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What is the best mercury detox diet?

February 9, 2012

I’ve talked a lot on my blog recently about being gluten free. During the height of my mercury symptoms, my reaction to gluten was truly scary. And now that the mercury is gone, I can hardly tell if I’ve eaten gluten or not.

Mercury clearly caused my gluten intolerance.

It caused my candida too. Mercury interfered with how my immune system worked, and I couldn’t eat sugar in case it wrecked my immune system and I fell horribly ill.

So is that my advice? Should everyone who is mercury toxic go gluten and sugar free? Is that the mercury detox diet?

Hold on a minute–It’s not that simple

Gluten and sugar free is MY personal mercury detox diet. I figured it out by trial and error, trying different options to see which foods made my symptoms flare and which made me feel better.

But because everyone is a unique individual, with their own set of unique mercury symptoms, everyone has to figure out what their own mercury detox diet is going to look like.

How can you figure it out? Does it take a long time? Is it worth the effort?

To figure out what your problem foods are, you’ve got to go through some trial periods where you eliminate the suspect foods from your diet and then reintroduce them to see if you get a reaction.

The process can take a while because you want to isolate each suspect, give your body a chance to clear it from your system, then observe your reaction when it’s reintroduced. For some foods like milk, this process just takes a couple of days. For something more complicated like gluten, it can take a couple of weeks to really make sure that you’ve rooted out every hidden source of gluten in your diet.

This level of thorough investigation takes some time and attention, but it is wildly rewarding. Nix a problem food from your diet and suddenly headaches disappear, joint pain is gone, or mood swings that you thought were an inevitable part of your emotional landscape become a thing of the past. Next to supplementation, dietary adjustment is the most powerful tool you have to ease mercury symptoms during detox.

Where to begin

There are a number of dietary changes that have been proven time and again to provide relief for certain kinds of mercury symptoms. Since everyone’s symptoms profile is different, only some of these diets should make a difference for you.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to talk in detail about the following dietary adjustments–which foods to avoid, when to reintroduce them, the symptoms they usually cause. I’ve chosen these diets to start with because they address pretty common hotspots for mercury damage in general, and because they are diets I have tried personally, so I know them intimately.

Stay tuned for more details on the following diets…

  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Casein/Lactose Intolerance
  • Anti-Yeast Diet
  • Low Thiol Diet

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2012 7:09 pm

    Great post.

    I myself cut out wheat, dairy and sugar. It’s hard but has to be done. Currently I’m detoxing the mercury out of my body and getting the root canal extracted soon.

    How long did it take you to put gluten back in your diet without any problems?


    • December 10, 2012 11:59 am

      I was gluten free for a total of five years. For the first couple of years of that, I was extremely strict and if I slipped up even a little, I had a very bad reaction. For the last year or so of those five years, I had a very mild reaction but still stayed gluten free.

      I’ve been eating gluten for about a year now, and even though I don’t have a reaction to it, I still don’t eat it every day unless I’m traveling.

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