Heavy Metals, What Are They & Why it’s Important to Detox

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Heavy Metals, What Are They & Why it’s Important to Detox

Most of us have heard something mentioned about metals or heavy metals, but what are they exactly?

What are the symptoms, health issues & how do I get rid of them?

All very good questions, and hard to find specific answers to as there are numerous articles..

First find out if you are toxic or what specific metals you need to work on. Most of us are over exposed, but there may be metals that have a higher level of concentration in your system that need to be addressed immediately.

 

Alternative Daily has a toxicity quiz & are offering a free e-book book (after supplying your email)

click the quiz or book picture below to go to their site:

 

 

 

 

OR 

you can purchase Heavy metal testing kits at your nearby drugstores. They are all cheap and are very simple to use.

You can know the result instantly. Of course, sophisticated testing equipment cost are much greater.

 

So which ones work?

There are different answers to this question & I will try to provide several alternatives for each one.

Can it be done Naturally without more chemicals or huge expense? The answer is YES

Why Do I Need to Detox…

If you have any of the following:

  • Unhealthy Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Levels
  • Stiff Muscles and Joints
  • Poor Sleep and Lack of Energy
  • Hair & Skin Problems and Weak nails
  • Upset Stomach and Digestive Problems
  • Weakened Natural Immune Defense System
  • Memory Problems

the list goes on & on, but you get the idea….

Lets find out now what these metals are & some of the symptoms & health issues they present.

Heavy Metal Detox is very important in solving the mystery of many health problems.

Heavy metal poisoning can be the cause of, or a contributor to, many conditions such as:

  • chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • autism,
  • cancer,
  • immune system dysfunction,
  • damage to the central nervous system,
  • damaged adrenals,
  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • multiple chemical sensitivities,
  • degenerative diseases
  • and more

 A list of some heavy metals, there sources and symptoms of toxicity:

Aluminum — Is found in:

  • aluminum foil,
  • cans,
  • baking powder,
  • cosmetics,
  • cheese,
  • fireworks,
  • dental amalgams,
  • deodorants,
  • drugs,
  • toothpaste,
  • pesticides,
  • pollution,
  • table salt (you can substitute with natural sea salt),
  • nasal spray,
  • cookware,
  • vehicle exhaust,
  • aspirin
  • and more.

Aluminum can cause:

  • learning disabilities,
  • Alzheimer’s,
  • dementia,
  • dry skin,
  • anemia,
  • headaches,
  • liver dysfunction,
  • memory loss,
  • Parkinson’s,
  • heartburn,
  • peptic ulcer,
  • psychosis,
  • degenerative diseases

Aluminum tends to accumulate in:

  • the kidneys,
  • liver,
  • brain,
  • reproductive organs,
  • muscles,
  • stomach.

Some of the common symptoms of aluminum are:

  • headaches,
  • abnormal heart rhythm,
  • depression,
  • blurred vision,
  • numbness in hands and feet

One of the most well known health problems caused by aluminum is Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The use of aluminum in many products used on a daily basis may be the reason there is such an increase in the number of people who have these health problems.

Arsenic — Is found in:

  • some seafood,
  • is used in galvanizing and power plants,
  • is found in pesticides,
  • herbicides,
  • insecticides,
  • fungicides,
  • desiccants 
  • wood preservatives and riot control gas.
  • 43sxdk56,There is arsenic in the air due to the burning of wood coal, metal alloys and arsenic waste.

It can cause:

  • anemia,
  • malaise,
  • fatigue,
  • spontaneous abortions,
  • dermatitis,
  • skin lesions,
  • peripheral neuropathy,
  • encephalopathy,
  • cardiovascular distress,
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon,
  • hypertension,
  • myocardial infarction,
  • hearing loss,
  • cardiovascular disease,
  • cancer of the skin,
  • liver or respiratory tract.

Beryllium — Is found in:

household products,

  • coal,
  • spark plugs,
  • microwave tubes,
  • photographic equipment,
  • etc.

The lungs are the target organ of beryllium toxicity and may be a cause of:

  • lung cancer
  • contact dermatitis,
  • ulcers,
  • magnesium depletion,
  • organ dysfunction
  • disturbance of calcium
  • vitamin D metabolism

Lead — Is in:

  • auto exhaust,
  • batteries,
  • cigarette smoke,
  • inks,
  • cosmetics,
  • household dust,
  • hair dyes,
  • lead pipes,
  • pottery,
  • liver,
  • canned fruit,
  • pesticides,
  • pencils,
  • paint,
  • newsprint,
  • toothpaste,
  • putty,
  • PVC containers,
  • tin cans
  • water.

