Heavy metals are hidden toxins in our food and our environment. They can be in the air, water supply, food and even cosmetics applied to our skin. In the environment they can be found in pollution, pesticides sprayed on our fruit and vegetables, in car exhaust systems we are exposed to on a daily basis. Heavy metals are everywhere.
Cadmium, aluminium, mercury, lead, arsenic are the common heavy metals we often to see in our functional HTMA tests.
Unfortunately our bodies cannot metabolise metals. They must be detoxed from the body on a daily basis. If this doesn’t occur, they build up in the body and cause many health symptoms.
So why do heavy metals accumulate in the body for some people and not others?
Often people are very deficient in certain nutrients. Our minerals, vitamins, protein and antioxidants all play a role in helping the liver filter toxins. On the HTMA, if a client is severely depleted in minerals, the body will use what it can in their place including heavy metals. They actually compete for receptor or absorption sites with minerals.
We also find most people are adrenally fatigued due to the stress of modern living. Your body needs energy to function optimally but if you don’t have energy to perform these functions including removing heavy metals, metals accumulate in your tissue and organs.
Our liver and bile also play a major role in the detoxification pathway and must be working well, otherwise toxins build up in the body.
Stress also plays a big role in not only depleting minerals but it affects your energy pathways. If energy pathways are compromised, your body is less efficient at proper detoxification. Good quality sleep is very important as most of detoxification happens during the night while you are sleeping.
Heavy metals can also be handed down through the generations by crossing the placenta during pregnancy.
Gut issues are often related to heavy metal exposure. Heavy metals can block the elimination of parasites or candida and can even feed gut pathogens causing harm to your health. If you are having trouble eliminating gut pathogens, it might be a good idea to investigate the status of your heavy metals accumulated in tissue and organs in your body.
What are some common symptoms of heavy metal exposure?
- Behavioural problems
- Learning delays
- Dry skin
- Weak and aching muscles
- Trouble losing weight
This list covers a wide range of symptoms and for each heavy metal, there is a extensive list of symptoms. Knowing which heavy metals you have accumulated is a good start to understanding what symptoms might be attributing to your health status.
In our practice, all clients run a HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) to help understand their mineral status and heavy metal exposure. Working with a practitioner is so important as it can be quite complex and involves working on all systems in the body and requires a detailed protocol in order to remove heavy metals safely.
Are you keen to find out what heavy metals you might be exposed to?
Knowledge is power!
If you would like to know more about heavy metals and whether this affects you, book your free strategy now.