Toxicity inside the body is another major source of stress on the immune system and contributes to chronic disease states. We live in a world where we are exposed to environment toxic elements on a daily basis. It is important to decrease your toxic exposure and optimize your body’s ability to eliminate built –up toxins. Heavy metals and environment toxins such as volatile solvents, PCB’s, phthalates, parabens, chlorinated pesticides, organophosphates, & bisphenol A, all need to be evaluated and eliminated to optimize health.
Heavy metals are a group of minerals that includes things like lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum, arsenic and others. These metals are by products of modern industrial society. They occur in cigarette smoke, dental amalgams, cookware, drinking water and used to be common in paint as well as our water pipes. The body does its best to eliminate heavy metals but over time the metals often get stored in tissues and bind to receptors therefore blocking minerals and hormones and interrupting normal physiological functions in the body.
Environmental toxins are found in everything from plastic bottles, to new carpet, furniture, beauty products, pesticides and cleaning products. Certain vegetables, fruits and food products can be a source of exposure to environmental toxins as well. Over time, these toxins can bind to and block normal hormone function and can cause a plethora of symptoms, headaches, fatigues, muscle/joint pain, etc….
The reality is that many people have elevated levels of toxins that contribute to the inflammation, autoimmune disease, and poor health. Heavy metal and environmental toxins also play a significant role in the aging process due to the hormone disruptions and excessive free radical damage they produce. The American Center for Biological Medicine uses blood and urine testing to evaluate for heavy metal and environment toxins.