Lisa Davis: Hi. I’m Lisa Davis. My wonderful co-host Andrea is away today. I am so thrilled to be joined by somebody that I once worked with very closely who I adore, the wonderful Dr. Holly Lucille. We’re going to be talking about easy ways to detox every day. Hi, Dr. Holly.
Holly Lucille: Hi, Lisa. I’m so happy to be talking to you.
Lisa Davis: Spring is coming and it’s time to do a detox but many people think it needs to be this super intense thing, because maybe they haven’t been eating well, or they’re stressed out or there’s a myriad of things going on in their lives, but today you’re going to talk about easy ways to detox every single day so it doesn’t have to be a huge event, right?
Holly Lucille: Yeah. I think that’s best. From what I see in the research, and from what I see certainly in my practice, despite our advances in modern medicine and technology and all the information that’s out there, quite honestly, today I think more than ever, I see people suffering from chronic illnesses through all stages of the human life cycle. I think that if I look really hard, especially in my clinical practice, I believe that the environment and the toxins that we are constantly exposed to play a big, big, big part in that. I’m like, gosh darn. There’s so much information out there now more than ever. Why are chronic health issues continuing to be on the rise? I advocate mostly if there’s going to be an everyday re-tox, because there is, that what we do is level the playing field and just have an everyday detox.
Lisa Davis: What does “re-tox” mean?
Holly Lucille: I’ve been a big advocate of going through an intense detoxification process, and sometimes that’s needed. You think about spring, turning over a new leaf, spring cleaning. That’s a great time, and also fall. It’s sandwiching our bona fide holiday season. There’s always the detox and then there’s the re-tox, because honestly, even in the circles that I run in where I am privy to all the information that’s out there, I’m still learning where I’m exposed and I didn’t know it. We are constantly exposed to toxins in food, from the environment, from water, from personal and beauty care products, stress, emotions. Honestly, Lisa, there was a recent study that found that umbilical cord blood, this is from newborn babies, contained toxins-I’m 51 years old, so I’ve been on this earth bumping around for a bit. This is newborn babies. They haven’t even had a chance to get in trouble yet, but the blood from their umbilical cords contained almost 300 chemicals. That’s mercury, PCB, pesticides, including numerous toxins that we know can cause cancer and disrupt the brain and nervous system, and also contribute to birth defects. The whole thing is going on. It really is. I say it’s re-tox every day, even if we don’t know it, so why don’t we just detox every day?
Lisa Davis: Oh, my gosh. That is so scary. What are some easy ways that we can detox every day?
Holly Lucille: One of the things that I always advocate for, and these are easy things that you can get into your life 100% every single day. Dry skin brushing. Dry skin brushing is so great. It’s called also Garshana, actually, in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s a way to really support the lymph system. The lymph system is really important, because blood brings nutrients, basically in general, and lymph system removes the junk. We can really start to stimulate the lymph system by doing dry skin brushing. I always advocate folks to get a natural bristle brush. I have a great farmer’s market right down the street, and they’ve got this huge booth, and they’ve got these natural, organic bamboo brushes that are great. Then, brush towards the heart.
Five minutes, twice a day, but if that’s too much for people and they throw the baby out with the bathwater, I say do it once a day, but start at the bottom of your feet, because that’s where all your nerve endings are and it feels so good. You feel so invigorated after doing this. Just go ahead and brush, brush, brush. Small strokes all the way towards the heart. Each time you’re brushing towards the heart. You want to make sure that you avoid your face and any other sensitive areas, but it’s such a great way to just stimulate the lymphatic system. Also, that exfoliation because your skin, after all, is one of your largest detoxification organs, and we would need to get things out.
Lisa Davis: That is for sure. Is there a special brush we need to use?
Holly Lucille: Always use a natural bristle brush. Some people that have really sensitive skin so you want to start slow, but I like to be a little bit more vigorous with it. So, I have a more hardy bristle brush, but you can just test it out. It’s definitely good to start.
Lisa Davis: That’s a daily thing, you said?
Holly Lucille: That’s a daily thing, yep. Five minutes twice a day. If you want to start once a week, that’s great too. I just want to encourage people to do it. Do it once, twice a week, and then if you can go to every day that would be great.
Lisa Davis: All right. I love that suggestion. What’s another thing we can do every day to detox?
Holly Lucille: Epsom salt baths. Epsom salt is a natural mineral compound from magnesium sulfate. The minerals help to pull toxins out and you get that muscle relaxation response as well. And magnesium is crucial for hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. It certainly plays a huge role in detoxification pathways, and it’s also required to produce that major detoxification antioxidant we all know of as glutathione. You just sit in a bath with Epson salt added. It’s cost effective. It’s easy. It’s relaxing. It’s doable. I add two cups in a bath of water, and I sit in it for 20 minutes. You can add organic essential oils in the bath water too. Candlelight. Do whatever you can to get the senses going, to relax, and just passively get things out.
