8 Ways to Detox from Heavy Metals

Let’s face it, we are exposed to an alarming amount of toxins on a daily basis. From the BPA that lines your canned goods to the pesticides liberally sprayed on anything alive these days, our bodies are constantly absorbing an outrageous amount of chemicals.

Even though you may try to live as pure a life as possible, sneaky sources of dangerous metals are everywhere, even in the so-called “all natural” products that fool consumers into believing these ingredients are safe.

Over time, high concentrations of metals build up in our systems and can lead to a wide variety of conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Anemia
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Joint or muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Try as you may, there’s just no getting around the obscene amounts of toxins we are exposed to daily. But that doesn’t mean you are forced to live with theses conditions. Here are eight ways you can rid yourself of heavy metal accumulation.

Drink More Water. Drink only purified water in non-BPA-lined bottles or glasses. Water helps each cell eliminate toxins through the kidneys and helps you sweat more efficiently, another means of ridding yourself of unwanted agents.

Consume More Citrus. Aside from being very high in antioxidants, citrus fruits are also loaded with pectins that help naturally detoxify the body. And grapefruits in particular are high in naringenin, a flavonoid that helps the liver burn fat that would otherwise store toxins.

Dry Brush Your Skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body. When pores get clogged, the skin has a much harder time shedding dead cells and allowing toxins to leave via sweating. Dry brushing helps unclog those pores and encourages lymphatic flow, which also helps keep toxins from accumulating.

Start Snacking on Seaweed. Think of sea vegetables as your body’s “water softening system.” When you eat them, they absorb the chemicals present in the digestive tract which helps eliminate them through bowel movements.

Spice Up Your Life. Certain spices are natural detoxifiers. The curcumin present in turmeric is a known liver-stabilizing agent and cilantro has long been considered a natural detoxifying agent.

pesticidesExercise Daily. A good sweat session will help rid your body of built up toxins. And exercise helps keep the digestive system moving smoothly (another way our body detoxifies itself). And all that movement keeps blood circulating throughout the body, which keeps any metals from accumulating.

Say No To GMO. Genetically modified foods contain heavy pesticides loaded with dangerous chemicals and metals, so avoid GMOs.

Only Go Organic. While perhaps not perfect, organic food is the cleanest option. You won’t find GMOs, and while contamination from non-organic produce on supermarket shelves is possible, you are far less likely to be exposed to high concentrations.

-The Alternative Daily


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