Removing These Toxins Can Improve Your Bone Health, According to Dr. Trubow

Updated: January 13, 2023

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Like many people, you’ve likely been told that bone loss comes with advancing age. But what you probably haven’t been told is that your bone health is also connected to your surroundings. As it turns out, bone loss can be traced to exposure to environmental toxins.

But toxins aren’t just wreaking havoc on our bone health, they’re also linked to belly fat, brain fog, hair loss, and brittle nails.

As a Functional Medicine Practitioner at my wellness organization, Five Journeys, I’m well aware of how harmful environmental toxins are to our health — including our bones. And I also know how overwhelming it can be to try to identify and eliminate these toxins without any help.

So I visited the AlgaeCal Community to reveal the most common environmental toxins and the steps you can take to avoid them — as well as how to effectively rid your body of toxins already in your system.

And the best part? These simple tips are practical and don’t require a complete overhaul of your lifestyle. You may even find some tips to be too easy to be effective — but don’t worry, they work.

Watch this video to learn more. If you’re in a hurry, jump to the summary of my tips below!

Top Five Tips for Avoiding and Eliminating Toxins

Tip #1: Support Your Detox Organs

Our bodies have an amazing ability to detox naturally – but if your organs aren’t functionally optimally, your built-in detox machine can become severely compromised. The key players here are the gut, the liver, and the adrenals – I call these the body’s holy trinity.

Your gut runs the show, impacting virtually every other system in your body. So let’s start there.

As well as absorbing all the wonderful nutrients you feed your body, your gut plays an important role in eliminating metabolic waste and toxins.  And if your gut’s not healthy, it can’t get rid of toxins.

Many gut issues we become accustomed to are simply not normal. It’s not normal to have bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation. It’s common – but not normal. Suffering from any of these on a regular basis warrants a workup from a Functional Medicine provider. A Functional Medicine provider can perform an evaluation of your gut microbiome and provided you with tailored advice.

Then let’s look at the liver and the adrenals. Your liver is your body’s detox powerhouse, doing much of the heavy lifting by removing toxins from your body’s blood supply. One clear way to support your liver is by giving it less work to do – avoid alcohol. You can also keep your liver happy by including brightly-colored spices in your diet such as turmeric, curry, and ginger.

Your adrenals are small glands located on top of your kidneys. They play a directorial role in detoxification, telling your organs what to focus on based on the hormones they secrete.

For example, while a primary focus of your liver is detoxification, when your adrenals put out fight, flight, or freeze hormones, the liver switches gears to focus on survival tactics such as the breakdown of glycogen for fuel. While this is extremely helpful in situations that threaten our survival, our bodies aren’t the best at differentiating between life-threatening situations and other crisis states such as emotional distress. Lifestyle changes can have a big impact on your adrenals – which brings us to Tip #2.

 Tip #2: De-Stress, Sleep, and Sweat!

Easier said than done, but try to keep your stress levels low. As touched on above, stressful thoughts can alter your health by triggering your adrenals to secrete those fight, flight, or freeze hormones. You can quite literally change the course of your health through your internal dialogue.

As with most things health-related, getting enough sleep supports detoxing. When you sleep the cells in your brain shrink so that the pathways between the cells enlarge. Now I know this sounds a little creepy, but it’s a good thing. The cells are simply allowing the pathways to enlarge so the brain can drain out toxins easier. This allows you to detox as you sleep.

Sweating is also really good for you because it’s a major way that you release toxins from your body. So any way you can sweat — going in a sauna, taking an epsom salt bath, enjoying a hike, or exercising works wonders for your body.

Tip #3: Eat Awesome Food

Your body needs minerals and nutrients to function and eliminate toxins properly. So if you’re filling up on nutrient-poor, toxin-rich processed food you’re not giving your organs what they need – and you’re giving them more work to do.

So eat whole foods, consider supplementing with a high quality multivitamin, and include plenty of fiber in your diet. Fiber binds to the toxins your organs work so hard to eliminate and escorts them out through your bowel movements.

