, soil, and water. They originate from industrial pollutants, paint, conventional farming, fuel, pesticides/fungicides/rodenticides, fireworks, and household chemicals. The most common heavy metals include arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium, and thallium. They can cause neurological issues and contribute to a host of health conditions, including anemia, cancer, kidney and or liver damage, brain fog, headaches, fatigue, miscarriage, chronic infections, and insomnia.

If there is significant heavy metal toxicity, you will need to work with a skilled healthcare practitioner who specializes in this area. A chelator will be used either through an IV or by ingesting a tablet, so the metals are bound and then excreted from the body. Otherwise, when the metals are dislodged they can migrate to another part of the body and cause significant damage.

For a gentle, long-term approach that doesn’t require chelation, you can consume specific foods that help to flush heavy metals from the body. They also protect against the damaging effects of these environmental toxins. Good choices include: Cilantro, Garlic Wild Blueberries, Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass Juice Powder, Atlantic dulse, Green Tea, Tomatoes, Probiotics and Turmeric.

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Thank you! I purchased a couple of your books previously, have done many, many hours of research over several years, and came up with a process for better health, including getting my metabolism awakened’ from years of sluggish function. My self-directed program has proved effective so far and it includes a large number of the tips in this article. Since I was a young child, herbs and natural plant healers fascinated me. As a young teen, I used an ‘old’ remedy to cure my horse’s skin disorder when the vet’s prescription failed to do so. This earth was set up to be the perfect home for humans and all other life so has on it what we need eh. I appreciate the life-saving human-made meds that have saved my life a couple times but I far prefer to not use any chemicals from a lab.


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us!
We are happy to hear our books and articles have helped you on your path to natural health.

Many blessings and good health!

Is this dosage taken daily for a certain period of time or daily as long as you wish?

Hi Cyndi,

The duration for taking a dandelion and milk thistle tincture can vary depending on several factors including the reason for taking it, the particular health conditions, and the advice of a naturopath. It’s best to start things slow and take it for a couple of weeks, and see how your body responds.

Many blessings and good health!

For Heavy Metals I have been using Volcanic Ash (my select brand is Zeolite) for over 3 years now. It literally has saved my life as we are ALL exposed to heavy metals daily through chemtrails…Scientifically proven a long while back…Enjoy…Amazon carries a few different brands. I use Zeolite because it is a lighter colored ash (all natural) and easy on the body…Just take a small dose about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp daily for at least 3 weeks until you are cleaned and then you can cut back to about 3 times per week. Enjoy!!! Blessings to all.

I have one kidney. I was supposed to go for an operation, to remove massive stone. Didn’t feel good about the operation. That was back in spring of 2019. Been on lemon water ever since. Try to avoid bottled water, they’re putting calcium in it, hence the stone. I tried  chanca piedra and never again. I would like warn people  chanca piedra causes the kidney to contract around the stone and this is extremely painful. Maybe if you have two kidneys you might be okay, be cautious. I put half a lemon juiced in a 1.89 litre glass bottle of water (zero water filtered). I also add turmeric and some other spices or herbs to vary the flavour. Good luck!

Hi John,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your personal experience with us!

Many blessings and good health!

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