We’re gonna talk a lot about this in the new book, The C Card and Me 2 (out this spring). It’s important to take note of the foods you eat while detoxing off of chemo and radiation, but eating naturally detoxifying foods isn’t enough. You need to hydrate by drinking at least a gallon of clean water every day. Peeing out the toxins is the most effective way. Moving your body and breaking a sweat helps get the blood pumping and toxins moving in the right direction (as in out of your body).
There are several, natural ways to detox off after chemo. Here’s a list of things to do. Then check out the list of naturally detoxing, immune building foods to focus on.
Detox Baths: We’ve all heard about the benefits of an Epsom Salts bath. Hot water opens the pores, allowing perspiration to take toxins away, as well as increasing absorption of nutrients such as magnesium and sulfate (in the salts), which help generate enzymes that clean up the body. Adding ginger to your Epsom salt bath will open pores of the skin and further aid in eliminating pain. Baking soda helps neutralize the effects of radiation, sesame is great for de-stressing, and vinegar helps soothe joints and tendonitis. I also find a head to toe salt scrub at the local spa does wonders, especially for my ever itchy back.
Water: It’s the most natural way to flush toxins out of your body. Drink at least a gallon a day of purified water. Alkaline water is the best. I’m also partial to Pellegrino sparkling mineral water, but keep the bubbles to a minimum when your gut is in healing mode.
Exercise: It gets the heart pumping, which circulates blood, moving toxins out of the body. It also encourages perspiration, which decreases toxins, and makes you thirsty, so you’ll drink more water.
Fiber: It “sweeps” the digestive tract clean, and speeds up elimination, which means waste products are in your body for a shorter amount of time. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains.
Dandelion: Many herbs are known to stimulate detoxification in the body. Dandelion is one, used in traditional Chinese medicine as a powerful liver tonic. Try a daily cup of dandelion tea, some dandelion greens (full of nutrients). You’ll find other liver-cleansing recipes on the internet. Other foods that support healthy liver function include lemons, apples, beets, and carrots.
Remember to always check with your primary physician before you start any detox regime.