Toxic burden

What is Toxic Burden?

The accumulation of all toxins and harmful chemical substances at any given time. In other words, the cesspool of residual junk our body is unable to eliminate via natural bodily processes. Individuals encounter these toxins in innocuous ways such as air, water, food, cleaning agents, and hygiene/beauty products exposure.

Some of the most common toxins include:

  • Heavy metals –cookware, tap water, personal care products
  • Phthalatesand Parabens –makeup, personal care products(body wash, shampoo, hair spray), cleaning agents
  • Pesticides –farming, living near a farm, working in lawn care profession
  • BPA (Bisphenol A) –plastic water bottles, most commonly acquired through diet because BPA can leach into food via storage containers, resin coating on canned foods, and beverage containers
  • Mold –living or working in an environment with water leaks or history of flooding
  • VOCs/Solvents –cleaning agents, disinfectants, paint and paint strippers, air fresheners, glues

Common Symptoms of Environmental Toxicity

1. Fatigue

2. Muscle aches

3. Joint pain

4. Sinus congestion and postnasal drip

5. Diarrhea or Constipation

6. Headaches or Migraines

7. Brain Fog

8. Bloating

9. Bad Breath

10. Foul Smelling Stools

11. Poor Sleep Quality

12. Rashes, Eczema, or Rashes

13. Difficulty Losing Weight

14. Excessive Sweating or Urination

15. Heartburn

Why do many of these symptoms arise?

Simply put, your body is trying to quickly purge the problem (toxin). There are numerous points of exit. Pores–sweating, foul body odor, itchy skin, rashes. Bowel and Bladder –diarrhea, excessive urination. Digestive –nausea, vomiting. Respiratory –coughing, sneezing. The prior mentioned are more acute issues. Over time, if the body’s defenses are weakened by excess garbage (ex. processed junk foods, chemical exposures) …you develop more chronic issues such as fatigue, sleep problems, or obesity. Only a thorough physical exam, history collection, and laboratory testing can determine causation.

Health Diagnoses Associated with Increased Toxic Load

  • Environmental Allergies and Asthma
  • Frequent Allergies to Medications
  • Chemical Sensitivities (ex. household cleaners)
  • Poor Caffeine Tolerance
  • Metabolic Syndrome

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