Heavy metal in body- Remove naturally with foods

Heavy metals in the human body contribute to serious health problems. Toxic heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead, uranium and aluminum may enter the human body through food, water, air, or absorption through the skin. In today’s world, it is difficult to avoid exposure to any one or more of these metals. Natural News has reported extensively on this subject. It is, however; useful to be reminded of the foods that actually help to remove toxins from the body. Toxins from heavy metals can result in enormous damage to the human body. Long-term exposure may result in muscular, neurological and physical degeneration and may cause cancer. Although aluminum is not a heavy metal, it is readily ingested through the use of food additives, antacids, buffered aspirin, astringents, raising agents such as baking powder, nasal sprays, vaccinations, aluminum foil and cookware.

Foods that chelate metals Pectin, found in the rinds of various fruits and vegetables, has been found to chelate heavy metals and other contaminants from the blood stream. These contaminants are then excreted from the system through urination. Good sources of pectin are green apples, cabbage, bananas, beets, grapes, carrots and the pith of citrus fruits. Cilantro, otherwise known as coriander, is an excellent food for removing heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum and lead from the body. This herb is believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and remove heavy metals from the brain. Taking 400 mg of cilantro a day can pretty much clean heavy metals out of the body in just two weeks, according to Robert C. Atkins MD. Parsley is extremely effective when it comes to removing mercury from the body. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale and cabbage contain antioxidants that increase the production of detoxifying enzymes in the body. Sulfur-rich foods, such as onions and garlic, help the body to eliminate heavy metals such lead. Other sulfur-rich foods, such as cauliflower, eggs, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage are able to remove some heavy metals from the body. Natural chelating agents include amino acids, obtained from proteins such as eggs and fish.

Protein deprivation has been shown to decrease the liver content of several enzymes the body needs to remove toxins. Chlorella is a mild chelator. Chlorella has a three-layered cell wall that contains cellulose microfibrils, which aids in heavy metal detoxification. Alpha lipoic acid is made by the body and can be found in very small amounts in foods such as spinach, broccoli, peas, Brussel sprouts, rice bran, and organ meats. According to Dr. Lyn Patrick, alpha lipoic acid crosses the blood brain barrier and is able to trap circulating heavy metals, thus preventing cellular damage caused by metal toxicity. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038670_heavy_metals_chelation_foods.html#ixzz32ISqzd18


Constipation- you are what you eat and drink

A 2 year old girl in my practice has constipation. Mom brings her to McDonalds every day after school for nuggets, fries and a soda. A review of her diet at home reveals that she has¬†three ¬†8 ounce bottles of fruit juice a day. It has no fiber just like the chicken nuggets and French fries and soda. Mom also gives her a 8 ounce bottle of rice milk at bedtime. The majority of this child’s calories are coming from nutrition that has no fiber and is processed to remove the fiber. Her fluid intake is also low for her age.

It is true that you are what you eat- if you eat a diet devoid of fiber, your bowel movements will tend to be hard and difficult to pass. You also need to have an adequate amount of fluid in your diet- and not as sugar drinks. The more sugar drinks in the diet, the less you will need to eat solid nutritious foods.

I recommended mom to dilute the fruit juices in half. I also suggested she begin to give vegetables – even if she has to dip them in sauces to make them more palatable. It may take multiple tries to get the child to find vegetables she will like. Often in kids, it could take up to ten different presentations of a particular vegetable before a child will eat it.

At present, McDonalds has added apple slices to their kid’s menus and it is a healthier choice and I’m glad to see that there are higher fiber options for kids in fast food restaurants.