Oil pulling is something else you can do. You can use organic coconut oil, or sesame oil. There was a clinical trial showing that oil pulling (pulling it through your teeth), was just as effective regarding improving gingival scores and also decreasing plaque and aerobic microorganisms, because we all know how important dental health is to your overall health. It showed extremely effective in actually helping clear things up from a dental perspective, and I think that’s really important. It feels good and you can do it while you’re in the shower.
Lisa Davis: I hear oil pulling is good for whitening teeth. Is this true?
Holly Lucille: It can. That’s because decreasing plaque and the aerobic microorganisms in your mouth can contribute to the mottling or the coloring of our teeth. Like I said, there was this wonderful clinical study done in 2009 that certainly had noted that the correlation between oral health and cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.
Lisa Davis: All of these things are acts of self-care because we’re brushing ourselves. We’re bathing. We’re doing something that’s good for our mouth and our teeth. We have to change the way you look at it. They aren’t chores but rather acts of self-care and self-love.
Holly Lucille: I totally agree. Once again, I’m a big advocate of people just getting their skin in the game and “being there” and not just “being”-I even do this to myself. For example, I journal [for emotional cleansing] because I find it grounds me. If I can just tell myself, Holly, I don’t care if you do it for two or three minutes in the morning or five minutes, just sit down and do it. Usually, once I get started, I’ll look up and I’m like, 20 minutes have passed and I was just writing my life away.
Lisa Davis: What about drinking warm water with lemon upon waking? Is that something that you recommend?
Holly Lucille: Sure. The sooner you can start hydrating throughout the day, the better. Water carries nutrients to our cells and waste material out. I think that it’s extremely important. I don’t think the importance of water can be stated enough. Most of our body is made of water so we need to stay hydrated. Warm water and lemon starts to digest the process and prepares you for breaking the fast.
Lisa Davis: Is there anything else on your detox list that has to do with what we’re eating or drinking?
Holly Lucille: Yes. From a nutritional perspective, we’ve got to reduce exposure to chemicals as much as possible. We have to take control of what we are eating and buy organic and eating seasonal as much as possible. One of the sites that I reference as a resource is EWG.org. They do a great job as far as everything environmental, and they’ve got the dirty dozen and the clean 15. Eating spices is also great especially those that help with the detoxification process. Ginger is one example.
We need to make sure we are supporting our own natural detoxification process, because we do have it. We just need the nutrients in there to support it, and we also need to just manage our overall body burden. Increasing fiber is great because fiber binds the toxins and helps get them out. Of course, fermented food helps to populate our microbiome so we can have better digestion and better immune function throughout the process. I think that’s really important, too.
Lisa Davis: Now, Dr. Holly, if there are people listening who say, I want to do all these things, but I also really want to go on a cleanse. Do you recommend them? If yes, what kind of cleanses do you recommend?
Holly Lucille: My answer to that question is that first of all, people need to be aware that our bodies have a natural ability to heal and detox. We need to decrease exposure to chemicals and certain pollutants as much as possible. I like juicing, soups, and supplements. There are things like milk thistle. Glutathione. Curcumin. That can also assist the body’s ability to detox. Make sure to get with a qualified healthcare practitioner that can assist you in a detoxification process that’s right for you.
Lisa Davis: Where do you practice?
Holly Lucille: I’m in West Hollywood, California. Just a little suburb right here of the big city of Los Angeles.
Lisa Davis: That’s awesome. Dr. Holly, was there anything else you wanted to add today? This has been so informative and fun.
Holly Lucille: Thank you Lisa (and Andrea) for what you do on Naturally Savvy. Seriously. I think it’s really important. We’re all out there trying to do our best in getting together the tribe of folks just wanting to feel better and be better. I think when we feel better and we are better, we do better. I think the world needs that right now. That, and then as far as daily detox, it’s just one or two things that you can start doing that make a difference in leveling the playing field when it comes to our overwhelmingly still real toxic environment. As we go towards more sustainability across the board, that’s going to be helpful, but I think things might get worse before it gets better, and we’re still working at it.
Lisa Davis: Tell us all the ways we can find you, and people should definitely listen to Mindful Medicine. It’s awesome.
Holly Lucille: Thank you. Mindful Medicine is on RadioMD. And my website is DrHollyLucille.com.
Lisa Davis: Thank you Holly.
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Thank you so much for listening, and stay well.