Heavy Metals in the Body | Top Foods to Detox Heavy Metals
Water, dental fillings, foods, cosmetics, household products and vaccines that we consume or use all contain heavy metals. Not only can these metals cause severe illnesses, but they can also accumulate in the body.
Heavy metals first enter your bloodstream and then travel throughout your body and penetrate the cells of various tissues and organs, where they can remain stored up for years.
Long-term buildups, if not eliminated, can lead to damage to the internal organs, low energy, mood disturbances, cognitive changes and weakened immune system.
What exactly are “heavy metals”?
Heavy metals are elements that can be toxic and very dangerous even in low concentrations: mercury, lead, aluminium, cadmium, nickel and arsenic.
Heavy metals act like neurotoxins and can cause disorders of the brain and neurological systems, plus damage to the vital organs — such as the liver, heart, endocrine glands and kidneys.
Studies were conducted by the Environmental Working Group in 2004 on the blood samples taken from newborn infants. Results showed that the blood contained 287 toxins on an average including pesticides, mercury, and the chemicals contained in the coating on non-stick cookware.
Heavy metal poisoning leads to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Because heavy metal poisoning symptoms mimic those related to aging (such as loss of memory and increased fatigue), many people blame getting older as the cause of their emerging symptoms, not realising that heavy metal exposure is a major contributing factor.
There is virtually no way to entirely avoid heavy metal exposure, considering metals are natural elements found all over the world in the food supply, water and ground.
What is the best way to detox heavy metals?
One word: CHELATE.
The term chelate suggests the way in which an organic compound grabs heavy metals and carries them to the liver for processing and out of the body through the urine or feces.
Top Foods to Remove Heavy Metals:
✔ Spirulina (powder, tablets). Spirulina has the ability to chelate heavy metals and expel them through our urine.
✔ Chlorella (powder, tablets). Chlorella is a natural detoxifier that helps remove metals and toxins from our bodies.
✔ Wheatgrass (powder, capsules). Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll that helps purifies the blood and organs, and remove toxic heavy metals that have become stored in the tissues.
✔ Super Greens Powder —a blend of powerful greens that support detoxification and offer protection from radiation and cellular damage.
✔ Activated charcoal. Charcoal is so powerful that it’s used as an emergency treatment for removing poisons from the body very fast.
✔ Bentonite clay— Clays are used to absorb toxins because they act like a sponge or magnet for chemicals and metals inside the body.
✔ Herbs and spices — Basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and cilantro can help remove heavy metals.
✔ Cilantro is one of the best herbs for detoxifying and can help reduce the build up of heavy metals like mercury and lead in the body. Try adding herbs like cilantro and parsley to fresh-squeezed green juices.
✔ Foods rich in vitamin C – Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C can reduce the damage caused by heavy metal toxicity by acting as an anti- oxidant.
✔ Garlic and onions – These vegetables contain sulfur which helps your liver detoxify itself of heavy metals like lead and arsenic.
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself:
✔ Avoid farmed fish – Farmed fish contain heavy metals and dioxins which are
✔ Reduce alcohol intake – Too much alcohol is toxic to the body and can make it more difficult for your liver to process other toxins.
✔ Choose cookware made from enamel, titanium, carbon, steel, cast iron, and glass. That’s because aluminum and non-stick utensils have toxic chemicals while using stainless steel raises the risk of exposure to cancer causing nickel.
✔ Check the labels of cosmetics and avoid those that contain aluminum in any form. Deodorants also have aluminum while mineral powders and talcs have bismuth in them.
✔ Confirm that the injectable vaccines you take have no mercury or aluminum.
✔ Remove dental amalgam fillings and avoid them for the future.
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