It can cause:

  • adrenal insufficiency,
  • behavioral disorders,
  • cardiovascular disease,
  • loss of coordination,
  • depression,
  • constipation,
  • fatigue,
  • anxiety,
  • anemia,
  • allergies,
  • immune suppression,
  • decreased IQ,
  • insomnia,
  • joint pain,
  • kidney disorders,
  • liver dysfunction,
  • memory loss,
  • menstrual problems,
  • muscle aches and weakness,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • myelopathy,
  • Parkinson’s disease,
  • restlessness,
  • seizures,
  • stillbirths,
  • sudden infant death syndrome,

Lead also affects cognitive development in children such as:

  • retardation,
  • learning difficulties
  • behavioral problems.

Mercury — Is found:

  • primarily in dental amalgams

It is also found in:

  • air conditioner filters,
  • batteries,
  • body powders,
  • newspapers,
  • laxatives,
  • medications,
  • vaccines,
  • fungicides,
  • grains,
  • insecticides,
  • paints,
  • Preparation H,
  • tattoos,
  • diuretics,
  • thermometers,
  • paper,
  • fluorescent light bulbs,
  • skin creams and ointments.

Mercury tends to concentrate in the kidneys and brain.

It can cause:

  • dementia,
  • colitis
  • renal failure in people who have used laxatives containing mercury
  • bronchitis,
  • fatigue,
  • insomnia,
  • loss of memory,
  • chest pains,
  • gingivitis,
  • anxiety,
  • adrenal dysfunction,
  • brain damage,
  • dizziness,
  • eczema,
  • immune dysfunction,
  • migraines,
  • pain in limbs,
  • vision loss,
  • hyperactivity,
  • hypothyroidism,
  • kidney damage,
  • memory loss,
  • joint pain,
  • depression,
  • mental retardation,
  • anorexia,
  • nerve impairment
  • chronic viral, bacterial and fungal illnesses
  • It has been recently discovered that mercury may be the cause of the rise in the number autistic children.

Mercury has been present in the vaccinations given to children. Here’s an article about the connection of mercury to autism.

Autism: A Unique Type of Mercury Poisoning

Mercury And Its Use In Fillings

Nickel — Is found in:

  • fertilizers,
  • food processing,
  • kelp,
  • oysters,
  • batteries,
  • fuel oil,
  • imitation whipped cream,
  • margarine,
  • stainless steel cookware,
  • tea,
  • tobacco,
  • vegetable shortening

It may cause:

  • kidney problems,
  • hormonal problems,
  • headaches,
  • intestinal or respiratory cancer,
  • low blood pressure,
  • skin problems
  • asthma
  • sinus problems

 

The GOOD news is that it is fairly Easy to remove most metals from your system & do it Naturally.

However, be aware that the idea of there being some magic bullet or miracle solution to overcoming the following metal ailments:

  • Chemical and Heavy Metal Toxicity which causes:
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
  • Candida Yeast Infections
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

…is a fallacy.  It will take resolve and determination and it can be tough going.

To read one person’s journey & experiences as well as providing an exceptional amount of information & links, Please see the following article..

How to Detox Heavy Metals

An Effective & Safe Heavy Metals Detox

 

     There are several different ways you can cleans your system of most metals:

through the feet, eating specific foods for individual metals,

sweating, eating foods specific for a whole body cleans,

and limiting your exposure to these metals on a daily basis.

Something important to remember is:

Whenever you cause sweating, from a sauna for example, your body is depleted of minerals.

Always take an electrolyte drink and a mineral supplement to replace lost minerals.

You can drink mineral water while in the sauna or bath.

Create an electrolyte drink using:

1/4 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 lime or lemon squeezed in a glass of water.

Doesn’t taste so good but it works.

You may add a little orange juice or apple juice to sweeten it up a little bit.

This is very important. Don’t begin any sweating program without planning a way to replace the minerals that are lost.

