Could Heavy Metal Toxins be the Culprit?

Metals and toxins seem to be just about everywhere nowadays, from cookware to your child’s rubber ducky, and navigating our way around them seems stressful, but nowhere near the stress our bodies feel with acute or chronic exposure to them. What kind of metals and toxins am I talking about? We see “BPA-free” on the sides of water bottles and toys, but aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, lead, nickel, fire retardants, pesticides, mercury, and chemicals in non-stick cookware.

How do you know if you’ve been exposed to metals or toxins?   I am here to tell you that you have been exposed if one of the following has ever happened to you at any point in your life.

  1. You breath on a regular basis.  Our bodies do an amazing job every day processing toxins in our air.  Detectable toxins are found in our air from every environment from the Colorado Rockies to the inner city of Houston.
  2. You drink on a regular basis, especially water.  In every environment from springs high up in the mountain to the rain gutters of Detroit there are detectable toxins that our bodies, especially the kidneys, filter out everyday.
  3. You eat on a regular basis.  From the aisles of Whole Foods to the back alleys of fast food there are detectable toxins in just about everything we consume.

Our super smart bodies modify, manipulate and change metabolic pathways thousands of times per second in order to prevent us from being poisoned by these toxins.  Instead we either excrete them or deposit them in the fat cells, brain cells, bone, and thyroid.  Excretion can be a heavy job on the body requiring a ton of energy expenditure.  Think fatigue, agitated, foggy, electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, sagging sign, and poor hair, nail and skin.  Depositing toxins can cause a chain of reaction in the body that causes it to views these toxins as forgein invaders, at times triggering immune response, disease in the tissue of involvement  and autoimmune expression.  Either way, supporting the body’s innate ability to detoxify is worth focusing on.

Chronic toxicity symptoms may include fatigue, digestive disturbance, aching joints, depression and female reproductive problems.  It can also cause damage to the central nervous system function, the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems, lungs, kidneys, liver, endocrine glands, and bones – and can cause or contribute to a long list of diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other brain and neurological disorders. We’re even seeing babies born toxic due to toxins in their mothers.

Eating well is so very important because metals toxins can become “stand-ins” for good nutrients. For example, in the absence of calcium, and the presence of lead, the lead will deposit in the bones and contribute to poor bone health like osteoporosis. Zinc is replaced by cadmium and accumulates in the kidneys, magnesium is replaced by aluminum, which has become a contributing factor to developing Alzheimer’s and manganese is replaced by nickel — a carcinogenic.

In addition to eating natural, unprocessed, organic foods, sourced locally, there’s a lot you can do to reduce your bodies support against toxins: use glass, cast iron, carbon steel, titanium and enamel cookware.  Avoid cosmetics and deodorants that contain aluminum, don’t wear costume jewelry, don’t smoke, and use care when selecting household cleaners.

You can also try our Metabolism Metals to aiding the elimination of heavy metal detoxification.

It can help:

– Mobilize and Eliminate Heavy Metals from the Body
– Supports the Pathways of Metal Detoxification
– Helps Protect Tissues from Oxidative Stress