Every day we are exposed to chemicals, pathogens and molds in our air, food and living/working environments and personal care products. To keep our bodies healthy, we need to clean house on a regular basis by mobilizing and eliminating environmental toxins, like pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals, and mold well as by-products of internal imbalances, like viruses and infections. Toxins can build up in our bodies, impeding our ability to heal and making us more sensitive to everything, including food allergies and even smells, like cigarette smoke.
When we detoxify, we need to make sure that the toxins are not only mobilized, but actually leave the body. In order to leave the body, toxins travel through the liver, where they travel to the small intestine in the bile. If the toxins are not bound to anything, most of them will get reabsorbed in the gut.
Binders are substances that ‘bind’ to toxins to help move them out of the body. They work by attaching to or trapping toxins, and transporting them via digestive elimination. Below are a few save and effective binders to reduce the mold burden in your body. NOTE: Once mold has established itself systemically in your body and potentially modified your DNA, binders can help, but do not completely remove mold from your system.
Activated Charcoal – Activated charcoal works by trapping chemicals and molds in the holes of this porous substance. Charcoal is not absorbed by your body, so it goes through your intestines taking the unwanted toxins with it. It is considered more effective than stomach pumping in poisoned patients.
Note: Activated charcoal is a broad-spectrum binder that will bind a little bit of everything. This means it will bind toxins, as well as vitamins and minerals. For this reason, it is best consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning or last thing at night. It is best to be taken in short-term intervals, as it can also take out the good stuff over time.
Bentonite Clay – Mineral-rich and volcanic in origin, this clay provides minerals to the body, even while it helps to repair the gut and detoxify the system. It cleanses the body of toxins and gives energy to cells. It is sponge-like and able to absorb forty times its own weight in positively charged substances (such as mold toxins and pathogens) throughout the alimentary canal. It cannot be digested, so it helps the body by taking out the toxins with it. It can also bind with toxic metals, one of mold’s favorite foods.
Be sure to drink lots of water, and if you are worried about constipation, add a gentle laxative, like psyllium husk. Use away from other medications! Put clay in 2 ounces of filtered water in a mason jar and shake vigorously for about 60 seconds. Once mixed, add 6 more ounces of water and shake again. For general detox, use up to 2-1/2 teaspoons daily. Follow by drinking more water through the day. Bentonite clay is also commonly used topically to the face and other body parts for detox purposes.
GI Detox – Contains two binders (75% Pyrophyllite clay and 25% activated charcoal). Pyrophyllite clay has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It’s richer in silica and quartz than other clays and works through both adsorbing (binding to) and absorbing (to ‘swallow’ up) chemicals and mold. It readily binds to endotoxins and heavy metals. It helps in restoring gut (microbial) balance. Available from Bio-Botanical Research Inc.
The Cleaner – Women’s 7-Day Detox (manufactured by Century Systems) – Parasites are opportunistic infections that may coexist with mold illness. Since most individuals are victims of some parasites, this medication includes a powerful total internal cleansing support system for organ and parasite cleansing. The product comes in easy to swallow capsules. It is gentle enough to allow you to continue your normal routine. Follow directions on the label, and be sure to drink at least 8 – 10 glasses of water per day. Available online from The Vitamin Shoppe. Also check at GNC, RiteAid and Walmart.
Cholestyramine – Cholestyramine is an FDA approved medication used to lower elevated levels of cholesterol. It can be effectively used for a short period of time to treat chronic, biotoxin-associated (mold) illnesses. The use of CSM is called “off-label.” This is a completely legal, ethical used, and is part of standard medical practices. Cholestyramine is not absorbed. It binds cholesterol, bile salts and biotoxins in the small intestine. Because it binds biotoxins tightly, they cannot be reabsorbed. The CSM-biotoxin complex is excreted harmlessly in the stool. You will need a prescription from a physician to obtain this drug.
Lymphatic Circulation – Your lymphatic circulatory system works directly with your cardiovascular circulatory system to keep blood and lymphatic fluid levels in balance and flush toxins out of the body. It also carries immune cells throughout the body to help defend against infections. But your lymphatic system isn’t lucky enough to have a powerful organ like the heart to keep fluid flowing. It is stimulated by gravity, muscle contraction (exercise), hydrotherapy (alternating hot and cold water on the skin), breathing, lymph drainage therapy, and massage.
If your lymphatic circulation slows or stagnates, toxins will accumulate and immune cells won’t be delivered to the areas of the body where they’re needed, causing a variety of ailments, the very least of which are aches, pains, and swelling (lymph edema). This can also cause deterioration of your thymus gland, tonsils, and spleen – key components of your immune system — and weaken your body’s ability to fight infection and disease.
There are a number of easy and effective ways to improve the health of lymphatic circulatory system (great for cardiovascular circulation as well):
- Drink Plenty of Water – Circulation is vital to all of the body’s functions, so make sure you drink enough water every day and don’t allow yourself to get dehydrated, causing undue taxation on your circulatory system.
- Exercise Regularly (aerobic, cardio and strength training) – Any activity that contributes to overall fitness will also contribute to a strong circulatory systems.
- Eat Healthy – Lymph is made up of immune cells, so the quality of lymph is enhanced by practices that boost immunity, including a healthy, balanced diet and weight control.
- Get a Massage – By applying pressure to the body, massage stimulates the blood and lymph vessels, helping move the fluid along. Studies suggest that massage may enhance circulation in a localized manner to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and perhaps accelerate healing similar to the way that applying pressure to a tube squeezes out the toothpaste.
- Try Manual Stimulation – The technique includes holding the hands flat and moving them over the body to detect and assess current lymph flow patterns, and moving them in wave-like movements to release blockages in the network of lymph nodes and vessels. The benefits of lymph drainage therapy include a reduction of inflammatory responses (both acute and chronic), detoxification, regeneration of tissue, and deep relaxation. The American Massage Therapist Association’s locator page can help you find a massage therapist trained in lymph drainage therapy techniques.
- Shake it Up – Rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline) appears to be especially effective at improving lymph system circulation. Lymphatic fluid is completely dependent on physical exercise to move, and the up-and-down rhythmic gravitational force caused by jumping on a trampoline causes the lymph system’s one-way valves to open and close, increasing lymph flow. The repetitive rhythmic motion of bouncing on a mini trampoline provides a simple, zero-impact exercise method with long-term mental and physical health benefits, include increasing oxygen uptake and promoting detoxification via the lungs, skin, and lymph.
Note: Mold-Help does not diagnose or recommend treatments for mold illness. This post is for informational purposes only.