Heavy Metal Toxicity
How are we exposed to heavy metals?
Most of us who live in modern day society are continuously exposed to high concentrations of heavy metals (toxic metals.) Heavy Metals such as aluminium, cadmium, fluoride, lead and mercury have become a normal part of our industrialised culture. Heavy metals are commonly found in thousands of different food & beverage products, household cleaning products, household furnishings, cookware, personal body care products, cosmetics and untold numbers of industrial products and chemicals.
How do heavy metals affect us?
After exposure, the heavy metals pass quickly through your body via your blood and are stored in vital tissues where they disrupt many of your chemical, hormonal or neurological processes as well as wreak havoc on your health. This results in heavy metal toxicity or heavy metal poisoning. Small amounts of heavy metals in your body are highly significant as even tiny amounts are capable of causing serious health problems by interfering with your body’s normal biological function.
While copper, iron and zinc in low concentrations are essential for your health, they become toxic at high levels. Other Heavy metals like aluminium, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, fluoride, lead and mercury have no bodily function and will cause heavy metal toxicity and should therefore be avoided wherever possible.
Generally speaking, heavy metals disrupt your body’s metabolic function in two basic ways:
- Firstly, they accumulate in your vital organs and glands such as your heart, brain, kidneys, bone and liver where they disrupt their important functions.
- Secondly, heavy metals inhibit the absorption, interfere with or displace vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. These nutrients are essential to your health and wellbeing. For example, enzymes are needed for nearly every chemical reaction in your body and essential minerals play a vital part in these reactions. When heavy metals are present minerals like calcium and magnesium are displaced and heavy metals such as lead or cadmium take their place. Toxic heavy metals can’t fulfill the same role as your essential nutrients so their presence becomes harmful to your health and longevity by inhibiting the proper chemical, enzyme and neurological reactions that should occur within your body.
The result of heavy metal toxicity within your body is that it cause cell damage and inhibits proper body functions which allow disease and ill health to occur. The end result of heavy metal poisoning is initially cell damage and then eventually cell death.
Possible symptoms of heavy metal exposure
What can I do to avoid heavy metal toxicity?
While it may be impossible to eliminate your exposure to toxic metals, it is important to be aware of heavy metals and to minimise your exposure wherever possible both in your work, home and living environments. There are many ways heavy metals can be absorbed into your body; through foods and beverages, skin exposure, via the air you breathe and with procedures such as injections and dental fillings.
While, preventative measures are very important, avoiding heavy metal exposure completely is impossible. What is important for you is to prevent the accumulation of heavy metals in your body and to look at the options available to you to remove any heavy metal build-up that may be already present in your system.
- Learn how you and your family are exposed - Our E-Book 'Heavy Metals and Your Health', is a PDF downloadable file that we have compiled as a reference guide to help you identify the sources of heavy metals and elevated essential minerals in your work, home and living environments. This E-Book not only provides details on how we are exposed to heavy metals on a daily basis, so you can try to avoid these sources, but it also gives the side effects heavy metal exposure can cause to us in terms of health issues.
- Check your toxicity levels with a Heavy Metals & Essential Minerals Test - This test is available online through our store to check your health status or alternatively through our clinic with a healthcare consultation. This is a simple hair sample test that can indicate your level of heavy metal toxicity as well as essential minerals status. Please visit our Heavy Metals and Essential Minerals Test pages for detailed information on what is tested.
Please refer to our Health Focus Newsletter PDF on Heavy Metals.