Heavy metal toxicity has become a huge problem in causing many chronic health issues. It is believed to be a trigger in causing Autoimmune Diseases and more!
Detoxifying treatments and certain supplements can also be incorporated with a natural diet plan to help support your brain, nervous system, liver, and other vital organs.Exposure to these metals may be the root cause of many symptoms your experiencing such as low energy, mood issues, and many diseases.
Once in your bloodstream, they travel throughout your body into your cells and organs, which can be stored for YEARS!
How To Treat Heavy Metal Toxicity?
Following a strict plan to detox the metals out of your body is important. Be aware of this detox, you may feel worse before you feel better. Your symptoms may intensify and you may experience fatigue, loss of appetite and digestive issues. Don’t worry this is normal and will pass in the following weeks. This happens because you are pulling the toxins stored so deep in your cells and organs!
Dangers Of Heavy Metal Toxins
Heavy metals can be extremely toxic to the body, even at low amounts! Heavy metals that can lead to toxicity include (1)
- Manganese, iron, lithium, zinc, and calcium (under certain conditions very high levels of even essential minerals can become dangerous)
According to a report in Scientific World Journal, “Toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury are ubiquitous, have no beneficial role in human homeostasis, and contribute to noncommunicable chronic disease.” There are 23 different environmental metals that cause acute or chronic toxicity in the body.
These metals are called “heavy metals” because they hide in the body and fat cells. They can also be very challenging to get rid of. This is because body fat tries to protect your organs by trapping certain substances inside, this includes some metals which cause them to stay stored. This can be a major reason why many people lose weight when they do a heavy metal detox. (2)
There are toxins every way we turn, so there is no possible way that we can avoid this entirely. Some of these metals are natural and can be found in your food supply, water, and the ground. This can be a problem because you don’t know your body is building up these toxins until you start feeling symptoms.
Heavy metals can affect your central nervous system, damage your organs, such as the liver, heart, endocrine glands and kidneys. Many people mistake getting older as the cause of many symptoms such as memory loss, increased fatigue and more. In severe cases, heavy metal toxicity can mimic symptoms from diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
Common Warning Signs
- Chronic Fatigue
- Skin Irritation
- Autoimmune diseases
- Poor recovery from exercise and weakness
- Neurological disorders
- Brain-fog, trouble concentrating, difficulty learning and poor memory
- Depression, manic depression and/or anxiety
- Digestive issues, such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Chronic aches and pains, such as those associated with fibromyalgia
- Impaired motor control, hearing, speech and vision
- Higher risk for heart attacks
Where Do Heavy Metals Come From?
Mercury is the most common type of heavy metal that causes poisoning. Studies have found mercury is one of the deadliest metals and when exposed it can interfere with how our nerves communicate. Some causes of mercury poisoning and other metals include:
1. Exposure to environmental chemicals such as traffic fumes, air pollution, food contaminants, radiation and more!
2. Heavy metal dental fillings (silver filing slowly release mercury into the body).
3. Eating poor quality food (farm-raised fish that have high levels of mercury such as, swordfish, tilefish, shark, bigeye tuna and king mackerel) and food inorganically grown in toxic soil.
4. Drinking water that has trace amounts of metal.
5. From birth ( heavy metals can be passed down from mother to offspring)
6. Exposure from household products that contain metals such as air condition filter, cosmetics, fabric softness, felt, floor waxes, polishes and more.
8. Exposure to substances that carry lead such as some chocolates, canned foods, toothpaste, old paints, insecticides and more.
9. Household items such as baking powder, certain baby formulas, plastic toys, aluminum foil, certain metal pots and pans and more.
Heavy Metal Testing
If you believe you may heavy metal toxicity you should seek medical testing and speak to a naturopath. I would suggest to first get a hair analysis then a blood test if needed. The main goal of the detox is to remove the toxins out of your brain and nervous system.
Other organs such as the kidneys, liver, heart, respiratory system and the lymphatic system will benefit from this. If your doctor will not test for heavy metals you can find the test online at Directlabs.com
Benefits Of A Heavy Metal Detox
- Reduced damage to the body/oxidative stress
- Increased energy levels
- Increased immunity and gut health
- Improvement digestive function
- Improvements in mental performance (attention, memory, learning, etc.)
- Better skin health
- Better protection against diseases cognitive disorders and autoimmune disease
The first thing to start with is your diet. Here are the foods that can help you remove heavy metals from the body and are important to eat while doing this detox!
