Thursday, October 27, 2011

Therapy Thursday: Heavy Metal Detox

Mounting evidence over the last couple of decades suggests that modern humans are exposed to a larger amount of heavy metals than ever before.  Metals and metal compounds like arsenic, mercury, and hexavalent chromium are just a few of the known carcinogens that we may be exposed to daily.  Living in the city certainly increases your risk of exposure, but even people in the country are at risk.  Water tables near industrial areas can become contaminated; air pollution from cars, aircraft and factories increase metals in our air; food supplies are increasingly at risk of contamination; and certain occupations heighten employee danger of exposure.

The fact is we are all exposed to these metals at some level daily.  Within alternative health fields, many experts recommend doing a heavy metal detox once or twice a year.  If you're really concerned, search online for possible symptoms of mercury, lead or other metal accumulations.  You may need to be tested for levels of metals in your body before deciding what kind of detox program you want to start.  However, if you just want to safely eliminate heavy metals a couple times a year, there are several things you can do.

There are several herbal cleanses available online.  How effective these are and the quality of them is something you will need to research.  Alfalfa and cilantro are two herbs that you can use at home to help remove metals.  Both have been studied for their ability to chelate metals from the body.  Other herbs that apparently can remove metals are burdock root, garlic and onion.

Two other products are worth mentioning here: chlorella and zeolites.  Chlorella is a blue-green algae like Spirulina, but is considered the most effective algae in removing toxins and metals.  Zeolites are made from volcanic ash and sea water and have been clinically proven to remove metals and other toxins from the body. I suggest researching these products and finding a good source.  Assisting the body in getting rid of toxins is almost always a good thing.  Be healthy!

Mystic Merman

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