Could Heavy Metals Be Building Up In Your Body?
When people deal with chronic health issues and chronic illness, one of the things they’re most often looking for is a cause. More specifically, they want to know if something in their lives is causing their condition or making it worse. However, too often, those causes are ignored in favor of band-aid fixes and prescription drugs. It’s important that we analyze what factors are impacting our health and what we can do about them.
One of the most underreported toxins that can affect our health are heavy metals. Although you rarely hear about it from mainstream medicine or media, these metals can have serious implications for our long-term health. In fact, they can be the source of many health issues or they could be making existing issues worse. Here are some of the heavy metals you need to be looking out for.
Though you may not be exposed to lead in your everyday life now, exposure from the past, even the distant past, can still be affecting your health. Prolonged lead exposure can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and reduced fertility. As we age, our bones demineralize and the internal exposures may increase as a result of larger releases of lead from the bone tissue. There is concern that lead may mobilize from the bone among women undergoing menopause. Post-menopausal women have been found to have higher blood lead levels than pre-menopausal women.
Aluminum is a common household item, so you may not think that it carries any hazards with it. An excess of aluminum in the body can begin to compound and cause inflammation in the body. Worse yet, this can lead to neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s. It’s important to be very conscious about what is going in your body and what metals you’re keeping in your home.
Many of us know about the dangers of mercury in our body, but we’re not aware of all the ways we may be consuming it. The most common exposure most people have is fish, specifically tuna. (The fish with the least amount of mercury tend to be salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring) You can also be exposed through certain medicines, lotions, and creams. There are even exposures that happen through novelty jewelry and dental fillings.
4. Cadmium and Arsenic
Cadmium is slightly less prevalent today because it’s most commonly found in cigarette smoke, which has been banned from most indoor locations. However, it can still be in your system. Arsenic, which we know can be dangerous, is actually more common than you may think. In fact, there was even a recall of baby cereal recently because the arsenic levels were too high.
If you’re interested in being tested for any of these heavy metal toxins, we can do that. Just reach out and we can set you up for an initial consultation today!