"A test conducted by WWF UK found that reducing exposure to toxic chemicals may reduce overall levels in a person over time (read more). By preventing new exposures to pollutants, your overall toxic load decreases. At the same time, your body continually flushes out chemicals that you have been exposed to in the past."
It is important to speak to your health care professional (Environmentally and Nutritionally trained doctors are best) about detoxification methods that may be suitable for you. Detoxification needs to be done right and under supervision. Too aggressive detoxification can aggravate symptoms and in some people cause extreme and very painful detox reactions. What is considered appropriate for the general population can be too aggressive for many people with MCS. As a general rule it is best to go low, go slow and test for tolerance.
The following is for educational purposes only! Always consult with an appropriately qualified health professional, to rule out/address any other treatable causes of ill health.
Decrease the number of chemicals and toxins you are exposed to.
Reduce the number of chemicals you consume.
Limit (or avoid) Sugar. caffeine and alcohol
It is also important to limit alcohol and/or cafffeine in some cases you may need to avoid altogether due to liver detoxification problems. Click Here To find out about the Dr Oz 28 days caffein detox challlenge to flush your system.
Too much sugar has been linked to liver disease including toxic fatty liver, as well as, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, yeast infections/candida and insulin resistance. A good resource is for reducing sugar in your diet is the Dr Oz Sugar Detox Challenge
Eliminate food that you are allergic too or sensitive too.
Food Intolerance is very common in people with MCS, they can cause symptoms or worsen symptoms. Fortunately many can be overcome with the right approach!
Help your body with toxin elimination.
Support your Elimination Organs. Take a safe toxin binder such as Zeolite detox drops or Charcoal (becareful charcoal should not be taken long term or close to meals as it can interfere with nutrient absorption!). Chlorella is also a very good, but can be problematic for people with a moderate to severe salicylate intolerance. In some cases, epsom salt flushes, coffee enemas or colonic irrigation may be recommended, particularly if a person is in a "toxic crisis."
Far Infrared Sauna therapy is widely recommended to people with MCS (e.g. Dr Grace Ziem, Dr Sherry Rogers) and is generally well tolerated by most. However, it can still be a problem for the severely sensitive, in which case sauna therapy needs to be gently eased into.
Support Digestion and Gut Health
To support digestive health and healing address the acid/alkaline balanceincrease good bacteria by taking probiotics, and eat plenty of fiber. Also take a good digestive enzyme complex, this will help with nutrient absorption and may lesson symptoms associated with food intolerance. Specific types of digestive enzymes may be needed for for specific problems (e.g. lactase enzyme for lactose intolerance.
To give your gut a rest and increase nutrient absorption, you can decrease solid foods and replace with liquids e.g soups and juices.
To help heal the gut zinc, glutamine and essential fatty acids (and or other) may be recommended to you by your health professional.
Support Liver Detoxification
Eat liver loving foods regularly (daily is recommended), and take supplements that support and heal the liver. These supplements are actually used in the neural sensitisation protocol. Alternatively you can take a good livertonic such as Livatone Plus (Developed by Dr Sandra Cabot). Based on test results e.g. Functional Liver Detoxification Profile or genetic testing your health practitioner may choose to recommend specific supplements and dietary changes to support the specific liver detoxification pathways that are impaired.
Note: If severely salicylate intolerant you may have difficulty tolerating the herbal substances found in the in neural sensitisation protocol and liver tonics. In which case amino acids can be used (Dr Sandra Cabot). In particular taurine and the precursors to glutathione- glycine, cysteine (or NAC) and glutamine. Start on a low dose and build up as they can cause a healing crisis/ detox reaction.
Engage in Active Detoxification
This may take the form of very high doses of Vitamin C, Cilantro, Chelation Therapy or Lipid Exchange. These can help with neurotoxicity (nerve & brain poisoning). In many cases this form of detoxification may not be needed. Warning active detoxification needs to be done under supervision as it can be dangerous and severely aggravate symptoms if not done correctly! Whenever you engage in active detoxification it is important to support your elimination organs, take a toxin binder, drink plenty of water, get additional rest and have an increased nutrient base. Addressing underlying and secondary health issues, and strengthening the immune system and detoxification organs first is often recommended.
The RENEW approach by Brenda Watson as outlined in her book The Detox Strategy.
Brenda Watsons RENEW approach involves:-
- Reducing your exposure to toxins and chemicals
- Eliminating chemicals and toxins that have built up in your body by supporting your elimination organs, eating a high fibre diet, drybrushing, colon cleansing and taking saunas.
- Nourishing your body and supporting your detoxification systems by eating plenty of healthy diet and taking supplements
- Energising through exercise and movement mcs warning if you also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome exercise can make your symptoms worse particularly if you do not pace yourself and hence do too much. Graded exercise therapy is recommended, ie starting on only a few minutes a day - depending on your level of vitality and increasing exercise slowly over a period of time
- Wellness - this involves putting together an individualised plan based on the first 4 steps and engaging in detoxification in a way that suits your lifestyle. We recommend you do this is partnership with your doctor and natural health care professional(s)
Note the above has been paraphrased. To read what Brenda has to say or to order the book or DVD Click Here
Click Herefor more BOOKS & RESOURCES ON DETOXIFICATION
Watching these Brenda Watson You Tube Videos can give you a really good understanding of Detoxification each one is approximately 8 minutes
Cleansing and Detoxification Part 1 of 3
Cleansing and Detoxification Part 2 of 3
Cleansing and Detoxification Part 3 of 3