Did you know that toxins are present everywhere? Right from the air we breathe in, the food we eat, to the water we drink. The good news is that our bodies are naturally equipped – the liver – with the power to flush away the toxins. The bad news is that the 21st-century lifestyle is bombarding our bodies with harmful substances that may overpower the liver and cause a health breakdown.
Let’s look at some of the most prominent toxins –
This is the most widely prevalent metal on earth. We use aluminium utensils for cooking. Particles of the metal come loose, mingle with your food, and then enter your body. Too high a level of aluminium in your body could-
- Cause Alzheimer’s.
- Diminish your kidney function.
- Affect your lungs.
- Reduce bone density.
- Lower your body’s capacity to absorb iron.
You may come in contact with cadmium if you smoke (actively or passively), use nickel-cadmium batteries or if you are a welder. Cadmium may even be present in contaminated foods and water.
Cadmium is harmful because it-
- Causes extensive tissue damage.
- Doesn’t allow your kidneys to metabolize vitamin D.
- Triggers osteoporosis.
- Affects your cardiovascular health.
Chromium is present in stainless steel- something that is widely used to making cooking utensils. Chromium can leach into your foods and build up in your body.
- Cause cancer.
- Damage your lungs.
- Cause skin disorders.
Cobalt is used in batteries and to add colour to glass and ceramic wares. Cobalt can also be present in utensils that are meant to withstand high temperatures. So if you are using such utensils or coloured glass bottles, you could inadvertently be consuming cobalt.
Too much cobalt can-
- Cause cardiomyopathy (heart is unable to pump blood efficiently).
- Trigger problems in the endocrine gland.
Lead may enter your drinking water if it travels through water pipes that contain lead. This can happen to people who live in old buildings with very old plumbing. You could also inhale particles of lead if you opt for lead-based paint.
Lead can cause problems like-
- Kidney damage
- Birth defects in babies
- Brain damage
Mercury usually enters your body when you consume fish containing mercury, a rising health menace today. Excess mercury in your body can cause-
- Hearing and vision loss.
- The decline of cognitive abilities.
- Memory loss.
Selenium is used to add colour to ceramic ware as well as for preparing paints. And if you use coloured ceramic utensils or if the paint on your walls contains this element then you may experience-
- Stomach pain
This element is used in paints and printing paper. In small amounts, it cannot harm you. But prolonged exposure can-
- Raise blood pressure.
- Lead to stomach pain.
- Cause brain damage.
- Trigger kidney and liver disorders.
The Blood Toxic Element Profile –
All these elements may be building up in your body without your knowledge. Today’s lifestyle makes the accumulation of toxins very likely. That is why you need to undergo a blood test called the blood toxic element profile. This test will analyse your blood and look for the presence of Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Lead, Mercury, Selenium, Barium. From the results, you can gauge if these elements are present in the body beyond permissible limits.
Some of these elements such as chromium (important for making you more receptive to insulin), cobalt (helps in absorption of vitamin B12 and production of red blood cell), selenium (enhances fertility and cognitive abilities) in small amounts are necessary to boost your health. This test will also detect if there is a shortage or imbalance of these elements.
What can you do to avoid the build-up of toxins?
- Avoid smoking.
- Ditch stainless steel and aluminium utensils and opt for copper or earthen wares instead.
- If you are using glass or ceramic, use colourless or white variants.
- Be careful while handling batteries.
- If you are welding, use protective gear.
- Eat organic freshly grown fruits and vegetables.
- Be careful about the fish you consume, enquire if it contains mercury.
Toxins can wreak destruction upon your health and they might be accumulating in your body as we speak. Before they get the better of you, undergo this test to protect your health.