Let’s discuss detoxification today.
You may be wondering why I would discuss detoxification in depression. The simple fact is that depression can be caused by a toxin in your body. I’m not saying that it’s the only cause of depression (I know of more than 20 different hormonal, nutritional and biochemical causes)- but toxins in depression is definitely often overlooked.
Last year I started a series on Toxins and Depression, and today I’d like to finish up that topic.
Toxins & Depression
If you didn’t know already, certain toxins can cause depression. These include heavy metals, solvents and pesticides. It’s possible that a toxin is causing your feelings of sadness, anger or fatigue. Those feelings might not have a major psychological cause after all!
You may want to check out my previous blogs which discusses how toxins cause depression, what type of toxins are involved, how your occupation could be involved and lots more.
I’ve also spoken previously about how to avoid toxins, and you can have a look at this blog by clicking this link.
Today I want to continue by discussing the ways to detoxify your body.
How to Detoxify Your Body
There’s three major ways to detoxify the chemicals that can cause depression.
a) Chelation Therapy
b) Support the liver (with supplements & diet)
c) Infrared Sauna
The type of detoxification you choose is going to depend on the type of chemical that you have been exposed to.
Firstly let’s remember that there are three major types of chemicals that can cause depression.
a) Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic from your body.
Tools for Detoxification
The major tool for removing heavy metals from the body is chelation therapy. DMSA, DMPS and EDTA are examples of chelating agents. Certain mineral and vitamin supplements also support this process. Note that chelation therapy should only be done under the guidance of a trained health practitioner.
Protecting yourself against solvents would be done by firstly avoiding them, and secondly by supporting the function of the liver. There are important minerals, vitamins and amino acids that help the liver.
Infrared Sauna detoxification is the primary (and only way) to remove pesticides that are stored in the fatty tissues of the body. If you’re wanting to do a infrared sauna detoxification it would be best to read up a lot more about it (the sauna can strip vital minerals from your body and so you need to support it properly). I have starting guidelines in my book, but another great resource is Detoxify or Die, by Sherry Rogers.
Now that’s all for the series on toxins and depression. It’s definitely an overlooked cause of depression, and well worth investigating. But if it isn’t a likely cause of your depression – keep on searching! There’s more than 20 different physical causes of depression- make sure you check them out.
I’ve developed a useful questionnaire that you can use to determine whether there is and what the physical cause of your depression could be. Get your free copy now, but visiting this link.
Let’s talk again soon.
All the best
Dr Janelle Sinclair