Do You Need A Detox?

7 Habits that Safely Detox Your Body

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Diet & Detox Lifestyle

Many people these days are trying detoxes and cleanses. It’s a fad that has taken hold and continues to grow. In fact, even the word “detox” is so widely (and loosely) used now that the concept can be confusing. But, in my experience, most people don’t need to go to extremes when it comes to detoxing or cleansing your body.

That said, most of us are constantly exposed to low-grade environmental toxins that can build up in our bodies. Plus, there are times – such as when you’ve had too much sugar or alcohol, or when you’ve taken antibiotics — when you may feel the need to cleanse your body. In this case, good, sensible, healthy habits can certainly go a long way.

8 Habits that Safely Detox Your Body

Your liver is your major detox organ. It is constantly working to clear toxins from your body. Your kidneys, lungs, and gut also play a role in detoxification.

Instead of doing a fad detox or crash cleanse, there are many ways you can get your liver and the rest of your body functioning optimally every day. And, you do not need to purchase any expensive products.

Here are some ways you can detox your body safely any time:

  1. Give up sugar. Sugar in any form is one of the worst toxins. And, the more you eat, the more you crave. Getting off sugar and eating a healthy diet can be one of the easiest ways to detox your body. Be sure to remove all white foods, processed foods, alcohol, and foods containing artificial sweeteners, such as diet sodas, and high fructose corn syrup. Also, while juice cleanses help your liver rest, they can be too sugary for some people, especially if you are trying to lose weight. So, I recommend eating whole foods and skipping the juice fast.
  2. Stay hydrated. Staying optimally hydrated is crucial to the health of every organ and system in your body. In addition to drinking pure water with a little added Celtic or Himalayan salt, be sure to eat plants that contain water in a gel-like state so that your fasciae stay hydrated. Finally, be sure to watch your caffeine and alcohol intake.
  3. Try an elimination diet. If you regularly experience digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, nausea, or abdominal pain, or if you often have a runny nose, headache, or feel fatigued regularly, you may have food sensitivities. Foods we are sensitive to can act as toxins in our bodies. Try eliminating dairy, gluten, eggs, soy, legumes, shellfish, and corn for a few weeks. Then add them back to your diet one at a time. Be sure to keep a journal to help you determine if you are sensitive to any of these foods. You may also want to take B vitamins and folic acid to support liver function and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are rich in Inole-3-Carbinol, which supports liver function. Be sure to get healthy fats from fish, seeds, and nuts, and enough fiber to help with elimination.
  4. Support your gut. Fully 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut microbiome.  You can improve your microbiome by making healthy choices at every meal and including lots of low-sugar fruits, vegetables, and fermented foods, which contain pre-biotics. You should also take a high-quality probiotic. Finally, be sure to get into a relaxed state before eating.
  5. Exercise. People who exercise regularly enjoy better health than people who are sedentary. Exercise keeps your immune system functioning and increases levels of immunoglobulins. Exercise may also help with the detoxification process. When you exercise, blood circulates more efficiently through your body. This helps nutrients to reach your organs more easily. Finally, a lack of exercise makes you more susceptible to the effects of stress, which over time can make you more susceptible to toxins you are exposed to.
  6. Practice yoga. Yoga postures, called asanas, help to move energy through your body. Certain postures may help with detox by moving energy through particular organs. For example, twisting poses, such as revolved chair pose or sage twist pose, may help stimulate the liver, spleen, and digestive system, and improve elimination. Inversions, such as shoulder-stands and headstands, may help drain accumulated lymph and strengthen the immune system. You can practice yoga every day without any side effects.
  7. Take infrared saunas. For thousands of years, people have used saunas to cleanse and heal the body and increase vitality. While most sweat is comprised of water and little salt, 15-20% of infrared sauna-induced sweat is composed of cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, sulfuric acid, and ammonia (as well as sodium and uric acid). In addition, infrared saunas may improve immunity by increasing white blood cells and antibodies. Be sure to start slowly and work your way to sessions of no longer than 15 – 40 minutes.
  8. Soak in a detox bath. Taking a detox bath can be a great way to relax and restore your body on a regular basis. Try Epsom salts, baking soda, magnesium flakes, and Celtic sea salt. Be sure to rest for 10-15 minutes after you get out of a hot bath and stay hydrated.

