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How To Detox From Anesthesia – Foods, Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs That Will Flush Out Toxins

How To Detox From Anesthesia – Foods, Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs That Will Flush Out Toxins

anesthetic_inductionSurgery 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.

After the surgery, your liver works overtime to bring blood toxin levels back to normal.

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.

Some nutrients have potent antioxidant properties that are essential in the body’s detox processes that are facilitated by the liver.

One of these detoxifiers, a herbal substance already known by the ancients and one of the most researched herbal remedies, is milk thistle.

milk thistle, a powerful natural detoxifier
milk thistle, a powerful natural detoxifier

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 to boost immune response.

If you are going to order this extract, be aware that many supplement brands do not seem to deliver what they promise. A highly concentrated, effective extract of milk thistle (the only one out of ten brands that passed a Consumerlab test) is

  • Commonly recommended dose: start at least one week before surgery until two weaks after the operation, 70 mg three times a day.
  • Caution: do not take milk thistle if you are allergic to plants in the ragweed family. Since milk thistle can affect hormone levels, avoid taking it if you have a history of hormone-related cancer, such as uterine, breast, or prostate cancer.

Some other herbs commonly used for detoxifying purposes are alfalfa, dandelion root, cascara, and sarsparilla.

Other detoxifying nutrients to reinforce your resilience

yellow bell pepper, very high in vitamin C
yellow bell pepper, very high in vitamin C

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. Vitamin C also aids wound healing.


A indicates that vitamin C is the most investigated antioxidant responsible for the elimination of free radicals (surgical stress may result in increased production of oxygen free radicals).


Sulfur-rich foods:

mother Nature's detoxifier
mother Nature’s detoxifier

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.

Broccoli (Sprouts)
Broccoli is part of the health-boosting brassica family of vegetables. Also known as cruciferous foods. Eating broccoli will release so called sulphorophanes which play a role in detoxification. Broccoli sprouts contain 20 times more sulfurophane.


Detox tea 

Dandelion has been traditionally used to treat liver (and other) ailments by several peoples such as the ancient Chinese and Native Americans

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.


Multivitamin and mineral complex. Experts recommed a formula that provides at least 200 mg of vitamin C, 25,000 international units (IU) of beta-carotene, and 22.4 IU of vitamin E each day, for at least two weeks before and after undergoing anesthesia.

A high-potency multivitamin and mineral complex helps eliminate heavy metals and other toxic compounds still lingering in the body after the anesthetics.


B complex helps reduce the after effects of anesthesia
B complex helps reduce the after effects of anesthesia

B-complex. Especially the B vitamins and particularly thiamine, B-6, folate and B-12 as well as minerals such as zinc, magnesium and selenium help support liver function.

Inositol/choline (part of the B complex vitamins) are also recommended. Choline assists detoxification reactions in the liver. Choline is found in food sources such as nuts, soy, egg yolk, cauliflower, oats, lentils, and flax seeds. Inositol is found in peas, brown rice, beans, and raisins.


Taurine may have some benefits as a post-anesthesic detox agent. Taurine, the famous ingredient in the energy drink Red Bull was discovered in ox bile (Bos taurus) hence its name,  after taurus, or bull.

Taurine is an amine that plays a role in several several metabolic processes of the body, particularly in the brain and heart. It also has functions in the gallbladder, eyes, and blood vessels, and may have some antioxidant and detoxifying properties.

Intravenous taurine administration before, during and after anesthesia resulted in higher MDA and glutathione levels than in patients who did not receive taurine. The taurine is thought to cause a protective cellular effect according the .


Avoid These foods prior to your surgery

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.

“Our results bring us one step closer to understanding why patients vary so widely in their sensitivity to certain anesthetic drugs,” said Jonathan Moss, MD, PhD, professor of anesthesia and critical care at the .




Next to taking post-surgery supplements, drinking sufficient water and eating raw, high fiber foods can also help force toxins out of the body.


