Heavy metals can manifest in a host of symptoms in the body. This happens as an overload that is not just accumulated in one dosage such as from a light bulb or thermometer breaking but from two decades of accumulation.
We need to take notice of what is going on in our environment because it really is turning into a very scary place. We are constantly being exposed to these toxins from our soil, water and the air we breathe.
The most common heavy metals found in the body are mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and aluminium. We find these a lot of the time because of industrial-based uses. All of these compounds are being released into the atmosphere and they are raining down on the ocean, soil and the air we breathe.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE UNDIAGNOSED SYMPTOMS?
1. Frequent headaches
4. Feelings of depression
5. Eye health deterioration
6. Weakened immune system
7. Tingling sensations
8. Memory problems
Remember that there are multiple causal factors for these symptoms so I’m not saying that heavy metals are the end-all be-all. However, they are usually part of the overall health-based equation when someone has never been able to figure out why they can’t get well, lose weight or is ageing at a more rapid rate.
WHAT METALS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Even in small amounts, we know that mercury is toxic. This is why the thought of people having mercury fillings alone is quite scary.
Did you know that 50 tons of mercury is being released into the air on an annual basis in the United States alone? This is why when we talk about “saving the environment”, we really do mean it. We are destroying our environment, and even organic healthy plants are being rain down on with mercury.
Believe it or not, a lot of the new “smart lightbulbs” are loaded with mercury and so much so that if you don’t leave the house when one breaks, it can poison you!
Another common way of accumulating high levels of mercury is from eating fish high in mercury such as tuna, sea bass, swordfish…
Lead was formerly used in pipes and those still run in many different places… We can also find it in a lot of children’s toys that come from overseas and from the contamination in soil and water.
Most commonly found in people smoking tobacco and those exposed to cigarettes. It can also come from rice that was grown in contaminated water.
This is a very dangerous one if you have Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism.
You can also get this from smoking cigarettes, pressure-treated wood built in our homes and big farming runoff that gets into the soil.
This is one of the worsts for neurological-based issues and potentially Alzheimer’s as well. Aluminium occurs naturally in the air, water and soil.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Water: You should try to buy bottled spring water, ideally in a glass. However, if you can’t do that then the next best thing is buying the best water filter available. Buy something that takes “all of the junk” out of the water.
Food: If you can’t buy all organic, you should at least buy the foods classified as “dirty 12” organic. Otherwise, don’t buy them in the first place because the benefits of those foods do not outweigh the pesticides that they are loaded with. Protect yourself and protect your family. It’s just not worth it.
Air: I love living in the city, I have everything within walking distance. Life is convenient in the city, but it comes at a cost and that is clean air. You can get a good quality air purifier that filters the whole house.
You can test for heavy metals on a hair tissue mineral analysis test and you can do it right at home. It will give you a good long-standing look at the metals that you have been exposed to.
If I suspect that a client might be experiencing some toxicity, I immediately put them on a 6-week heavy metal detox protocol alongside their personalised programme. Heavy metal toxicity is a serious thing and it can have a horrific effect on the body, mind and nervous system…
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