Heavy metal exposure can wreak havoc on your health.
Metals bind to cellular sites normally occupied by essential minerals, disrupting metabolic activity.
They inhibit the uptake of calcium, depriving bone tissue of essential nutrition and potentially causing osteoporosis.
Metals can also damage the body’s natural antioxidants, leaving you more susceptible to oxidative stress.
Vague and puzzling symptoms are sometimes related to toxic levels of heavy metals.
From our clinical observations, the biggest offenders are mercury, nickel, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum. These elements are called “heavy” metals because they are comprised of large atoms with high atomic weights. A number of other metals can be harmful to your health, such as platinum, barium, tin, beryllium, and even high levels of chromium and copper.
Here we focus on the sources and consequences of the main culprits. The lists of potential sources are not necessarily comprehensive, and safe alternatives may exist. Be aware of your environment and be vigilant for potential toxic exposures.