Recently I tried the coconut oil detox (Bruce Fife) which is supposed to kill off candida and take you into ketosis in less than a week's time. Everything went well and I actually got thru a very long weightloss plateau. I took 3-4 tbsp of coconut oil with salt, lime/lemon mix in bone broth 3x a day for 7 days. That was about 4 weeks ago and my weight is steady (still falling), my gut function is much better, head is clearer, joints arent achey, sleep comes quicker and deeper, etc.
My question is....Id like to implement the detox every few months simply because I feel so great on it, but I am wondering about mercury/flouride, etc. I do have mercury fillings and the water is flouridated and who knows what other heavy metals we are exposed to daily and from what i can find online, candida binds these heavy metals rendering them ineffective, but kill off candida and you could be in for some serious poisoning.
Has anyone had any experience or insight into this? Im thinking of buying a liquid heavy metal cleanse that I saw at the health food store, has anyone used anything similar (I cant remember the name of it, but I thought it was Gaia Herbs)
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on October 30, 2010
at 11:40 PM
If you do something that will loosen up the heavy metals, you will need to also take some sort of chelating agent to bind the metals so that you can eliminate them. You can find some by reading up on the subject online if you're doing something pretty strong to get the metals out-- but if you're doing a gentle detox, eating a ton of cilantro may be helpful during it as cilantro is a natural chealtor.
All that said, you should look into a holistic/safe dentist to REMOVE your mercury amalgams before doing this type of detox on any kind of regular basis. Otherwise, you risk loosening the metal fillings. If you do get them removed, make sure you have a chelation therapy ready for after the removals.
Candida doesn't necessarily render the metals ineffective to my knowledge, but it does feed off of them, interestingly enough. Candida is always present and not a problem when in BALANCE, it's a problem when it overtakes the good bacteria and Candidaisis ensues.
Of note here as well, the "detox" you did was very gentle and natural and if you did that with home made bone broth, you may have actually just done a great job to ENHANCE THE MINERALS IN YOUR DIET... so it may be worth just drinking broth regularly and seeing if that helps.
L-glutamine is also a great BCAA supplement for gut health. 2g in a large glass of water in between meals a few times a day is a good idea for most people with gut health concerns.
on October 31, 2010
at 04:13 AM
Not eating carbs will put just about anyone in ketosis within a week. Or you could eat all the bone broth and coconut oil concoction in the world and if you still eat enough carbs, you will not go into ketosis. BOne broth concoction has no magical ketosis generating powers.
On the flip side, bone broth if very good for you. You may feel much better just because of all the vitamins you are supplementing with that are leached out of the bone and into the broth. And if you are not getting enough saturated fat, healthy coconut oil could also help you there.
As for the salt, many paleo eaters frown on extra salt, but personally, I don't think it's worth worrying about for most people with healthy kidneys.
The thing is, I don't consider this as a detox unless you want to consider eating healthier foods to be a detox. And IMO, eating healthier foods should be done daily, not every few months. WHy not do the bone broth just once per day but do it often like every day or similar? And eath healthy foods and pitch out the crap foods and you have the most natural detox in the world.