Your bowel, kidneys and liver are your primary elimination organs. Other elimination organs include your skin, your lungs and your lymphatic system. The liver is the main elimination organ.
In good health your elimination organs do a remarkable job at detoxifying substances that are harmful to your health. In people with MCS elimination organs (particularly the liver) may be impaired or overworked leading to a form of internal poisoning.
To help your elimination organs and for that matter your general health:
Learn to Breathe Properly: Breathing properly & deeply provides more oxygen to your cells which helps them eliminate toxins, take up more nutrients and function better. It can also help with lymphatic drainage and calm your nervous system.
Exercise helps your lymphatic system mobilise toxins for removal. Your lymphatic system does not have a pump and relies on movement or stimulation to work properly. Be careful with exercise if you also suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or are severely chemically sensitive as it can make symptoms worse if overdone. Chi Machines, dry brushing, massage and sauna therapy can also help your lymphatic system. Rebounding i.e. jumping on a mini trampoline is particularly good. Doing anything that increases circulation also helps your mood and oxygenate your cells.
Drink plenty of filtered water to support your kidneys and assists in the removal of toxins. Always increase your water intake when you are taking toxins binders or additional fibre. Fatigue can be a result of even mild dehydration, which occurs before you even get to the point of registering that you are thirsty.
Take additional fibre to increase the rate waste is removed. According to naturopath, Patrick Holford, one or two bowel movements a day reduces gut toxification, and decreases the re-absorption and re-circulation of toxins. Fibre is best increased through diet, however sometimes it is necessary to take a good quality fibre powder. If taking a fibre supplement it is best to have a break from time to time to avoid your bowels getting lazy. Supplements containing both soluble fibre and non soluble fibre are usually considered best.
Toxin binders such as zeolites, betonite clay, charcoal and chlorella can take the load off other elimination organs particularly the liver. In general it is advisable to take either side of food as they may interfere with nutrient absorption. Activated charcoal is very effective, but should only be taken short term.
Colon Cleansing and/or Liver & Gallbladder Flushes may be recommended by your Natural Health Care Professional. These procedures should always be performed or supervised by a trained professional as complications can arise.
Supplements including amino acids, minerals, milk thistle, phosphatidylcholine and general liver tonics can help support and repair your liver. Note: in general amino acids are well tolerated, People with a salicylate intolerance may have trouble tolerating herbal supplements such as, milk thistle. Generally some trial and error will be required to find the supplements and dosages you best tolerate.
Deep breathing in polluted air may exacerbate symptoms in some people
Exercise particularly aerobic exercise can make symptoms worse in people who also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when not paced!
Supplements to support elimination organs, should take into consideration any food intolerance and allergies. Herbal supplements can be particularly problematic for people with a severe salicylate intolerance
Bowel and liver cleansers must be supervised by a qualified health practitioner.
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