- Figure out if heavy metals are affecting you
- Discover how they’re getting into our systems
- Find out what to do now if you’ve been exposed
Our nutritionist Claire explains the health implications of heavy metal exposure, her top tips for reducing any exposure you may have, and cleansing your body if you find you may be at risk:
So, the bad news is that we’re all exposed to heavy metals through food, water, air, toiletries, some dental fillings and vaccines. A long period of low-level exposure can result in the accumulation of heavy metals in our tissues (mainly in our fat stores), which cause symptoms including the following:
- Pain – particularly aching joints and headaches
- Fatigue – the feeling that you want to rest your head, and have trouble carrying out your daily tasks Inability to concentrate – when you simply can’t focus or deal with things in your life
- Skin disorders – our skin is a secondary detoxification organ, so when we’re overloaded with toxins, we can get rashes, redness, acne or spots
- Blood sugar imbalance – the energy roller coaster feeling, where you get dizzy, tired or irritable between meals.
- Digestive issues – such as abdominal pain, inconsistent bowel movements (this can include constipation and diarrhoea)
- Reproductive issues and low fertility – for women, this can mean irregular, or painful periods, premenstrual syndrome. Difficulty conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy can also be linked to heavy metals.
"Limit your exposure to heavy metals in food, water, air, toiletries, and more to help brain fog."
Here are the main culprits and the actions you can take to avoid them:
|Heavy Metal||Common Sources||How To Avoid|
|Cadmium||Cigarettes and E-cigarettes, chemical fertilisers.||Give up smoking, eat more organic food.|
|Lead||Soil and water (particularly places with a history of industrial pollution). High levels have been found in some protein powders.||
Eat organic where possible. Try making your home ‘shoe-free’ so you don’t walk in contaminated dirt. Eat more protein containing foods like spirulina, nuts, eggs, sesame paste, meat and fish.
|Arsenic||Pesticides used in agriculture, foods especially rice, some protein powders, underground water sources.||
Eat organically grown produce. If your water comes from an underground source, have it tested for metals.
|Mercury||Amalgam dental fillings, vaccines, fish and seafood. Replace your fillings for non-mercury.||
Research any vaccines you may (or may not) need thoroughly. Eat smaller fish like sardines and anchovies rather than larger fish like tuna and swordfish, which have higher mercury levels.
|Fluoride||Tap water (dependent on your area), toothpaste.||
Drink filtered water (carbon or reverse osmosis filters are considered optimum) or (glass) bottled water. Switch to natural/organic toothpaste.
|Aluminium||Medications, vaccines, antiperspirants, foil, cans.||
Research and consider medications and vaccines carefully. Go for aluminium-free deodorants and cosmetics. Store food in glass and ceramic.
Help your body get rid of heavy metals
Now, if you’re experiencing symptoms that you think may be related to heavy metals, it could be a good idea to work with a nutritionist or naturopath who specialises in this area to get your levels tested (this could mean hair, nail, blood or urine testing). They would then work with you on a specific protocol to remove the metals from your tissues.
In the meantime, it’s great for all of us to protect our bodies against these toxins, so we’ve put together a safe and natural approach, so you can do everything possible to protect your cells and help remove heavy metals.
Top foods for removing heavy metals:
|Food||How It Works||How To Eat It|
|Organic Burst Chlorella||Shown to bind with mercury and aluminium and supports liver detoxification.||
Start on ½ tsp (or 2 tablets) per day added to water with lemon or your favourite juices or smoothies, after 1-2 weeks increase to 1 tsp (or 4 tabs) per day, then after 3 weeks, move up to 2 tsp (or 8-12 tablets) per day.
Extra note: If you’re eating fish, protect your organs by taking 1 tsp (or 4 tabs) of chlorella before and after.
|Organic Burst Spirulina||A rich source of protein that is a great alternative to protein powders that may be contaminated with heavy metals. Protein is needed for the detoxification enzymes in the liver.||
Take 1 tsp per day added to water with lemon, juices, smoothies. Take an extra dose on workout days: 8 tablets or sprinkle 1-2 tsp OB Spirulina granules onto your salads, dips, or soups.
|Organic Coriander (cilantro) and Parsley||These herbs have been used traditionally to bind to heavy metals and for their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial benefits.||
Make pesto with the herbs and have a few tablespoons per day. Use a big bunch in your green juice. Chop and use to garnish your soups or in salads.
|Organic Cucumber||Contains high levels of silica that causes aluminium to leave the body.||
Use ¼-½ a cucumber every day in salads, with dips, in your green juice or smoothie.
|Organic Turmeric||Contains protective compounds that help the liver do its job.||
Use a 2cm chunk of fresh turmeric in smoothies, on salads, as a marinade with olive oil and lemon juice. Stir a teaspoon of powdered turmeric into soups, cooked brown rice, curry.
|Organic Berries||Contain high levels of Vitamin C, which is important for removing lead from the body.||
Eat a 100g portion of berries each day (the type will depend on what’s available or in season – blackberries and redcurrants are fab). Great for breakfast, snacks or smoothies. Add other Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables, such as lemons, red peppers (capsicum), broccoli, or 2 tsp Organic Burst Baobab powder.
“Try organic spirulina, chlorella, coriander, turmeric and berries to help get rid of heavy metals.”
A note on Spirulina and Chlorella as your helpers
When using microalgae in your diet it’s very important to ensure you choose a high quality clean source that is Certified Organic and does not contain heavy metals itself. There are a lot of microalgae products on the market grown with chemical fertilisers and using surface water, as a result they actually contain heavy metals themselves!
Organic Burst Spirulina and Chlorella are completely free from heavy metals – they both come from Taiwan, considered to be the purest source of spirulina and chlorella by independent studies and Natural News! Our spirulina and chlorella are cultivated without the use of any chemical fertilisers or pesticides.
We never use sea water, only pure mineral water and test all our organic plant feed as well as the microalgae itself throughout the cultivation and production. Our products have never shown any trace of these harmful substances. You’re safe with us!
You can get going on the changes now, just start small, one step at a time and it’s easy! We’re doing it ourselves too! Get in touch with us on Twitter to share your experiences.
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