Today heavy metals are extensively used in countless consumer products. Consumers use what they believe to be a harmless product because they are just not aware of what components it contains. Heavy metals are widely used in all forms of industry, agriculture, food processing, cosmetics, personal care products, household products and more. Once we breathe, swallow, or absorb toxic elements (toxins) they can accumulate in the central nervous system, the brain, liver, kidneys, fat cells, and joints and can greatly disrupt the body’s normal functioning.
As I do research I am always amazed with the amount of professionals in the health care business that believe that we do not need to do a heavy metal cleanse, or for that matter, any cleanse. When I was in elementary or middle school, too far back to remember exactly when, in science class we took a celery stick and let it set in a glass of red water overnight. In class the next day the celery stick was red because it had absorbed the water.
Our body is the same and it absorbs whatever we take in whether it be by eating, breathing, or through the skin. We don’t get cancer from eating healthy; we get it from taking in toxins and doing nothing to get rid of them. We can no longer sit passively by while our immune systems break down under the heavy burden of toxins. We all could benefit from a heavy metal cleanse.
Twenty-three of known heavy metals, such as copper, manganese, zinc, and selenium are nutritional minerals that are needed in small quantities to maintain health, but can be toxic in higher doses. Other heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, nickel, arsenic and uranium are among the most serious poisons absorbed in our bodies and even in small amounts, when inhaled, absorbed, or ingested, these elements cannot be degraded or destroyed.
Once toxic metals have accumulated in the body, each can produce its own set of unique symptoms and damage at toxic levels. When you combine together all the heavy metals along with other chemicals that are now added into everything, there is a good chance that if you suffer from any diagnosed medical condition, toxins are the underlying cause of the condition.
Progressive medical doctors have long used a process known as chelation as a heavy metal cleanse. Chelation involves the introduction of a substance into the bloodstream that attracts and binds the metals. The metals attach to this “chelating agent” that help excrete the heavy metal from the body. Unless you have the time and the money to use this intravenous method, which most people don’t, there is a natural mineral that you can take to remove heavy metals from your body and as a plus has many added benefits for the body.
I do not like to steer my readers to a certain product unless I am very certain about it. A few months ago my husband and I did a colon cleanse with great results. We followed it by a total body detox. I was disappointed when I didn’t see any improvement with the body detox, so we looked for another program that we could use. After a lot of research we decided to give a natural mineral called Zeolite a try for a heavy metal cleanse. I am feeling more energetic and actually feel like something is happening to me, a good something that I can’t quite explain. If this continues, I plan to make Zeolite part of my nutritional regime.
In today’s world, being exposed to heavy metals and toxins is unavoidable. We can’t stop eating and breathing, but we can be proactive by flushing these toxins out of our bodies. Don’t you want to feel the best that you can? I know I do and that’s why I believe a heavy metal cleanse is vital to restoring balance to our health.
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Milk Thistle (silymarin): Silymarin provides support and protection against liver toxins which can cause free-radical-mediated oxidative damage. Silymarin is many times more potent in antioxidant activity than vitamin E. In addition, it increases liver production of glutathione and protects red blood cell membranes against lipid peroxidation and hemolysis.
Chlorella: Is a food-like all purpose mild chelator of heavy metals; it is a specially processed green-algae type of food that is taken with meals and is quite tolerable and pleasant for many. But since chlorella is so easily contaminated, the manufacturer’s quality control is important. Nature’s Balance is a source of high quality chlorella that can be taken as a part of a person’d detox program. The detoxification capability of Chlorella is due to its unique cell wall and the material associated with it. The cell walls of Chlorella have been shown to have three layers of which the thicker middle layer contains cellulose microfibrils. Atkinson et al found a 14nm thick trilaminar layer outside the cell wall proper which was extremely resistant to breakage and thought to be composed of a polymerised carotene like material…..Laboratory studies showed that there were two active absorbing substances – sporopollenin (a naturally occurring carotene like polymer which is resistant to degradation) and the algae cell walls.” Chlorella’s ability to detoxify the body is very significant because of the large amount of chemicals we are exposed to in today’s modern world. This ability to detoxify chemicals is also one of the important differences between Chlorella and other “green” products.”
