Avoiding heavy metals is not a simple process. They are now showing up in significant levels in even organic food formulations, and are lurking in places that you probably have not even considered.
In this blog, I want to help you know how you get exposure to heavy metals, what the physical signs of bodily contamination are, and how to start removing heavy metals from your body.
Sources of Heavy Metal Exposure
Unfortunately, the exposure to heavy metals sources have become very intertwined in everyday life, and in some cases, are a permanent part of human functioning. This fact makes it especially important to avoid the obvious sources of heavy metals to keep exposure as low as possible, in order to maintain proper health.
Common exposure sources include:
Seafood (tuna, prawns)
Mercury amalgam fillings placed in your teeth
Personal care products (deodorant, make up)
Rice protein products sourced from China
Pots, pans and soda cans (lined with nickel or aluminium)
Living in a home that has lead-based paint or pipes
Smoking or inhaling second-hand smoke
Environmental factors like work sites and chemtrails
With low dose heavy metal exposure during pregnancy, early childhood vaccination schedules increasing near twelve-fold since 1940, and mercury being the primary component for dental fillings, it becomes very difficult to avoid heavy metal toxicity in the early stages of life.
Signs of heavy metal toxicity
Although the signs may appear to be broad, it is a good idea to consider heavy metal toxicity especially if you have had any significant exposure to one or more of the exposure sources listed.
Some signs that can relate to heavy metal toxicity include:
Chronic pain in the muscles and tissues of the body
Chronic discomfort, fatigue and illness
Brain fog – confused and forgetful
Chronic candida infection
Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, heartburn and indigestion
Headaches and migraines
Mood swings, depression and anxiety
Nervous system issues such as burning extremities, numbness, tingling and paralysis
Heavy metal toxicity can also be at the root of common disorders like autism, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis.
If you suspect mercury toxicity you can get blood, hair and urine sample and have it sent it to an accredited lab for more scientific results.
Removing Heavy Metals
It’s important to understand that heavy metal detox is one of the most dangerous detoxification processes to do on your own, and proper medical guidance should be considered. However, if you do choose to tackle it by yourself, it’s best to do it slowly, and consider consuming the following foods for their safer removal:
Foods rich in zinc, selenium, and vitamin C
Purified or spring water
A recent study showed that modified citrus pectin promotes healthy urinary excretion of common, mild environmental exposures of mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead and tin without altering excretion of other minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and selenium.
Also, make sure to support the liver and kidneys during the heavy metal removal process due to the stress placed on these areas when removing heavy metals.
If you do choose proper medical guidance, consider discussing chelation therapy and infrared sauna treatments as well.
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Dr. Rachel Hall
Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 25 years experience, practicing holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.