Heavy metals can take a massive toll on your body, health and well-being. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum, accumulate in the body over time and can do more than simply slow you down mentally and physically. They are suspected of triggering dangerous conditions like heart disease, thyroid problems, dementia, neurological conditions, autism, infertility and birth defects to name a few. According to Mercola.com, heavy metal poisoning can cause fogginess, Alzheimer’s, depression and anemia. The good news is that a heavy metal detox can remove these contaminants from your body and minimize their impact on your health – but first, let’s see where exactly they come from!
Where Heavy Metals Come From
If you have worked in certain jobs such as agriculture, pharmaceutical manufacturing, or have partaken in industrial work, you have probably exposed yourself to a fair amount of metals. There are also other ways you may have inadvertently “metaled” yourself – for example, if you have any amalgam fillings, drank contaminated water or received vaccinations you probably have some metal in your system – unless you are a regular user of our Far-Infrared saunas (sorry, had to throw that in there). Read here to see what Erin wrote about her experience with removing heavy metals through using our Far-Infrared Sauna!
Ever been to a dentist? Ever had a silver filling? Not that we are trying to scare you, but 50% of every amalgam filling (AKA silver filling) contains mercury. Additionally, amalgams are known to release vapors continually – not a good sign considering your teeth are inches away from your brain!
Fish are chock-full of mercury. They absorb it from the water, and large fish usually contain higher levels of mercury. By simply limiting your intake of large fish, whether salt water or fresh water, you can help your body significantly in detoxing itself of harmful heavy metals.
Pollution surrounds us daily – and for those of us in big cities it may be hard to avoid. Contained in our water and air, these are often a huge source of heavy metals, especially industrial areas.
Foods that Aid with Heavy Metal Detox
Below are some awesome superfoods that will support you in detoxing heavy metals from your body – additionally you can check out these 9 detox foods to add to your diet and see what else you can do to support your body even further!
Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs and is often found in pico de gallo recipes, Thai soups and food and is used in other dishes as well. Cilantro helps with inflammation as well as detoxification.
Chlorella – honestly, not the best tasting stuff but it is rich in vitamins and minerals, and aids in detoxification.
Milk Thistle Seeds
Milk thistle seeds are an antioxidant and stimulates the regeneration of liver tissues. Double bonus!
Pectin is great for aiding in detoxification. Pectin is found in many fruits, including apples, pears, grapefruit and citrus.
Garlic is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory that, when consumed fresh and raw, it can support your body in detoxing itself of heavy metals. It may give you some bad breath, but this is a small price to pay for your health and wellness! Not to mention, it also boosts your immune system.
How to Remove Heavy Metals From Your Body
If you are worried that you may have a high level of heavy metals in your body, you can ask your doctor for a test and ask him or her to recommend some form of heavy-metal detoxification.
3 Steps to Remove Heavy Metals From Your Body
- Reduce the amount of toxins take in. As stated above, limit your consumption of large fresh and salt water fish, try to stay away from industrial areas, and if you are in the pharmaceutical or agriculture line you can to take preventative measures so you reduce the amount of toxins your body absorbs. If you live in a big city, get an air purifier and drink filtered water and replace those old silver fillings with nontoxic fillings.
- Help your body do what it does best! Detox! Your body is a detoxification machine! Let it do what it does best by drinking more water, eating natural and raw foods and exercising regularly.
- Sweat it out! Sunlighten saunas are an awesome easy option. Far Infrared significantly quickens the detoxification process. By raising your core temperature and heating your tissues several inches deep and causing cells to vibrate, this can enhance your natural metabolic processes. It also enhances circulation and increases oxygenation.
In summary, we live in a modern society where we expose ourselves to more toxins than ever including heavy metals. The good news is there are lots of things we can do to detox our bodies of harmful poisons and toxins!
Again, if you are worried that you have a lot of heavy metals in your system, go to your doctor and request a heavy-metal test (it should not include any head-banging or moshing).
Wishing you a healthy and happy life!