Which organ is the most vulnerable to toxins? The brain. Since many of the dangerous pollutants we face today are fat-soluble, they can become stored in fatty tissue, and this includes the brain and nervous system. Heavy metals like mercury, many pesticides and agricultural chemicals, solvents and other environmental toxins can have serious impacts on the brain and nervous system.
A number of studies link environmental toxins to neurological diseases, cognitive problems, and other related issues. A 2012 study showed that living in an area with high air pollution can accelerate cognitive decline. (1) More recent studies link both indoor and outdoor air pollution with significant reductions in cognitive abilities, on parameters such as standardized testing, professional sports performance, and others. Other reports link toxin exposure with depression, even suicide. (2, 3)
The body does have some protection, but toxins are insidious. For example, the blood-brain barrier serves to shield the brain from harmful invaders, however, many dangerous substances, toxic compounds, and heavy metals can breach this natural barrier and enter the brain, where they may be stored for decades.
Detox Wisdom: Protecting Your Brain
Detox is becoming more popular as a wellness trend, and for good reason. Our global exposure to environmental pollutants is increasing and continues to ignite concerns as researchers learn more about the grave effects of these compounds.
Smart, strategic, detoxification using researched methods is our best bet against this barrage of everyday toxins.
But here’s where so many systems fall short: Many detox products, protocols, even weight loss programs, help the body to release toxins from tissues, but these toxins are often simply redistributed to other areas—including the brain.
To prevent toxins from getting to critical organs—during detox, or any time we’re exposed (which is all the time, really) we need effective solutions that can bind and trap those toxins so that they can be eliminated safely.
Essentially, we need clinically-proven binders that trap toxins in the circulation and prevent them from reaching the brain. A formula containing researched Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) and sodium alginates purified from kelp, has been shown in published clinical studies to remove heavy metals and toxins including radioactive particles from the body, and safely eliminate them. (4)
By incorporating MCP and alginates into your detox and daily wellness programs, you effectively protect against the accumulation of toxins in the body, including the brain.
Sleep for Brain Detox
There is another, recently discovered system in the body that works to remove waste from the brain: The glymphatic system. Consisting of an intricate network of pathways for waste elimination and nutrient delivery, the glymphatic system works to gently cleanse the brain and central nervous system of toxins. And this system works when we’re sleeping—it’s largely inactive when we’re awake. Achieving at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night is important for nearly every area of health and wellness, and now we can add brain detox to this long list of benefits.
Detoxification when done correctly, can be a simple, life-changing process with remarkable effects for nearly every area of health—including cognitive function and mood. With the right detox support, including clinically researched Modified Citrus Pectin and alginates, we can reach the next level of health, vitality and overall wellness, safely and naturally.
- Wellenius GA et al. Residential proximity to nearest major roadway and cognitive function in community-dwelling seniors: results from the MOBILIZE Boston Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Nov;60(11):2075-80.
- Zhang, et al. The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance. PNAS September 11, 2018 115 (37) 9193-9197.
- Kim Y, et al. Air Pollution and Suicide in 10 Cities in Northeast Asia: A Time-Stratified Case-Crossover Analysis. Environ Health Perspect. 2018 Mar 6;126(3):037002.
- Eliaz I, et al. Integrative medicine and the role of modified citrus pectin/alginates in heavy metal chelation and detoxification–five case reports. Forsch Komplementmed. 2007 Dec;14(6):358-64.