Cilantro: stimulates the body’s release of mercury and other heavy metals from the brain and CNS into other tissue. This facilitates the ability to remove heavy metal from the body using other dietary protocols, such as Chorella and other chlorophyll containing herbs such as Nettles and Alfalfa. These herbs aid in detoxifying by denaturing the toxins, protecting and restoring normal cellular functions while promoting elimination. The major constituents of the volatile oils are: myrcene (1.71%), d-linalool (52.26%), citronellol (4.64%), geraniol (9.29%), safrole (2.67%), aterpinyl acetate (1.07%) and geraniol acetate. A typical dose is orally 6-15 drops 1/2 hr. before or 1 hr. after meals 2x/day. For 5 days. 2 day rest and continue. Or Apply ¼ to ½ dropper on wrists, joints, or affected areas twice a day.
Vitamin B6: needed in the metabolic process that converts methionine to cysteine and then into glutathione. B6 is capable of reducing and controlling the swelling and pain associated with the routine tissue and bone trauma resulting from normal dental operative procedures. You can also use Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P), the active form that B6 is converted to in the body. Vitamin B1: is capable of reducing pain that may be associated with routine dental operative procedures. B1 is one of two vitamins containing sulfur, the other is Biotin.
Magnesium: Magnesium availablility is essential for the proper functinoing of our immune system as well as hundreds of enzyme systems critical to human health. Organically amino acid-bound ones are more easily absorbed and are less irritating to the gastrointestinal tract as well.
Activated charcoal: taken immediately with chlorella, 15 minutes before drilling/chunking out amalgam, will bind any swallowed mercury and also prevent recirculation in the liver.
Refrain from taking any supplements that contain iron and copper. Mercury amalgam removal alone does not put an end to the mercury poisoning. The mercury which leached from the fillings in the mouth is stored in cells throughout the body and continues to exert its damaging influence. It is not unusual to see patients who have had their amalgam fillings removed and replaced ten to fifteen years prior to testing still having elevated levels of mercury in the body. Once mercury toxicity has been demonstrated, by tests such as high electrogalvanism, high mercury vapor emissions, and/or high mercury body burden, mercury amalgam removal and replacement with alternate, non-toxic materials is the recommended step. Botanical substances to assist in removing the mercury include cilantro and chlorella which are particularly effective.
The skin is the body’s largest detoxification organs and sweating can help draw mercury from the body. Saunas are a useful adjunct to safe mercury removal because they induce copious sweating. Initiate sweating and increased circulation by exercising 20 minutes three times a day on a rebounder (mini trampoline). Immediately following the exercise, sit in a sauna or under infrared lights (infrared sauna) for up to 30 minutes, then take a cool shower. The temperature from a “low heat” sauna should be between 140 to 180 degrees F. in contrast to the 200 to 210 degree F. for a non-therapeutic standard sauna. The sauna may be followed by a plunge into a bath or under a shower whose temperature is 65 degrees F. Over a period of three to four days, increase your time in the sauna to a total of up to two hours, divided into 30-minute periods with a short cooling-off period in between. It’s important to shower and towel dry because the removal of sweat prevents reabsorption of toxins. While doing the sauna program, consume adequate amounts of water to avoid dehydration. this is a minimum of two quarts before and after entering the sauna. Replace your electrolytes lost to perspiration with grape or prune juice and drink vegetable juices to replace calcium and magnesium lost through the skin.
Metal Removing Nutrients
Calcium & Vitamin C: Just as lead will displace calcium, calcium is an excellent nutrient to utilize for displacing mercury and lead. Utilizing a combination of minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, is even more effective in clearing metals from the body. Increasing vitamin C intake is a reasonable cost-effective way to control toxic metal levels in the population. Several studies implicate lead in causing cavities, and at least one study suggests that almost 3 million cavities in children result from lead. Vitamin C and Calcium supplementation are recommended for protection.
