Heavy Metal/Pesticide Testing And Detoxification Specialist

Advanced Health -  - Integrative Functional Medical Clinic

Advanced Health

Integrative Functional Medical Clinic located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

The liver is the largest internal organ in the body, with over 500 different functions. Some of the liver’s critical functions include digestion, metabolism of sugar, removal of toxins from the blood, metabolism of sex hormones, cholesterol production, and nutrient storage. The liver is the key organ which removes heavy metals and pesticides from the body, along with metabolizing most pharmaceutical drugs, over-the-counter supplements and vitamins. When the liver becomes overworked and eventually diseased from too many toxin exposures, it can no longer work properly. Many of its critical functions stop occurring at an efficient rate. It eventually leads to extensive heavy metal and pesticides toxicity, such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, which can remain inside the bones for a minimum of 8 to 28 years after a one time exposure. As heavy metal toxicity continues to increase, rampant disease begins to set in. Work with integrative holistic physician, Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. at Advanced Health. She specializes in toxin overload and how to safely detoxify the body.

Heavy Metal/Pesticide Testing and Detoxification

The liver is the largest internal organ in the body, with over 500 different functions. Some of the liver’s critical functions include digestion, metabolism of sugar, removal of toxins from the blood, metabolism of sex hormones, cholesterol production, and nutrient storage. The liver is the key organ which removes heavy metals and pesticides from the body, along with metabolizing most pharmaceutical drugs, over-the-counter supplements and vitamins.   

When the liver becomes overworked and eventually diseased from too many toxin exposures,  it can no longer work properly. Many of its critical functions stop occurring at an efficient rate.  It eventually leads to extensive heavy metal and pesticides toxicity, such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, which can remain inside the bones for a minimum of 8 to 28 years after a one time exposure. As heavy metal toxicity continues to increase, rampant disease begins to set in.

Work with integrative holistic physician, Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. at Advanced Health. She specializes in toxin overload and how to safely detoxify the body.

Factors which Directly Harm the Liver:

Trans Fat Foods derived from animal sources and hydrogenated oil, along with GMO crops and Fish

Trans fats are derived from animal sources such as beef, poultry, lamb, eggs, and dairy products. Trans fats are also created by a hydrogenation process which turns healthy oils into solids. On food labels trans fats may be listed as “partially hydrogenated” fats. They are often found in fast foods, processed and pre-packaged ready-made foods (i.e, ready-made baked goods, chips, cereals, granola and protein bars), and margarine.

GMO crops include wheat, corn, soy, and rice. These crops have been genetically modified and hence, are not easily recognized by the microbiome within our digestive tract. GMO foods are also often heavily sprayed by the pesticide rich in glyphosate. Glyphosate is a well-studied carcinogen associated with causing autism, heart and vascular disease, cancers, learning disorders, infertility, autoimmune disorders, liver and kidney failure.

Since the oceans are rich in mercury, all fish are now embedded with extremely high levels of mercury. Consuming any type of fish will instantly cause mercury poisoning. One time exposure to ingested mercury is now understood to stay inside our tissue for 8 to 28 years. Since the liver of a fish is full of the poisons of our polluted ocean, the oils extracted from the liver of fish (aka., fish oil) are now unsafe for humans to consume.  

Your liver cannot safely tolerate any amount of trans fats, mercury poisoning from food, and regular consumption of pesticide-laden GMO crops. The liver reacts by increasing the blood sugar and depositing excess fat cells onto the liver. Liver cells swell causing liver tissue to harden and scar. This leads to liver cell death and eventually fat-induced chronic hepatitis. (a.k.a., cirrhosis), diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, and dementia.

Drinking Alcohol

When we consume alcohol, the liver diverts its energy to convert alcohol into a less toxic substance.  Alcohol leaves the liver vulnerable and prevents it from adequately performing its other critical functions. Alcohol is converted to formaldehyde, a toxic byproduct which causes liver inflammation, liver cell death (aka., cirrhosis), and fatty liver disease.

