The Dangers of Heavy Metals and How To Safely Detox

Heavy metals, which are everywhere in our environment unnoticed, can pose a significant threat to our health and well-being. From aluminium and lead to mercury and cadmium, and more, these toxic substances find their way into our bodies through various sources, leading to a wide variety of detrimental health effects.  Well known health effects include:

  1. Neurological Disorders: Heavy metals like aluminium, lead and mercury are notorious for their neurotoxic effects. Prolonged exposure can impair cognitive function, leading to memory loss, learning difficulties, and even neurological disorders.
  2. Cardiovascular Issues: Cadmium and lead have been linked to cardiovascular problems, including hypertension, atherosclerosis, and heart disease. These metals disrupt the delicate balance of essential minerals in the body, putting undue stress on the heart and blood vessels
  3. Immune System Suppression: Heavy metal exposure can weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections and diseases. Arsenic, for example, interferes with immune cell function, compromising the body’s ability to defend against pathogens
  4. Hormonal Imbalance: Mercury and cadmium disrupt endocrine function, leading to hormonal imbalances. This disruption can manifest as reproductive issues, thyroid dysfunction, and even metabolic disorders
  5. Cellular Damage: Heavy metals induce oxidative stress, eventually causing damage to cellular structures and DNA. This oxidative damage contributes to premature aging, chronic inflammation, and an increased risk of cancer.

Heavy metals can build up in our body, and there are many subtle signs and symptoms for an excess or buildup. This is different to heavy metal toxicity in the medical field which is often quite significant in its presentation as I’ve mentioned above.

Keep reading to become aware of the signs and symptoms of buildup of a few common heavy metals, what you can do to avoid accumulating heavy metals, and how you can support your body to detox safely.

Aluminium

Aluminium

Excess aluminium usually creates neurological symptoms – ADHD, Parkinsons, Autism spectrum disorders, dementia and other neurological decline or cognitive deficit.  Now BEFORE I get a lot of hate mail, I am not saying that excess aluminium or any other heavy metal in the body is THE cause of any condition.  I am saying that it can contribute to the condition AND also create symptoms that look like these conditions.  What’s the worst that is going to happen if you investigate this and either rule it in or out?

Also, if you are deficient in magnesium, (a blood test is NOT a good indicator of deficiency), your body will absorb excess aluminium

Where we get exposed to aluminium

We are exposed to aluminium every day in seemingly innocuous items.

  • Aluminium foil (obviously!)
  • Aluminium cookware and storage (cans)
  • Water
  • Baking powder and any food prepared with it
  • Antiperspirants and deodorants
  • Antacids

Copper

Copper

Excess copper often shows itself as explosive reactivity in children.  It builds up in the liver, the gallbladder and then the brain.  Copper is necessary for digestive function, but excess copper is a real problem.  It causes free radicals to run riot, which leads to inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which are very damaging to literally everything in your body.

Signs of excess copper:

  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Low blood sugar and blood sugar swings
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches, migraines and other similar pains
  • Arthritis and other joint conditions
  • IBS and many other digestive complaints
  • Menstrual issues including fibroids
  • Anxiety depression
  • Short attention span (think ADHD symptoms)

What causes your body to accumulate excess copper?

  • The oral contraceptive pill
  • Endocrine disruptors including plastics, and ingredients in skincare and cosmetics
  • Excess adrenal stress
  • Stress in general due to its effect on zinc levels
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Copper rich foods such as coffee, chocolate, avocado, crustaceans, soy, and some fruits
  • Copper plumbing

Mercury

Mercury

Excess mercury can get in and wreak havoc on your DNA, so it is well avoided! Depression is a common symptom.  Mercury disrupts your methylation cycle (MTHFR anyone?), and so can be considered with all mental health concerns, as well as people on the autism spectrum, as we know that methylation in impaired in these individuals.

Other signs and symptoms to consider for excess mercury:

  • Kids who are prone to worms
  • Reflux
  • Digestive disorders
  • Nutrient deficiency (which in turn can cause further accumulation)
  • Skin rashes and dermatitis
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Muscle tremors

Where do you get exposed to mercury

  • Fish oil supplements that have not been tested for mercury
  • Large fish such as salmon and tuna (eaten in large amounts). Also, swordfish, ahi, orange roughy
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Mercury fillings in your teeth (please see a holistic dentist experienced in removal)
  • Food grown in contaminated soil
  • Cosmetics

No plastic

How can I minimise exposure to, or stop accumulating, heavy metals?

  • Filter your water with a good quality filter
  • Buy aluminium free deodorants and baking powder
  • Increase your zinc and magnesium levels with your diet or a good quality magnesium supplement (with advice from a professional)
  • Really consider your diet and lifestyle as a whole – what can you change to improve your diet?  A lot of heavy metals accumulate due to what we put in and on our body
  • Reevaluate all your skincare and personal beauty items to reduce exposure to toxins including heavy metals
  • Do not heat food EVER in plastic containers
  • Don’t drink water from a plastic container that has been left in the car – this heats the plastic
  • Check that your fish oil supplement specifically says it’s been tested for mercury.  If not, it probably hasn’t, and please don’t buy it!

Balanced diet

How can I safely detox heavy metals from my body?

  • Regular effective bowel movements (not laxatives)
  • Drink plenty of filtered water
  • Sweat!  Cardio work or saunas (if indicated for you)
  • Eat chelating foods such as coriander, garlic and chlorella
  • Ensure you have a balanced diet full of whole foods that includes good sources of zinc, magnesium, iron

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What can kinesiology do to support detox from heavy metals?

Kinesiology can help on a number of levels:

  • Identify which of the metals are causing you stress
  • Look at and identify other contributing factors
  • Help you narrow down what to focus on
  • Open up and activate your detox pathways
  • Look at emotional drivers behind letting go of what does not serve you
  • Support gentle and effective detox with flower essence blends
  • IN subsequent sessions, work out what is working, what isn’t and why
  • You can also do hair tissue mineral analysis, however in my experience this is not always accurate depending on how blocked your detox pathways are.

 

So, to wrap it up, understanding the health effects of heavy metals is crucial for supporting your well-being. By minimising exposure and using gentle and effective detoxification strategies, you can reduce the risks and protect you and your children from the silent threat of heavy metal toxicity.  What are you going to start right now?

If you would like some support with detoxing, or a blend of flower essences that will initiate gentle detox, please book in!

 

Book now!

 

KinesiAlice

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