High levels of exposure to environmental metals considered “heavy metals” such as lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium and arsenic can cause acute or chronic toxicity. This can result in damaged or reduced mental and central nervous function and damage to vital organs.
Long-term exposure may lead to physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that mimic Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Some of the most common symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:
- Low mineral absorption
- Hormone imbalance
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune disease
- Neurological disorders
- Brain Fog
- Depression, Bi-polar and Anxiety
Why do heavy metals cause hormone imbalance and poor absorption of minerals?
Heavy metals are “heavy” and sit on the cell receptors for hormones, and for essential minerals like calcium magnesium and iron. In other words, they block hormones and essential minerals.
Heavy Metal Detox Diet
- Foods rich in vitamin C – Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C can reduce the damage caused by heavy metal toxicity by acting as an antioxidant.
- Coriander (Cilantro for people in the U.S.) and other green vegetables – Coriander and green leafy vegetables like kale and parsley are detoxifying and can help reduce the buildup of heavy metals like mercury in the body.
- Garlic and onions – These vegetables contain sulfur which helps your liver detoxify itself of heavy metals like lead and arsenic.
- Water – Drink 8 ounces of water or vegetable juice every two hours to help flush out toxins.
- Lemon – add some lemon to your water. This is especially good as a drink on rising.
- Flax and chia seeds – Omega-3 fats and fiber can help with detoxification of the colon and reduce inflammation.
Toxic Foods to Avoid
- Farmed fish – Can contain heavy metals, dioxins and PCB’s which are highly toxic.
- Food you have allergies to – If your body is fighting against common allergens, it will not be able to detoxify from heavy metal poisoning.
- Non-organic foods – These foods increase exposure to chemicals which make symptoms worse. Some of the worst offenders include conventional apple juice and brown rice products.
- Foods with additives – Additives are chemicals that can aggravate toxicity symptoms and decrease your body’s ability to detoxify.
- Alcohol – Is toxic to the body and can make it more difficult for your liver to process other toxins and contributes to toxic load.
Heavy Metal Detox Supplements
- ASEA Redox supplement – See http://aseaglobal.com/ – ASEA Redox Supplement can bring your cellular communication to optimal levels, improving the health of every system of your body.
- Coriander (Cilantro) – Helps with detoxification.
- Chlorella – Acts as a natural chelator to remove heavy metals. (Coriander and Chlorella have a greater effect if used together in order to mobilize more toxins.)
- Vitamin C (3000 mg daily- during detoxification) -Helps reduce free radicals.
- Milk Thistle (also called St. Mary’s thistle) – Aids in detoxification of the liver.
- Probiotics – Improves detoxification of gut and boosts immunity.
You may feel worse before you feel better!
Toxins that were previously stored in hiding places such as fat cells will now find their way into nerve tissues and the joints. It is important to include a significant amount of good fats in the diet while detoxing. The good fats such as butter, olive oil, avocado, eggs and coconut oil will act as buffers to decrease the negative effects of the heavy metals as they are being eradicated. Negative effects that you may experience during detoxing are headache, moodiness, acne and joint pain. However, these effects are only short-term.it important to push through and not blame the supplements you are taking.
Here’s a great recipe that goes well with Coriander (Cilantro):
Vietnamese Chicken Soup
Grated fresh ginger – about 2 cm
1 flat teasp. Himalayan salt
1 tablesp. Tamari (Low-salt soy sauce)
Grated rind of lemon / lime, or lemon grass
1 teasp coriander powder
half cup basmati rice
500 g. chicken thigh
Half bunch green spring onions (finely chopped)
1 bunch fresh coriander
1 red onion chopped
1 capsicum cut into thin strips
1 zucchini grated
1 carrot grated
Chop chicken thigh into pieces and place in saucepan with salt. Just cover with water and simmer about 45 minutes.
Add all the rest of the ingredients except for spring onion and fresh coriander
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Add spring onion and fresh coriander just before serving.