Treating toxicity requires reduced exposures to toxicants, nutritional rebalancing and using detoxification/cleanse practices as recommended and supervised by your doctor. Not all doctors treat toxicity, ones that do are usually trained in functional medicine, integrative medicine or environmental medicine. Trying to detox on your own is not recommended as getting it wrong can be “detrimental” to your health.
Toxicity is a very complicated phenomenon that requires the guidance of a doctor trained in environmental medicine and nutritional biochemistry. Toxic mineral exposure is treated differently than exposure to organic chemical compounds. Specific nutrients are necessary to enhance biochemical detoxification pathways of the body. Any recommendations made in this book [see book details at end of this article] could only be considered superficial and general.
When dealing with toxicity problems, the following areas must be addressed:
- Reduce the total toxic load be removing toxins from your environment and by removing offending foods and additives from your diet.
- Identify functional nutrient deficiencies related to detoxification and general metabolism.
- Restore your body’s pH to its normal balance so that cellular systems being to function normally.
- Begin a supervised detoxification program aimed at removing toxins stored in body tissues. Nutrients important in detoxification include: L-glutathione, vitamin E, vitamin C, N-acetylcysteine, selenium, beta-carotene, coenzyme Q10, taurine, zinc, copper, magnesium, molybdenum, bioflavonoids.
- Utilize a low temperature sauna. Some doctors who treat patients with toxic exposure recommend that patients sit in a low temperature sauna for several hours each day. The low temperature encourages a “fat sweat” to eliminate toxins that are stored in the body’s fat.
- Support the endocrine, immune, and hepatic (liver) system.
- Begin a program of behavioral therapy and stress management.
- Restore gastrointestinal function.