We are exposed to plastics (phthalates) in many areas of our environment and we absorb these chemicals through the skin, breathing and ingestion. Plastics are found in skin and haircare products, make-ups, detergents, foods and packaging, pipes, adhesives, lubricants, insect repellents, flooring and tiles, toys, dyes and the list could go on! As wires heat up, there can also be off-gassing that we then inhale.
Knowing that there is no escape from plastics in the environment is not a “death sentence”, but the awareness does allow one to make conscious choices about some exposures, as well as to consider the body’s detoxification ability.
Fast and Slow Metabolizers
People fall into one of two categories when it comes to detoxification – fast metabolizers and slow metabolizers. Fast metabolizers have the ability to quickly eliminate toxins, thus the organ systems may not be affected by exposure. Slow metabolizers on the other hand, have a more poorly functioning detoxification system and may have a build-up of not only plastics, but other environmental toxins as well.
Having this knowledge is very helpful and there are tests available to evaluate build up as well as detox ability. At ClearMind, we use genetic testing supported by functional lab testing to determine a person’s detox capacity.
Phases Of Detoxification
Once metabolism is determined, certain nutrients and supplements may be indicated to support the body’s ability to detox properly and thoroughly. There are three phases to detoxification: upregulation, binding and elimination. During the upregulation phase, the liver is actively bringing stored toxins from bones, tissues and organs into circulation and during phase two, binding makes the toxins no longer viable. The third phase, elimination, is just that – respiration or breathing out toxins, urination and bowel activity, which will support ridding the body of the toxins. Each phase is key in order to ensure that toxins are leaving the body, thus supporting optimal function of all systems.
Brain Fog and Detox
How does this affect the mind? When toxins are not eliminated, they tend to deconjugate (come apart) and are recycled back into the circulation. Ammonia may tend to build up and this is toxic to brain function, resulting in brain fog. Long term exposure may result in some permanent brain damage, however there are ways to minimize the risk.
Foods That Facilitate Detoxification
Include two or more servings of brassica or cruciferous vegetables a day. These include cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radishes, mizuna, watercress, arugula, turnips, collard greens, kale, rutabaga, and more.
Other Ways To Support Detoxification
Far Infrared Sauna. Sauna is known to support the detoxification process.
Calcium-D-Glucarate and Nrf2. These supplements are very helpful in supporting this process.
For more information on how we can assist with assessing your plastic exposure, contact us at ClearMind.