We are going to show you a great natural heavy metal cleanse later on in the article, as well as discuss some foods that remove heavy metals, how to remove heavy metals from water, and much more. But first, let’s talk about what exactly heavy metals are, where they come from and how they get in our body and brain, and, of course, how to recognize the symptoms and signs of heavy metal toxicity.
What Are They, and Why Are Heavy Metals Toxic?
Heavy metals (in terms of health and our bodies and brains) are high-density metals, some of which are essential nutrients which our bodies use for good, and others, well, not so much.
Essential heavy metals for our bodies include iron, zinc, copper, manganese, tin and cobalt.
Other heavy metals, like cadmium, mercury, chromium, arsenic, lead, lithium and beryllium are highly poisonous. They are the most common metals that the human body will absorb in toxic amounts.
So why are the toxic heavy metals toxic?
Sources of Heavy Metals Toxicity
There are often high concentrations of these metals in our food, water and air, not to mention (actually I think I am about to mention them…) pharmaceuticals, cookware and other food containers, lead paint and everyday industrial exposure.
These toxic metals are toxic because of the large amounts of them we are exposed to daily, which our bodies can’t deal with. And they tend to store up in our bones and bind to our enzymes, impeding digestion, breathing, and detoxification processes. Mercury and lead, in particular, affect the central nervous system and cause damage to brain function and development.
Arsenic and chromium are classified as carcinogens, and cadmium can cause degenerative bone disease, including osteoporosis.
Symptoms and Signs of Heavy Metal Toxicity
If you regularly experience some or all of the following, they may be symptoms / signs of heavy metal toxicity, or even heavy metal poisoning:
- Lack of energy
- Poor circulation
- High blood pressure
- Frequent sickness
- Weight gain
- Cold hands and feet
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Skin issues
- Sore or receding gums
- Lyme’s disease and other autoimmune diseases
- Weakness and poor muscle recovery
- Neurological issues, such as brain-fog, difficulty with concentration, learning and memory
- Depression and anxiety
- Digestive issues, like irritable bowel
- Chronic aches and pains
- Impaired motor control
- Hearing, speech and vision impairment
- Loss of bone marrow
- Kidney failure…
Heavy Metals Toxicity Test
A heavy metals toxicity test will use either hair, blood, or urine to test levels of heavy metals in your body.
Urine is arguably the best way, but it involve a second test–once before a chelating agent is administered, and again after.
The hair analasis is simple and the least expensive, and quite accurate, and the blood test works well, but is not very reliable as far as showing whether or not there are heavy metals stored up in the fat, organs, cells or tissues.
This site details these methods of heavy metals toxicity testing much further, and will help you decide which is best for you.
Here are some kits you can buy, if you have a fear of doctors, like I do:
The thing is, you will be able to pretty much tell if you have high heavy metal toxin levels by the list above, and honestly, most people would do well to assume they do have a level of heavy metal toxicity in this day and age, and perform some type of purposive heavy metals detox.
Natural Heavy Metal Chelators
Chelators, or chelating agents, are chemical agents, which bind to heavy metals in the blood, thereby helping them to be excreted by the body via urination.
There is a thing called chelation therapy that you can learn about on this webpage, or there are supplemental and dietary methods that are very helpful, which we will talk about next.
How to Remove Heavy Metals From the Body: A Great Natural Heavy Metal Cleanse
Good food, like anything, is the best way to remove heavy metals from the body, and we will list them next, but right now, let’s check out a really good natural heavy metal cleanse, in the form of a supplement called chlorella.
You will want to supplement with zinc, NAC, milk thistle, glutathione and garlic, but chlorella is key, as far as supplemental cleansing from heavy metal toxicity.
Chlorella is a fresh-water algae, which boosts energy, helps with weight loss, and, you guessed it, helps detox heavy metals from your system.
Chlorella vulgaris is commonly called a ‘superfood’. It contains high levels of chlorophyll, and is 50 to 60% protein. Chlorella is a complete protein source, containing all nine essential amino acids, and is considered a nearly perfect food, offering a broad spectrum of health benefits.
“Chlorella‚ a single-cell fresh water algae‚ is one of the oldest forms of plant life. Native to Taiwan and Japan‚ it contains more life-supporting chlorophyll than any other plant.
Located in its nucleus is a unique complex called Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF). CGF is rich in nucleic acids RNA and DNA‚ amino acids‚ vitamins‚ minerals‚ polysaccharides and beta glucans. Because about one-eighth of chlorella is CGF‚ chlorella is an excellent source of CGF and the most concentrated food source of nucleic acids.
With fermentation, you get chlorella that is more digestible but without the harsh physical process which can damage the cells and degrade the nutrients.” –Joseph Mercola
Foods That Remove Heavy Metals
- Garlic contains sulfur, which helps remove (and also provide protection against the accumulation of) toxic metals like lead and arsenic from your liver and other organs, and your bones, where they like to hang out.
- Cilantro is a nasty herb from the southeast region of Hell itself (sorry, not a fan–no offense if you are) and it sounds like a kind of car. But it is well-known as an excellent natural chelating agent.
- Brazil nuts contain a ton of selenium, another excellent chelator that is proven to aid the body in the expulsion of heavy metals, particularly mercury.
- Wild-caught fish and anything else with lots of high-quality protein, and fats like omega-3, flax oil and virgin olive oil.
How to Remove Heavy Metals From Water
Sadly, most home (and commercial) and portable water filters on the market are not very effective at filtering out heavy metals. But two very good methods to remove heavy metals from water are reverse osmosis and distillation.
Both reverse osmosis and distillation are very effective, but unfortunately they also remove some good stuff from your water.
The best place to buy good water filters, in my careful estimation, is here. You can also read our article on tap water and filtering fluoride and other nasties from it..
Here is a weird way to remove heavy metals from water that I bet you haven’t heard of.
It pains me to say it, but this method uses good old cilantro!
Cilantro for Removing Heavy Metals from Your Water
Cilantro is proven to remove heavy metals from water–even the nastiest water, by using it like a tea bag. Simple, cheap and hopefully without leaving the taste or smell of (the all-new Hyundai…) Cilantro behind (I don’t know, I haven’t tried it yet).
Buy some cilantro. Make a cilantro tea bag, or use a tea infuser. Submerse it in a pitcher of water for 24 hours. Remove the cilantro from the water. Drink the water, enjoying its goodness, thoroughly. Assuming it doesn’t taste like cilantro, that is.
Did you know that cilantro is otherwise known as both coriander and Chinese parsley?
Precautionary Measures to Avoid Heavy Metal Toxicity
The most important ways to avoid heavy metal toxicity are to not eat canned foods, soft drinks, corn syrup, farmed fish, or any processed foods. Also avoid anything with sodium benzoate in the ingredients. These products may contain up to 1 ppm of mercury. Sodium benzoate also causes cancer.
And filter your tap water, as mentioned.
Here is an article adapted from a book by a lady who used to work as an investigator of the good old FDA, and she shares some very interesting facts about heavy metals and food:
What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault
Heavy metal toxicity is a very real and serious thing these days. I have talked with people who have done a cleanse, specifically for heavy metals, and reported that they don’t know how they functioned before having done so.
If everyone is walking around with these issues caused by a consistent diet of heavy metals, how would anybody recognize it as a problem? We just think that we are getting old, and it is just normal to feel this way, or that we have this issue or that one, or we must be down a pint of this vitamin, or that one, when we don’t and aren’t. We are full of poison!
But at least now we know the sources of heavy metals, what are the symptoms and signs of heavy metal toxicity, and how to avoid and protect ourselves against it.
Be blessed, and happy healing!