 

Ok, so how do we remove heavy metals from our bodies —lemon balm

Chlorella — Chlorella is one of the most researched foods. Because chlorella is a food, it is hard to take to much. It is considered to be one of the best detoxifiers and is able to remove alcohol from the liver and heavy metals, pesticides and PCBs from body tissues. Chlorella can also absorb toxins from the intestines, alter bacterial flora in the bowel (for the better), eliminate intestinal gas and help relieve chronic constipation. About a third of those who try chlorella can’t tolerate it. It is possible this is due to a cellulose deficiency. If you have trouble with chlorella, you could try supplementing with cellulose. Because of its ability to bind to heavy metals and other toxins, it makes it a good partner to cilantro.

Cilantro — Cilantro mobilizes mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminum in the brain and the central nervous system. It is probably the only supplement able to mobilize mercury stored in intracellular spaces and the nucleus of the cell. Cilantro, however, can mobilize more toxins then it can carry out of the body and so may just move the heavy metals to another part of the body. Because of cilantro’s inability to remove the mercury from the body after it has been mobilized, it should never be taken alone. It has been found that chlorella works synergistically with cilantro as it has better binding properties. If you don’t want to buy cilantro as an herbal, you can buy cilantro and incorporate it in your meals — salads, salsas or other dishes.

Garlic — Garlic contains sulphur which oxidizes mercury, cadmium and lead and makes them water-soluble. It is also a potent antimicrobial and antifungal making it effective against candida albicans and parasites. Garlic contains a mineral that protects the body from mercury toxicity. It’s called bioactive selenium. Garlic selenium is the best form of selenium available. Raw garlic, of course, would be best. But if you don’t like it raw, the next best form would be aged garlic extract such as Kyolic brand. As the sulpher found in garlic is the main reason it is able to oxidize heavy metals, then it might also be helpful to supplement with MSM as it is a form of sulpher.

Chlorophyll — Chlorophyll is another way to detox heavy metals and is found in large quantity in chlorella as well. In fact it’s because of its high level of chlorophyll that chlorella got its name. If you have problems with chlorella then you could try liquid chlorophyll. It’s usually advertised as a breath freshener but don’t let that fool you. It is also very good at binding to heavy metals and helping to remove them from your body.

Magnesium Malate or Malic Acid — Malic acid is one of the most potent aluminum detoxifiers. It helps reduce aluminum toxicity of the brain and for that reason could be used to help Alzheimer’s Disease. Malic acid has been shown to increase fecal and urinary excretion of aluminum. It can also reduce the amount of aluminum found in the organs and tissues of the body.

N-acetylcysteine or N-A-C — N-A-C can detox heavy metals as well as raise the level of glutathione. Glutathione is an important antioxidant amino acid which protects against mercury toxicity. N-A-C binds to heavy metals and removes them from the body. N-A-C is one of the most effective oral chelating agents, and if it is taken regularly over a period of time, it will remove many toxic heavy metals.

EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid) — EDTA is an amino acid. It has been so effective at removing heavy metals from the blood, it has been the standard, FDA-approved treatment for lead, mercury, aluminum and cadmium poisoning for more than 50 years. It is a chelating agent designed to bind and inactivate certain trace metals. EDTA may deplete important vitamins and minerals so you should supplement with a daily multivitamin.

Far Infrared SaunaI have one of these also and I can confirm that this type of sauna can really make you sweat and at lower temperatures than conventional saunas. One of the most important pathways for eliminating heavy metals is through the skin by sweating. Most really serious heavy metal detox programs include sweating as one of the primary elements of the program. Below is an article about far infrared saunas to give you a little more information.     Warming Up To Far Infrared (heavy metal detox)

 

  ***Before we go any further and enter the next section I must include the following disclaimer:***

The claims of foot-detox products are not supported by most doctors or the FDA.

 

Heavy Metal Detox Foot Baths

A heavy metal detox foot bath is the easiest way to cleanse your body of the toxins and filth that has accumulated over the years.

Homemade foot soaks are great ways to relax and cleanse the body and feet at home, saving money and time from going to a spa.

While escaping to a spa is ideal to unwind, making your own foot soak detox is simple and composed of ingredients you may find at a health food store or pharmacy.

Why Does a Detox Foot Bath Work?

  • It works by creating electrodes, which create both negative- and positive-charged ions into the warm water. A foot bath is both relaxing and can help rid the body of unwanted toxins. It helps to relieve toxins from the body, which can aid in reducing headaches, poor circulation and other medical problems.

  • Our feet contain many reflexology points that are directly connected to the rest of our body.