Drinking a minimal amount of alcohol is critical to protecting the liver. Men and women can drink a maximum of 1 drink per day or 5 drinks per week. It is best to drink alcohol with food than alone. It is also best to avoid binge drinking on holidays and weekends since the liver never goes on vacation and hence, can be severely damaged from binge drinking.

If a person already has fatty liver disease, alcohol should be avoided.  The reason is it can cause an intense inflammatory reaction and trigger the onset of an autoimmune disorder (i.e., Hashimoto’s, diabetes) or infection (i.e., mono, Lyme, chronic fatigue).   

Eating Sugar

Sugar directly damages the liver. Sugar is as toxic as alcohol, and more addictive than cocaine.  Sugar in the form of fructose, white sugar (aka., refined sugar), high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners (i.e, Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium) is not tolerated by the liver at any dose. These sugars are instead converted to fats and eventually cause liver disease.  

Stick to having natural sugars from fruits, vegetables, and coconut since your liver is naturally designed to digest these sugars. Natural sugars also give us the right kind of energy.

Eating Too Much Salt

Too much salt consumption increases blood pressure in your liver’s main artery eventually leading to chronic liver disease. Try to not exceed more than 1 teaspoon of salt equivalent to 2,300 milligrams per day.

Instead of using salt, try seasoning your food with herbs and spices.  Be aware that most fast foods, processed and pre-packaged ready-made food, condiments, baked goods, and bread often contain a ton of salt.

Taking Painkillers and Other Drugs

Many drugs are metabolized by the liver. The following drugs can easily surpass a safe threshold of liver tolerance and can cause significant liver damage:  

  • Painkillers containing Acetaminophen (a.k.a., Tylenol), Paracetamol, and Narcotics
  • Sleep pills like Ambien and Benzodiazepines
  • Stimulants/ADHD drugs like Ritalin, Amphetamine (a.k.a., speed)
  • Cocaine and ecstasy
  • Intravenous drugs can transmit infections like hepatitis B and C, leading to chronic liver disease and possible liver cancer
  • Hallucinogenic mushrooms contain chemicals that the liver can’t tolerate
  • Frequent use of cannabis (a.k.a., marijuana) causes liver damage, especially if combined with other liver-metabolizing drugs and other factors which damage the liver (i.e., Hepatitis C, fatty liver disease). Daily use of marijuana will cause severe scarring in the liver and eventually cause permanent liver death (a.k.a, cirrhosis).
  • Nicotine decreases the blood supply to the liver and prevents the liver from effectively clearly dangerous toxins from the body. The liver becomes more vulnerable and is unable to perform its other essential functions.  Nicotine use will increases the risk of developing liver cancer.

 

Check the prescribed dosage of each drug and added up the total dosage. Do not exceed the maximum amount allocated per day. Try to limit use of these drugs for as little time as possible since they can be addictive and also easily lead to liver toxicity.

Taking Certain Supplements and Vitamins

Check with your doctor to better understand which supplements are safe for your liver.  For example, taking too much Vitamin A supplementation is not well tolerated by the liver.  Instead of taking a separate Vitamin A supplement, obtain Vitamin A naturally by eating red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables every day.

Certain iron supplements are not well digested by the liver leading to excess iron in the bloodstream. Since the body is not able to process excess iron, the iron will accumulate in organs like the liver and eventually lead to liver damage.

Drinking Too Little Water

Water helps flush waste out of the body. This prevents toxins from building up and hurting the liver. Proper hydration makes the blood thinner, and hence, easier for the liver to filter the blood and remove toxins.

Drink plenty of water in between meals but not during meals. Excess water intake while eating while hurt digestion. Try to also drink most of your water during the day so that you are not overworking the liver at night and also needing to urinate when you should instead by sleeping.

Without a proper functioning liver, toxins will build up in the body and be detrimental to our health. Avoid liver diseases like liver cancer, cirrhosis, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by following our tips.

Contact Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D., the detoxification specialist at Advanced Health.  She will help you better understand if you have heavy metal poisoning and how to effectively detoxify.