Despite our desire for a healthy lifestyle, we are constantly exposed to the harmful effects of heavy metals that enter our bodies on a daily basis.
Heavy metals are tissue poisons that interfere with normal enzyme metabolism.Their accumulation manifests itself in different ways, one of the symptoms being fatigue. Heavy metals accumulate in tissues and body fluids and lead to acute or chronic poisoning.
One of the characteristic features of heavy metal poisoning is the development of depression and suicidal tendencies. Depression resulting from heavy metal intoxication usually has a sudden onset. Unfortunately, due to the lack of a specific factor to explain the triggering of the depressive state, the patient is often subjected to multiple tests and referred for psychiatric care, thus prolonging the time in which he or she does not receive adequate help.
What are the heavy metals we ingest?
The most common are nickel, aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.
It is relatively rare to get information about the harmful effects of nickel, but it is found in some types of dental fillings, cutlery, some cosmetics, etc. Nickel is a widely used fat stabilizer in margarines, is found in some types of phosphate fertilizers, in cigarette smoke, in refined foods, etc.
It layers itself in the sinuses, head, heart and spinal cord and is a poison that afflicts the nervous system. Excessive concentration of nickel in the body can lead to paralysis of the spinal cord. A number of joint disorders are due to nickel accumulation. It has been found that lung cancer develops when nickel dust is ingested regularly through breathing. This is particularly true for both active and passive smokers.
Aluminium poisoning is a serious health threat. Aluminum accumulation is associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia and lowered immunity.
Aluminum is found in a number of everyday items: cookware, soda, foil, soft drinks, beer kegs. Aluminum disrupts the metabolism of fluorine and phosphorus, thus leading to the leaching of vital minerals. Their lack, in turn, creates the prerequisites for the development of osteoporosis.
Arsenic enters the environment as a by-product of industry. It is found in the air, in pesticides, and is a by-product of the glass industry. Miners are a particularly high-risk group for arsenic poisoning. Metal builds up in the muscles, can cause cramps and liver problems. Symptoms of arsenic poisoning are fatigue, loss of sensitivity to pain and gastroenteritis. Arsenic has the ability to displace trace elements in the enzyme composition, and therefore directly interferes with metabolic processes.
Cadmium is also a by-product of industry and is widespread in the environment. It is used in the production of automobile tires and batteries. Its accumulation affects the pancreas, arterial vessels, leads to increased blood pressure, anemia, kidney and liver diseases, and a number of other problems, including chronic fatigue. It has been found that iron intake in combination with vitamin C can reduce cadmium levels in the body. Selenium and zinc are thought to be some of the most effective ways to protect against toxic levels of cadmium.
The lead we inhale daily through polluted air gradually leads to chronic diseases. One striking example is allergies. Lead lowers the immune response and leads to brain disorders. Lead intake in the body has been found to be up by about 25% in smokers.
Lead accumulates in the brain, where it causes damage, hyperactivity or delayed development. A study conducted in Scotland proved that all people with developmental delay studied had elevated levels of the metal. Lead accumulating in the brain displaces copper, iron and zinc, thus interfering with good cellular respiration on the one hand and cognitive processes and memory on the other.
Lead also has a strong impact on the nervous system as it interacts with the myelin sheath and thus sets the stage for neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, it is deposited in the bones, affects calcium metabolism, and hence nerve conduction. We inhale lead compounds because of car traffic, while eating canned food or plants grown around busy roadways. Lead is also found in some cosmetic products.
The amalgam filling contains mercury. Due to the pressure to which the surface of the filling is subjected during chewing, mercury vapor is released, which is absorbed by the body. At the same time, the bacterial plaque contained in the oral cavity is able to lead to the formation of even more toxic mercury compounds that affect the blood cells and influence the activity of the glands, nervous system and brain. The immune system is directly affected by mercury poisoning. Many fungal infections and allergies are associated with a build-up of mercury in the body.
Mercury is found in some plant protection products, cosmetics, fabric softeners, seafood, fungicides, in plumbing deposits, even in some medical products.
Mercury leads to depression, irritability, tremors, dizziness and diarrhea. As it accumulates in the body, degenerative diseases of the brain, liver, kidneys and intestines progressively develop.
How to protect against heavy metals?
– it plays a vital role in eliminating the heavy metals we take in through air, food and water.
Vitamin B complex
– protects the immune system. It has been found that the required dose of B-group vitamins increases while the body is exposed to stress. These vitamins protect the myelin sheath of nerves from the damaging effects of lead.
Vitamin C and flavonoids – they stimulate the natural synthesis of interferon in the body, which protects and strengthens our immune system. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant. Bioflavonoids are responsible for healthy capillary walls, for limiting inflammatory processes and the presence of collagen, which in turn is an important building block of muscles, joints and skin.
– fibre has the property of taking away excess acidity of intestinal contents. They reduce the concentration of carcinogenic substances and excess fat in the colon. Particularly beneficial are the fibre ingested through whole grains, psyllium and apple pectin. Pectin has the ability to bind with lead, forming insoluble salts, thus preventing its reabsorption in the body. Daily intake of fiber is recommended.
Chelatotherapy – is a therapy with a formula consisting of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs that have an overall detoxifying effect on the body. It is able to gradually break down deposits on blood vessels and free the body from high levels of heavy metals.
Lecithin – in combination with choline is an excellent food for the brain. Involved in the synthesis of acetylcholine, which is a major neurotransmitter.
– it is a vital mineral that has a number of functions in our body. It is relevant to the prevention of lead poisoning, as it displaces lead from the bones and prevents its accumulation in the intestinal tract.
Germanium – has the property of binding in heavy metals, thus preventing their distribution in the body. At the same time, it increases energy and endurance, as well as immune protection, as it stimulates the synthesis of interferon.
– Garlic is known as a natural antibiotic. It reduces blood pressure, cleans blood vessels, aids digestion and is an excellent remedy for lung and respiratory problems. Garlic contains germanium and selenium and is able to neutralize heavy metals.
Ginkgo is a strong antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals, improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the cells, enhances memory, brain activity and concentration.
– gotu kola is real brain food. It purifies the blood and helps overcome fatigue and memory loss. At the same time, it has a tonic effect on the whole organism, helping to restore energy depots especially after states of nervous crises.
All herbs containing sulfur have excellent properties as protectors against heavy metal accumulation – alfalfa, garlic, sarsaparilla, kelp, echinacea, parsley, chili pepper, etc.
– Zinc is an essential trace element that helps release lead and other toxins.
– focuses on the available lead and takes it out of the body.
– stimulates the immune system, makes the body resistant to stress, increases oxygen levels in cells and is highly recommended for heart disease, aging processes, cancer and obesity.