  • When you soak your feet in a heavy metal detox foot bath those reflexology points are stimulated by a small electrical current in the water, which in turn coaxes your body to release the toxins and cleanse from the inside out.

Once again, sweating through a sauna or steam bath do not match the same effect of reducing heavy metal poisoning. When doing a footbath, they recommend you to add herbs in the hot water. The minerals and medicinal properties of herbs will help reduce toxins and will rejuvenate your strength and vitality even more.

You do not need to worry about harsh chemicals entering into your body, because the foot bath uses a natural substance to cleanse– water.

  PYRO-ENERGEN groups recommend the hot water footbath because of its cheap cost, and it’s easy to perform. You can do it anywhere and anytime with no side effects at all.

You can find the recipes & more information HERE.

 

Magnetic Foot Baths 

  • Magnetic foot baths work to remove toxins from the body through the use of water and magnets. Your feet house the biggest pores of your whole body. If you are healthy, your body should have approximately 80 percent negative electricity. This is known as negative ions. In contrast, your body should also have approximately 20 percent positive electricity.

    Your body is similar to a magnet because it not only attracts toxins but holds onto them. Some of the toxins that build up range from heavy metals, cholesterol deposits, disassimilated proteins, uric acid, plaque, lactic acid and many other chemicals that you ingest through your drinking water, food, even the air you breathe. These toxins then can migrate into many areas of your body, such as your joints, organs, arteries, nerves and tissues. These toxins can cause a disruption in your body and how it operates, making it easy for damage to occur, as well as easy for disease to develop. This is because your immune system is altered by the toxins.

Contraindications & Warnings:

There are certain people who should not use detoxifying magnetic foot baths:

    • If you have certain medical devices–such as a pacemaker or other electrical implant–you should not use a magnetic foot bath.

    • If you take medications for an irregular heartbeat, do not use it.

    • Do not use this treatment if you are an organ transplant recipient,

    • if you take a blood thinner,

    • have psychotic episodes or seizures,

    • or if you have a bleeding disorder–such as hemophilia.

    • If you are pregnant or lactating, do not use a detoxifying magnetic foot bath.

    • Do not allow children younger than 4 to use this method of detoxification either.

    • You should also avoid a magnetic foot bath if you have an open sore or a wound that will be exposed to the water.

 

  You can find the recipes & more information HERE.

 

An IMPORTANT note of Warning for those with Diabetes & the use of Epsom Salt:

Epsom Salt & Diabetes
For individuals with varying forms of diabetes, the use of Epsom salt can be a concern.

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is used either for internal use as a laxative, or externally for the treatment of aches and pains.

Diabetics must be aware of the consequences of the use of Epsom salt before choosing it as a remedy.

 

Lets move on to some general cleansings & baths for detoxing the body.

Salt Bath

Lots of spas charge big bucks for detoxifying bath treatments like salt baths. The salt water helps the body cleanse through the pores of your body. So plan a date to do a little detoxing of your own at home with a relax salt bath!

Ginger Bath Detox

Ginger is a natural spice that flushes out toxins, helps with eliminating pain and restores energy to your body. Since a ginger detox bath opens up your pores, you may experience cold-like symptoms the next day. Don’t worry, it’s just your body releasing toxins.

Precautions & Warnings

  • Before taking the ginger detox bath, remove any nail polish you are wearing from both fingers and toes.

  • Also, remove any acrylic nails.

  • The chemicals in nail polish and acrylic nails are absorbed by the body and the purpose of the bath is to detox and remove poisons and foreign chemicals from the body.

  • After the bath, if you plan to do the ginger detox bath the next night, skip applying any nightly face creams and lotions before bed.

Clay Detox Baths

Bentonite clay is a natural toxin remover that pulls out body waste, chemicals and heavy metals from the pores of your skin. Bentonite clay detox baths can help you rid your body of years of toxic buildup, aid in illness recovery and help you maintain a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle.

You can either choose to do an outside, summertime clay detox bath or an inside, wintertime clay bath.

 

The Master Cleanse

This is a simple but extreme cleanse and there are some precautions to observe before using it.

 

You can find the recipes & more information HERE.

 

Resources

Books about heavy metal poisoning and its effect on the brain:

Toxic Metal Syndrome: How Metal Poisonings Can Affect Your Brain

It’s All in Your Head

Helpful Articles:

The Effects of Mercury Exposure

Mercury And Its Use In Fillings

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