Eat Liver Loving foods
Cruciferous vegetables (e.g cabbage, brocoli, brussels, cauliflower, bokchoy, swede, turnip) and sulfur containing foods like egg, onion, leek, garlic are foods that help your liver detoxify and remove toxins from your body more effectively.
Fix your gut.
Gut imbalances are a key source of toxins for many. Fixing your gut might require visiting a functional, integrative or NEM doctor. Most people with gut issues experience food sensitivities, and feel alot better when they manage these. Food sensitivites can be
- autoimmune (gluten) – 1% of the population
- Metabolic: sugars, carbs, yeast – 10%-15%
- Pharmaceutical: Histamines, Salicylates 2%-5%
Detox your mind, heart and spirit.
This is just as important as detoxing your body, and it’s an area few of us ever think about as a source of toxins. Whether it involves yoga, meditation, mindfulness or deep breathing, find a technique that relaxes you and helps calm your mind. If highly anxious, depressed or psychologically stressed consider working with a therapist. For deep unresolved emotional trauma try EMDR.
This helps your blood and lymphatic circulation do its job. Whether you’re a novice or pro, you’ll benefit from some kind of exercise plan that you enjoy. If you have an injury or are very exhausted it is best to see your doctor and physiotherapist before starting an exercise plan. Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) is recommended for anyone experiencing CFS – mild to moderate.
Optimise Daily Detoxification
Optimal daily detoxification also requires drinking 8 to 10 glasses of filtered water, minimizing drugs including caffeine and alcohol, minimising your intake of sugar and unhealthy fatty and junk foods.
Do a detox
Most GP’s do not do cleanses, you will need to see a doctor trained in functional or integrative medicine.
A detox may be recommended if you have heavy metal toxicity or to facilitate sluggish detox pathways.
detox can include:
- sweating out toxins (Sauna Therapy), epsom salt baths,
- taking detox nutrients or binding supplements like zeolites,
- lipid exchange therapy
- or for some people chelation therapy. (not if low in minerals, and very poor detoxification)
Detoxes are best done under medical supervision, as not done properly, they can cause reintoxification and sometimes injury.
Take an Exposure History
An exposure history like the one by ASTDR/CDC here, can help you identify high exposures to toxins (heavy metals, solvents, other)that may be causing you unpleasant symptoms or illness.. Reducing high exposures will not only reduce your risk of certain disease in the future, but is also likely to reduce symptoms associated “environmental illness” , often quite quickly.
From the CDC https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=33&po=4
Most environmental and occupational diseases either manifest as common medical problems (e.g., rashes, asthma, angina, spontaneous abortion) or have nonspecific symptoms (e.g., headache, difficulty concentrating, behavioral problems, myalgias, difficulty conceiving) [Amdur MO 1991; Marshall et al. 2002; Wigle D 2000].
Establishing the etiology can distinguish a disorder as an environmental illness.
[Goldman and Peters 1981; Nelson et al. 2011]
|Symptoms and Diseases||Agent||Mode of Exposure|
|dermatoses (allergic or irritant)||metals (chromium, nickel), fibrous glass, solvents, caustic alkali, soaps)||electroplating, metal cleaning, plastics, machining, leather tanning, housekeeping|
|headache||carbon monoxide, solvents||firefighting, automobile exhaust, wood finishing, dry cleaning|
|acute psychoses||lead, mercury, carbon disulfide||removing paint from old houses, fungicide, wood preserving, viscose rayon industry|
|asthma or dry cough||Formaldehyde, toluene diisocyanate, animal dander||textiles, plastics, polyurethane kits, polyurethane foam, lacquer, animal handlers|
|pulmonary edema, pneumonitis||nitrogen oxides, phosgene, halogen gases, cadmium||welding, farming, chemical operations, smelting|
|cardiac arrhythmias||solvents, fluorocarbons||metal cleaning, using solvents, refrigerator maintenance|
|angina||carbon monoxide, methylene chloride||car repair, traffic exhaust, foundry, wood finishing|
|abdominal pain||lead||battery making, enameling, smelting, painting, welding, ceramics, plumbing|
|hepatitis (may become chronic)||halogenated hydrocarbons (e.g., carbon tetrachloride)||using solvents, lacquer use, hospital workers|
|chronic dyspnea, pulmonary fibrosis||asbestos, silica, beryllium, coal, aluminum||mining, insulation, pipefitting, sandblasting, quarrying, metal alloy work, aircraft or electrical parts, foundry work|
|chronic bronchitis, emphysema||cotton dust, cadmium, coal dust, organic solvents, cigarettes||textile industry, battery production, soldering, mining, solvent use|
|lung cancer||asbestos, arsenic, nickel, uranium, coke-oven emissions||insulation, pipefitting, smelting, coke-ovens, shipyard workers, nickel refining, uranium mining|
|bladder cancer||a-naphthylamine, benzidine dyes||dye industry, leather, rubber-workers, chemists|
|peripheral neuropathy||lead, arsenic, hexane, methyl butyl ketone, acrylamide||battery production, plumbing, smelting, painting, shoemaking, solvent use, insecticides|
|behavioral changes||lead, carbon disulfide, solvents, mercury, manganese||battery makers, smelting, viscose rayon industry, degreasing, manufacture/ repair of scientific instruments, dental amalgam workers|
|Extrapyrami-dal syndrome||carbon disulfide, manganese||viscose rayon industry, steel production, battery production, foundry work|
|aplastic anemia, leukemia||benzene, ionizing radiation||chemists, furniture refinishing, cleaning, degreasing, radiation workers|
Unless an exposure history is pursued by the clinician, the etiologic diagnosis might be missed, treatment may be inappropriate, and exposure can continue.