How to Detox After a Vaccine

If there’s one time when you really need to detox your body and brain, it’s after having a vaccine. No matter where you stand on vaccines, there is one truth that cannot be denied: When you are vaccinated, your immune system is disrupted. This is often due to the adjuvants in vaccines, such as aluminum phosphate or hydroxide, mercury-containing thimerosal, formaldehyde, antibiotics, and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

I am not here to tell you that you should never receive a flu shot or other vaccine. While I prefer to support my health in natural ways, including the ways I describe above, I know that it’s our beliefs that create our health. And, if you believe a vaccine will improve your health, then most likely it will.

That said, if you have received a flu shot, shingles vaccine, or other vaccine by choice, you’ll want to be sure to support your immune system afterwards through a good detox.

In addition to the habits I mention above, here are some more ways you can mitigate unwanted side effects that can occur after a vaccine:

  1. Take Vitamin C. In higher doses, vitamin C is an antipyretic (fever reducer). It is also an antibiotic, antiviral, and antitoxin. It’s best to take liposomal vitamin C or food-based vitamin C before you get a vaccine, and have it on board for a while after to support your immune system. You can take to bowel tolerance.
  2. Sleep. Sleep is your body’s way of repairing. Plus, when you sleep, your body releases cytokines. These proteins help your body fight off infection and inflammation.
  3. Don’t treat a fever. A fever is your body’s natural immune response and best way of fighting infection. If you have a low-grade fever after having a flu shot or other vaccine, don’t take fever reducers. However, if you spike a high fever after receiving a vaccine, you will need to treat it with vitamin C or other fever reducer and report it to your doctor.
  4. Re-mineralize your body. Dr. Carolyn Dean has created a re-mineralization protocol for supporting the body after a vaccine. She likes homemade bone broth and Celtic sea salt for re-mineralizing the body. She also uses her formulas called ReMag, ReMyte, and ReAline, plus colloidal silver to help with detoxification of chemicals and heavy metals, and she recommends taking ReMag, ReAline, and Vitamin C before and after a vaccine. Her ReAline formula contains lots of B vitamins to support neurological health and amino acids for the liver’s sulfation pathway. For more information check out Dr. Carolyn Dean’s blog and her RnA ReSet website.
  5. Increase glutathione levels. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that binds to toxins in your liver. Studies show that glutathione helps to remove toxic metals from your body and also increases immune function. Eating more high-protein foods, including chicken, turkey, cheese, eggs, sunflower seeds and legumes, can increase your liver’s production of glutathione. But, taking NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) is the easiest and best way to replenish glutathione.
  6. Try homeopathy. Homeopathy can clear the imprint of toxins, viruses, and vaccines. Homeopathic remedies work on the energetic level to help your body reach homeostasis. An experienced homeopath with take your full history and recommend remedies based on all the symptoms (emotional, physical, mental, behavioral, etc.), both current and historical, with an emphasis on the symptoms you are currently experiencing, then suggest a sequence of constitutional remedies and nosodes – highly diluted remedies made from disease matter. Even if you are taking allopathic medicines, as long as they are non-steroidal, you can still use homeopathic remedies.
  7. Get body work. In order to detox, your body needs to be functioning optimally. Chiropractic, cranial-sacral therapy, and massage can all help to optimize how your body, brain, and autonomic nervous systems function. Use your intuition to determine which therapies feel right. You may need to see a chiropractor for a few weeks, then switch to lymph drainage massage.
  8. Avoid chelation therapy. Chemical chelation and other harsh detox protocols for the liver, gall bladder, and bowel may be too harsh if you have recently had a vaccine, and especially if you’ve had a vaccine reaction. It’s best to support your body and get it functioning optimally first. Once your immune system is strong again, you may find that you don’t need to do chelation therapy. Use your intuition.

What to Do if You’ve Had the COVID Vaccine

Many people have taken one or two doses of the experimental mRNA serums and are now concerned about symptoms they are experiencing and about their future health—rightly so! In addition to the adverse events being reported to VAERS (which is only a small percentage of the actual adverse events occurring), we are seeing thousands of reports from people who did not voluntarily take one of the shots but who are experiencing symptoms just from being near people who have been injected. What appears to be happening is that the spike protein is transmitting in the way contagions do— in bodily fluids, even in the air. This is unprecedented.

