Part 2: Diving Deeper Into Detoxification

…with Trish Carty

Hannah Crum, the Kombucha Mamma!We are thrilled to introduce Trish Carty, who is not only an amazing holistic chef, nutritional therapist and a whole foods advocate but also a great friend. We first met a few years ago at the Freestone Fermentation Festival and have been exchanging health tips and advice ever since. I really love her enthusiastic nature and gentle approach. If you have a question for Trish, leave it in the comments! ~ Hannah

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In part 2 of the detoxification series, we will cover an in-depth study of the body as it relates to detoxification. How do the systems within your body operate optimally? What are the 5 foundations that are considered top priority when addressing detoxification? What happens when the body is overloaded with toxins? What are the modern day toxins we need to be aware of? How do we remove them from our surrounding environment?

In part 1 of our study of detoxification, we covered what, why and how to start a safe detoxification program. How did you rate in the toxicity quiz and did you start the 14 day elimination challenge?

In this five part series, we are going to discuss all aspects of detoxification.

PART 1: We will start with: what, why, and how to start a detoxification process for your body.
PART 2: What are the 5 major factors that impact your body? What are the modern day toxicants to be aware of and how to remove them from the surrounding environment?
PART 3: Herbal remedies, foods and ancient methods to enhance the detox process.
PART 4: A 21 day challenge- How to properly clear the toxins out of your detox pathways.
PART 5: Reintroduction of foods and how to maintain a constant natural chelating process.

How Do The Systems Within
The Body Operate Optimally?

One of the biggest challenges we face when it comes to barriers to healing is the toxic load within the body. If we look at the body from north to south, digestion is the first system to consider. The intestines main function is to provide a physical barrier to prevent chemicals and foreign molecules from entering the body. Our intestinal tract should contain mostly “good” bacteria that assist in the detoxification of many substances.

Normal detoxification processes that take place during digestion depend on two things:

  • Maintenance of the precise bacterial and chemical environment (pH)
  • Integrity of the GI membrane

Changes in either of these can affect the entire body. If there is an imbalance in the intestinal flora, like an overgrowth of bad bacteria in relation to the good bacteria, a host of problems can occur. Leaky gut is one such example. It occurs when the intestinal wall is damaged, which then allows undigested foods and other contaminants to leak into the blood stream. This is just one problem of many, where the gut flora is compromised. If digestion is impaired, even the most perfect diet can clog the body’s detoxification pathways. Poor fat digestion clogs the lymph and therefore the liver. When we talk about detoxification within the body, it is important to know that the organs most involved in the process are the intestines, liver and gallbladder.

The 5 Major Foundations for
Addressing Detoxification

healthy vs unhealthy cells
Unhealthy cells do not function properly.
  1. Digestion
  2. Blood sugar balance
  3. Mineral balance
  4. Fatty acid balance
  5. Hydration


The liver’s main function within the body is to clean and purify the blood that nourishes the whole body. This is just one of 500 functions the liver performs. Once the toxicants are filtered from the blood, they can then be neutralized in preparation for elimination from the body. This includes the breakdown and disposal of pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol and other environmental pollutants. The neutralized toxicants pass to the gallbladder in bile and are over time excreted out of the body as feces. The kidneys handle the toxins for elimination through urine. The skin and respiratory systems play a role in ridding the body of waste products as well through the sweat glands.

Blood Sugar Balance

Blood sugar regulation is important to look at when addressing detoxification. Elevated cortisol levels and general blood sugar imbalances stress the liver. Blood sugar imbalances also deplete the body’s store of B vitamins, which are essential for vitality and proper functioning. Chronically high blood sugar levels create a buildup of free radicals and a general catabolic state, which robs the nutrients needed by the body to detoxify properly.

Mineral Balance

The detoxification process can create acidic blood. Minerals help to minimize this condition. Toxins deplete minerals like magnesium. If that happens, it can lead to a deficiency of enzymes that are essential in healthy Phase 1 liver detoxification. Certain minerals prevent heavy metals from collecting in tissues. Since heavy metals are minerals, following the principle of isopathy (like controls like), they need to be kept in balance by other minerals. Molybdenum and manganese activate metabolic and detox enzymes. Chelation agents like Vitamin C deplete minerals, requiring replacement.

