Heavy metals are toxic to our wellbeing. Supporting the body to detox heavy metals like mercury from amalgam fillings can boost your immune function and energy levels.
Holistic Dentist Dr Rachel Hall of Evolve Dental in Brisbane explains more.
The root cause behind many of today’s most common chronic illnesses is excess exposure to toxic metals found throughout the environment, the food supply, cosmetics, dental amalgam fillings and in the past vaccines that we had in childhood.
Because heavy metal toxicity can manifest itself as all sorts of seemingly unrelated health conditions ranging from mental disorders and food allergies to gastrointestinal problems and organ failure, millions of people are likely suffering from this largely curable condition without even knowing it.
Heavy metals like mercury (amalgam fillings), lead, arsenic and cadmium are lurking everywhere these days, making it nearly impossible to avoid them completely.
This is why it is critical to learning how to manage exposure through proper nutrition and detoxification.
If you suffer from chronic pain, mood swings or anxiety, or you are constantly getting sick due to poor immunity, you could be suffering from heavy metal toxicity.
Metal toxicity is connected with all sorts of health problems and diseases that many people think are related to just getting older.
Identifying heavy metal toxicity can be difficult, mainly because its symptoms vary significantly and tend to emerge gradually over time.
For one person, ongoing exposure can result in the formation of an autoimmune disorder, while for another it might result in reproductive problems.
Other symptoms include chronic infections, bloating and bowel movement irregularity, anaemia, premature ageing, muscle pain and bone loss.
The best way to determine whether or not your symptoms are the result of heavy metal exposure is to undergo heavy metal testing e,g a simple, inexpensive urine test that contains a special provoking agent to detect total body load of metals.
Once identified, heavy metal toxicity can be effectively addressed through diet, supplementation and proper lifestyle.
Foods to Detox Heavy Metals
One of the most effective chelators (compounds that bind to heavy metals and flush them from the body) is coriander/cilantro, which is probably the only agent effective at removing mercury from intracellular spaces and the nuclei of cells.
Foods rich in sulphur are also important for reducing the toxic metal load. These include egg yolks, garlic, onions, horseradish and cruciferous vegetables.
Foods rich in cysteine, which include chicken, turkey, duck, egg yolks, garlic and onions, are also beneficial, as are pectin-rich fruits such as apples, lemons, limes and grapefruits.
Because of its high content of natural sulphur, grass-raised animal meat helps naturally pull heavy metals from the body while simultaneously supplying it with necessary sulphur-containing amino acids.
The anti-inflammatory spice turmeric is also helpful, supplying the body with proper nutrition for maintaining the health of the liver and kidneys, both of which work to expel toxins from the body.
Adequate mineral intake is necessary for toxic metal elimination as they help to ‘push’ heavy metals out from storage areas as well as supporting the body in its biochemical processes.
You must also ensure that you are taking in plenty of trace minerals and vitamins for maximum detoxification and supplement with nutrients like hydrochloric acid (HCL) with digestive enzymes, lipoic acid, chlorophyll or chlorella and high-quality fish oil to replace the minerals that could be lost as a result of detoxification.
Reducing heavy metal exposure and supporting your body to detox through simple dietary supplementation can help reduce and improve many chronic health symptoms.
If you think you have heavy metal toxicity it is important that you seek support to form a doctor and/or naturopath before undergoing any detox program.