HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR BODY
No matter where you are in your healing journey, this page has been created as a safe space for you to find answers, information, resources and encouragement as you fully step into your innate healing potential.
This page will expand substantially with time. Here are the most common health issues women experience with breast implants and the different tools I've personally used to support my body. None of the following is specifically offered as medical advice. These are the protocols I have used based on the research and guidance of holistic practitioners, traditional-allopathic doctors and functional medicine practitioners.
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Supporting your body by eating a low inflammatory, non-GMO, organic diet free of glyphosates is the most important step you can take to reduce your inflammatory response with breast implants.
The Mediterranean Diet is a great place to start. Eating colorful fruits, vegetables, olive oil, coconut or avocado oils, lean organic chicken, turkey or wild caught fish & seafood is key. Avoiding all seed oils, processed foods, sugars and limiting gluten and dairy (commonly inflammatory) is essential.
Smoothies with grass fed collagen or organic vegan proteins are great too!If you are struggling with elevated liver enzymes and have difficulty absorbing fats then a plant based (no processed foods) diet may be best for you.
I highly recommend food intolerance testing so you know which foods to avoid for inflammation. A wonderful way I like to get in whole plant nutrition and naturally up my detoxification pathways and support hormone balance is by taking ORGANIFI daily. (or type in OLISTICOLIFE20 at checkout.)
INTERMITTENT FASTING is also a tool for allowing your cells to "take out the trash" from gathering the daily toxicities around your system and allowing a window for your digestion to rest. 16:8 is a (somewhat) easy schedule to begin getting used to daily fasting. The term 16:8 decoded means you don't eat anything for 16 hours (except for water, coffee and tea with nothing added) and then you eat as discussed above for the other 8 hours in the day. Dr. Mindy Pelz is a fantastic resource and shares her knowledge on her website and all over social media.
FILTERED WATER & MINERALS
Properly filtered or alkaline water is essential. Drinking 20-30 oz upon waking is like an internal shower for your kidneys and liver. Hydration will help your kidneys filter out toxins and flush your system which can help in reducing symptoms. It's important to not drink out of plastic bottles as they are endocrine disrupters. An endocrine disrupters bind to a receptor in a cell and prevent the correct hormone from binding. They can interfere or block the way natural hormones and receptors are controlled.
One of my favorite hacks is to add a pinch of REDMOND salt to my water. It's full of essential minerals which enables your body to achieve optimal hydration.
Another great way to do this is by adding TOUCHSTONE ESSENTIALS FULVIC MINERALS+ to your water in the morning.
As we know, the CELL is the foundation of all life. Many of us experience extreme cellular disfunction due to the inflammatory response breast implants create within our system. Supporting your body’s cellular function is essential.
The most powerful way I've discovered is taking 4 ounces of ASEA REDOX liquid daily. If you're experiencing extreme BII symptoms, it's important to start slowly with 1 ounce a day and work your way up to 4 ounces over the course of a month.
• the immune system,
• cardiovascular health,
• inflammatory response,
• gut health,
• digestive enzyme production
• hormone modulation.
Our bodies are made up of cells that must communicate with each other in order to properly perform their functions. This "cell signaling" is greatly impaired due to our implants. ASEA REDOX helps cells to detect, protect, repair and replace. Redox signaling molecules enhance communication between the cells. This means the cells are better able to "signal" each another to do their jobs in our bodies.
**Watch the video above to learn
how REDOX SIGNALING WORKS
GUT HEALTH & THE MICROBIOME
The most common, and most difficult issues to address with implants, are the extreme gut issues that arise.
• SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)
• IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
• leaky gut,
• food intolerances,
• gas and bloating
Based on my research, although there have been no “official” studies, is that over time the chemicals from the implant shell micro leech to flow down river (so to speak) into your gut. This creates an extreme imbalance in the delicate ecosystem of your gut microbiome. If your gut microbiome is out of balance it affects every aspect of your health.
My saving grace was discovering ION* GUT HEALTH.
ION* Intelligence of Nature harnesses the potential of ancient soil by tapping into bacterial metabolites that facilitate electron transfer at a cellular level. As I found out with ASEA REDOX, electron transfer is also how microbes talk to one another. When you open the lines of cellular communication, a domino effect of health begins.
Enhanced gut health means:
• reinforced tight junctions (keeps out foreign matter);
• reduced inflammation;
• better digestion
Scientists now recognize that our gut is our second brain.
Eating non-gmo, organic food is the first step to reducing inflammation within your gut because glyphosates (found in pesticides) are sprayed on conventional grown agriculture. Glyphosates in pesticide are the number one cause of gut disfunction.
I found that taking ION* first thing in the morning improved my immune function, digestion, mental clarity, metabolism and mood.
**Watch the video above to see
how Dr. Zach Bush's formulated ION*
We find so many women with breast implants with very high levels of mold in their system. This isn’t because the implants have mold but rather from having a poor ability to detox from normal mold exposures.
Breast implants cause chronic inflammation which contributes to suboptimal detoxing. Having an air filter like AirDoctor is important for preventing mold and environmental toxins in your body. Mold can grow in damp or humid environments, and it can produce spores that can be inhaled and cause health problems, such as allergies, asthma, and other respiratory infections. Environmental toxins, such as dust mites, pollen, VOC’s and smoke, can also cause health problems.
