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Heavy metals can take a massive toll on your body, health, and well-being. Heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, and aluminum, accumulate in the body over time. They can do more damage than simply slowing you down mentally and physically; they are suspected of triggering dangerous conditions like heart disease, thyroid problems, dementia, neurological conditions, autism, infertility, and birth defects. According to, heavy metal poisoning can cause mental fogginess, Alzheimer’s, depression, and anemia. The good news is that a detox to remove heavy metals can minimize their impact on your health. But first, let look at how we are we exposed to heavy metals.

Heavy Metal Exposure

If you have worked in the agriculture industry, pharmaceutical manufacturing, or have partaken in industrial work, you have probably exposed yourself to heavy metals. But, unfortunately, there are many other ways that you may have inadvertently “metaled” yourself. For example, if you have amalgam fillings, drank contaminated water, or received vaccinations, you probably have some heavy metals in your system.

Amalgam Fillings – Ever been to a dentist for a filling? Not that we are trying to scare you, but 50% of every amalgam filling (aka silver filling) contains mercury. Additionally, amalgams are known to release vapors – not a good sign considering your teeth are inches away from your brain!

Fish – Many fish species are chock-full of mercury. They absorb it from their environment (the water), and large fish usually contain higher levels of mercury through bioaccumulation. By simply limiting your intake of fish, both salt- and fresh-water species, you can help reduce your exposure to heavy metals.

Pollution – Pollution surrounds us daily – for those of us in big cities, it may be hard to avoid. Pollutants contained in our water, air, and soil are often a source of heavy metals, especially around industrial areas.

Foods that Aid with Heavy Metal Detox

Below are some superfoods that will support you in detoxing heavy metals from your body. Additionally, you can check out these 9 detox foods to add to your diet to support your body even further!

Cilantro – Cilantro is commonly found in pico de gallo recipes and Thai soups and foods.
Cilantro helps with inflammation, as well as detoxification.

Chlorella – Honestly, chlorella is not the best tasting stuff, but it is rich in vitamins and minerals, and aids in detoxification.

Milk Thistle Seeds – Milk thistle seeds are an antioxidant and stimulates the regeneration of liver tissues. Double bonus!

Pectin – Pectin is great for aiding in detoxification. Pectin is found in many fruits, including apples, pears, grapefruit and citrus.

Garlic – Garlic is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory that, when consumed fresh and raw, can support your body in detoxing heavy metals. It may give you bad breath, but that’s a small price to pay for your health and wellness! Not to mention, it also boosts your immune system.

How to Remove Heavy Metals From Your Body

Ask your doctor for a test if you are concerned that you may have high levels of heavy metal. Also ask what forms of heavy metal detoxification they recommend. In the meantime, here are a few approaches you can take to remove heavy metals.

3 Steps to Remove Heavy Metals From Your Body

  1. Reduce the amount of heavy metals you take in. Limit your consumption of large fresh- and salt-water fish, limit exposure in industrial areas, and if you are in the pharmaceutical or agriculture industry, take preventative measures to reduce the amount of toxicants you absorb. If you live in a big city, get an air purifier and drink filtered water. Lastly, consider replacing old dental fillings with nontoxic fillings.
  2. Help your body do what it does best – detox! Your body is a detoxification machine! Let it do what it does best by drinking plenty of water, eating natural and raw foods, and exercising regularly.
  3. Sweat it out! Infrared saunas are an awesome option for detoxing. They are relaxing and help in the detoxification process. An infrared sauna session also enhances your natural metabolic process by gently raising your core temperature, as well as increasing circulation and oxygenation.

In summary, we live in a modern society where we are exposed to many toxicants. On the bright side, there are many ways that we can detox our bodies of harmful poisons and toxicants. Again, if you are worried that you have an excess of heavy metals in your system, request a test from your doctor or trusted healthcare professional.

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Disclaimer: Respira Vita is proud to feature Sunlighten Full-Spectrum Infrared Saunas. The information provided in this blog are excerpts taken from the Sunlighten blog and/or website.

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