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Originally published September 22 2014

Heavy metal toxicity symptoms explained: are you poisoned?

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The root cause behind many of today's most common chronic illnesses is excess exposure to toxic metals found throughout the environment, the food supply and even childhood vaccines. Because heavy metal toxicity can manifest itself as all sorts of seemingly unrelated health conditions ranging from mental disorders and food allergies to gastrointestinal problems and organ failure, millions of people are likely suffering from this largely curable condition without even knowing it.

Heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium are lurking everywhere these days, making it nearly impossible to avoid them completely. This is why it is critical to learn how to manage exposure through proper nutrition and detoxification. If you suffer from chronic pain, mood swings or anxiety, or you are constantly getting sick due to poor immunity, you could be suffering from heavy metal toxicity that requires active intervention.

"Metal toxicity is connected with all sorts of health problems and diseases that many people think are related to just getting older," wrote nutritionist Paula Owens, who recently published some helpful guidelines on her blog about how to address heavy metal toxicity. "These are also diseases many doctors suggest managing with drugs. Medical schools have failed to educate doctors of the dangers of heavy metal toxicity."

Recognize the symptoms and do something about them

Identifying heavy metal toxicity can be difficult, mainly because its symptoms vary significantly and tend to emerge gradually over time. For one person, perpetual exposure can result in the formation of an autoimmune disorder, while for another it might result in reproductive problems. Other symptoms include chronic infections, bloating and irregularity, anemia, premature aging, muscle pain and bone loss.

A complete list of possible symptoms associated with heavy metal exposure is available here:

The best way to determine whether or not your symptoms are the result of heavy metal exposure is to undergo heavy metal testing. Owens suggests using a simple, inexpensive urine test that contains a special provoking agent to detect total body load of metals. Once identified, heavy metal toxicity can be effectively addressed through diet, supplementation and proper lifestyle.

Greens, grass-fed meats, clean water and detoxifying herbs help flush metals

One of the most effective chelators -- that is, compounds that bind to heavy metals and flush them from the body -- is cilantro. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D., from the Klinghardt Academy argues that cilantro is probably the only agent effective at removing toxic mercury from intracellular spaces and the nuclei of cells.

Foods rich in sulfur are also important for reducing the toxic metal load. These include egg yolks, garlic, onions, horseradish and cruciferous vegetables. Foods rich in cysteine, which include chicken, turkey, duck, egg yolks, whey protein, raw dairy, garlic and onions, are also beneficial, as are pectin-rich fruits such as apples, lemons, limes and grapefruits.

Because of its high content of natural sulfur, pasture-raised animal meat helps naturally pull heavy metals from the body while simultaneously supplying it with necessary sulfur-containing amino acids. The anti-inflammatory spice turmeric is also helpful, supplying the body with proper nutrition for maintaining the health of the liver and kidneys, both of which work to expel toxins from the body.

Adequate mineral intake necessary for toxic metal elimination

One must also ensure that he or she is taking in plenty of bioavailable trace minerals and vitamins for maximum detoxification. Owens stresses the importance of supplementing with nutrients like hydrochloric acid (HCL) with digestive enzymes, lipoic acid, chlorella and high-quality fish oil to replace the minerals that could be lost as a result of detoxification.

Be sure to check out her extensive report on heavy metal detoxification for more details about ridding your body of toxic metals:


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