Chlorophyll: chlorophyll binds to heavy metals very well. In fact, it is imperative to choose a reputable source for your chlorophyll, which screens for toxins and heavy metals; or you may be getting more than you want. A good source is juiced raw, organic greens.
Fiber: Fiber, such as oat bran and apple pectin, will bind to metals and help draw them out of the body. Montmorillinite clay also binds extremely well to toxins and metals for clearance. Fiber such as red beet root fiber is high in proanthocyanidins and antioxidants and facilitates clearance of metals through the liver.
Lipoic Acid: Lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant and has a high affinity for binding to metals. This makes it an excellent choice as a supplement to bind and clear mercury and lead from the system. It is best utilized in combination with conjugating nutrients.
Minerals: A mineral-rich diet acts as a chelating agent. Many minerals will chelate metals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Mercury interferes with some functions of selenium, including its powerful antioxidant function and its ability to bind to metals. A good source of bioavailable minerals is from raw sea vegetables and grass juices from wheat, barley, alfalfa, kamut, etc.
Milk Thistle (silybum marianum): Milk thistle is a renowned liver herb, and supports this major detoxification organ. Milk thistle contains silymarin, a bioflavonoid that is a very potent remedy for the liver. Silymarin inhibits free radical damage; free radicals have an adverse effect on the detoxification enzymes of the liver cytochrome P450 system, while silymarin protects those enzymes. Glutathione is destroyed by lead. Silymarin not only prevents the depletion of GSH (glutathione), it even increased this liver-detoxifying enzyme. A sulfur pathway in the liver detoxes lead, and milk thistle helps to boost liver function.
Molybdenum: Large amounts of exogenous sulfur (from outside the body) will usurp the body’s stores of molybdenum to metabolize it. An easier solution is to use the nutrients which will facilitate the homocysteine pathway. Homocysteine is a toxic substance, however the pathway itself, when properly supported, is essential for a host of metabolic functions. When the pathway is facilitated, sulfur is generated as a natural by-product at the end (molybdenum changes the toxic sulfite molecule to the much-needed sulfate). Vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid, along with trimethylglycine and dimethylglycine recycle homocysteine to methionine, and allow for Sam-e to methylate phosphatidylserine, an important brain nutrient. Usually the people who are the most deficient in sulfur will be the most sensitive to metal toxicity and vice versa.
Parotid Glandular: Parotid glandular is believed to accelerate the clearance of chemicals/heavy metals from tissues. It is best utilized in combination with detoxification nutrients that will pull the metals out of the body by detox pathways such as the bowel, kidney, lymph, lungs, blood, skin, and liver.
Sulfur: Lead, mercury and cadmium steal sulfur from important proteins, which could be enzymes, hormones, or cell receptors. Conversely, sulfur is needed in the liver detox pathway to hook onto these metals and clear them from the body. So, lead, mercury and cadmium depletes sulfur, the very nutrient needed to detox the metal overload. A depletion of sulfur will also adversely affect joint connective tissue growth, since sulfur is an essential precursor to the building blocks of cartilage, namely glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid. Good sources are egg yolks, garlic, kelp, kale, turnip, raspberries, onions, cabbage, and mustard.
Zinc: Zinc and copper get displaced from metallothionine, the protein that binds and carries them. This destroys many of the zinc-dependent enzymes. Zinc is important for proper functioning in a host of major metabolic pathways; it is a component of over 90 metalloenzymes in the body. Lead has always been known as a neurotoxin, with the brain being particularly susceptible to attack. Lethargy is a common symptom of lead toxicity; lead inactivates the zinc-dependent enzymes of the Kreb’s cycle, which produces our energy. Zinc is also a part of the antioxidant enzyme, Zn-SOD, which fights superoxide radicals. Symptoms of lead toxicity are similar to zinc deficiency symptoms because lead can bring on a zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency has been implicated in a wide variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, including dyslexia, epilepsy, mental depression, and attention deficit disorder. The symptoms of lead toxicity are similar to zinc deficiency because the lead destroys the zinc-dependent enzymes.
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