Heavy metal overload is one of the 4 reasons why we get sick, stay sick, and have trouble ridding our body from a state of disease. The three other reasons are:
- Inflammation/hidden infections
- Emotional trauma/stress
- Environmental toxicities (food, water, products)
Knowing this allows to practice root-cause medicine. If we know the root cause, there will be no band aids, guessing, or shots in the dark.
Because many are dealing with multiple of the above at the same time, they will receive different diagnoses. These diagnoses include Diabetes, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autoimmune disease, Leaky Gut, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain fog, Autism, and the like.
In conclusion, there is no use of just knowing about these diagnoses. This is because it is equally important to know that these are the manifestations of a combination of the four causes mentioned above.
Once you arm yourself with this information, you will be capable of healing, as a result. Knowing the information means understanding what you’re feeling, dealing with, and fighting against. This helps you know that it is real and has a place of origin.
To take advantage of this information, you just have to know where to start. And to start things off, let me tell you what heavy metals are.
What are Heavy Metals?
Heavy metals have high degree of toxicity, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury. That is why they rank among the priority heavy metals that are of public health significance.
They are known to induce multiple organ damage – even at lower levels of exposure. These metals are likewise classified as human carcinogens (known or probable) according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
When it comes to heavy metals, the science is clear and ever-growing. Science connects heavy metal build up to the development of Alzheimer’s, reducing mitochondrial function, interfering with tumor-suppressing pathways, depleting glutathione (our strongest antioxidant), and more.
Metals like lead and mercury are able to cross the blood-brain barrier which can lead to neurotoxicity and mood disorders. Mercury also depletes glutathione, vitamin C, and inhibits B vitamins from being produced.
Where are Heavy Metals found?
· Water supply
· Dental fillings (silver)
· Food supply
· Household products
· Beauty products, lotions, fragrances
· Air pollution
· Pharmaceutical Drugs
But, there is some good news: we can fight back. By adding in specific nutrients, herbs, and practices, we are able to decrease the metal load in the body. Knowing what to eat and what to do will also provide nutrients that pull metals from our organs (especially the brain!), and promote the body’s ability to rid itself of these toxins.
The Top Tips To Reducing Heavy Metal Load
1. Optimize detoxification with some #liverlove.
The liver is burdened with the job of ridding the body from toxins, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides in our food and water, etc.
Never before has it had as much work to do as our environment provides today. Because it is working double time now, it can become sluggish and backed up.
Therefore, utilizing specific herbs such as chlorella, spirulina, cilantro, parsley help to bind to metals and move them out of the body.
Also, eating foods like broccoli, kale, radish, garlic, and onions provide sulfur-containing minerals to aid in enhancing detox pathways.
2. Optimize gut function.
3. Reduce exposure to allergenic foods (dairy, gluten, corn, eggs, soy).
4. Consuming prebiotic and probiotic foods.
Download my gut-loving food list for options!
5. Increase antioxidants.
Antioxidants are the good guys. In general, they help defend the cells from harm and can even reverse damage.
We know heavy metals reduce antioxidants in the body. Further, it also creates more free radicals (stressors, cell damagers). Hence, these instances increase the need for additional support. Consequently, this is the reason why we need to increase the antioxidants in our body.
Studies show those with Alzheimer’s have brain lesions caused by free radicals. Add foods rich in color: dark berries, leafy vegetables, beets, nuts, beans.
Utilize saunas, hot yoga, and exercise to move the toxins out of the body.
7. Consider removal of mercury fillings.
**A biological, specifically-trained dentist is needed for this procedure.
Make sure you’re pooping 2x daily to fully eliminate heavy metals from the body.
In addition to this, use ground flax seeds to smoothies, eat oatmeal, increase fruits and vegetables, and increase your water intake.
Further, you can also consider Magnesium if you’re experiencing constipation.
Whenever possible, I try to incorporate seaweed (binds to metals in gut), wild blueberries (binds to metals in brain), selenium (just 2 Brazil nuts daily!) to really support the removal of metals. I utilize a Heavy Metal Detox smoothie daily to try to get all of the good guys in!
I treat my patients assuming they are loaded with heavy metals. From there, I work to incorporate these practices to promote the removal of heavy metals.
So, if you’re curious, schedule an Ask Amanda session to receive a kit to perform a heavy metal test to assess your load and assess your results.
Love, light, and healing.