Detox Without Breaking the Bank

Detox Without Breaking the Bank

by Dr. Shelese Pratt ND @ The Pratt Clinics

Boulder, Colorado


Welcome to the spring of 2016! It is the time of year to find renewal. Spring is the time to clean out your house. It’s also the most optimal time to cleanse your body. In Chinese medicine, spring is the best season to work with cleaning out the liver. During the spring months you might notice you feel a little more irritable, you might have less patience, your energy is usually lower, you could be putting on some extra weight and you may notice you wake up too early. If you have any of these symptoms or would like to feel more vibrant, try my cleanse protocol.

Springtime is a perfect time of year to detoxify your liver, reduce inflammation in your body, and renew your health. I ask my patients to look at a spring detox as a 6-week commitment. You don’t need to buy expensive juice programs, or costly supplements to detoxify your body. Here are some great suggestions to try this spring.

 1. Go off all caffeine, alcohol and some of your over the counter drugs (Tylenol, sleep aids, antacids). Tylenol is extremely toxic to the liver and it significantly reduces your strongest anti-oxidant (glutathione) in the body, for several days with each dose.  These over the counter drugs deplete you of important nutrients and are also very hard on your detoxification pathways.  We can find natural ways to treat the symptoms you are trying to manage with over the counter medications.

2. Try an anti-inflammatory diet. This diet eliminates the most common inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten, dairy, seafood, nuts, banana, and oranges. For the full diet, please look at my Anti-Inflammatory Diet handout. This is also a great time to increase foods like artichoke, turmeric, and dark green leafy vegetables (parsley, cilantro, spinach, kale, chard, watercress, dandelion and endive). All of the ingredients found in my favorite Spring Smoothie recipe are perfect for detoxification.

3. Don’t forget to consume organic protein! You need protein to carry toxins out of your body. This is why I don’t recommend fasting. I suggest 2 oz of meat at least twice a day. Meats you may want to have include, organic lamb, bison, beef, and turkey.

4. Many of you have heard this…. “I would swim in castor oil everyday, if I   could!” Castor oil is amazing for you and it will keep you young! Castor oil is a whole system tonic, when applied and absorbed slowly through your skin. Castor oil detoxifies your liver, moves your lymphatic system (the sewer system of your body), tones your immune system to respond appropriately, heals the gastro-intestinal lining, and encourages restorative sleep. Check out my Castor Oil Pack handout to learn how 45 minutes a day can make a big difference in your health.

5. Increasing circulation and sweating is another way to remove toxins from your body. Exercise for at least 30 minutes/day. Dry skin brushing towards your heart will also move that sluggish lymphatic system and help you detoxify. You can also try a simple hydrotherapy technique by ending your showers with 30 seconds of cold water to boost your circulation.

6. Stay hydrated with clean water and electrolytes. You can add a pinch of sea salt to your filtered water to add electrolytes, if you don’t want to buy them. If you are hydrated, you will flush toxins and stress hormones out of your body.

7. Go to bed early (before midnight) and get more sleep. This gives your body the 8-10 hours it needs to repair and get restorative sleep.

Spring is a wonderful time to renew your health. Cleansing is a fantastic way to reduce your oxidative stress and inflammation. Detoxification will improve your mood, energy, weight loss, and you will get more restful sleep. Your mitochondria will function better giving you more energy and your methylation pathways will help repair your cells and put you in a better mood.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to clean out toxins. Try these simple steps for 6 weeks and let me know how you feel.  If you have any questions, please contact my office. It’s my passion to help you thrive in health.

Spring Smoothie

1 cup of cilantro

2 stalks of fennel

1 slice of lemon with the rind

½ avocado peeled

*1 avocado pit

16 oz. of water

1 cup of watercress or endive

Blend until smooth.

* You must have a strong blender (Vitamix, BlendTech etc.) to break up the avocado pit.

Dr.Pratt is a great team player and her work complements the other therapies and approaches we follow in conjunction.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

Apart from BIT, Dr.Pratt's vast knowledge of the biomedical basis of ASD helps support parents as they try to heal the child's body in helping the brain develop.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

There were such significant changes in my child's behavior after Dr. Pratt’s treatment, that it absolutely changed his life and the whole family.

- Behavioral Issues and Family Naturopathic Care

I have to say, I have never seen anything have such a positive impact on someone's life.

- ADD / Memory Recall Patient

Dr. Pratt's approach was friendly, relaxing, reassuring and non-invasive, and the progress that we saw in our son's writing was immediate and remarkable.

- Specific Learning Disability Patient

I would highly recommend Dr. Pratt’s nurturing, life changing treatments to anyone who desires a better, easier way of living in this world.

- Anxiety / Learning Disability Patient

Dr. Pratt’s treatment made it possible for my daughter to go to school full-time for the first time in two years, and as a matter of fact, she’s now talking about going to college instead of worrying that she’d never graduate high school.

- Patient of Head Injury Patient

Since my first appointment with Dr. Pratt, I have come back to her for every ailment. She has quickly and effectively cured every sickness I have experienced.

- Naturopathic Medicine Patient

I am working 4 days a week and I accomplish more in a day now than I did in a whole week before. I feel productive and useful after BIT.

- Head Injury Patient

It has not all been easy, changing your lifestyle and diet is a challenge but we feel very supported by Dr. Pratt. It's a long road to recovery but the rewards are great along the way. My son has almost recovered from his symptoms and we owe all of this to Dr. Pratt. We are very thankful to have crossed her path at the right time in our journey.

- EI, Rye, NY

Dr. Pratt is compassionate and well-informed about the various challenges and available options for children with special needs. She is always willing to brainstorm options with parents and has a way of getting through to the children.

- Best, Pooja

It is almost impossible to explain the dramatic and positive effect Dr Shelese Pratt has had on my health. It is without exaggeration that I say Dr Pratt has saved my life on numerous occasions. To say her work has dramatically increased the quality of my life is gross understatement. There is not an aspect of my physical, mental, or emotional health that Dr Pratt has not addressed at some point during my years as her patient. I first saw Dr Pratt in 2005, after suffering one infection after another over the course of three months and had exhausted my known medial avenues. She was the only doctor to see the connection to between all of my symptoms and to care long enough and deep enough to get to the bottom of them. I have sent countless loved ones and colleagues to her over the years and know that the level of her care has changed their lives for better without exception. I have had the privilege of seeing Dr Pratt for Brain Integration, naturopathic, and homeopathic treatments and I can say without any reservation that I credit my health and well being to her and her practice.

- Erica A., Naturopathic Medicine Patient