In my last fluoride detox update, I mentioned that a recent visit to Fluorideville had caused a fluoroderma flareup along my jawline. I also was experiencing persistent water retention, which I’ve experienced throughout the fluoride detox process whether I use iodine or boron to displace fluoride from my body.
I stopped drinking bone broth and taking my mineral supplement a few days before the trip in an effort to relieve the bloating. It didn’t go away.
That same week, after being inspired by the healing power of common herbs as described in Healing Wise by Susun Weed, I bought a bunch of fresh cilantro and added it to my salad for lunch. Some people believe cilantro can displace fluoride from the body, too, though I didn’t expect the reaction to be anywhere close to what I experienced with iodine and boron.
The bloating continued throughout the week even though I wasn’t consuming stock or extra boron. I wondered if perhaps cilantro is more effective at detoxing fluoride than I thought. Later, I realized there could be another reason the water retention did not go away.
Several people have recommended that I try salt loading to help my body process the released fluoride. For salt loading, you dissolve 1/4 teaspoon sea salt in 1/2 cup warm water. After drinking the salt water, you drink a tall glass of plain water. If you don’t start “copious urination” within 30-45 minutes, you are supposed to repeat the process. The minerals in the sea salt are supposed to bind with the fluoride (or bromine) while the water helps flush them from your system.
Dr. Brownstein recommends salt loading for people who experience negative side effects of iodine supplementation (approximately 5% of his patients). I tried it once last year when I was using iodine for my fluoride detox. I didn’t like it at all. It did not cause “copious urination” so I drank a second portion of the salt water. But instead of flushing any fluoride out through my kidneys, I ended up with the rather unpleasant condition my dog gets after an afternoon at the beach. I decided salt loading wasn’t for me. It didn’t feel natural.
As I continued to experience various detox symptoms from boron, so many people recommended salt loading that I decided to give it another try. I used the salt loading technique for a few days before my trip. This was the same time I was eating cilantro in my lunch salads. At this point, it’s impossible for me to know which one (if either) was contributing to the bloating.
That is one reason why nutrition experiments are so tricky. You can never do “just one thing.” There are always so many different factors that could be affecting an outcome.
If the cilantro was the culprit, the bloating should have dissipated within a few days. It didn’t. That leads me to believe the salt loading might have been to blame.
I’ll write more about this mystery in my next detox update…
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