We require so many various macro nutrients like carbohydrates, fats and proteins along with all of the small micronutrients we need to function, it can make your head spin trying to keep track of everything.
On top of this, many people do not realize that the foods they are eating are contaminated with heavy metals, which can cause a variety of negative health effects like neurological diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.
Heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and arsenic are found in many of the foods we eat today and we are completely unaware of it. This is especially problematic in the fitness industry because of the prevalence of these heavy metals in a lot of the protein supplements sold.
These products look good on the surface in that they are relatively cheap forms of lean protein, but depending on where they are sourced from can contain high levels of heavy lead and other metals we just don’t want to consume because of how toxic they are.
If you are unsure about where you protein shake or powder is sourced from do some research. It really is worth your time and effort to try and prevent heavy metal toxicity before it happens if possible. A good rule of thumb is to not buy any of these protein drinks from a convenience store, it isn’t a good sign in terms of the quality of ingredients.
Remember that these supplements are not considered food, and thus are not regulated by the FDA. You are taking a huge risk in a leap of blind faith by taking these unregulated products. Make sure you know what is in it before you do.
If you are reading this thinking that you have already consumed too much of this stuff to the point where it doesn’t even matter anymore don’t lose hope.
There are different way you can go about getting rid of these heavy metals, and one way is through modification of the diet. There are a few things you can take which can help the body flush these bad toxic metals out.
The silver lining here for those with heavy metal toxicity is that Vitamin C is one antioxidant that can help the body get rid of these heavy metals. Vitamin C is a very abundant antioxidant found in numerous food sources.
Good sources of Vitamin C include bell peppers, oranges, lemons, limes, kale, cabbage and strawberries.
Antioxidants are chemicals that the body uses to regulate our cellular function and to fight free radicals. Foods that are dark in pigment typically are the ones highest in antioxidants and are the foods we are looking to eat.
These include foods like eggplant, spinach, red grapefruit, grapes, blackberries, blueberries etc. These vegetables and fruits are particularly effective of eliminating mercury from our bodies.
Most of us know about how important water is to our overall health, so it is no big surprise to see it listed here. Water is another tool the body uses to cleanse itself and detoxify. Drink one 8 ox glass of water every 2-3 hours to maximize this effect.
omega 3 fats found in foods like nuts, seeds and fish are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties and can help the digestive system process and eliminate some of these heavy metals. Chia seeds and flax seeds are two types of seeds with plenty of omega 3’s and fiber to get the job done.
Fermented foods can also help us eliminate some harmful heavy metals by improving our gut health. Fermented foods contain beneficial bacteria as a result of the fermentation process, commonly referred to as probiotics.
These bacteria have the ability to digest and breakdown many of the foods we eat, and could not do so without them. These bacteria also have the ability to help the body eliminate some of these toxic heavy metals.
Canned fish, especially from predators like tuna, swordfish or shark are things we want to avoid. Heavy metals like mercury accumulate in organisms at the top of the food chain so if you want to eat fish stick to smaller fish like mackerel or sardines.
Try to avoid anything with additives as well as these tend to disrupt the digestive process.