Some of the effects being reported include migraines, micro-clots with bruising that suddenly can appear anywhere on body, heavy and irregular menstrual cycles (even in post-menopausal women), miscarriages, fetal death, sterility, and even house pets dying shortly after the owner had the shot. It is recent knowledge that there is an antidote called Suramin—a drug typically used to treat African Sleeping Sickness. Suramin inhibits blood coagulation (prevents blood clots) and appears to block the replication of RNA and DNA, which could counteract the mRNA shots. However, it is not commercially available by prescription in the U.S.

So, what can you do?

4 Simple Prescriptions for Supporting Your Health

Fortunately, there are some simple ways to combat the negative effects of the shots and of being around someone who is transmitting.

  1. Drink pine needle tea. The number one way to support your body is to drink pine needle tea. The drug Suramin is derived from pine needles. But, when you drink fresh pine needle tea you reap all of the benefits of the whole needle, which is far superior to a single, pharmaceutically extracted compound due to its many health-enhancing properties and nutrients. In fact, drinking pine needle tea is an ancient custom that is known to enhance the immune system, act as an antitussive and expectorant for lung and sinus symptoms related to coughs, colds and flu, and act as an antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitumor and antimutagenic agent for many other conditions. This is due in part to the high amounts of vitamins A and C, a-pinene, proanthocyanidins and catechins (antioxidants), phenolic compounds, and plant sterols contained in the needles.

    Pine needles also contain shikimic acid, which is a key ingredient in Tamiflu—the most widely used antiviral drug for treating seasonal flu, as well as more virulent strains such as swine and bird flus. Shikimic acid acts as an antiviral and prohibits the replication of viruses in the body. It has anticoagulant and antithrombotic properties, which help to prevent blood clots. Shikimic acid may also have antimalarial, anti-cancer and antibiotic properties. (In addition to pine needles, shikimic acid can be found in the herb star anise, which is used in Chinese Medicine to treat plagues and respiratory illnesses.)

    It is easy to find recipes for pine needle tea. The most important thing to remember is not to boil the water. Heat it just below boiling. Use young needles. White pine is best. Avoid all yews, Norfolk Island pine and of course, Hemlock. If you are pregnant or nursing use caution when consuming pine needle tea.
  2. Get out in the sun. Many factors determine the viability of viruses, including temperature, humidity, and UV exposure from sunlight. Several studies now show that sunlight may greatly reduce the viability of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, thus reducing its ability to replicate and infect, and lessoning the severity of infections. This has to do with the different wavelengths of light from sunshine, which are proven to have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and cardiometabolic benefits. Grass Roots Health is a great resource to learn more.
  3. Supplement with vitamin D. Vitamin D levels above 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) are associated with a greatly reduced risk of many types of cancer and other diseases, as well as increased life expectancy. During the summer try to get out in the sun when the solar angle is greater than 45 degrees—in other words, when your shadow is shorter than you are. This is the opposite of what dermatologists recommend. But this is the time of day when your body can produce vitamin D. In the winter, take 5,000-10,000 IUs of vitamin D per day.
  4. Take a nitric oxide boosting supplement. Nitric oxide is generated in the endothelium that line your blood vessel walls. Having adequate nitric oxide production is key to promoting healthy cardiovascular function. Arterial disease causes damage to this lining, which reduces nitric oxide production. When nitric oxide production is reduced, your blood vessels become inflamed. Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, reduces the heart’s ability to function. Myocarditis, along with pericarditis—swelling of the sac-like structure surrounding your heart—are being reported all across the country from people who have had the experimental shots. Heart inflammation is affecting young people with no previous history of heart problems, most often men under the age of 30, including a number in the military as well as in teenage boys. Taking a nitric oxide boosting supplement is a good idea for most people as a way of promoting healthy heart function.

Have you gone through a detox before? How did it go?

