Heavy metals are most commonly found in our environment and can be linked to various adverse health problems. The most common harmful heavy metals in our environment include:
In most cases, it is not very threatening if our bodies carry a small amount of these metals, but in excess they can cause a great deal of harm to us. With continuous exposure to heavy metals, they can begin to accumulate in the body’s tissues and even in the brain. The most efficient way to find out if you are being effected by heavy metal toxicity is to be tested for it. We actually do this kind of testing at our facility and the details about it can be found here:
There are numerous symptoms and adverse health defects that can occur from continuous exposure to heavy metals which make it important to know if you are suffering from toxicity. Various symptoms may arise from heavy metal exposure, with children (particularly those living in mining areas) being the most vulnerable.
The most common symptoms include:
- Mental “fog”
- Anxiety and Depression
- Poor kidney function
- Brain Dysfunction — Memory Loss
- Digestive issues
- Nervous system symptoms (e.g. numbness, tingling of hands and feet, and weakness)
- potential lung cancer
If you test positive for one or more toxic heavy metals, your best bet would be the process of detoxification; also to avoid the possible root causes of your heavy metal exposure. Acute and continuous poisoning are completely different with a wide range of differing symptoms, with acute poisoning being the most avoidable. I must admit, it would be pretty difficult for someone living in a heavily polluted area, particularly an area where there is mining taking place to avoid the heavy metals floating around in the atmosphere.
The first step to detoxing from heavy metals is to get tested. Be completely in the know about your levels, and how at-risk you are for heavy metal toxicity.
Drink a sufficient amount of filtered water. Unfortunately, water is one of the areas of our environment which are highly at risk for being contaminated with metals. Regardless of whether it is tap or local rivers and lakes. Which is why properly filtered water is important and the most recommended of water options for a heavy metal detox.
Exercising induces sweating, which is one great form of detoxification. Since the toxic metals accumulate in our body’s tissues and fat, sweating can improve the elimination of these toxins caught in our body. If you are in need of a heavy metal detox, or any detox really, try picking a fun hobby that also keeps you active to get into a routine of sweating consistently.
Some foods contain an electrical charge that can attract the heavy metal particles to it in order to aid in removing the toxins from your body during the digestive process. The most famous heavy metal detoxifying foods are known to be:
- Chlorella and Spirulina
- Atlantic Dulse
- Lemon water
- Wild Blueberries
It is also very important to mention that actually avoiding some foods, like processed foods and excess fats has a positive effect on your body's natural detoxification process. These foods slow down the detoxification process while contributing minimal nutrition to your body. This is due to the fact that fats tend to soak up the harmful substances that you want to remove. Consuming a diet consisting of whole foods more so aids in your bodies natural detoxing process; while the addition of the powerful foods listed above to your diet, will boost the elimination of heavy metals.
Avoiding Contact with the Source of Heavy Metal
It does take time to detox your body from toxic heavy metals, but it is possible. If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, or feel that you are at risk for heavy metal exposure, get yourself tested as soon as possible. It is extremely important that once you find yourself having high levels of toxic heavy metals you avoid whatever it was that exposed you to the metals in the first place. For some people this may be their work or home environment, which may be hard to avoid at first but steps can indeed be taken to maintain a healthy and detoxified body.