You may find that despite following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and making smart lifestyle choices, you still feel sick and weighed down. Due to the continual contamination of our environment, many people unknowingly suffer from high levels of heavy metal exposure like lead, mercury, and aluminum. The body can only cope with so much toxicity until it begins to suffer from acute and chronic issues, like damage to the central nervous function and vital organs.
It’s now possible to test your toxicity levels to determine if your body is suffering from too much dangerous exposure.
Signs of Heavy Metal Toxicity
When your body becomes clogged with heavy metals, it’s common to experience digestive distress, aching joints, and headaches and nausea. Continual heavy metal toxicity leads to chronic fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and potentially dementia. The short-term symptoms match many other issues, but long-term issues can even cause lifelong neurological and reproductive limitations.
Unfortunately, some of our favorite foods and guilty pleasures are teeming with heavy metals. Farmed fish is known for its high levels, and tuna commonly contains a great deal of mercury. Of course, nonorganic foods are breeding grounds for chemicals due to the pesticides used in production. Apple juice and brown rice are some of the worst offenders. The additives combined into foods are also chemicals that aggravate toxicity symptoms and prevent your body from detoxifying appropriately.
How the Body Detoxifies
Typically the liver and kidneys filter heavy metals from the body to prevent unwanted symptoms, and supplements like Chlorella, Vitamin C, and Milk Thistle can improve detoxification.
If you eat natural, unprocessed, and organic foods that are grown locally, you’re already one step ahead of the game in preventing heavy metals from entering your body.
However, even extreme care can’t avoid all heavy metals, so it’s a great idea to have your toxicity levels tested using bloodwork, urine, and hair samples. If your levels are high enough, a holistic doctor can provide appropriate treatment to help flush your system of toxins and rejuvenate your health once again.