The Best Detox For Lyme Is Not A Product – It’s A Practice

 In Holistic Tools & Strategies, Understanding Lyme

(Updated March 18, 2024)

The best detox for Lyme (and all forms of complex illness) is not a product, it’s a practice!

How can that be, you might ask, when there are so many cleanse products to choose from, and many experts offer a wide array of products to support your liver and detox pathways?

It’s true, certain quality supplements and herbs CAN support the body’s detoxification functions in certain ways.  However, they don’t always create the desired result – a cleaner, healthier body.  Why is that?

When you are successful in achieving detoxification, you know it because you feel lighter, more clear-headed, and more energetic.  If your cleansing supplements are having good results, then stick with them!  

As a practitioner who works with people who are looking for the best detox to support treatment of complex illness, I recommend certain products too, at times.  But these products are never a replacement for the lifestyle practices that physically and mechanically remove the body’s waste more than it’s capable of doing on its own.  These lifestyle practices – including hydration, sweating, colon cleansing and deep breathing – do the heavy lifting of removing the infectious and toxic excess that can make you feel so sick.  

How To Detox Your Body From Lyme Disease & Complex Illness

In order to promote healing and get ahead of the die-off caused by the treatment of infections, effective detox is crucial. To be successful, you will want to adopt a holistic cleansing lifestyle. This is a foundational piece of the Uprooting Lyme approach to healing chronic Lyme disease. In fact, I created an online program so that people trying to heal from complex illness, and practitioners who want to learn the (literal) in’s and out’s of natural detoxification can do so HERE.


“Holistic” means that we’re dealing with your whole body-mind-spirit when we cleanse, not just the liver.

The body has 4 main avenues for excreting waste – the bowels clear the waste by-products of the liver-gallbladder and GI system, the urine releases waste filtered by the kidneys, sweating excretes waste through the pores of the skin, and with exhalation we excrete waste gases (such as carbon dioxide) via the lungs. What an amazing body you have! It is specially designed to clear metabolic by-products on a daily basis to ensure optimal health throughout your lifetime.

Yet the modern human body is in a state of toxic overload, much like our polluted planet. And when we’re sick, those detox mechanisms become compromised, causing toxins to accumulate faster, which slows the organ function even more in a negative loop of increasing disease and toxicity. Hence the critical need to employ detox methods for Lyme that really work.

The purpose of cleansing health practices is to unburden the entire system. This requires daily lifestyle routines that are sustainable and become part of your daily way of life, just like brushing your teeth.

Your body’s natural cleansing abilities are a part of your circadian rhythm, which is divided into 3 equal portions throughout a daily cycle:

Appropriation of nourishment:   noon – 8pm

Assimilation of nourishment: 8pm-4am

Elimination of waste: 4am – noon

The holistic cleansing lifestyle takes advantage of the human body’s natural cycle.

Detox Diet For Lyme & Complex Illness

We recommend to begin your day with a large glass or 2 of pure spring water (even better to add alkalizing lemon and/or a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt).

This hydrating ritual is followed by the consumption of fresh vegetable juice to further alkalize and hydrate the body’s tissues, which magnetizes the acidic waste and helps to escort it out of the body.


Fresh vegetable juice also energizes and supplies a high amount of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and enzymes to the body, in an easily absorbable form, to support the body’s cleansing and re-building efforts.

These are a couple of essential practices that serve as initial building blocks, so they’re a great place to start. Consistency is key, so we recommend implementing one daily practice at a time, until it becomes a sold routine – then start on the next.

There’s nothing wrong with taking herbs or supplements to support your body’s detoxification. But they fall extremely short of what is required to accelerate healing from complex illness.

The truth is, real cleansing – the kind that leaves you feeling lighter, energized, younger and more vital – only happens when you put cleansing practices into place, then your favorite detox support products will work better to help you achieve your health goals.

If you are taking lots of pills and powders, your body may detox better without all the supplements, for they may be adding to your internal traffic jam despite their best intentions.

The true promise of effective cleansing is that it will remove what is blocking your healing. This is because cleansing removes the obstructions that trap and block your inner power and vitality, which is your innate self-healing capacity. So hold off on purchasing more pills and powders until you put these basic daily practices into place!

Ready to learn how to effectively, safely detox – and literally clear the way for healing? Check out Detox For Lyme, our 8-week online course, which teaches you everything you need to know to cleanse and fast, whether you are just learning how or ready to move to an advanced level of cleansing.