AirDoctor air purifiers use UltraHEPA® filters to capture and remove 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. This includes mold spores, dust mites, VOC’s, pollen, smoke, pet dander, bacteria, and viruses. AirDoctor air purifiers also have a carbon filter that helps to remove odors and other gases from the air.
Sunlight, specifically morning sunlight, has incredible benefits. Sunlight regulates human physiology and behavior and facilitates over 100 bodily functions. Many women are deficient in Vitamin D and in desperate need of the morning or evening sun’s healing rays.
I've found that red light therapy has been a great partner for reducing inflammation and is excellent for skin repair and health. My choice has been the THERASAGE red light panel. It's the most affordable and effective one I've discovered in my own research around red light therapy options.
Supplements can be difficult to recommend since everyone is bio individual and most require different products based on nutrient deficiencies, methylation issues and the state of their hormones and thyroid. The foundation for all supplements working optimally starts with your cellular health (ASEA) and gut microbiome health (ION*). These are the first two products I recommend since they have zero contraindications and everyone who's dealing with inflammation, BII or detoxing from implants is deficient in these two areas.
I'm happy to report that there are two different protocols and supplement lines created by doctors who work with BII and explant patients. Their years of experience and research allows me to be confident in sharing these supplement lines with you.
Explant surgeon, Dr. Robert Whitfield, has created a supplement line to help support women struggling with breast implant illness and those preparing for explant surgery.
**Watch the video above to find out more about Dr. Rob's mission to support the health and wellness of women with BII.
One of my most severe BII issues was the extreme degradation of my liver.
The liver, which is your second largest organ, has five major functions:
• protein & fat synthesis
• storage of vitamins and minerals.
My liver enzymes were increasing so rapidly that I was told it was time to schedule a liver biopsy. My implants had created so much toxicity within my body that my liver was no longer to handle the toxic load which then began effecting my other major organs. Within 8 weeks of my explant surgery my liver enzymes, spleen and gallbladder markers had returned to normal.
I began using many of these liver protocols after explant as I was not aware of them during my time with implants. These healing modalities have been key in taking my healing to the next level.
Castor oil packs are an ancient and easy way to help gently detox and support the liver. Always use organic castor oil & cotton to create your packs. I highly recommend checking out QUEEN OF THRONES castor oil pack kits and protocols.
Coffee enemas may not be for everyone but they've been life changing for me as I struggled with gut issues and the need to restore my liver by naturally increasing my glutathione levels.
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Here are two great companies that offer coffee enema kits.
• I love PURE LIFE enema coffee and their glass bucket for at home enemas.
• For travel I like HAPPY BUM! Yes for travel because it has saved me if I have any travel related illnesses or digestion upset.
I always take a binder such as MICROBE FORMULAS BIOTOX 30 min before a coffee enema. Binders helps to bind to any released toxins and carry them out of your system.
Liver & Kidney supporting supplements such as MICROBE FORMULAS TUDCA and herbal teas with milk thistle, dandelion and artichoke are very wonderful. As well as liver supporting foods such as carrots, beets, avocados, apples, cauliflower, artichokes, cabbage and garlic.
Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it, is the same as what you put in it. Reducing toxicity from skin care products is an effective way to help lower inflammation.
DON'T PAINT YOUR NAILS
f you are struggling with symptoms of BII the easiest way to support your body is by first reducing your exposure to chemicals and toxins. Nail Polish, even the less toxic options, still pass into the blood stream through the nail bed. Keeping nails free of nail polish as much as possible is ideal, at least until you have your symptoms under control.
Did you know makeup and skincare products have many endocrine disrupting ingredients and known cancer inducting toxins?
I find the best protocol to support your body with implants is reducing your toxin exposure in all the ways you can.
I personally love and use HERBAL FACE FOOD for my skincare and BEAUTYCOUNTER for makeup. Although there are many great options out there now, these are just my personal favorites. A great way to research the safety of any of your current skin care products is to visit www.EWG.org
NON TOXIC DEODORANT
Using aluminum free, non toxic deodorant is EXTREMELY important.
HUMBLE has a wonderful deodorant options in plastic free containers. It's even better for your body if you can go without deodorant as much as possible. That allows you to sweat and drain the lymphatic system that encompasses your breast and exits through the arm pits. I had constant inflamed lymph nodes and burning in the outer portion of my breast from my implants.
I recommend RENU 28 for to help with burning, inflamed lymph nodes and it even helps the cells carry out the debris which seems to reduce any body odor.
NON TOXIC CLEANING PRODUCTS
You spend over 80% of your life indoors! That makes the elimination of toxins in the home extremely important. There are inexpensive swaps you can make using vinegar and water for mirrors or buying plant based cleaning products.
I personally use PURE HAVEN.
Earthing, also known as grounding, occurs when your bare skin–typically the feet–contacts the earth. The earth is a giant electron storehouse with a subtle electric pulse called the Schumann Resonance that has fostered the evolution of biological life on earth for all of time.
When you are electrically grounded, your biology has access to an endless supply of electrons allowing you to function in the manner in which you've naturally evolved.
Soon, you'll start to become entrained to the 24 hour circadian rhythm of the earth which orchestrates normal daily hormone patterns.