Finally, choose organic as much as your can. If you’re eating food that’s not organic you’re getting exposed to herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides.

For instance, let’s talk about glyphosate. It’s the most commonly used herbicide in the world. In 2014 approximately 250 million pounds of it was used on our food. This herbicide was originally developed as an antibiotic.

And what do antibiotics do? Well, they kill off the microbiome — or gut. So glyphosate messes with your microbiome. And it’s implicated in a number of different lymphocytic cancers.

Then there’s cadmium which is found in high phosphate fertilizers that are used in conventional agriculture. Of course, when the fertilizers are put in the soil the plants absorb the cadmium. And then when you eat the plants you absorb it also. Cadmium has been linked to bone loss and it also wreaks havoc on your kidneys.

Tip #4: Choose To Eliminate Key Toxins From Your Life

You don’t have to turn your whole life upside down – but choosing even just one or two pesky toxins to avoid can have a huge impact! For example, plastics. Plastics contain chemicals that are endocrine disruptors which can alter your ability to keep your bones healthy. They impact your energy, sleep — even the health of your hair. So it’s wise to avoid plastics as much as possible, particularly when it comes to food storage and heating.

And perhaps a less popular suggestion – alcohol. As mentioned, alcohol stresses the liver, and we want to keep the liver functioning optimally to eliminate all the other toxins in our environment that we simply can’t avoid. Now, you may find that a glass or two of wine here and there is fine for you. But if, like me, you’re not a strong detoxer, you might want to stear clear of alcohol altogether.

Looking at key detox genes in your DNA, such as your MTHFR, vitamin D, and COMT genes can help you determine your detox strength.

Tip #5: Shop For Clean Products

Toxins are lurking in many common house cleaning and personal care products such as nail polish, makeup, hair products and skincare. Like plastic, these chemicals are endocrine disruptors. Fortunately, there are fantastic apps available to help you identify the best toxin-free products on the market. Two I always recommend to my patients are Environmental Working Group and Think Dirty.

Now, don’t go throwing away all your products at once! As you’re running out of something, look on either app and see if your product is rated as clean. If it’s not highly rated or if it’s rated with some kind of endocrine disruptor or cancer promoting agent, then use the app to find a replacement product that is listed as clean.

Takeaway:

Avoiding toxins doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Implementing a few small changes can have a BIG impact on your health. Remember, it’s about making a better choice — not a perfect choice. So don’t drive yourself crazy over this. But do make it a priority to take practical steps to reduce your exposure to toxins.

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  1. Sheila Poole

    January 9, 2023 , 6:30 pm

    Does a tangerine or a CA mandarin have the same vitamins as an orange?

  2. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 10, 2023 , 11:01 am

    Hi Sheila,

    Thanks for your question!

    Tangerines, mandarins and oranges are all part of the citrus family of fruits, and all contain a variety of nutrients. That said, their exact nutrient profile would vary as they are different fruits.

    I hope this helps! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  3. Gina Cox

    January 14, 2023 , 6:59 am

    Just getting started learning about algaecal.

  4. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 9:13 am

    Hi Gina,

    We’re so happy you’re taking the time to get to know us! We are the only calcium supplement that is clinically supported to increase bone density – and you’re welcome to read more about our clinical research HERE if you’d like 🙂

    To learn more, please give us at call at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll free), and any one of our Bone Health Consultants would be happy to help!

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  5. Tessa Smith

    January 14, 2023 , 9:38 am

    Will a gallbladder liver cleanse at least once a month help promote good bone health?

  6. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 9:26 am

    Hi Tessa,

    Thanks for your question! We unfortunately do not have the research to support what type of effect liver cleansing would have on bone density. I’d suggest speaking more to your health care provider for more information, or a Functional Medicine Practitioner! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  7. Eva M Allen

    January 14, 2023 , 10:16 am

    Can you help me with why when I open something included in your e-mail the print appears in this sizing? Going to appearance in settings has offered me no satisfactory solution, namely if this was a solution, it would have to be repeated with each opening. This does not happen with any other e-mail sent to me with attachments to open.

