In today’s world we are exposed to numerous toxins on a daily basis. Heavy metals are a part of that toxic load. Some of the heavy metals are essential to our normal daily functioning, but in excess amounts they cause health problems. Other heavy metals are toxic even in the smallest amounts. Heavy metal toxicity can affect both men and women, children and adults.
The heavy metals that are most commonly seen causing health problems are mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium. Heavy metal toxicity can occur as a result of exposure in our air, water, food, medicines, products, etc. Arsenic is used in the manufacture of several pesticides; aluminum is common in cookware, antiperspirants, antacids and food cans; cadmium can be found in cigarette smoke and can be ingested in certain foods; lead is in old paint, some PVC plastics, and lead pipes; and mercury has been used for dental fillings and is found in a variety of fish. This is just a small sampling of how we get exposed to heavy metals on a regular basis.
Heavy metal toxicity can present in several different ways as a health problem. An acutely toxic person is usually easy to diagnose and typically gets immediate medical attention. However, if you are exposed in small amounts over time your body tends to store the toxin in your bones, organs, or fatty tissue; making the heavy metal toxicity difficult to pinpoint. The heavy metals can wreck havoc on your body slowly over time. In traditional medicine this type of heavy metal toxicity is typically overlooked. A slowly toxic individual may have an overall feeling of fatigue or malaise; a decreased sense of well being. Neurological disorders have been the most commonly linked to heavy metal toxicities; things such as autism, Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, increased irritability, headaches, etc. Other systems in the body can also be affected: the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), kidneys, gastrointestinal system (stomach and intestines), etc.
What can you do?? First be aware of what you are exposed to on a daily basis and take action to decrease your exposure.Here are some basic things that you can do: eat organic products, use glass cookware and storage containers, avoid food or drinks dispensed out of aluminum cans, use safe personal care and cleaning products, use a water purifier and air cleaner in your home. EWG.org is a wonderful resource regarding healthier products to use. However, toxic heavy metals are difficult to completely avoid in today’s world. Establish a regular detoxification routine to allow your body to eliminate heavy metals, and other toxins, on a regular basis. Infra red saunas and epsom salt baths are a great way to detoxify through your largest detoxifying organ: your skin. Colonic hydrotherapy is a wonderful way to detoxify through your gastrointestinal system.Continue reading