The dilemma with heavy metals is that they accumulate in the body causing various health problems that can severely impact every major organ in the body. Studies show that heavy metals in the body may be implicated in everything from Alzheimer's to cardiovascular disease, from behavioral problems to kidney dysfunction, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and even paralysis.
Heavy metals accumulate in our bodies for years until we start to suffer acute health problems from heavy metal poisoning.
Chelating agents are those that bind to heavy metal toxin ions and then are removed from the body during our regular excretory canals. Pharmaceuticals like 2,3-Dimercaprol have long come to the aid of chelation therapy for lead or arsenic poisoning, but they have dangerous side effects.
Herbs and spices
Curcumin -binds with aluminum and helps to reduce its toxic effects, and supports its elimination from the body.
Ginger — Ginger supports kidney health, which in turn promotes the body’s elimination process.
Garlic — Studies have also shown that garlic is highly effective in keeping the harmful effects of heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury at bay.
Cilantro — Experts say that cilantro contains strong chelating properties that bind with heavy metals and flush them out of the body.
Clinical studies proved that heavy metal chelation [using cilantro and chlorella] can naturally remove an average of 87% of lead, 91% of mercury, and 74% of aluminum from the body within 42 days.
Chlorella — A type of beneficial algae, chlorella is known to bind with metal deposits in the body.
Spirulina — The blue-green algae is an excellent source of folic acid and is touted for its efficacy in removing heavy metals from the nervous system and the liver.
Probiotic foods — Probiotic-rich foods contain high levels of lactic acid that are said to binds to metal atoms.
Citrus fruits — Like lactic acid, the high citric acid content in citrus fruits are also known to attach to metal atoms and lead them out of the body’s system.
Alpha lipoic acids — Foods rich in alpha lipoic acids — such as peas, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli as well as spinach and rice bran — are believed to have the capacity to cross the blood-brain barrier and take out heavy metals from the brain.
You can easily detox your body with nutrition. A lot of these food items are relatively cheap and easy to find in your local grocery store.
Be certain your magnesium levels are high before beginning any serious chelation program since this mineral helps to support ‘relaxed’ arteries and can make elimination of toxins easier on the body.