  8. Chelsea Dugas

    January 18, 2023 , 8:03 am

    Hi there, Eva! So sorry to hear you are having difficulty with the attachments we have sent you – I’m not sure how to remedy this, however, please feel free to contact our Bone Health Consultants, 7 days a week, at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada) for more support on the matter! 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  9. Marilyn Snell-Brown

    January 14, 2023 , 10:58 am

    Thank you for being straight forward with the facts. The do’s and don’ts and where to look for further education. I learned a lot from this article.

  10. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 9:29 am

    Hi Marilyn,

    We’re so happy to hear you found this article helpful! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  11. Muriel Watkins

    January 14, 2023 , 12:31 pm

    Helpful, clearly laid out helpful tips. I am disappointed to hear the urging to curb alcohol. I am someone who definitely enjoys wine most nights (one or two glasses) and an occasional cocktail. I thought wine in moderation was fine but this article leads me to believe that my liver is being taxed. Any thoughts?

  12. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 10:31 am

    Hi Muriel,

    Thanks for commenting! I think you’d enjoy reading our blog article on this exact topic 🙂 You can find it HERE!

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  13. Nancy Prince

    January 14, 2023 , 1:13 pm

    What wonderful, practical suggestions. Thank you for the information and advice.

  14. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 10:32 am

    Hi Nancy,

    So glad you liked this article! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  15. Sarah conner

    January 14, 2023 , 6:59 pm

    Like them all

  16. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 10:34 am

    Hi Sarah,

    So happy you liked this article! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  17. Susan

    January 14, 2023 , 10:10 pm

    I understand that AlgaeCal calcium supplements are contaminated with lead. I called the AlgaeCal information number and asked about this and was told that there is about the same amount of lead in AlgaeCal as there is in a serving of brussel sprouts. Since I take AlgaeCal Plus every day I am worried I am getting too much lead. Is AlgaeCal making an effort to get the lead out of their supplements?
    Susan

  18. Chelsea Dugas

    January 17, 2023 , 7:18 am

    Hi, Susan! Thank you for sharing your concern with us. Indeed, one of the naturally occurring AlgaeCal minerals is lead and there is 1.4 mcg of lead in 4 capsules of AlgaeCal. Every vegetable that grows in the soil or water has normal, safe amounts of lead in it – and the marine algae in AlgaeCal is no exception. Luckily, our bodies easily clear normal amounts of lead daily through urine, feces, and sweat, unless there’s a sudden spike that surpasses your body’s capacity to clear. Furthermore, the calcium in AlgaeCal actually blocks lead absorption. These two minerals compete for the same absorption site in the body, and there’s a tiny fraction of lead in AlgaeCal compared to calcium.
    For added peace of mind, the safety of AlgaeCal has been well established through three human clinical studies, which you can see HERE. Hope this information helps! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  19. Susan

    January 14, 2023 , 10:13 pm

    I forgot to say before:
    Consumerlab.com advises against taking calcium supplements from AlgaeCal because of the lead contamination.

  20. Chelsea Dugas

    January 17, 2023 , 7:21 am

    Hi again, Susan. We completely understand the confusion caused by the different numbers of lead quoted in the past. Unfortunately, in 2015 there was a human error made in the reported quantity and we are deeply sorry for the lack of clarity this has created. The accurate amount is 1.4 mcg in four capsules of AlgaeCal Plus. Every vegetable that grows in the soil or water has normal, safe amounts of lead in it – and the marine algae in AlgaeCal is no exception. Calcium and lead are also absorbed into the body using the same pathway and because there are large amounts of calcium in AlgaeCal compared to lead, this means calcium will win at the absorption site and a minimal amount of lead will be absorbed. Furthermore, your body will naturally clear normal amounts of lead daily, through urine, feces, and sweat, unless there is a sudden spike which surpasses your body’s capacity to clear. The safety of AlgaeCal has been well established during our three human clinical studies, which you can see HERE
    Hope this helps to set your mind at ease and please let us know if you have any more questions!

