Today, our body is exposed to more toxins than ever before, whether it's the air we breath, the products we use, or even medicine we take. One potentially dangerous toxin is aluminum. Something that people who deny aluminum's toxicity issues mention is that aluminum is prominent throughout the earth's crust. Which is true. However, what they fail to mention is that aluminum wasn't widely bioavailable to humans until the latter part of the 19th century when it began to be mined for creating metals and medicines. We all have some aluminum in our body, but the tissues that are most susceptible to toxicity are the ones with low cell turnover, such as bone matter, heart tissue, and brain tissue. Aluminum injected bypasses the liver and kidneys and tends to remain in slow cellular replacing tissues.
So, why is this a big deal and what are the consequences to aluminum toxicity?
Accumulative aluminum has recently been linked to conditions such as MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epilepsy, ADD, Alzheimers, Guilliare- Barre's Syndrome, and Autism.
An accumulation of certain heavy metals in the body can lead to other dangerous health risks such as kidney damage, impaired immunity, and chronic inflammation (chronic inflammation is an underlying issue for many diseases we know today). These heavy metals can poison our organs, disrupt our digestive system, and leave us more susceptible to illness and disease.
Most recently, I have dug a litter deeper as to why some might develop these conditions and others do not. It turns out there are many aspects to this, but one that is particularly interesting to me is genetics.
My son has Autism, and our doctor recommended that we get a genetic test done to see if he has any gene mutations. With a simple saliva test, we were able to find out that he has reduced activity of the MFTHR gene. With reduced activity of this gene, his body cannot metabolize Folate and Vitamin B12 as efficiently as some other people. This directly affects his body's ability to detox chemicals and heavy metals such as aluminum. This right here made perfect sense. Sadly, it is believed that around 40 percent of the world population has this gene mutation. So not only can this be a wide spread issue, but many people may have chronic health issues and have no idea why. The answer to improving their symptoms may just be as simple as detoxing and limiting chemical exposure. By no means is this an easy task. But there are things you can do to assist your body in detoxing.
The scary truth is that we have aluminum all around us, and in places we may least expect it! Below is a list of places you may have exposure to aluminum:
- Cake mix
- Processed cheese
- Baby formulas
- Baking soda
- Over the counter and prescription medications.
The good news is that there are some ways to fight the effects of aluminum and chemicals in our environment!
- A healthy organic diet.
- Drink high Silica content water. (Biologists have found that Silica helps with the elimination of aluminum.)
- Eat organic cucumbers (although they contain higher amounts of Silica compared to other foods, this option alone will most likely not cut it).
- I have also heard great things about horsetail herbs.
- Limit exposure to these toxins and find products that are aluminum free.
- I have also heard great things about using iodine to detox aluminum.
- Consider taking methylated folate. (This was recommended for my son by our doctor, because the folate is in a usable form for his body to metabolize.)
- Curcumin (compound in turmeric) is believed to halt an enzyme that may be responsible for turning environmental toxins into carcinogens in the body. Not only that but it is an excellent antioxidant, fights inflammation, and boosts brain health.
Author of Live Your Healthy Life.
Natural Healer, Reiki Practitioner, Angel Medium, Massage Therapist/ Asian Bodyworker with extensive training in Sports Nutrition and Diet and Nutrition.
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***This is not meant to replace medical advice. Please always consult with your primary care physician, natural path doctor, or health care professional before doing a detox or changing your regimen.