The word “detox” gets thrown around a lot in the breast implant world. While detoxing your body from the toxins and heavy metals is imperative in restoring health after explant, what about before explant? One of the lovely ladies in our private Facebook support group asked me: “Is there anything we can do to support our bodies until we get explanted”? So, today I’m going to give you the low down on why it’s important to prepare your body for explant surgery and ways you can accomplish this safely.
If you’re suffering from breast implant illness, you may have symptoms like:
Trouble losing weight or keeping it off
Achy joints and/or muscles
Blood sugar problems
Essentially, what we want to be doing prior to explant is properly preparing our bodies for detoxification post-explant and supporting our natural function as best we can. So, first you need to decrease the overall burden on your body and second you need to open up the channels of detoxification. This is the prep work.
You can actually begin your prep for detoxification before you explant. Learn more about how to do a proper heavy metal detox and what not to do HERE.
To start, the best way to prep for a detox is to lighten the load on your liver by decreasing the number of toxins you’re exposed to on a daily basis. This includes things like water, diet, personal care products, and household products.
: Drinking at least half your body weight in ounces per day of filtered water will keep your detox pathways working more efficiently. This will assist the kidneys in their important job of filtering the blood when your detox program increases the amount of toxins to be removed. Make sure you are not drinking tap or bottled water as they both increase the overall burden on the body. Bottled water contains endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA. Don’t let those labels “BPA free” fool you; there are many other forms of bisphenol used in the making of plastics and cans. Tap water of course contains a multitude of chemicals and halides that I won’t get into here. My recommendation is to use a whole house water filtration system, but at least a table top water filter such as the Big Berkey
. This is by far the best table top water filter I have seen and is affordable.
: In order to detoxify, your body needs energy and to produce energy, your body needs minerals. Minerals nourish your adrenals and thyroid, your main organs of energy production. We deplete our mineral levels due to internal and external stress, including toxic exposures like those found in breast implants. I love to use sole water for restoring minerals. Learn how to make this cheap and easy water HERE
. You can worry about mineral rebalancing and addressing your specific mineral deficiencies due to heavy metal toxicity after explant, but for now this will suffice.
Clean up your diet: The things that we put in our bodies food-wise are some of the biggest things that drive cellular inflammation, so detox can start here with cleaning up the diet to reduce inflammation. Starting a detox program without addressing diet first will not give you the results you are looking for. Cleaning up the diet means eliminating gluten containing foods and possibly grains altogether, replacing vegetable oils with healthy fats like coconut oil and ghee, and removing refined sugar from the diet. It also means buying non-GMO, organic produce, pasture-raised meats and wild-caught fish to minimize the pesticides, herbicides, round-up, heavy metals, antibiotics, and hormones in the diet. I also recommend eating a variety of fruits and veggies; eat the rainbow! This allows you to get the most micronutrients and antioxidants in your diet. Additionally, with leaky gut you are more likely to develop intolerances to those foods you regularly eat so having lots of variety decreases the potential for developing new food intolerances.
Eliminate environmental stressors
: Environmental stressors are things found in your home, work, and outside environment that have negative health impacts. Such things as household cleaning products, antiperspirants, air fresheners, scented candles, perfumes, makeup, hair care, electronics, furniture, carpets, etc. can all be a source of toxic exposure. Gradually swapping these conventional products for healthier non-toxic alternatives helps decrease the toxic burden on the body. The best resource for cleaning up your home environment with healthier products is Environmental Working Group: ewg.org
: Quality sleep is incredibly important for proper detoxification and healing. It is while you are sleeping that your body is actually doing the detoxification work. Getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep is recommended any time, but especially when preparing to undergo the stress of surgery and recovery. You can find my guide to better sleep in my private Facebook support group HERE
Do some testing
: Functional lab work can really help you determine where you’re starting on the spectrum of toxicity and help monitor your progress. One option for testing are doing a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), which will help you determine which minerals you are deficient in and what metals/chemicals are keeping you toxic. Another option is to do what is called the “Meta-Oxy test, which is a urine test that measures the level of inflammation in your body and is 10x more accurate than blood tests. This can also be used during a detox program to help monitor progress. Remember, toxins cause inflammation and the point of removing toxins is to decrease inflammation so that the cells in your body can function properly again. The third option I recommend is the Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test (VCS), which is an online test that measures your ability to see details at low contrast levels and is often used as a nonspecific test of neurological function. It is used as one tool to assess your exposure to lyme and mold toxins as both affect your optic nerve. You can take the VCS test HERE
. Additional functional lab work based on your history and set of symptoms is also very helpful in dealing with the downstream effects after explant. Gut testing, hormone testing, and food sensitivity testing, just to name a few, are some of the things I frequently look at when working with my clients. I recommend working with a health practitioner and having testing done prior to explant so you know exactly what needs to be addressed post-explant and can get straight to work on healing and detoxing.
Once you have taken these steps to prepare your body, you can begin the deeper work in preparation for detoxing after explant in the following order:
A large portion of the toxins processed by the liver are excreted into the bile which is also made in the liver. The bile is concentrated in the gallbladder and eventually makes its way through the intestines to be eliminated in the stool. It is essential to have the bowels moving frequently before you start any detox program or the toxins can be reabsorbed into the body if the transit time through the bowel is slow. My golden rule for guiding my clients through a detox program is they need to be having 2-4 bowel movements a day. While that may seem like a lot to someone who only goes once a week, it’s actually quite healthy. Remember, what’s “normal for you” may not actually be normal or healthy.
Some toxins that are made water soluble so they can be eliminated by the kidneys through the urine. If the kidneys are not working well then the other organs become overloaded with these toxins.
