Heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, and aluminum, are dangerous to our health. Over time, we can absorb these heavy metals from environmental and dietary sources, eventually leading to health problems such as heart disease, thyroid problems, dementia, neurological conditions, autism, infertility, and birth defects.
So what can we do about the heavy metals that have built up in our systems? An intense metal detox procedure called chelation is an extreme and controversial measure some take to rid themselves of heavy metals. This intravenous procedure may be harmful and should be considered with a doctor.
If you aren’t looking for such an extreme method of detoxifying from metals, consider these less intense steps toward detoxification:
Step 1: Choose your fish carefully
Fish is a well-known source of mercury. They absorb the mercury in the water they live in, which is then transferred to you when you eat them. For a heavy metal detox, it is important to limit your intake of certain fish. Larger fish, such as tuna and swordfish, tend to absorb more mercury than smaller fish.
Step 2: Take a look at your dental work
Those silver-colored fillings in your mouth are probably made with a mercury amalgam, which may break down over time. You may consider talking with your dentist about replacing them with tooth-colored resin fillings if you have a lot of them.
Step 3: Ask for mercury-free vaccines
Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, used to be prevalent in vaccines, but was mostly removed in recent years. Some vaccines, however, still contain the controversial chemical, such as flu shots. If you choose to get a vaccine, there are usually thimerosal-free alternatives available if you ask for them.
Step 4: Watch out for pollution
Air and water can be a major source of toxic heavy metals, so drink filtered water and avoid industrial areas if possible. If you are concerned about the quality of your water, consider adding Aqualyte or Ionyte to increase the health benefits of your H2O.
Step 5: Beware of old paint
Up until the 1970s, paint was made with lead, which is a toxic heavy metal. If you live or work in an older building, there is probably lead paint under the top coat. Beware of places where the paint is chipping, which can expose the lead, and always prevent children from putting paint chips in their mouths.
Step 6: Add cilantro to your meals
Cilantro, also known as coriander, is an herb that has been shown to be a natural chelating agent, and it doesn’t have to be taken intravenously. “Cilantro chelation” calls for a small amount of fresh cilantro eaten each day for a few weeks. Cilantro can be added to pasta sauces, salads, or salsas. If you have a medical condition, you may want to consult your doctor before beginning this regimen.
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