What are Heavy Metals and How Do They Get in Our Body?
Heavy metals are everywhere and can get into our body in many ways from water, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. Large fish, rice, pesticides, cosmetics, medications, amalgam fillings and industrial pollution are all big sources of heavy metals.
Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminium are all associated with diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, and many behavioural disorders among, children.
The problem is that we are getting small amounts of these heavy metals every day and they accumulate in the body. Detoxing our bodies from heavy metals and chemicals is something we should think about regularly to encourage lifelong wellness and optimize health.
Foods for Heavy Metal Detox
Scientific research has found that some natural foods can help to eliminate heavy metals from the body. Here are 5 of many foods that can help in your heavy metal detox.
Coriander (Coriander sativum), also called Cilantro, is a powerful heavy metal eliminator and is helpful in removing neurotoxins such as mercury, aluminium and other toxic metals.
Chop up some fresh coriander and add some virgin olive oil and a splash of cider vinegar. Cilantro tincture on its own, should be avoided, as it will push heavy metals back into the cell.
The beets are excellent at clearing toxins from the liver. Beets are full of vitamins like B3, B6, and C and minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron that stimulate the detoxification pathways of the body.
Research has shown that rats given beetroot juice had an increase in liver detoxifying enzymes, such as glutathione, which are important for the body’s antioxidant defence.
A fibre component called betaine in beets increases the transit time of the gut and wholesale food effectively eliminates heavy metals traveling through the intestine.
It is best to roast or steam the beets and add some virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and cider vinegar. Alternatively, steam or roast them and place them in your salads.
Chlorella is a rich, nutrient dense green algae the helps to eliminate heavy metals from the body.
Research has shown that chlorella can remove mercury, cadmium, nickel and other heavy metals.
Chlorella chelates the heavy metals from the blood and the mesenchyme and eliminates them through the bowels seven times faster than normal.
The Chlorella cell wall contains cellulose which has a OH group that chelates the heavy metals.
Any herbs or vegetables that contain sulphur will facilitate the liver’s detoxification pathways. The liver requires sulphur to produce the detoxification enzymes that will help detoxify heavy metals.
These organo-sulphur groups can remove lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic from the body. It has powerful antioxidant activities, as well as chelating properties against toxic metals.
Garlic can reduce DNA damage by heavy metals. It also protects the mitochondria inside the nucleus.
Apples contain fibre pectin that has a natural chelating affinity for a variety of heavy metals. Various research studies have shown that it is effective with arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel.
Pectin fibre will attract the heavy metals where they will be eliminated in the faeces, so eating the whole apple is best.
You can also place them in your salads, or even bake them in the oven with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Other Natural Ways to Eliminate Heavy Metals
These 5 foods and others will certainly facilitate the process of eliminating heavy metals from the body. It is also important, however, to help pull these metals from inside the cells where they are hiding. HMD has been scientifically tested on large groups of people and has been shown to chelate arsenic, antimony, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, and uranium.