The Link Between Toxins in Your Home and Adrenal Fatigue

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM


Common Toxins in Your Home: Household Cleaning ProductsEven as you strive to keep your house neat and cleans, there are still certain substances in the air that are serious hazards to your health. When inhaled, these toxins in your home can cause a wide range of health problems. Even worse, they can compromise several bodily organs, including your adrenals.

Common Toxins in Your Home

You may not realize it, but several toxic substances lurk around you and your family. These toxins are typically present in a lot of items, particularly household cleaning products, personal care products, beauty products, and even food packaging.

In addition to phthalates and lead, mercury, asbestos, and BPA are some of the most common toxins in your home. Each carries its own health problems, and all have been shown to have a serious impact on your organs and your ability to cope with stress.

Mercury

Mercury is typically present in various construction materials. These include cement and metals. You can also encounter mercury when you undergo some dental procedures such as getting amalgam fillings, metal crowns, and metal braces. The risk of mercury exposure is also high when you get some medical laboratory tests done.

In addition, the mercury in the air also tends to get deposited in the water. In fact, according to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, it was estimated that 32 metric tons of mercury were deposited from the air into water and soil around the U.S. in 1995 alone. Hence, there is a good chance that the water running in your faucet at home can contain mercury. Mercury is also known to be present in some foods, particularly fish such as albacore tuna, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.

Asbestos

Common Toxins in Your Home: AsbestosAsbestos is a natural mineral known for its extreme durability and ability to resist most chemical reactions, including fire. This is precisely why asbestos is currently being used in so many homes and buildings today.

There are six well-known types of asbestos. These include the chrysotile, which is the most common type of asbestos. It is typically used in various commercial and household applications, including roof materials, ceilings, walls, and flooring.

There is also a form of asbestos known as amosite, which is predominantly used in the construction industry. This particular asbestos type is present in pipe insulation, ceiling tiles, and cement sheets.

Another form of asbestos known as tremolite is causing significant concerns among consumers, especially mothers. This is because tremolite has been detected as a contaminant in talc powders, which are applied to babies.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

More than three million tons of BPA are manufactured every year. This synthetic chemical has made its way to a variety of consumer products, including sports equipment and water bottles. Not only that, but certain thermal receipts and even paper currency contains BPA.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the concentration of these pollutants are typically two to five times higher inside the home. Unfortunately, people get significant exposure to these since 90 percent of their time is spent indoors. As exposure continues, your health may start to deteriorate. In some cases, breathing toxins constantly can even trigger adrenal fatigue.

Toxins and Adrenal Fatigue

You may not realize it, but some common toxins in your home can be associated with adrenal fatigue. In fact, science has made some startling discoveries regarding how significant toxin exposure can affect your adrenal glands.

While Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) is typically triggered by chronic stress, the accumulation of toxic substances in the body can also contribute to and worsen this condition. This is because toxin exposure can inhibit or block any adrenal hormone process that typically helps the body deal with stress, thereby interrupting your normal NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response. It can also worsen liver congestion and extracellular matrix pollution.

How Mercury Toxicity Can Compromise Your Adrenals

Some researchers with Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions have discovered that mercury causes some hormone problems affecting the adrenal glands. During times of stress, the adrenal medulla produces the fight-or-flight hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. When stress is prolonged, the body ends up experience an imbalance in these hormones. As this happens, mercury accumulates in various areas of the body that are already inflamed or stressed. One of these areas is the adrenal glands.

As mercury continues to accumulate in the adrenal glands, it eventually inhibits the proper function of its hormones. Hence, mercury further triggers a hormonal imbalance in the adrenals, which then contributes to the worsening of adrenal fatigue.

Asbestos Linked to Adrenal Fatigue

As asbestos is inhaled, it gets transported to the lower reigns of the lungs. Over time, it can cause fibrotic lung disease or asbestosis. When this happens, the lungs will become unable to effectively eliminate carbon dioxide from the body.

Because of this, the acid levels in the blood can build up, contributing to acidosis. As a result, the kidneys end up working harder to eliminate the acid load from the body, while the adrenal glands may need to increase cortisol production to reduce the inflammation triggered by the toxins, eventually leading to adrenal fatigue.

Aside from this, continuous exposure to asbestos can also lead to mesothelioma or asbestos cancer. This develops in the linings of the lung, heart, and abdomen. Several studies found that the adrenal glands are among the major sites for mesothelioma metastases.

BPA Shown to Compromise the Adrenals

Exposure to BPA is said to affect adrenal steroidogenesis among adults. This is a process which involves the synthesis of adrenal androgens, mineralocorticoids, and glucocorticoids such as the stress hormone, cortisol.

One study conducted by Université du Québec in Canada has found a correlation between BPA exposure and disorders affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Furthermore, a correlation was also found between BPA and metabolic syndrome, which can cause increased blood pressure.

How to Avoid or Lessen Toxic Exposure

Continuous exposure to toxins in your home can contribute to the development of AFS. To avoid this from happening, you need to think seriously about lessening the level of toxicity at home.

Here’s what you can do to accomplish that:

Minimize house dust.

The toxins in your home tend to thrive among dust particles, so keeping house dust to a minimum certainly helps reduce your exposure to them. Ideally, you should mop all of your home’s surfaces at least once a week.

For carpets, use a vacuum cleaner that features a HEPA filter. This type of filter is more effective in capturing several types of particles. It can also help rid your home of harmful allergens.

Leave your shoes at the door.

Your shoes tend to bring toxic substances into your home due to all sorts of lead dust, pesticides, and road sealant substances that collect in the soles. Keep them from coming in by leaving your shoes outside.

Open your windows when possible.

How to lessen the exposure of toxins in your home: Open your windows when possibleWhen the windows are kept closed, the toxic buildup in the indoor air has no chance of escaping. Crack them open when possible so harmful substances can come out and fresher, cleaner air can come in.

Opt for safer food packaging.

With BPA present in various plastic food packaging and even feeding bottles, you must learn to look for better alternatives. For instance, go for frozen or fresh foods that are packed in cardboard or glass packaging instead.

If you really need to use plastic packaging, make sure you choose those that indicate they are free of BPA. This way, you are not constantly exposing yourself to this harmful toxin.

Be careful with detox methods.

Detoxification methods may cause some unexpected side effects, especially if you have AFS. Aggressive use of chelating agents such as EDTA to bind toxic metals, along with natural chelating agents such as chlorella and spirulina, may make the adrenals work harder along with exposing the body to unnecessary detoxification and detoxification reactions. Adrenal crashes may be triggered. The more advanced the state of AFS, the higher the risk. This is why it’s always best to consult with your physician about what you can do to effectively remove toxic substances from your home and body.

Keep Your Home Healthy

Don’t go on living exposed to various types of harmful toxins in your home. Take a more proactive approach and work to eliminate them from your life. With little or no toxicity around you, you have a better chance of combatting adrenal fatigue and keeping your family healthy.

 
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Toxins in your home come from a wide range of household products you may readily buy. Even worse, they can also be found in the water you drink and food packaging you use. These toxins have been linked to several serious health problems, including adrenal fatigue.


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