Are you ready to dive into all kinds of holistic support for our body’s channels of elimination and detoxification? By supporting these systems, we help the body run optimally and free of toxins and clutter. Think of it like a sieve that you are pouring muddy water into. The sieve will filter out the chunks and allow the water to flow through. If we never dump out or clean the sieve, eventually it will get clogged and the water will back up. It will be completely clogged.
Our bodies work similarly. We need to clean out the channels and provide support in order for the systems to be able to detox and filter appropriately. This is one thing we focus on when we are doing a Holistic Iridology analysis. If you aren’t sure what Iridology is, make sure to check out the article What is Holistic Iridology?
We have 6 main channels of elimination and detoxification. They are the epidermis, lymphatic system, renal system, respiratory system, hepatic system, and the colon. We will go through them one by one and talk about what they are as well as things we can do to support these systems.
The below charts are printed with permission from my mentor and founder of Holistic Iridology – Prof. David J. Pesek, PhD, DHC.
In each chart, I make bold the holistic support that I personally utilize!
The outer layer of your skin is called the epidermis. The most important jobs of the epidermis are to protect the body, keep it hydrated, and make new cells. It is also responsible for skin color.
The epidermis is also sometimes referred to as the 3rd kidney as sweat contains a very small amount of urea. Guess what happens if our skin is clogged up and our kidneys need a little extra help? It goes back onto the “shoulders” of the kidneys!
Holistic Support For The Epidermis
|Biotin||Pycnogenol||Cocoa||Dry Skin Brushing|
|Fish Oil (Omega 3)||Green Tea||Pineapple||FIR Sauna|
|Astaxanthin||Pine Bark||Anti-oxidant Rich||Sweating|
|Beta Carotene||Holy Basil||Pure Water||Pulsed Light Therapy|
The spleen, thymus, tonsils, adenoids, bone marrow, Peyer’s patches, lymph, lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and collecting ducts are all parts of the lymphatic system.
The importance of the lymphatic system is largely overlooked. It is part of the immune system and is responsible for maintaining fluid levels in the body (it collects excess fluids from cells and tissues and returns it to the bloodstream), absorbing fat from the digestive tract, protecting the body against foreign invaders (it produces and releases lymphocytes), and it removes and transports abnormal cells and waste products from the lymph.
Holistic Support For The Lymphatic System
|Zinc||Devil’s Claw||Celery||Dry Skin Brushing|
|Selenium||Royal Jelly||Figs||Lymphatic Massage|
|Colloidal Silver||Olive Leaf||Green Peas||FIR Sauna|
|Sodium||Blue Flag (Iris)||Okra|
The renal system includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys.
The renal system is responsible for filtering blood, storing and eliminating urine, and separating toxins from important nutrients. At a real basic level, blood enters the kidneys where the toxins are separated from the nutrients. Nutrients are allowed back into the system and the toxins and urine are moved into the bladder. It is stored here until expulsion through the urethra.
Holistic Support For The Renal System
|CoQ10||Corn Silk||Watermelon||Dry Skin Brushing|
|Betaine HCl||Parsley||Pure Water||Yoga|
|L-Arginine||Watermelon Seed Tea||Beets||Homeopathy|
|Magnesium||Juniper Berries||Dandelion Greens||Naturopathy|
The mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, trachea, bronchial tubes, lungs, and diaphragm are the main components of the respiratory system. And guess what? Your respiratory system allows you to breathe! And breath is life!
The respiratory system delivers oxygen to the body, removes waste gases, controls the moisture and temperature of the air, and allows you to smell and talk!
Holistic Support For The Respiratory System
|Lycopene||Mullein||Sweet Potato||Breath Work|
|NAC||Andrographis||Organic Fruits||Aerobic Exercise|
|Hyaluronic Acid||Korean Ginseng||Kale||Rebounder|
|Vitamin A||Don Quai||Watermelon||Aromatherapy|
|Vitamin E||Pure Water||Chiropractic|
|Pangamic Acid (B-15)|
The liver and gallbladder make up the hepatic system. The hepatic system has many, many jobs – most of which we required for life. Some of these include cleaning toxins out of the blood, making bile, metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, glycogen storage, and getting rid of old blood cells. Our liver is SO important and quite often heavily overused and in need of detoxification itself.
Holistic Support For The Hepatic System
|Vitamin C||Green Tea||Blueberries||Coffee Enema|
|Vitamin B-15||Yellow Dock||Pure Water|
|Alpha Lipoic Acid||Golden Seal|
Large Intestine (Colon)
The last part of the GI system is the large intestine, which includes the colon, rectum, and anus. We will focus on the colon for now. Some people use large intestine and colon interchangeably. The colon does not, however, include the rectum and the anus.
The colon is responsible for things like absorbing water and electrolytes so that waste is mostly solid after moving through the ascending and transverse colon. Digestion also occurs here, but it is by gut bacteria vs enzymes and it is done much slower.
Holistic Support For The Colon
|Essential Fatty Acids||Green Tea||Psyllium Seed||Exercise|
|Magnesium||Dandelion||Flax Seed||Colon Hydrotherapy|
If you look through the above charts, you will notice some things that appear in many of the charts. Some examples are magnesium, Green Tea, Pure Water, Exercise, Yoga, etc.. If you are struggling with just getting started, find a few things that cover a lot of bases and go from there. It doesn’t need to be complicated.
Have fun and support that body!
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**The above 6 charts were reprinted with permission from Prof. David J. Pesek, PhD, DHC