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Chelation therapy is the administration of certain substances to the body in order to clear the build up of certain metals, such as mercury or lead, or certain minerals, such as calcium, which can poison the body when present in large amounts. In western medicine, chelation is used to treat heavy metal poisoning – most commonly in people exposed to highly toxic levels of dangerous heavy metals -such as through use of lead paint. A solution is injected intravenously, and this binds in the bloodstream with the offending molecules and helps move them quickly through the body’s system and allow them to be more quickly eliminated by simple urination.

Current research is also heading towards the use of chelation therapy for Arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, since it is and effective and non-surgical way to remove calcium deposits and plaque. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has an interesting article on their preliminary findings on chelation therapy which you can read here: If you a looking for a bit more personal information about what to expect from chelation therapy, physician and natural health guru Dr. Andrew Weil has an excellent page on the subject: He is a bit dubious of the practice outside of its use for heavy metal poisoning, but it’s a well-written article with good information.

In Ayurveda, chelation is a very common, basic principle. In fact, many of the most commonly prescribed herbs – such as guggulu for high cholesterol – are considered chelation agents. Although few of these compounds have been studied in the same way pharmaceuticals have been, that is starting to change, as the NIH study on chelation for heart disease shows. And so far, this is just one more case where modern medical science is actually proving principles that have been practiced in eastern medicine for millennia, or at least in this case.

Of course there are also simple and accessible ways to help detoxify. You may want to try this amazing detox smoothie recipe from

cheery cherry detox smoothie

Cheery Cherry Detox Smoothie


Serves: 2 large or 4 small glasses


  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 2-4 kale cubes or a handful of fresh kale
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I use SoDelicious® Coconut Milk Beverage)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seed
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla exact
  • Liquid vanilla Stevia to taste
  • Optional: 1 pack Emergen-C Kidz Fruit Punch (if tolerated)

Directions:  Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (like a Blendtec or OmniBlend) and blend on high until super smooth. If you like your smoothies cold and frosty (like I do) throw in a few ice cubes at the end and blend until smooth.


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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