Heavy Metals will Age Cells Prematurely…
Metals are something that I see in blood more and more. Some heavy metals, in trace amounts, are beneficial to the body; these include iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Other heavy metals can be poisonous or toxic to the human body; these include arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, iron, and others. These metals manifest themselves within the soft tissues of the body and may cause gastrointestinal, neurological, and other serious illness if left untreated.
Now you don’t have to be eating lead pencils to have an unhealthy level of metals in your body. If you are drinking tap water, eating non-organic foods, breathing our polluted air, slathering on anti-aging creams and washing your hair with commercial shampoos, you may be absorbing metals. More serious cases of metal toxicity may be due to working within the agricultural, manufacturing, or pharmaceutical industries or working in a setting where lead paint was used. Both children and adults can be exposed; both acute and long-term poisoning may occur.
More people are undergoing heavy metal testing, via Live Blood Cell Analysis or Hair Mineral Analysis, to seek answers to some of their acute or long-term health issues. Heavy metals become poison to the body when the elements deposit in soft tissue and remain there due to the body’s inability to metabolize them.
How do you know if metals might be an issue for you?
Some of the following symptoms may be present:
- Chronic pain throughout the muscles and tendons or any soft tissues of the body
- Chronic malaise – general feeling of discomfort, fatigue, and illness
- Brain fog – state of forgetfulness and confusion
- Chronic infections such as Candida
- Gastrointestinal complaints, such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, heartburn, and indigestion
- Food allergies
- Dizziness, Migraines and/or headaches
- Visual disturbances
- Mood swings, depression, and/or anxiety
- Nervous system malfunctions – burning extremities, numbness, tingling, paralysis, and/or an electrifying feeling throughout the body
Note: Heavy metal toxicity can produce vague symptoms and are sometimes mistaken for other chronic conditions such as Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression, Multiple Sclerosis, and a host of other serious disorders. So, be sure to discuss with your healthcare professional before undergoing any metal detox program.
If you aren’t experiencing any serious symptoms but want to consistently support your body in eliminating metals, here are some tips on how to naturally move metals out of your body.
- Cilantro– add to salads and cooking as it naturally forces metals to be urinated out.
- Parsley is extremely effective when it comes to removing mercury from the body.
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale and cabbage contain antioxidants that increase the production of detoxifying enzymes in the body.
- Pectin, found in the rinds of various fruits and vegetables, has been found to chelate heavy metals and other contaminants from the blood stream. These contaminants are then excreted from the system through urination. Good sources of pectin are green apples, cabbage, bananas, beets, grapes, carrots and the pith of citrus fruits.
- Sulfur-rich foods, such as onions and garlic, help the body to eliminate heavy metals such as lead. Other sulfur-rich foods, such as cauliflower, eggs, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage are able to remove some heavy metals from the body.
- Chlorella is a single-celled green algae with a tough cell wall that is almost unbreakable. The special materials that make this durable cell wall have been demonstrated to bind with heavy metals, pesticides and toxins and carry them safely out of the body.
- Try this Green Detox Smoothie.
Live blood analysis can help determine if metals may be causing some of the symptoms you may be having. Urine and hair tests are available and may pin point the type of metals burdening your system.
Call the office schedule an appointment if you are concerned that metals could be an issue for you.
Shannon Gregory, Live Blood Analyst, Balance Point Health Centre, Oakville