Heavy Metal Toxicity

Remove heavy metals from the body safely & effectively

What Is Heavy Metal Toxicity?

Heavy metals are elements that are found naturally in the earth. They’re used in many modern-day applications, such as medicine, agriculture and industry.

Your body naturally contains some metals, like zinc, calcium, iron and copper, which are necessary for normal body functions. Heavy metal toxicity (acute or chronic) occurs when your body’s soft tissue absorb too much of a particular metal.

The most common metals the human body can absorb in toxic amounts are lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminium and cadmium.

What is the difference between

Acute & Chronic Toxic Exposure?

Acute heavy metal exposure is usually an accidental, suicidal or homicidal ingestion of a toxic metal compound which induces acute symptoms. Acute ingestion usually affects the digestive tract, blood, cardiovascular or nervous system. Instances like these require an emergency trip to the hospital.

Chronic heavy metal exposure is much more common. Ingesting contaminated food, drink or air over the long-term, have cumulative effects on the body. Small amounts of poison build up in your body over time and can make you sick.

Heavy metal poisoning might be due to the exposure of heavy metals from air or water pollution, food, medicine, amalgam dental fillings, cosmetics and beauty products, tattoo ink, food containers with improper coating, industrial exposure or lead-based paint. Effects of heavy metals in the body.

The accumulation of toxic heavy metals

can impact metabolic function in two ways

1

They accumulate, and thereby disrupt function of vital organs and glands such as the kidneys, liver, brain, bones and heart as well as poison the mitochondria, the energy making factories in the cells.
2

They displace vital nutrients and minerals in the body, causing deficiencies and imbalances so organs and systems aren’t able to function as they should. Heavy metals can reduce endocrine function (thyroid, adrenals, pancreas) which then reduces energy. They also increase brain inflammation and suppress the immune system.

What are symptoms of

heavy metal toxicity?

  • Fatigue, chronic fatigue
  • Diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain
  • Brain fog, difficulty concentrating
  • Depression, feelings of nervousness
  • Skin rashes
  • Shortness of breath, racing heart or pulse
  • Tingling in your hands and feet
  • Moodiness and sleep problems
  • Weakness, joint pain, headaches
  • Changes in or loss of hearing, taste or vision

HOW CAN HEAVY METALS

BE ELIMINATED FROM THE BODY?

Removing heavy metals from the body requires a multi-faceted approach. My personalised nutrition programmes include these three steps.

1

Stop exposing yourself to the heavy metals making you sick. If you’re not sure which toxins are making you sick, it’s best to test, don’t guess. This can be done through simple functional nutrition testing, which you can learn more about here.

2

Add in the good stuff you’re missing through diet, sunshine (vitamin D) and targeted supplements.
3

Take out the bad stuff (ie toxins). My protocols are dependent on the specific toxins present. Generally speaking, eliminating toxins requires that the body’s elimination channels are open (you’re pooping 2-3 times per day and sweating regularly through exercise and/or sauna). Binders are also needed.

Contact me if you have any questions about heavy metal toxicity or click to book your nutrition consultation.