You would think that avoiding heavy metals would be a simple process, but a study by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in collaboration with the Environmental Work Group found that it’s not that easy. In a study involving nine participants who lead healthy lives and did not work with heavy metals on the job, lead was found in all nine participants, and mercury was found in eight. This makes it very clear that avoiding heavy metals is not a simple process, and that we need to seriously consider how to avoid heavy metals and remove them from our bodies.

Primary sources of heavy metal exposure

Although the primary sources of heavy metal exposure is not an exhaustive list, the chances are very high that you have been exposed to one or more of them at some point in your life.

Common exposure points include:

  • Vaccinations

  • Mercury amalgams in teeth

  • Living in a home built prior to 1978 that has lead-based paint

    • Smoking or inhaling second hand smoke

    • Personal care products (i.e., deodorant, make up)

    • Seafood (i.e., salmon, lobster)

      • Pots, pans and soda cans

      • Baking powder

      • Environmental factors like work sites and chemtrails

      With the jab happy medical community pushing 20+ vaccines from birth to 18 months, along with toxic digestive systems that result in mineral deficiencies which create dental cavities that get filled with mercury fillings, it becomes very difficult to avoid heavy metal toxicity in the very early stages of life.

      What’s even more concerning is that the timing of these doses can determine the toxicity of the chemical. Low-dose exposure during fetal development or infancy has been shown to produce more toxic effects than the same dose given to an adult. Lead and mercury are prime examples, with exposure in utero and during infancy causing permanent brain and nerve damage, while the same dose shows no observable effects in adults.

      Signs you may have heavy metal toxicity

      Although the signs may seem vague, it would be a good idea given its prominence to consider heavy metal toxicity as part of the reason for the following symptoms:

      • Chronic pain in the muscles and tissues of the body

      • Chronic discomfort, fatigue and illness

      • Brain fog – confused and forgetful

        • Chronic candida infection

        • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, heartburn and indigestion

        • Food allergies

          • Dizziness

          • Mood swings, depression and anxiety

          • Headaches and migraines

          • Nervous system issues such as burning extremities, numbness, tingling and paralysis

          • Skin problems

          • Sensitive teeth

          • Insomnia

          Heavy metal toxicity can also be at the root of common disorders like autism, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis.

          How to avoid heavy metals toxicity

          Unfortunately, much of the damage is down with heavy metals in the early stages of life. Extreme vaccination schedules and mercury fillings have become a part of most everyone’e life from birth to our early teens.

          However, the obvious solution to avoiding heavy metals is to stop doing the things (or take precautions) that introduce them to your body! Things you can do include:

          • Stop smoking or hanging out in areas that it is in the air

          • Use aluminium free personal care products

          • Limit or avoid seafood

            • Don’t use aluminum in cooking or for drinking

            • Avoid work sites or areas that produce fumes or smoke that contain heavy metals (which is nearly all of them)

            • Use aluminum free baking powder

              • Get your mercury fillings removed by a holistic dentist

              • Avoid further vaccinations or flu shots (build your immune system naturally)

              • Get your home tested (if built prior to 1978) for lead, and take appropriate action based on the results

              Taking these actions will certainly clean up your heavy metal exposure, and could remove the sources in your life altogether.

              Things that can help remove heavy metals from your body

              If the above sources and symptoms are not enough evidence for you to determine you may have heavy metal toxicity, go a more formal route and get a blood, hair and urine sample and send it to an accredited lab that can do the investigative work for you.

              Once you have determined that you do have heavy metal toxicity, it’s important to understand that it is one of the most dangerous detoxification processes to do on your own, and if you have mercury fillings or metal in your body, it may make the condition worse. However, if you choose to start the process on your own accord, consider consuming the following on a daily basis:

              • Pectin in fruits and vegetables

              • Cilantro and Chlorella/Spirulina

              • Parsley

                • Kale

                • Broccoli

                • Onions

                  • Fermented foods

                  • Garlic

                  • Bentonite clay

                  • Foods rich in zinc, selenium, and vitamin C

                  Try the Health Ranger’s Clean Chlorella

                  A recent study indicates that modified citrus pectin promotes healthy urinary excretion of common, mild environmental exposures of mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead and tin without altering excretion of other minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and selenium. It is very important to consider liver and kidney supporting herbs as well as mineral supplementation when removing heavy metals due to the stress placed on all these areas during the process.

                  You can also consider chelation therapy (IV or supplement based) and infrared saunas to induce heavy sweating and detoxification at a deeper level. You need to proceed with precaution with either of these therapies.

                  If you want the safest and most effective way to remove heavy metals, you need to know that there is an order to detox so you don’t take on too much at once, and hurt yourself even more. I lay this out in the THRIVE Academy which includes a heavy metal protocol when it is appropriate to do.

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                  Derek Henry

                  Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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