Take a careful look at your diet to make sure that it supplies all of the essential nutrients you need. An adequate diet not only keeps you from developing deficiencies, but also reduces your risk of being affected by heavy metals. Purify your drinking water and immediate air space, avoid the use of toxic personal care products and, above all, ask questions before you buy any product or food item.
Don’t be embarrassed to call the manufacturer, of your favorite foods, and ask “have you tested your food for heavy metals?” This may feel like a hassle but, if you’re dealing with a chemical sensitivity or serious health issue – the effort is well worth the reward. Just be warned, most companies are NOT testing – which should only motivate you to buy local organically-grown foods, as much as possible or purchase your food from a reputable source that satisfies your concerns.
Your body absorbs heavy metals through the same transport mechanisms it uses for certain nutrients, such as calcium. For example, when you’re deficient in iron, or zinc, your body is better able to take up heavy metals such as cadmium. A balanced diet ought to include lots of organic fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, small amounts of pasture-raised grass-fed dairy or meat if you like, nuts and seeds. Naturally, to reduce your absorption of unwanted contaminants – a diet rich in fiber, dark leafy green vegetables like, kale and collard greens plus the regular consumption of superfoods like, chlorella and Hawaiian spirulina are a wise choice.
And another thing, often overlooked, is your cookware – which may be leaching toxic metals into your meals. For best results, you may want to invest in a ceramic cookware set. Often said, but worth repeating, a child’s greatest exposure to metals come in the form of vaccines and mercury-based fillings. To avoid exposure, find a healthcare provider you can trust.