1. Leafy Green Veggies
Kale, swiss chard, dandelion greens, mustard greens, arugula, spinach or beet greens. If you have a thyroid issue, make sure these are cooked!
2. Herbs & Spices
Basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and cilantro are anti-inflammatory and antioxidants.
Is one of the best herbs for detoxifying the body and helps decrease the heavy metals in the body. Adding it to your food and juices is very beneficial.
4. Foods Rich in Vitamin C
Fruits and veggies that are high in Vitamin C can help the damage from the toxins in the body. Foods include citrus fruits, leafy greens, berries, bell peppers, papaya, and guava.
This food contains sulfur which helps the liver when detoxing the heavy metals.
Drink 8 ounces of water or veggie juice ever two hours to help get rid of the toxins.
7. Flax and Chia Seeds
These are high in omega fats and fiber that help with the process of the detoxing of the colon.
Foods To Avoid
During the detoxing process, there are foods you need to avoid! These foods include:
1. Farmed fish
Farmed fish can contain heavy metals and can be toxic. You can continue to eat fish just make better choices that are low in mercury and purchase wild-caught fish.
2. Food Allergens
If your body is battling against common allergens or food sensitivities and dealing with high levels of inflammation, it will not be able to detoxify correctly.
3. Non-organic foods
Try to buy organic as non-organic can increase exposure to chemicals.
4. Foods with additives
Decreases your body’s ability to detoxify.
Alcohol is a toxin to the body and can make it hard for your liver to process other toxins.
1-4 grams per day or about 4-8 caps. You can take it in powder or tablet form.
2. Vitamin C
Is an antioxidant and helps reduce free radicals (3000 milligrams daily).
Preferably taken as a tincture 2x per day.
It’s a natural chelator because it contains fulvic acid and humic acid that bind to toxic molecules (Between 100-500 milligrams daily, typically in powder form). (3)
5. Milk Thistle
This is one of the most popular herbs for detoxifying the liver. It may act as a toxin blockade agent by inhibiting the binding of toxins to cell membrane receptors (50 milligrams taken 2x daily, or milk thistle tea 1-3 times daily). (4)
Soil-based, 50 billion units one time daily.
Is one of the most effective ways to reduce a serious case of heavy metal exposure. This is used for metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum, and arsenic. This therapy is done by directly injected EDTA (ethlendiaminetetraccetic acid) into the bloodstream.
This helps move the heavy metals through your urine. Most people need about 2-30 sessions to see the best results. There are some side effects to this therapy and should be discussed with your doctor.
This is another treatment that works to eliminate the toxins. Activated charcoal has a negative electric charge and causes the toxins (positively charged) bond together. This is a very strong therapy and should only be used as an emergency.
It removes toxins from the body very fast and can be dangerous. It is very important to drink 12-16 glasses of water per day. (6)
Treatment using clays are used to absorb toxins because they are like a magnet for the metals. Most clays are for topical use and shouldn’t be ingested.
There are some organic clays that you can ingest but make sure to be careful when doing this. If you do want to use clay internally, mix 1/2 teaspoon with water, shake to combine and take once daily. (7)
Is a herbal mixture made from dried powder from three different fruits including, gallic acid, ellagic acid and chebulinic acid. When you consume this it can help cleanse your digestive tract and help with regular bowel movements.
It can be consumed in a form of tea, powder, tincture or capsule. Take it on an empty stomach, about two hours before bedtime. (8)
During the detoxing process, you may have skin irritation or itchiness. If you do then an anti-itch cream may help with the inflammation. This will contain coconut oil and shea butter to keep your skin moisturized.
It will also have essential oils to help to avoid infection and apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay to help cleanse the skin. This cream should be applied 2-3 times a day.
Heavy Metal Detox Symptoms
When I started a detox I was in a pure panic because all the symptoms were a little intense for me. So it is very important to know the symptoms of detox and how to handle it. There are some symptoms to expect when you go through this process of eliminating the toxins.
You will most likely feel worse before you start feeling better, this is normal! This is a sign your body is eliminating the toxins. You will not feel good at all but once you get through it, it will be worth it. Here are some of the side effects you may feel:
- Bloating and gas
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- A skin rash
- Changes in appetite
- Low energy
- Metallic or sour taste in the mouth
- Smelly armpits
Remember that heavy metal exposure slowly takes place over many years, so removing it all will not happen overnight. It might take months or even longer for you. Heavy metal toxicity causes such a range of health problems, it can be easy to confuse toxicity without another underlying health condition.