Exercises may not be useful for most people right after surgery but stretching will boost detox processes in your body. Oxygen rich blood transported through your body helps flush toxins out with it. Taking deep breaths is easier to apply for most patients and has a similar effect.


Do you have experiences with battling the anesthesia blues? Share them below.



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11 Responses to How To Detox From Anesthesia – Foods, Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs That Will Flush Out Toxins

  1. I have never heard of anesthesia blues, but I am sure that is what I have been going through since Tuesday and this is Saturday. I feel better today. I have other surgeries in the near future and will be following some detoxing guidelines.

  2. hi, 6 months back i was given anesthesia n admitted to hospital, and then dr was some side effect due to which i cannot move now, severe leg pain all the time, please help me out, what should i do??

    • Hi, I’d contact the hospital or, if that’s not an option perhaps you could ask in internet forums if there are other people experiencing the same symptoms and how they cope with it. Perhaps sending anesthesia expert Barry Friedberg, M.D. Founder The Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation can help you further ( I just checked and his contact page doesn’t function so maybe you can get wiser at or

  3. […] How to detox from anesthesia – foods, vitamins, minerals How to detox from anesthesia – foods, vitamins, minerals and herbs that will flush out toxins. […]

  4. Had eye surgery 6/29/17 general anesthesia. As I write this 7 10 17 I am just sick. Little to no appetite, no energy, listless, crying, frustrated, no concentration and forget everything all day. Otherwise, I am 67 years young run 5 miles a day and now I do not want to move at all. Seeing my Dr. 7 12 17. THIS IS A HORRIBLE WAY TO FEEL.

  5. hello im Bill my story is all about toxic poisoning. After three weekly weekly to a doctor here in France [im English]in the end pleading to be taken seriously,i was sent for a second more in depth blood test which among other things showed my protein c reactive level rise from 9 which is too high to 91 in the week between tests.By this time i was in a bad way, at this point i was sent to the local hospital. Where as i can not fault them for treatment given,it was too late as my organs began to fail.They start treatment on my prostate in two weeks which will last two months. back at home after having my lungs drained.I have a shadow on my lung,bad pains in kidneys and more. point is do not be put off if YOU think you have a problem go to someone who knows the subject.In my case the, if i knew then what i know, would literally made all the difference in the world.DO NOT BE FOBBED OFF.

  6. My grandma ,84 yrs, has hip surgery before 2 months but till now it shows side effects of anesthesia plz suggest me which dr. Should I visit

  7. My mother who is 93 had 6 anesthesia surgeries in 6 months. needless to say it effected her mind and muscles. I found silver shield at a local herbal store and it worked wonders. her mind is back although she still has muscular problems but they are better – probably some unreversable damage due to being bed ridden compounded by age. However having her mind again was a miracle. Silver shield has even brought people back from sepsis. So may be worth a try. It is really silver and is expensive but who can put a price on your health and well being if t helps.

  8. Hi I had a 5 hour Ablation done 2 days ago,now I have a hard time sleeping,flym builds up and I start coughing,and I have to get up and get rid of it and wait awhile before going back to bed,only to get up a couple hours later and do it all over again! Is this normal?..Brad

  9. I had Anesthesia on January 25 2018. I am sick as hell, first I woke with an asthmatic respone and had super hard time breathing before they could inhaler meds in me. Talk about anxiety. Then motion sickness and nausea. No meds given for that put me in car and drove an hour and half home huge mistake. They should keep you for hours and help you recover they don’t kick out the door for insurance cost sake. I had a sensitive surgery on my ear so I went home and projective vomited for the next 12 hours. So much for protecting the surgery I think I may have dislodged the Stapedectomy and can’t hear now. Its now 4 days later and still nauseous. Can taste chemical tastes also. Horrible after age 60 I never had this happen like this before. From now on I will have them administer Asthma relieve as I wake and provide detox support like Taurine, milk-thistle and anti nausea meds.

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