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  21. Ebie, Nola

    January 14, 2023 , 11:38 pm

    After 5 years on AlgaeCal my bone density test showed 16.5% improvement in spine

  22. Chelsea Dugas

    January 17, 2023 , 7:25 am

    Nola, thank you so much for sharing your incredible results from taking AlgaeCal! We are just so elated for you! Have you had the chance to join our AlgaeCal Community yet? It’s a supportive space for AlgaeCal customers to learn and grow together! We’d love for you to join HERE. Hope to see you there and feel free to reach out if you have any questions! 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  23. carleton carlson

    January 15, 2023 , 1:32 am

    Thank you for all incredible information. I can not tell you how much I appreciate your help.

  24. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 12:33 pm

    Hi Carleton,

    Thank you so much for commenting! We’re so happy you found this information helpful! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  25. Alberta Pettet

    January 15, 2023 , 4:07 am

    informative informations, thanks, keep up the good works

  26. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 12:36 pm

    Hi Alberta,

    You are very welcome, we’re so happy to hear you enjoyed this article! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  27. Barbara G

    January 15, 2023 , 4:16 am

    Thanks for this!

    How can I find a functional medical practitioner that actually practices that way? Some near me appear to have taken one class but are associated with big, non-functional medical entities, so I wouldn’t trust they actually work using such practices.

  28. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 15, 2023 , 12:41 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    This is a great question! HERE’s tool you can use to search for Functional Medicine Practitioners in your area. These practitioners go through extensive training, and you can even read more about what they specialize in on their profiles!

    I hope this helps! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  29. Susan

    January 15, 2023 , 8:47 am

    I understand why you removed my questions about lead in AlgeCal Plus from the public version of this blog. would you please ask Laura to respond to me privately? I am using AlgaeCal Plus supplements.

  30. Chelsea Dugas

    January 17, 2023 , 7:50 am

    Hi, Susan! Lara has already posted in our community on numerous occasions about lead and the consumer lab report, so I can provide one of her responses here for you:
    “It is not true that AlgaeCal is a source of lead toxicity (or mercury, or arsenic).
    Re Consumer Labs — their perpetuation of this “toxic amounts of lead in AlgaeCal” myth has destroyed my trust in this outfit.
    In brief, the supposed “lead in AlgaeCal issue” is simply balderdash.
    Should we be concerned about lead in some calcium supplements? Yes
    Should we be concerned about lead in AlgaeCal Plus? NO!
    Here’s where the research shows you should be concerned about lead:
    Research that evaluated the lead content of 136 brands of calcium supplements found that two-thirds of them failed to meet the 1999 California criteria for acceptable lead levels, which is 1.5 micrograms in a daily dose of calcium. And this – 1.5 mcg – is what the FDA considers safe in consumer products.” Sources HERE
    Hope this helps!

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  31. Laura

    January 16, 2023 , 5:15 am

    I do buy organic produce, what about the plastic containers used for some of the produce (ie lettuce, mushrooms). Normally I buy the lettuce fresh, but it’s not always available . The chicken purchased has a plastic tray as well; are these safe?

  32. Chelsea Dugas

    January 17, 2023 , 8:16 am

    This is a great question, Laura, and it’s difficult to say. That said, the biggest risk with plastic containers and wrapping is when they are heated or hot food is placed in them. it’s not always possible to buy our produce without plastic packaging, but we can at least avoid using plastic containers to store our food at home. If we do use them, be sure to stop washing them in the dishwasher or heating them in a microwave, and avoid putting hot food in them for storage. Higher temperatures increase the chances of chemicals leeching into our food. I hope this helps a bit! 🙂

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  33. Asefash Haile

    January 18, 2023 , 8:12 pm

    Extremely helpful

  34. Melanie Fortenberry

    January 20, 2023 , 1:45 pm

    What about drinking from plastic water bottles.
    I drink 4-5 per day.

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