Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals

Heavy metal toxicity is more common than you might think.

How would you know if you have heavy metal toxicity, and is there something you can do about it? 

There was a period when toothpaste contained radioactive materials. Doramad was a German made toothpaste with thorium as an active ingredient. It was believed that thorium would fight tooth diseases. We have come a long way from that era. 

Yet, even today, lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium, and arsenic manage to make their way into our bodies. 

The sources are many. The sources include car exhaust, metal pipe exhaust, and mining. Industrial production, especially for those who live near oil refineries, petrochemical plants, pesticide factories, and chemical factories, is another possible source. 

So, how would you know? 

I have spoken about this before. One possible way is to send a sample of your hair. They can test for heavy metals. Another option is a urine analysis.

Consider getting tested if you have persistent abdominal pain, a low body temperature, feeling parched or thirsty all the time, nausea, or a scratchy, itchy feeling in your throat.

If you have abnormal mood changes that cannot be explained by any reason, it might be a good idea to check for metal toxicity before you consider other reasons. 

The symptoms of heavy metal toxicity are not always obvious. 

You can also run a blood panel for heavy metals. If your levels of a specific metal are higher than normal, your blood will show the effects.

Here is a twist you might not have thought about.

Even those metals that are not considered toxic but are in fact essential can cause toxicity.

Minerals such as magnesium, zinc, pottasium, and copper can also disrupt the human body when consumed in excess. Many of these minerals are sold as wonder cures for a host of ailments.

You really need to be cautious when consuming a nutrient, especially one that is sold as a miracle cure. 

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