“Unburden” your Body
Do you struggle with headaches, nausea or vomiting, mood changes, insomnia, extreme tiredness, brain fog and other symptoms associated with sensitivity to environmental chemicals?
If so, you’re not the only one. MCS, or multiple chemical sensitivity, while not always acknowledged by medical doctors, is the label given to an unexplained and largely misunderstood condition where certain, sensitive individuals experience adverse reactions after being exposed to cigarette smoke, perfume, exhaust fumes, pesticides and household chemicals such as cleaning products.
Being sensitive to chemicals can turn you into something of a recluse if you let it.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to. While the existence of this condition is disputed by many health professionals, it seems that many sufferers find that certain precautionary measures can help reduce sensitivity by “unburdening” their bodies of heir total toxic loads.
These measures need to be done in addition to minimizing exposure to environmental chemicals as best you can, accepting that we can never be 100% chemical free.
Lifestyle and Self-Care Habits that can Help MCS Sufferers
Yoga can be hugely beneficial to people with MCS.
Not only does a daily yoga regime greatly benefit the parasympathetic nervous system, but it also helps the body detoxify more quickly.
While any form of yoga will prove helpful if you’re trying to get healthy and reduce MCS symptoms, certain poses are known for their detoxifying effect.
Try to include the following in your daily practice:
- downward-facing dog
- shoulder stand
- wide-legged forward bend
- plough pose
- bridge pose
- lotus pose
- spinal twist
- camel pose
These will to help you: heal the body; relax and reset your nervous system; and improve function of your thyroid, kidneys and liver. All of which will assist in purifying the blood and processing foreign substances more efficiently to promote our health, wellness and longevity.
Tip: If you’ve recently found yourself surrounded by individuals wearing perfumes or other scented products, new construction, or something else that tends to make you feel ill, you might try doing a relaxing asana, or series of yoga poses.
This will enable you to re-set and rebalance yourself and help you alleviate symptoms.
Try doing yoga just before bed, as getting a restful night’s sleep is vitally important to the function of your bodily systems.
Some health professionals believe that there may be a link between leaky gut syndrome and increased sensitivity to the environmental toxins that are present in our homes, offices, and every other aspect of our lives.
A centrifugal or masticating juicer will enable you to prepare fresh juice made from vegetables and fruits such as kale, carrots, apples, ginger, parsley, celery, beets and others, in order to deliver life-giving enzymes to the body.
This will help improve liver function and allow you to purge your body of toxins more quickly.
Many people who suffer from MCS claim to see a fairly rapid improvement in how they feel after a week of having juice made from of organic fruits and vegetables each day.
Meditation, especially when done in conjunction with yoga for strength, relaxation and rebalancing, offers incredible healing benefits to the body.
If you can effectively combine meditation, including controlled, steady, deep belly breathing, with your daily yoga regime, you may notice a lessening of chemical sensitivity symptoms.
The ability to relax seems to be key in helping to alleviate some of the neurological discomfort that goes along with having a problem tolerating environmental chemical odors.
4. “Sweat therapy”
It is generally acknowledged that cardio exercise benefits the body.
If you suffer from physical symptoms like headache, nausea, mental confusion and joint pain as a result of being exposed to toxins in the environment, then try to make it a practice to “sweat it out” at least three or four times a week by bringing your heart rate up and engaging your muscles.
You can do this by running or going for a sauna.