Cabral is a 37-year-old patient who recently ate clean food, drank a lot of bottled water, and when he described it, “did everything right.” But in spite of these (and other) healthy efforts, he struggled with exhaustion and arrived at my office looking haggard and frustrated because his efforts bore dismal results. In this article, you will know why heavy metals could make you tired.
As a medical doctor who focuses on fatigue, I immediately point out Cabral’s problem when she sips a bottle of designer water and casually describes the amazing salmon she got last night at her favorite restaurant. Urine challenge tests confirm what I had expected: Cabral has severe metal and chemical toxicity.
This is how chemical and heavy metal poisoning Should be Treated
I treat Cabral with zeolites, especially liquid nano-zeolites. Sometimes referred to as “molecular sieves,” zeolites work to trap heavy metals and eliminate toxic compounds through urine. I also use the antioxidant glutathione to open Cabral’s detoxification pathway and improve mitochondrial function. I have had much success with this protocol and have used it on hundreds of patients with fatigue and severe metal/chemical toxicity for years.
Unfortunately, the Cabral situation is not unique. Modern industrial practice means you are exposed to a variety of heavy metals and toxic chemicals that contribute to problems such as neuropathy, inflammation, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and, yes, fatigue. Mercury, lead, aluminum, bisphenol A, perfluorochemistry (PFC), and heavy metals and other chemicals hide in everything from salmon dinners last night to water you take at gas stations. Even the most health-focused people are inundated with these chemicals, which secretly find their way into your body, where they linger and accumulate. Where they linger and accumulate.
Learn how to downsize your toxic burden
And while you cannot completely avoid this poison, you can certainly limit your exposure to reduce fatigue and other problems. In addition to focusing on important things like proper sleep and reducing chronic stress, I helped Cabral reduce her toxic burden with the following five strategies:
Be aware of sources of cunning toxins
Toxins lurk everywhere, including household cleaning products, cosmetics, food containers, and water bottles. Visit the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website to learn more about how to minimize this poison everywhere in your home and beauty products.
Limit fish consumption
Smaller fish such as anchovies and sardines contain less mercury and other toxins than larger fish. If you eat fish regularly, buy those that have undergone third-party tests to make sure they are free of heavy metals or take zeolites when you consume them.
Take care of your mitochondria
These small power plants, located inside the cells of your body, produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is your main source of energy, and insufficient ATP means you will tire more quickly. Heavy metals and other toxins can damage mitochondrial membranes, making them unable to produce enough ATP and keep it energized throughout the day.
Nutrients such as d-ribose, acetyl-L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid, acetylcysteine, caffeine (half a cup in the morning), taurine, tyrosine, and glutathione can eliminate biotoxins, provide optimizing intracellular mitochondrial energy, and reduce fatigue.
Consider professional detox
Even though you cannot completely avoid poisons, supporting your body’s detoxification process is a very important part of healing from the poisons you face. A nutritionist or trained doctor can guide you through effective detox protocols and reduce fatigue.
Consider visiting functional medicine practitioners
A functional medicine doctor can do a health inventory and do laboratory testing to determine how much – and what types – toxins accumulate the most in your specific body. Based on your lab results, symptomatology, and medical history, he can determine whether you will benefit from a heavy metal detoxification protocol.