Fatty acid balance

Fat tissue helps the body to store difficult to remove toxic waste such as metals, petroleum and much more. The liver metabolizes fats into forms that are usable. Proper digestion and ingestion of fats causes less liver stress. The bile is built on healthy fat. It is the so called “river” by which the toxins are removed from the body through the intestinal tract. The proper balance of dietary fat is crucial to maintaining a proper permeable membrane. This allows the wastes to be removed from the inside of the cell in a timely manner.

Hydration is necessary to ensure the body is flushing regularly. These functions include elimination and perspiration. Lungs require proper hydration along with the blood fluid working properly to distribute toxins to the lymph and liver.

What Happens When the Body is
Overloaded With Toxins?

Chronic Toxicity leads to disease.

A toxin is any substance that creates harmful effects in the body. Toxins can come from internal and external sources. When the body is overloaded with toxins, each of these systems and foundation parts are impacted by a host of disease and illnesses. If not addressed in a specific way, the body has barriers to healing. If energy is a chief complaint for someone it is important to look at the overall toxic load that person has.

Some of the major barriers to healing are what is known as a multi- function illness. Those barriers to healing that are the major players are as follows:

  • Toxicity
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Neuroendrocrine disorders
  • Immune system dysregulation

It is important therefore, to have a way to clear out the toxins in your body on an annual or semi- annual time frame.

How Do We Remove Them
From Our Surrounding Environment?

Begin to understand what are the major toxicants in your immediate environment is the first step to then remove and replace the toxins with better options.

Some of the types of toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis are:

  • Air and water pollution
  • EMF- Electromagnetic field
  • Radiation
  • Chemicals of all kinds
  • Heavy metal exposure
  • GMO’s and processed foods and gluten
  • Stress
  • Cellular/Metabolic Wastes
  • Fungal/parasitic/bacterial overgrowth
  • Poorly digested food

In conclusion, reducing the toxic load for the body is crucial to the proper functioning of the body. Simple steps can be taken. Learn how to make your cleaning products that are inexpensive and with no toxic chemicals for example.

In conclusion:

1. Educate yourself on the perils of toxins. For archived articles on this and many more subjects, visit the links below.

2. Clean up your sources for foods and water. Get your water in your home tested.

3. Find out if you have a sensitivity to gluten or have an autoimmune disease. Go to

4. Take the quiz to discover your level of toxicity (pdf)

5. Report back in the comments column for support and questions.


  • Primal body, Primal Mind by Nora GegadousSpecial Inner Circle Audio Interview by Dr Joseph Mercola Klinghardt, 2008
  • Apex Seminars – Leaky Gut and more, Introduction of Cyrex Laboratories Dr. Jeanette Birnbach, 2011
  • The Energy Seminar Dr Jeanette Birnbach, Standard Process, 2014
Trish Carty, NTP, CHFS, CGPTrish is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Professional Chef, Certified Healing Foods Specialist and Certified Gaps Practitioner and her specialties are digestion, blood sugar handling, and adrenal and thyroid deregulation. She loves to empower people to cook real foods and holds fermentation classes around the world through her blog and business

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Responses to Part 2: Diving Deeper Into Detoxification

  1. Hello Trish! I have just started my detox journey this year by making some lifestyle and dietary changes. I have a question about mineral depletion as I did not know anything about replenishing minerals during detoxification.

    Referring to your comment: “Since heavy metals are minerals, following the principle of isopathy (like controls like), they need to be kept in balance by other minerals. Molybdenum and manganese activate metabolic and detox enzymes. Chelation agents like Vitamin C deplete minerals, requiring replacement.”

    What are some good sources of Molybdenum and Manganese? Also, I was told recently that my body needs Vitamin C so I purchased a chewable tablet because it was more bio-available (sp?) than a capsule, but was not aware that it can cause me to become depleted in other minerals. Which minerals can it deplete and what should I do to prevent an imbalance? Also, is Royal Jelly a good natural source for Magnesium and Potassium? I was told recently that it is.

    • Hi Laura! Mineral depletion is very common among most of us! Finding out the exact imbalance for your body is an important piece of the puzzle. There are good forms of Vit C but having a skilled practitioner would be best as I cannot make recommendations without understanding the whole picture of your health. Cheers! Trish

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