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  • Debbie

    So what specifically do you suggest is used for the fasting, liquid diet other than water? Is there a purchasable shake one can use soley? What exactly should be used for the enemas, when during the day,’and how often during each day? If I’m left alone to do this myself without a specific shake that I can buy premises, my chances are slim that in will not lose control thru the day and eat regular food as its my weakness for comfort reasons. I need a rigid program of what and when to have/use and one that leaves nothing as an option for me to use or fall back on in addition. Please tell me detailed, the products (shakes pre made) and when and how many exactly to have. And then, which enema to use and when. I ask for this bc left w the physical ability to make up my own plan, I will break into gummy bears at night, and literally anything to comfort myself. I overeat and it’s all junk unfortunately, which I know is only delaying my chance if healing inside. Thanks’

    • Hillary Thing

      Hi Debbie, I highly recommend this for you:
      Comes complete with 1 hour / week call with our resident Health Coach, who can answer all of your questions and more!

  • Jin Hwangbo

    Thank you for the great info.

    • Hillary Thing

      thank you Jin!

  • Krista

    How do you address the fact that your body needs protein in the morning, best within 2 hours of waking and especially important to keep blood sugar levels steady? There’s no protein in fruit juice.

    • Hillary Thing

      Hi Krista, great question. First, actually there is protein in certain vegetables, especially the greens. Cleansing is a different approach to fueling and energizing the body. We recommend that you juice first thing, then eat something more proteinaceous when you are truly hungry for it. As you cleanse, your body depends less on dense sources of protein such as animal-based foods, and does well on light-derived sources of energy, such as fresh fruit / vegetable juice. Each person needs to go at their own pace in this regard.

  • Patricia Devlin

    Thank you so much for this and for your web site. It is such a relief to find this holistic approach.

    • Hillary Thing

      Thank you Patricia! It’s our pleasure to share.

  • ae

    Thank you for this! I’m having a rough time with the die-off (even with taking a break from medicines/vitamins/protocols)- this made me feel like I’m not alone and that there is hope!

  • Hillary Thing

    Hi Aurora, yes lots of hope. Please consider our Detox For Lyme program, or a free 30 minute consultation with us. Sounds like it would be very helpful for you.

  • Sonja L Avena

    I am interested in this, but have issues with mast cell activation from herbs and from die-off. Does this program address this? This is a fairly common issue for people with lyme. Thanks!

    • Hillary Thing

      Hi Sonja, yes this program is very appropriate for people with die-off symptoms and mast cell activation. As you can see, it doesn’t rely on supplements to initiate much needed detox (although a few are recommended). The focus is on the mechanics of detox and how we can support the body’s normal mechanisms via lifestyle tools and practices (versus ingesting pills). This approach is ideal for die off and MCA!

  • Rhonda

    How do I get the 30 minute free consult to see if the 8 week detox is for me?


    • Hillary Thing

      Hi Rhonda,

      You can apply for a free consult on our website here. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Kimberly Agee

    Hi. Can you use the liposomal EO while juice fasting or is that only recommended to take with food? Thank You

    • Hillary Thing

      Hi Kimberly,

      Yes, you can most definitely take it during a juice fast – all the better! It does not need to be taken with food.

  • Christy Lennon

    Hi Hillary,
    Where do I go to sign up for a free consultation for the 8 wk cleanse program?

    Christy Lennon

  • Mariann Czerna

    Thanks! Eating according to my natural rhythm has been a godsend to me. But the time intervals differ for me and my body is very persistent in sticking to these intervals. If I stray from it, I usually end up feeling nauseous and sick.

    Appropriation of nourishment: 8am-10am (11am-1pm) 4pm-6pm
    Big meal 8am-10am
    Small meal 11am-1pm
    Big meal 4pm-6pm

    Probably this rhythm differs by person.

    • Hillary Thing

      Thank you for sharing this Mariann! Yes, this will vary from person-to-person, thus the importance of getting in touch with your own “inner healer”!

  • Robie wiesner

    I have had chronic Lyme for 4 yrs.

    • Hillary Thing

      Hey Robie! Sorry to hear you’ve been dealing with chronic Lyme. Feel free to reach out to us at or call our clinic at 845 687 6211 if you’d like to learn more about our approach or schedule a consultation.

  • Joan

    Will colonics help for detoxing, and what about activated charcoal?

    • Hillary Thing

      Hi Joan, yes, colonics can help a LOT for detoxing! Here’s an article we wrote on this topic. Our self-guided Detox for Lyme online cleansing program also dives deep into colon cleansing.

      Activated charcoal is one of several binders we use in our clinic; other binders we use often include Zeolite, The Cell Core binders HM-ET binder, Biotoxin binder, Carboxy binder, and others. These can help bind to particular toxins and help move them out of the body.

      If you’re interested in setting up a consult, call our clinic at 845 687 6211 so we can offer the treatment plan that’s best for your particular situation. Happy detoxing!

  • Donald passerelli

    What if a person wants to see you as a patient but with there lyme disease a big symptom is insomnia and there only sleeping a few hours a night. Also can people make a full recovery from bartonella and lyme without the antibiotics?

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