Last Updated: May 31, 2021

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. AM
    2 weeks ago

    How long does it take to clean Graphene Oxide out of your system if you have had the C vax, taking NAC, Vit.C, Vit.D3, Quercetin, & Humic&Folvic?

  2. Shelley
    1 month ago

    I am around vaccinated people , I have been drinking pine needle tea, but have also been noticing some talk of people taking C60 as a protection from the spike proteins. Would this also be good to add into a protocol?

  3. Diana
    1 month ago

    Another question: Where can we find a trustworthy source of pine needle tea? All the ones I found on the internet have no English on the bags. I don’t trust food or drinks from China. Even if they claim to be organic, because China is so polluted. Also, some varieties of pine appear to be toxic. Is there a safe source for pine needle tea?
    Thanks you!

  4. Louise
    2 months ago

    Dear Dr Northrop, my husband will be getting the J & J vaccine (sadly) due to requirement at work. What is the best way to detox after this vaccine? He also has Barrett’s and HB. Many thanks in advance.

    1. Jennifer
      2 months ago

      Dont do it!!! He can find another job! He may be able to sue, that is against human rights.

      1. Louise
        2 months ago

        Thank you for your reply Jennifer.

    2. chezmelin1
      2 months ago

      Since the shot is under EUA status, no organization or government can require them. You can find more info about this at Children’s Health Defense—check for articles but they also have very talented lawyers with videos available talking about your rights.

      Check VAERs and find injury examples for him. Within the past 2 weeks, there was info about US military men having issues. This caused my husband to rethink. Sounds like your husband feels coerced and it’s not legal to coerce someone to take an EUA therapy. If he wants to take it, just look for the info about the shots not stopping transmission or one from getting the disease. There are studies. It talks about it in the EUA docs. You can find leaders of our alpha agencies saying the above points. So what’s the purpose?

  5. Diana
    3 months ago

    What are the nitric boosting supplements, please?

    1. Coulson Duerksen
      3 months ago


      The supplement is called Cardio Miracle. You can follow the link to receive a special discount.


      1. Diana
        1 month ago

        Thank you!

  6. Val
    3 months ago

    Dr Christiane Northrup on The New Earth Horizon

    Dr Lawrence Bilsky said it was a bioweapon from the beginning. Anyways from Dr Northrup,one of the ideas to rid the body of these nano genes.

    1/2 millilitre of organic laundry soap like Bio-Klean with some alfalfa pellets from the pet store. Put that into a hot bath and soak in as long as you can stand. Then take a shower with Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap. A Universal Antidote. Wash the body 2 times.

  7. Morag Birkett
    3 months ago

    Hi all, I’m looking for the recipe/ protocol using alfalfa hay etc in the bath. Please can someone help?. Thanks. X

  8. KDC
    3 months ago

    Please, how much Shikimic acid will stop the spike proteins?

  9. Margaret
    3 months ago

    Hi Dr. Northrop, I am 65, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. I keep my diabetes under control as much as I can, last A1C was 6.7. I take 1000 mg Metformin daily, and never had to use insulin. I would like to take something natural, and d/c Metformin, I am not too fond of taking medications. I am willing to try a natural remedy with caution (monitoring my glucose daily). plus I didn’t like what I am reading about Metformin either. Can you please recommend a natural product, you had recommended in the past and was very successful in reducing glucose. My fasting glucose is usually 129 – 130 – 139 average. Thank you

  10. Adi Shakti
    3 months ago

    Try red raspberry seed oil. Has UV blocking properties. Search online for more info.

  11. Kathy Pavlick
    4 months ago

    Dr Northrop, Please write out the recipe I heard you talk about using grapefruit & lemon peels. I am not sure I wrote it down correctly. I do want to try this!

    1. Morag Birkett
      3 months ago

      3 grapefruits and 3 lemons, cut the peel off and add to pot, cover with water and bring to boil and simmer with lid on for 3 hours. Let cool without taking the lid off as this will lose all the goodness. Once cool I put into Ice cube bags and store in the freezer. Hope this is what your looking for. Homemade Hydroxychloraquine.

      1. Clara Nickel
        2 months ago

        Will this drink also boost the immune system?

  12. rachel
    7 months ago

    Hello, I just got vaccinated with Sinovac 1st dose, I would like to do a detox and not get a second dose. Would this be effective?

