The Dangers of Heavy Metal Toxins
While each of the aforementioned heavy metals are found in food sources and through environmental exposures, the health implications of such toxins are universally damaging. The most common side effects of heavy metal contamination include kidney damage, skeletal system damage, neurological disorders, psychological disturbances and damage to literally every human system. While actively avoiding exposure to such heavy metals is paramount to preventing long-term damage, exposure on some level is nearly unavoidable – especially for smokers or those who live/work in smoke-heavy environments.
The only way to truly eliminate heavy metals from your body is to undergo a heavy metal detoxification program. While there are literally hundreds of various treatments and specialized programs designed to eliminate heavy metals from your body, only a select few of these herbal and natural remedies truly eradicate these dangerous toxins.
The Most Effective Heavy Metal Detox Treatment Options
As with many toxin-specific detox treatment plan, what works for one person may not necessarily work best for you. While the following heavy metal detox treatments were chosen for their scientifically backed benefits, it does not mean they’ll work wonders for you. The goal when locating the best heavy metal detox program is to undergo quick trial-and-error treatments. Of course, always discuss any detox program with your physician, especially if you’re on medications or suffering from a chronic ailment.
The Three Step Heavy Metal Detoxification
According to Dr. Mark Hyman – a leading detoxification physician – one of the best ways to eliminate heavy metal toxins from your body is more of a marathon, and not so much a sprint. On average, the following detoxification program takes up to three months to fully eliminate heavy metals from your organs and tissues. The primary purpose of this three step heavy metal detoxification program is to support the necessary nutritional balances while simultaneously enhancing your body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins through waste channels – such as through your urine, sweat, stool and bile.
STEP ONE – PREPARING FOR THE DETOXIFICATION PROCESS
Bowl of fresh salad. Consider a raw foods diet for several weeks.
In order for the detox program to be successful, you must prepare your body. This is where many fall short. A common detox error is jumping right into the core of a treatment without setting the stage. At the beginning of your detox treatment, perform the following steps:
Enhance Digestive Health – We commonly consume various allergens throughout our regular diets. While you may not “feel” allergic to certain food sources, the truth is your gut is working overtime to accommodate the stresses you place on it. Therefore, the first step in eliminating heavy metal toxins from your body is to eliminate common allergen food sources, such as gluten, corn, eggs, dairy and processed foods. Consider a raw foods diet for several weeks while supplementing with probiotics for two months before actually starting the detox plan.
Enhance Your Nutritional Balance – Much like the aforementioned step, for a heavy metal detox to be truly effective, you must reach and sustain a healthy nutritional balance within your body. Accomplish this by supplementing with healthy fats, such as flax oil and omega-3 fatty acids. Consume specific supplements, such as Amino Acids, Selenium and Zinc, which are known detoxification agents.
Hydrate Your Body – Dehydration is one of the leading causes for heavy metal and other toxin accumulation. Support your natural ability to eliminate heavy metals by maintaining a high level of hydration for several months. Consume at least eight 8-ounce glasses of filtered water per day. Also, eat moisture-rich fruits and vegetables to assist in this necessary step.
Cucumber water. Dehydration is one of the leading causes for heavy metal accumulation.
STEP TWO – SUPPLEMENTATION FOR FULL BODY HEAVY METAL DETOXIFICATION
Once you’ve prepared your body for heavy metal detoxification for at least two months, you may begin to take supplements designed for heavy metal detoxification. Add the following supplements to your daily routine:
- Vitamins B12 and B6
- Alginate (Derived from Seaweed)
- Lipoic Acid
- Milk Thistle
- Raw Garlic Cloves
According to the latest research, the aforementioned supplements are known to bind to metals while simultaneously drawing metals out of your tissues and cells. Along with attracting and eliminating heavy metals, these supplements are designed to support healthier bodily functions.
STEP THREE – HERBS FOR COMPLETE HEAVY METAL DETOXIFICATION
While the aforementioned nutrient supplements are essential for a heavy metal detox treatment, to prevent the re-absorption of specific metals, such as mercury, it’s important to begin supplementation with potent herbs. Although the list of herbs believed to assist in heavy metal detoxification, few are as potent – and well-researched – as cilantro and chlorella.
According to information outlined Dr. George Georgiou of Natural Society, the combination of cilantro (Coriander) and chlorella can eliminate up to 80 percent of stored heavy metals from your body. It’s believed when these two herbs are taken together, they effectively mobilize heavy metal toxins by attracting and binding to metal toxins.
Coriander plant in a pot. Coriander pulls out heavy metals from deep within your tissues and nerve endings.
It’s important to use chlorella with cilantro, as supplementing with just cilantro can cause retoxification. That is, the cilantro pulls out heavy metals from deep within your tissues and nerve endings; however, it does not eliminate these toxins from your body, which means you effectively re-introduce these toxins throughout your body.
However, when cilantro is taken with chlorella, this retoxification is inhibited. In fact, a recent study published in the October 2005 edition ofThe Baseline of Health Foundation found those who supplemented with cilantro and chlorella removed an average of 91% mercury, 74% aluminum and 87% of lead from their bodies.
To utilize this detoxification treatment, you may eat raw cilantro each day and consume a liquid chelation (chlorella) formula each day. You may also utilize cilantro and chlorella extracts.