Drinking sufficient amounts of filtered water is the best and most natural way to ensure consistent kidney detoxification. In order to accomplish this you should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Odorless and colorless urine is an indication of the kidneys functioning well.
Some of the fruits and vegetables specially recommended for supporting the kidneys include grapes, cranberries, lemons, spirulina, spinach, blueberries, nettles, dandelion, parsley, ginger, string beans, and asparagus. A nice way to start off the morning when focusing on the kidneys is to have a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice. And lastly, avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you as well as place unnecessary strain on the kidneys.
Liver and gallbladder
The best way to help your liver out is to decrease the amounts of toxins you put in and on your body, while at the same time supporting your body’s detoxification and elimination systems. As I have already mentioned, it is very important to stay well hydrated. Lemon water is a great way to support you liver. Eat plenty of fiber as well as foods that specifically support the liver, such as beets cruciferous veggies and Jerusalem artichokes. Avoid all gluten and gluten containing grains (wheat, rye, oats, and barley), processed foods, conventional meats, hydrogenated oils, caffeine, any refined sugar, alcohol, and any foods of which you are intolerant to.
Castor Oil Packs: Known for improving circulation, lymphatic drainage, decreasing inflammation, and improving liver detoxification, castor oil packs are a safe, gentle, and natural way to boost your liver function. This method of detox is done by soaking an organic wool cloth in castor oil, applying it to the skin over the liver, and applying heat to it with a hot water bottle. This is not going to chelate heavy metals out of your body or do anything close to that, making it a safe and gentle option for preparing for surgery.
Blood and lymph
The lymph and blood are the transport systems of the body. They carry nutrients to every cell as well as remove the metabolic waste products and circulate them out to the elimination channels – the colon, lungs, liver, kidneys, and skin for expulsion from the body, which is why it is important to make sure those channels are all detoxed and functioning properly first. If these systems get clogged up, you are going to get sick, implants or no implants. Supporting lymph flow and thorough blood detoxification can help. My recommendations include the following:
Rebounding: My #1 suggestion for improving the lymphatic system? Get on a trampoline for 5-10 minutes each day. The bouncing helps pump and decongest the lymphatic fluid in the entire body. It’s simple but profound way to support the lymphatic system.
: This can help with increasing the circulation of blood and lymph. HERE
is a link to a step by step guide.
Some additional recommendations for improving lymph flow include lymphatic massage, yoga, stretching, general exercise, and avoid tight fitting clothes:
Skin and lungs
The skin will try to get rid of toxins that other organs fail to eliminate. If you have skin problems look at the detox function of other organs and supporting them.
Detox Baths: Sometimes detoxification can be simple and relaxing. Treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the tub. Detox baths are an excellent way to promote cleansing and can be done on a regular basis. You can assist detoxification through the skin gently by adding 1c of Epsom salts for a standard sized tub.
Sweating: Working up a sweat is a great way to support your body’s natural ability to detox. You can do this through exercise pre-explant, but post-explant I generally recommend sitting in an infrared sauna as tolerated. It is not only incredibly relaxing, but has amazing detoxification and healing benefits. If you have HPA-axis dysfunction (seen on a DUTCH test), I would recommend only doing this with the guidance of a qualified health practitioner.
Deep Breathing: Deep breathing, not only helps eliminate waste in the form of CO2 and brings oxygen to the tissues, but it stimulates your lymphatic system as well. To get the most benefit, breathe from the diaphragm, not shallowly from the chest. Also, focus on breathing through your nose rather than your mouth. In addition to helping your body get rid of toxins, deep breathing is a wonderful way to reduce stress.
Targeted Supplements and True Binders Post Explant
Finally, I always recommend going through a detox program post explant with a qualified and experienced practitioner. A proper detox program is going to include targeted practitioner grade supplements to help support and open up all of these detox pathways we discussed. It is also crucial to incorporate true binders into any detox program. Why? Because without them, you’ll never pull toxins out of the cells; you’ll never decrease inflammation caused by toxins; you’ll never fix the cell. And if you don’t fix the actual cells, you won’t be able to restore your health. This boils down to cellular function as the result of chronic toxin exposures and a good detox program will focus on addressing this. The detox program I offer does just that. The supplements included in my detox program focus on the 5R’s of detoxing at the cellular level and Healing: Remove the source; Regenerate the cell membrane; Restore Cellular Energy; Reduce inflammation; and Reestablish methylation. Click HERE
for more information about the detox program and HERE
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About the author:
Sarah has a passion for health that has taken her along a path from RN, to fitness enthusiast, to becoming a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and True Cellular Detox™ Practitioner. She has a passion for breast implant illness and teaching her clients about restoring health through nutrition, lifestyle, and detox, and guiding them through the sea of mis-information in hopes of finding their path to vibrant health.
Sarah’s belief is that we should settle for nothing less than vibrant health! And with breast implant illness, detoxing after en bloc explant is a foundation for that. She focuses on healing the body naturally at the cellular level with whole(real) foods, lifestyle changes, detoxing, and addressing the downstream conditions caused by breast implants. She believes that alternative therapies can be just as effective, if not more so, than conventional medical treatments because we are seeking to heal the body rather than merely mute a symptom with a pill. Sarah is an advocate for natural living and doing what she can to keep toxins out of the home and environment. She is also very passionate about eating real foods as she feels it’s the key to keeping our health and the future health of our children. The thought of explant surgery and healing the body can be overwhelming, so she is here to guide you through the process. Sarah is super passionate about this work, as she truly believes there is a reason for her own struggles that is bigger than her. Sarah will show you how to reverse breast implant illness, take back your health, and live vibrantly!