Although minerals are an important component of the human body, in fact essential, it is unhealthy to have too many metals. Heavy metal toxicity is a real concern and hindrance to human health. Processing in foods is often a culprit, when it comes to adding additional heavy metals to our diets. But, there are other environmental culprits. Poorly ventilated air and badly filtered water can lead to greater metal absorption. Even our cookware choices can leach metals into our meals. Since avoidance is easier than fixing, it is wise to limit processed food choices. Clean air and water is of course best. Try to eat a diet that provides all key nutrients. Many nutrients have the power to block, or otherwise protect the body against excess metal absorption. Sweating, as with saunas is also helpful.
- Fish oil can get our body the important fatty acids that we need but it’s important to ask the provider if they do heavy metal testing.
- Vitamins C and E protect against oxidative damage that comes from heavy metals like mercury and lead.
- Probiotics are great as they help promote the good bacteria in out gut and can also trap and metabolize heavy metals.
“A balanced diet ought to include lots of organic fruits and vegetables, small amounts of pasture-raised (100% grass-fed) dairy or meat (if you like), sprouted nuts and seeds, herbs and medicinal mushrooms, to name a few important items.”