There’s a lot of concern out there about heavy metal poisoning right now, which means that facts and fiction are being thrown around in equal measure. You might have questions about this topic, and if so, you’re not alone. In this blog, we’ll go over the most concerning heavy metals, how to do a heavy metal detox, and why it’s important.
Are you ready? Let’s take a few minutes to address some of the basics: which heavy metals are most likely to over-accumulate in the body, what the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning or toxification are, and how to do a heavy metal detox.
Heavy Metal Toxins and Your Health
The bad news is that heavy metals can come from a large variety of sources, and they do accumulate in your body over time through tissues and organs. Heavy metal poisoning can lead to some very detrimental health effects.
However, the good news is that you can fix it by finding out if your heavy metal toxicity is too high, and then removing those heavy metals from your body with a heavy metal detox.
Let’s look at the most likely suspects that could be affecting you with heavy metal toxicity symptoms.
11 Most Common Heavy Metals
Other metals of concern, according to Dr. Axe, include:
Some of these, such as zinc and calcium, are good for you in small doses but can accumulate to unhealthy levels.
So, if these heavy metals are so common, how do they enter the body and start causing problems?
Sources of Heavy Metals
Unfortunately, you can’t completely avoid getting exposed to heavy metals, because they’re everywhere in the environment. However, you can lessen your exposure by becoming aware of the areas in your life that expose you.
For example, contaminated water can be one problem; check with your local health services to learn about local water testing and ask to see the results.
The Environmental Workers Group did extensive testing on tap water with many concerning findings (1). We recommend you test your water as well as look at the findings outlined by the EWG’s research. If your house or residence uses well water, do regular testing for heavy metals and other common contaminants.
Keep an eye on your consumption of:
- Farmed fish (can contain high levels of mercury)
- Processed food or food with lots of chemicals
- Dental Fillings
- Household Products
- Once metals get into your bloodstream, they store up over time in soft tissues and organs.
The reality about toxic metals might sound scary, but the best way to put your fears to rest or start a treatment plan is to ask your doctor for a toxicity test. This will give you results on what your heavy metal levels are, and if any, are high. Once you have determined your toxicity levels, you can take action and decide on a heavy metal detox treatment plan.
Symptoms of Heavy Metal Poisoning
What are the specific symptoms of heavy metals? There are a lot of them, and many of them can be symptoms of other problems, so it’s essential to get a toxicity test done if you’re worried that you have heavy metal poisoning so that you can narrow it down.
Long-term heavy metal poisoning can degenerate muscular and neurological processes, and the symptoms might be mistaken for signs of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.
- Low energy
- Cognitive changes or problems
- Changes or disturbances to your mood.
- Damage to mental or central nervous function
- Damage to vital organs (liver, heart, kidneys, and endocrine glands).
Once you’ve had a toxicity test done and confirmed you have heavy metal poisoning, you can decide on a detox plan.
How to Do a Heavy Metal Detox
Most people can benefit from a heavy metal detox, even if you haven’t completed testing. Keep in mind that you might experience some side effects during the process of removing heavy metals from your body, especially when you first start the detox. This is because your body is eliminating these harmful substances. However, if you stick with it, the symptoms should go away, and you will be much healthier after.
Heavy Metal Detox Benefits Include:
- Stronger protection against diseases and illness
- Better skin health
- Improved memory, learning abilities, and attention span
- Reduces oxidative stress
Detox Symptoms Might Include
- Loss of appetite
- Digestive problems
The goal of a heavy metal detox is to get rid of accumulated heavy metals in your brain and nervous system. There are a few different ways to do this. We recommend starting with diet and lifestyle changes and if needed to seek out a health professional to assist you further.
Dietary Changes and Supplements
Nutritional changes and taking vitamin supplements are other good ways to detox. You need to break down metals so that they can be expelled from the body via poop, pee, sweat, and breath, and eating certain foods or taking supplements can help you do that.
Good Foods to Eat During a Heavy Metal Detox
- Leafy greens
- Anti-inflammatory/antioxidant herbs and spices (such as cilantro, basil, parsley, oregano)
- Flax and chia seeds
- Bone broth
- Garlic and onions
Supplements to Start Taking:
- Vitamin C
- Milk Thistle
Now you understand the basics of heavy metal poisoning, what causes it, and what to do about it. Remember- staying informed is important. By understanding how things are affecting our health, we can take action. Start today and address these important areas in your life.