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The Battle Against Heavy Metals

Anyone who knows me well, knows I have a deep interest and curiosity to thoroughly understand my body and overall health.  I’m not afraid to dive in and have fitness or lab tests conducted to help me better understand what’s going on in my body.

In recent months, I noticed my energy was low and I had issues with anxiety. I had a blood and urine test completed to look for heavy metals in my system. My results showed that I had higher than normal levels of arsenic and lead.

Detox

There’s good news in all of this, which is that our bodies are very efficient in detoxification of heavy metals, chemicals and other waste. This is an everyday biological process for the liver, kidneys, bladder, skin and even lungs. Even on a cellular level, each cell in our body has a natural detox process so our bodies are quite adept at detoxifying heavy metals and nearly everything else. In some cases, as with me, toxins can build up – usually because of excessive exposure to the toxin. This is where detox and other changes come in to the picture.

To tackle my high levels of arsenic and lead, I completed an all-purpose, 10-day detox and gut cleanse. Curious to see the impact, I had my heavy metals retested to see the result. I was surprised to find my numbers didn’t drop at all.  I tried another detox, this time a specific heavy metal focused plan from Metagenics called Clear Change 10 Day Program with UltraClear RENEW. Guess what! My levels dropped into the normal range.

Avoidance of Toxins

Because our bodies are so efficient at naturally detoxing, I believe the best approach and first approach should be to focus on avoiding toxins in the first place.

I don’t know how or why I am exposed to high levels of heavy metals. To get some clarity, I sent foods and other items, such as rice, body products, water and soil in for testing. Some of the lab results are still pending but I did confirm our soil and water are fine.

Foods to eat

Certain foods can help your body detoxify heavy metals.  These foods bind to the metals and remove them in the digestive process. Eating nutrient rich foods, high in vitamins and minerals is important.

Heavy metal detox foods to eat include:

  • lemon water
  • garlic
  • wild blueberries
  • barley grass juice powder
  • spirulina
  • chlorella
  • Atlantic dulse
  • curry
  • green tea
  • probiotics
  • tomatoes

Along with eating these foods, make sure to get the recommended daily intake of vitamins. According to Healthline, vitamin B, B-6, and C deficiencies are associated with poor tolerance of heavy metals and easier toxicity. Vitamin C has been reported to have chelating effects on iron. In one animal study, B-1 supplements were shown to decrease iron levels.

Foods to avoid

Processed foods and excess fats have minimal nutritional value and slow down our bodies natural detox process. Fats soak up the harmful substances we are trying to remove. Also there are some foods which contain higher levels of metals to begin with, so it’s good to limit or avoid those was well.

  • brown rice – because it often contains arsenic
  • fish – especially larger, long-living fish as they contain higher levels of mercury
  • alcohol
  • non-organic foods

Have you ever had your heavy metals tested? If so, I’m interested in hearing from you – what did you find, what did you change and what did you learn? Send me a message or leave a comment below.

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