Detoxification and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

Introduction to Detoxification

Our environment is filled with toxins and harmful substances. An essential solution to optimal health is to recognize practical ways of detoxification. This is to decrease toxic substance exposure in the air, food, and water. The basis is very simple – the more pollutants in the body, the faster the degeneration. Toxins and harmful pollutants overload burden your liver which triggers Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) and halts its healing.

Detoxification refers to cleansing the blood, gut, kidneys, and liver from harmful chemicals and toxins. If you want to know more about adrenal fatigue or you have other health inquiries, book your intro consult today with Dr. St Jean:

What are Toxins?

A toxin is any compound or substance with detrimental effects on cell function or structure.

Toxins damage the body. Fortunately, the body detoxifies itself 24/7. However, once the internal detoxification system overloads, toxic metabolites accumulates. This toxin accumulation over time destroys normal metabolic processes. When body’s workload increases, it becomes sensitive to other compounds including drugs and nutrients that are usually non-toxic..

Toxins include chemicals and other by-products such as pesticides, heavy metals, environmental hormones, and secondary smoke.

Types of Toxins

Heavy Metal Toxins

These types of metals collect in the brain, kidneys, and immune system. Some examples of these metals include aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and nickel.

Heavy metal toxicity is linked to several diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other severe neurological disorders.

The early signs and symptoms of heavy metal poisoning include anemia, constipation, fatigue, headaches, indigestion, muscle pain, and tremors. On the other hand, mild toxicity symptoms include distorted thinking ability and impaired memory. Additionally, severe metal toxicity leads to death.

The most precise measurement of toxins in the body is in the blood. Actual toxin levels is found in the red blood cells. Most toxic metals also accumulate inside the cell where damage is done.

Liver Toxins

The liver is the body’s major detoxification center. It filters and eliminates foreign substances and wastes from the bloodstream. Liver clears toxins including alcohol, drugs, formaldehyde, nutrition supplements, pesticides, and herbicides. The liver also reduces toxins into substances that can easily be removed from the kidneys, skin, lungs, and bowels. Optimum liver function is vital for good health.

Symptoms of a weakened liver include anxiety, depression, headache, fatigue, mental confusion, mental illness, brain fog, and tingling in the hands.

One solution is to take products that support liver’s detoxification process. Such products include choline, gluthathione, methionine, and lipoic acid. However, those with AFS have to continue with care. The body may reject these products.

Microbial Toxins

Unwanted bacteria and yeast produce toxins. These also don’t get absorbed in the digestive system and cause significant upset of bodily functions. Examples of these toxins include endotoxins and exotoxins from bacteria, carcinogens, and toxic amines and derivatives.

Additionally, antibodies formed against microbial molecules may cross-react with the body’s own cellular structure. This also causes autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune thyroiditis.

Follow a diet rich in fiber such as those found in vegetables, oat bran, and pectin. Fiber also eliminates toxins from the digestive system and promote elimination.

Protein By-Product Toxins

Kidneys eliminates toxic waste products from protein such as ammonia and urea.

For healthy people, detoxification of the body involves clearing the kidneys with water. This reduces overloading of protein. However, those with AFS needs to take additional salt to aid in electrolyte balance. In addition, excessive protein reduction make matters worse in advanced cases of AFS. During this time, the body is catabolic state.

Do You Need Detoxification?

We can’t really escape toxins and pollutants because the air we breathe and the water we drink is full of toxic substances. Detoxification process is essential to eliminate them.

Our bodies are designed to cleanse and heal itself. However, internal detoxification process is not enough. Effective detoxification program should be scheduled weekly, monthly or quarterly to optimize benefits.

If you want to know more about adrenal fatigue or you have other health inquiries, book your intro consult today with Dr. St Jean: