Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, your health just isn’t where you want it to be, and you feel like you can’t make a breakthrough. For months, you’ve stayed on top of your New Year’s Resolutions, like eating well and exercising every day, but you don’t feel like you’re reaping the benefits. You may be experiencing distinct symptoms–like fatigue, congestion, or GI troubles–or you may just wake up every morning feeling blah, and you can’t understand why.
If that sounds familiar to you, one possible reason could be that you have reached your toxic load limit. “Toxic load” refers to the total amount of chemicals and other toxins that have accumulated in your body over time. Contributors to toxic load can come from a wide range of sources–not just the food you eat, but also the air you breathe, the pharmaceutical drugs you take, and even the cleaning products you use. And when you reach your toxic load limit, even your most concerted efforts to support your wellness may not be enough to combat the negative health impacts of your overall toxic load. Read on to learn more about some surprising contributors to the toxic load limit, as well as some steps you can take to find a solution and make the health breakthrough you are looking for.
How Mold Exposure Contributes to Your Toxic Load
Exposure to mold can be a key contributor to your toxic load. Mold produces powerful chemicals, known as mycotoxins, which can directly contribute to your toxic load. This can become a major concern if mold starts to thrive in your home–which is all-too-common during the hot, muggy Atlanta summer. Mold tends to thrive in warm, moist environments, so you may be breathing in billions of microscopic mold spores, just by spending a few hours in your kitchen. Once it gets into your body, mold can reproduce rapidly, further increasing your toxic load.
Moreover, if you’re among the 16 percent of the population with a genetic trait that makes you particularly prone to fungal infections, you may end up with debilitating symptoms like congestion. To counteract these symptoms, you might try over-the-counter drugs like antihistamines, or you may be prescribed more powerful corticosteroids by your doctor. While these therapies may help alleviate your symptoms in the short-term, they also add to your toxic load in the long-term. Therefore, it can be helpful to get a mold sensitivity evaluation and explore alternative, non-toxic strategies to effectively address mold exposure and eliminate it as a contributor to your toxic load.
Internally-Produced Toxins from Gut Bacteria
Another unexpected contributor to your toxic load comes from inside you. You’ve probably heard about the delicate balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut, and this balance has important implications for your toxic load. Specifically, the bad bacteria in your gut produce nasty chemicals that can contribute to your toxic load. Therefore, you may want to consider taking a probiotic supplement, which introduces more good bacteria that can outcompete the bad bacteria in your gut and ultimately help to lower your toxic load. Similarly, a prebiotic supplement can feed the good bacteria and ensure that they are getting the resources they need to get the bacterial balance in your gut back in check.
You can also add more probiotic and prebiotic foods to your diet. If you’re looking for prebiotic dietary options or tired of the standard probiotic-rich recommendations like yogurt, consider some of the following alternatives to spice up your diet:
- Jerusalem artichoke, which can be roasted and eaten as a side dish or added to a summery, cold pasta salad.
- Kimchi, a fermented, probiotic-rich Korean food that can make an excellent addition to your morning omelette or even be used as a pizza topping!
Functional Foods and Your Toxic Load
In your efforts to make a breakthrough on your health, you may be taking certain dietary supplements that are known to support wellness, like whey protein. However, not all formulations are created equal. Many whey protein-containing products also contain artificial hormones, which contribute to your toxic load. If that is the case for you, take the opportunity to switch to a whey-protein-containing functional food that is guaranteed to be free from artificial growth hormones, like rBGH and rBST. Because these genetically-engineered hormones are commonly used in the dairy industry in the United States, it may be hard to find domestically-produced whey protein that is free from these chemicals, so you may want to look for supplements produced in countries where hormone-based additives have been banned, such as New Zealand.
You can find hormone-free functional foods, as well as probiotic and prebiotic supplements, at Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness. We also offer integrative medical treatments that include mold sensitivity evaluations and nutritional counseling. No matter what your needs, we are ready to help you reduce your toxic load. Contact us today for more information about all of our products and services!Share