You may be overloaded with heavy metals and not know it.

The top three heavy metals that you are being exposed to almost every day are lead, mercury, and cadmium. Arsenic, a heavy metalloid, should also be considered. It is virtually impossible to avoid heavy metals entirely. These metals are both naturally occurring and byproducts of human actions. Some people can build up more heavy metals in their bodies than others. Factors that influence this include diet, lifestyle, and health conditions. Heavy Metal Toxicity is the result of this build up of heavy metals in the body.

What signs and symptoms can you look for to identify heavy metal toxicity? People with increased allergies, acne, and even anxiety may have heavy metal overload. Many patients report a general sick feeling, insomnia, and frequent colds or cases of flu. The human body requires trace amounts of heavy metals to function optimally. Too many of any of these elements and you shake the delicate balance of the body.

Your symptoms will vary based on the levels in your body and which metals are the most prevalent. Mercury is one of the most toxic metals and is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome and psychosis. Lead, in high amounts, can lead to memory problems, fatigue, constipation, and cramping. Arsenic exposure causes vomiting, anorexia, muscle cramps, and diarrhea. The term “heavy metal” only refers to a classification of elements. Heavy metals aren’t harmful in and of themselves. However, certain metals are more likely to overload your body and cause problems.

Common Metals Overloading Your Body:

  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Copper
  • Selenium

But where are these metals coming from? We come in contact with heavy metals from unexpected sources in our daily life. Aluminum, not technically a heavy metal, is a similar metal that can post a serious threat to your health. Deodorants are one widely used source of aluminum that surprises most people. Other sources of heavy metals range from foods to everyday objects.

Baby formula, processed foods, and shampoo are some other sources of the metal. Dental fillings, fish, and vaccines are conventional sources of Mercury. Lead enters our bodies through a variety of avenues. Canned food, cigarette smoke, ceramic dishes, and even refined chocolates contain lead. Cadmium is in fertilizers, fungicides, furniture, some soft drinks, and other sources. With so many sources of carcinogens, it can feel impossible to stay healthy.

So how can you protect yourself? Staying healthy starts with eating right. A healthy and balanced diet can help decrease your heavy metal intake. Even better, many healthy foods help to detoxify your body from heavy metals as well. Unfortunately, sometimes our bodies become so overloaded that they can’t detox themselves. When this happens, there are a few methods that can be very effective. Dr. Battle has worked extensively with Chelation as a treatment. Chelation is incredibly efficient at removing heavy metals from the blood. Dr. Battle discusses Chelation, diet, and other therapies with patients. If you suggest you may be overloaded with heavy metals, contact the Comprehensive Health Center today.