How to Detox from Anesthesia
Surgery goes hand in hand with toxins. Toxins from the biological trauma and the recovery processes going on in the human body as well as from medicines and anesthesia. Anesthetic drugs used to paralyze and relax muscles, numb body parts or induce unconsciousness can be an assault on the liver.
How quickly you are able to shake off the after effects of the anesthetic depends from person to person. And whether you had local or general anesthesia. Some patients wake up more quickly and start moving again then others.
In most people the aftereffects will fade within a few hours but for some people it will take longer. They have to cope with a weak, woozy, dizzy, feverish feeling for several days.
Even if you don’t experience such after-effects it is wise to help your body rid of the toxins that are left by the anesthetic.
Certain herbs, tea, vitamins and minerals are known to help you flush out those toxins as quickly as possible.
Milk thistle helps your body detox by preventing a deficiency of an antioxidant called glutathione.
Anesthesia and other medications can greatly lower your glutathione levels making your liver more vulnerable. Studies indicate that milk thistle can increase your levels of this potent antioxidant by up to 35%.
An additional benefit, milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is clinically proven to boost immune response.
Typical dose for milk thistle: 70 mg three times daily. Start taking it at least one week before surgery, and continue to take it for at least two weeks afterward.
Caution: Avoid milk thistle if you are allergic to plants in the ragweed family or have a history of hormone-related cancer, such as breast, uterine or prostate—milk thistle can affect hormone levels.
Vitamin C is a potent anesthetic detox. Vitamin C is so powerful as an anestethic detox that it should be avoided in large doses before surgery.
Commonly recommended dose: high doses of vitamin C (a.k.a. ascorbic acid) spread over one or two days will help you cleanse your body.
Also foods rich in vitamin C as well as high fiber content foods help purify the body. Many natural detox supplements contain fiber and vitamin C rich foods.
Garlic, the mother of all detox foods, it may be hard to stomach for some, especially after surgery and an upset stomach but if you can, do take garlic.
One of nature’s most well known powerfoods has antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic properties.
Garlic is rich in sulfur making it a potent detoxifier. It helps you rid your body of pathogenic microbes can reduce endogenous (made by your body) toxins.
Beetroot is hard to beat as a natural detoxifier. Beets are very high in vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene. They’re contain lots of of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium which all play an essential role in detoxification mechanisms.
Beets also support good liver and gallbladder health. Both organs that are responsible for breaking down and removing toxins. Beetroot is also high in fiber improving digestion thus aiding the elimination of bodily waste.
Green tea is a well-known natural purifier. Neem, goldenseal, and dandelion are some of the best known detox herbal teas on the market today. Dandelion is a powerful antioxidant that supports liver function and cleansing of the digestive tract.
You can also make tea with turmeric (active ingredient, curcumin) powder, a well-known herb used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat liver and digestive disorders.
Not getting enough fluids—especially water—makes it difficult for your body to eliminate toxins. Bottled and filtered water are the best choices because they usually have fewer impurities, but drink tap water if it’s your only alternative.
A good goal for all times—but especially before and after undergoing anesthesia—is six to eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day.
Also foods you eat several days before your surgery influence anesthesia and could significantly delay recovery.
Compounds present in nightshade foods such as potatoes, eggplants, and tomatoes delay the breaking down of anesthetic drugs.
Even in tiny amounts, the so called solanaceous glycoalkaloids (SGAs) slow the breakdown of many commonly used anesthetics and muscle relaxants. They do so by inhibiting two enzymes involved in breaking down anesthetic drugs
According to studies, more than 80 percent of the SGAs are still in the bloodstream twenty-four hours later.