  13. Sondra Laverty
    7 months ago

    Thank you Dr Northrup for speaking out and up about all this. What is your protocol for the bath soak with Alfalfa Hay.
    Thank you

    1. Ariana
      5 months ago

      Yes please, I am also looking for this protocol! Thank you

  14. Noel
    8 months ago

    Thanks for the information, quite enlightening

  15. Lilianna Gershenovich
    8 months ago

    Love your blog. Love your books. Love your meditations. Thank you for everything you do.

  16. Friday
    8 months ago

    Regarding vitamin D:
    You recommend getting out in the sun during mid day and acknowledge that it is “the opposite of what dermatologists recommend”. I’d love to follow your recommendation, however I have had a few episodes of skin cancer.
    Is there any non-toxic sunscreen that you recommend?
    Any alternative suggestions?
    Your fan, Friday F.

  17. Jacquelyn Darragh
    8 months ago

    Dr. Northrup,
    I have been a great fan of yours for years and just recently signed up for your emails. Oh my, you are such a generous treasure trove of information. While I chose, like you, to protect my immune system in natural ways, I have many friends, family, and clients who chose the vaccine. I so appreciate that you are giving information on how to detox in such a gentle and loving way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul for being such a loving light on our planet and for all the ways you educate and light our pathways.
    Much love and admiration,
    Jacquelyn Darragh, ND, Pasadena, Texas

  18. Sandra Balsamo
    8 months ago

    Here is a Detailed study of antioxidant content in 46 different species of pine needles:

    1. Jennifer J
      6 months ago

      Does you know if children can consume pine needle tea, as long as it is a non-toxic variety? I have douglas fir pine needles.

  19. simpson barbara
    8 months ago

    Thank you so much regarding vaccine shedding I heard that pine tea was good for protection

  20. Dalzenia Sams
    1 year ago

    Thank you. for the information you. have provided.

  21. sucesschemistry
    2 years ago

    NEW LUNG is a perfect lung detox formula that supports clear lungs & easy breathing, decreases respiratory symptoms & nose discomfort from mucus & hay fever. Expand your bronchial capacity & take deeper breaths. Our Clinically proven ingredients with healing benefits increase the lung elasticity allowing more oxygen in your lungs. It’s time to get active again, breathe better & feel your best. Our goal is ensuring that your lungs are operating at their maximum peak performance.

  22. Susan
    3 years ago

    Hi there Dr Christiane
    Thank you for your information of energy vampires. I can certainly relate to the subject and it’s experiences
    in my own life. I have taken your advice and written the pledge Of Allegiance to Myself. I Have saved this to
    my phone screen 🙂

    1. Christiane Northrup
      2 years ago

      The Pledge of Allegiance to Myself on your home screen as BRILLIANT!!! Thanks for this!!

  23. Susan Tuggle
    3 years ago

    Dr Northrop. I love following your guidance and learning from your wisdom. I now have a big question. My husband was just diagnosed with borderline resectable pancreatic cancer. Please will you offer any advice you can? Thank you. Susan

  24. Marlon Foot
    3 years ago

    have been on an eating plan for 2 months and with regular exercise have gone from 93.8kg to 89.2.

  25. Mariette
    3 years ago

    I’ve just completed a liver detox from the book Liver Rescue by Anthony William.

    3 years ago

    Thanks for the great info.

  27. Julie
    3 years ago

    I absolutely loved this blog! Thank you for the concrete ideas, supportive information and detailed research you did for this content. As a Wellness Coach I found this blog to contain many different ways I can support my clients.
    As always, your one of my favorite resources!

  28. jerri
    3 years ago

    Just recently did the 3;6;9 liver cleanse. Extremely powerful!

  29. Susan Barnes-Smith
    3 years ago

    I have followed you for several years now and the more I read your writings, the more I like you. I have lived a more natural life for the past 40 years and have found so much of the health fads mentally and physically distressing. Thank you for having a sensible way to live life. I absolutely love the way you have lived your own life and have enjoyed watching you tango. You are fabulous. If you ever come down to Belize, let me know. One of your fans – Susan Barnes-Smith, Traditional Naturopath

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