This is Your Brain on Toxins

This is Your Brain on Toxins

Which organ is the most vulnerable to toxins? Your brain. That’s because many of the dangerous pollutants we face today are fat-soluble, so they can be stored in fatty tissue—including your 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 2020 research review published in the journal, Neurochemistry International, showed clear links between air pollution exposure and cognitive impairment and decline.1 Other 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—and everywhere. One important protective mechanism is the blood-brain barrier, which helps shield the brain from harmful invaders like certain microbes, toxins and other threats. Still, many dangerous substances including neuro-toxic compounds, heavy metals and others can breach this essential barrier and enter the brain…where they may be stored for decades, with significant consequences.

Detox Wisdom: Protecting Your Brain

Detox is becoming more popular as a wellness movement, 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. From impaired immunity to DNA damage, neurological harm and much more, environmental toxins can pose significant threats to long term health on every level.

Smart, strategic, detoxification—using gentle, clinically researched methods—is the best option to defend against the widespread health impacts of everyday toxins and environmental pollutants.

But there’s a catch—you need to use the right detox methods in order to avoid toxin redistribution in your body, which can do more harm. Unfortunately, many commercial detox programs, even weight loss protocols, actually cause toxins to be redistributed to more vulnerable areas of the body, like critical organs. These quick-fix programs may help the body to release toxins from where they’re stored, but these toxins can then circulate through the body and end up in 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. This is where gentle, clinically-proven natural detox methods can make a big difference.

For decades, I’ve helped countless patients succeed with gentle detox agents that successfully eliminate toxins from the body and prevent toxin redistribution. In my practice, I recommend clinically-proven, natural binders that trap toxins in the circulation and GI tract, and prevent them from reaching the brain and other organs. A top recommendation is the researched formula containing clinically proven Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) and sodium alginates purified from kelp, which has been shown in published clinical studies to remove heavy metals and toxins, including radioactive ions, from the body.4

Modified Citrus Pectin Shows Cognitive Benefits

Importantly, Modified Citrus Pectin is also shown to reduce cognitive decline, thanks to its unique ability to block “alarm protein” galectin-3. One new preclinical study showed that MCP helped reduce cognitive decline in an animal model of diabetes—demonstrating protective benefits for brain health and neurological function.5

By incorporating MCP and alginates into your detox and daily wellness programs, you effectively protect against the accumulation of toxins in the body while supporting key areas of health, including the brain.

Sleep for Brain Detox and Cognitive Health

There is another, recently discovered system in the body that works to remove toxins and metabolic waste from the brain: Something called 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.

For deep sleep and optimal repair, I also recommend a unique sleep formula that not only supports relaxation and healthy circadian cycles, but also actively rejuvenates multiple organs and systems during sleep—including the neurological system and brain. This formula is an excellent complement to any cognitive support protocol.

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.


1. Schikowski T, Altuğ H. The role of air pollution in cognitive impairment and decline. Neurochem Int. 2020 Jun;136:104708. doi: 10.1016/j.neuint.2020.104708. Epub 2020 Feb 21.

2. Zhang, et al. The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance. PNAS September 11, 2018; 115 (37) 9193-9197.

3. 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.

4. 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):358-64.5. Yin Q, et al. Pharmacological Inhibition of Galectin-3 Ameliorates Diabetes-Associated Cognitive Impairment, Oxidative Stress and Neuroinflammation in vivo and in vitro. J Inflamm Res. 2020;13:533-542