Nutritional Imbalance: Metal Toxicity (aluminum, cadmium, mercury, lead)
Many of the early symptoms of metal toxicity — anemia, muscle pains, indigestion, dizziness, headaches, fatigue and constipation — are vague, or could also relate to other problems. That is, symptoms of metal toxicity may be false symptoms in that they may be mirroring the vague symptoms of some of your other imbalances. Read all the information regarding metals carefully but if you have no reason to suspect that you have metal toxicity, then you probably do not. However, if you think there is any reason that you might be suffering from high toxin levels (ie, due to environmental factors, etc), follow the online recommendations.
Researchers suspect that aluminum toxicity may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. While there is no proof that the excess aluminum found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients causes the disease, aluminum has no known benefit in the body, and therefore it is best to avoid known sources of aluminum.
Aluminum cooking pots, processed foods (such as cake mixes), cigarettes, some antacids and drugs, deodorants and many other everyday items introduce aluminum into our bodies. One serving of tomato soup heated in an aluminum pan can release as much as 25mg of aluminum into your body.
It is possible to rid the body of excess aluminum by avoiding known sources and taking supplements such as calcium and magnesium, which force aluminum out of nervous tissues. However, dosages must be determined by a professional nutritional advisor.
Cadmium is a malleable, ductile, toxic, bluish-white metallic element that occurs in association with zinc ores. It is used in electroplating, alloys and as a neutron-absorber in the control of nuclear fission. Cadmium is an environmental poison, is toxic to humans and has no known useful biological function.
Cadmium is in paint, cigarette smoke (it comes from the cigarette paper and is especially bad in second hand smoke), car exhaust and car tires (cadmium enters the atmosphere as the tires wear down), solder, and also in old galvanized pipes.
Mercury is a very toxic metal. Unlike some other heavy metals that in small quantities have a useful function in the body, mercury is completely foreign to our bodies and performs no natural useful function. Much of the mercury pollution that finds its way into the food chain comes from water borne mercury byproducts of gold mining. Seafood is often a source of mercury. Dental fillings are another.
The controversy over the safety of dental fillings is far from over. Some experts believe that removing existing fillings should only be considered if you have specific symptoms of mercury hypersensitivity or poisoning. Various tests (urine, blood, and hair analysis) are available to help identify mercury as a problem, before having any fillings removed. This caution is necessary because drilling out the fillings can inadvertently cause additional quantities of mercury to enter your bloodstream and increase your level of mercury toxicity.
Like other toxins, mercury can be cleansed from the body by an individually designed regimen of the correct nutritional supplements and by eating foods that bind to toxins and allow them to be safely flushed from the body.
Lead, like cadmium, mercury and aluminum, has no known use in the body. Excess lead can lead to a variety of often subtle neurological and mental disorders. Lead poisoning often occurs slowly, over a long period of time as the lead accumulates in the body’s tissues.
Sources of lead are canned foods (especially canned tuna), various paints, leaded gasoline, hair dye, synthetic baby formulas, and vehicle and machinery exhaust fumes. Like other toxins, lead can be cleansed from the body by an individually designed regimen of the correct nutritional supplements.
Metal Toxicity Recommendations:
Many of the early symptoms of metal toxicity — anemia, muscle pains, indigestion, dizziness, headaches, fatigue and constipation — are vague, or could also relate to other problems. Your nutritional analysis will be valuable to you if, in your daily routine, you… (your complete nutritional profile will have detailed information about how to correct high levels of toxic metals while maintaining your overall nutritional balance).