The com­mon toxin that’s mak­ing women over 40 so, so tired

First For Women - - Health -

In­ci­dence of ar­senic overload is on the rise, trig­ger­ing an epi­demic of fa­tigue. “Ar­senic doesn’t just steal your en­ergy, it stops you from pro­duc­ing it,” as­serts David Brown­stein, M.D., med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Holis­tic Medicine in West Bloom­field, Michi­gan. The heavy metal in­ter­feres with the cre­ation of ATP, the mol­e­cule that pow­ers ev­ery cell in the body. But de­spite the fact that ev­ery one of us is ex­posed to ar­senic to some de­gree, 95 per­cent of af­fected women go un­di­ag­nosed. The rea­son: Few doc­tors link the vague symp­toms like fa­tigue and fog to the heavy metal.

“Sur­pris­ingly, some foods we con­sider healthy are high in ar­senic,” Dr. Brown­stein says. Top cul­prits: wa­ter, rice (which ab­sorbs ar­senic from the soil), items sweet­ened with brown rice syrup, and cru­cif­er­ous veg­gies (ar­senic in soil binds to their sul­fur com­pounds).

Hair test­ing is the best way to de­tect chronic low-level ar­senic ex­po­sure, which is es­pe­cially key as we age— stud­ies sug­gest 65 per­cent of those with high ar­senic are over 50. And the sim­ple steps be­low can greatly limit ex­po­sure and re­store vi­tal­ity.

Fil­ter­ing wa­ter re­moves 99 per­cent of ar­senic. Dr. Brown­stein ad­vises test­ing your H2O with a low-range test kit (like Ar­senic Low Range Quick, $40, SenSafe.com). If it’s pos­i­tive, try us­ing a fil­ter (like ZeroWater 6 Cup Pitcher, $20, Tar­get.com). Also smart: Use fil­tered wa­ter to cook rice and cru­cif­er­ous veg­gies since wa­ter used to boil or steam can add to the ar­senic al­ready in the food.

To detox the body, Dr. Brown­stein sug­gests tak­ing 600 mg of EDTA daily with food. The syn­thetic amino acid binds to heavy met­als so the body can elim­i­nate them. (Find EDTA at health­food stores and Ama­zon.com.)

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