Aluminum and the Accumulation Within Your Body
How do we accumulate Aluminum?
Most of the Aluminum that we’re accumulating comes from these sources:
- Antiperspirants (the first or second ingredient is Aluminum). Use deodorant
- Aluminum cookware – pots and pans. Use stainless steel or ceramic
- Aluminum reusable drinking bottles. Use glass or stainless steel
- Aluminum foil. Use reusable wrapping solutions such as material sandwich bags found at People’s pharmacy or Naked Zero Bermuda (on Front St)
- Aluminum cans – think soda cans
- Antacids that help manage the symptoms of heartburn. We can help you to find the root cause of the heartburn and to eliminate it
- Vaccinations. Mercury was originally used as a carrier for vaccines but as the general population becomes more knowledgeable about the dangers of mercury, the vaccine manufacturers are increasingly substituting Aluminum
Aluminum is also found in baking powder, soy based infant formula, construction material (in Bermuda our sealant used on our roofs and tanks contains Aluminum), cosmetics, nasal sprays, pesticides, the list goes on.
What does Aluminum do to our health and body?
Aluminum tends to accumulate in the brain. Aluminum levels in the body have been linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism and ADHD. Because it accumulates in the brain Aluminum can affect so many of the basic processes of the brain. Learning delays, behavioral problems, Fatigue (which is so common these days) and headaches have all been linked to Aluminum accumulation. Gut complaints can also be a sign of Aluminum toxicity.
We really must question the massive increase in such conditions as Alzheimer’s, ADHD, Fatigue and Gut problems and be open to the many studies that show us that the accumulation of all heavy metals, including Aluminum, can be a contributing factor. Two such studies are:
A 2015 study titled ‘Assessment of Hair Aluminum, Lead, and Mercury in a Sample of Autistic Egyptian Children: Environmental Risk Factors of Heavy Metals in Autism’ – showed that the heavy metal levels in Autistic children were much higher than those of the general population.
The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Medicine has reported that Aluminum causes inflammation in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is often associated with elevated inflammation.
We realize there is a lot of conflicting information out there. More and more we are suggesting that people listen to their hearts to help them ‘feel’ what is the best course of action for themselves and their families. What feels right for you ? Do you question the way so many of us are living today and the massive increase of huge life changing illnesses and conditions such as Auto-immune illnesses, Brain fog, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer's, Chronic fatigue and general apathy about life ? If you do, what makes sense to you to help you heal these things ?
How can we test the level of Aluminum in our body?
Blood tests are not considered a good way to test the levels of Aluminum in your cells. Hair analysis is a much better way.
What can we do to clear Aluminum from our bodies?
At Life & Thrive we are tailoring detox protocols specifically to our client’s individual needs and heavy metal accumulation levels. We use targeted supplements, diet and lifestyle techniques and assist our clients to eliminate their exposure.
Always, we must maximize the body’s natural detox pathways as much as possible to clear all heavy metals, including Aluminum, from our system. To do this we can:
- Optimize gut function – avoid known food allergens – gluten (especially conventional wheat) and dairy to name the two most common, though these allergens are individual for us all
- Optimize nutrition – increase intake of fresh vegetables and healthy fats (avocados, flax seeds, olives and high-quality olive oil), increase the mineral stores in your body using food, and supplements where needed
- Enhance your liver’s detoxification pathways using food – eat plenty of sulfur-containing foods such as broccoli, collards, kale, daikon radish, garlic, onions, and omega-3 eggs. Sulfur binds to heavy metals and helps carry it out of the body via the stools.
- Drink enough filtered water to make urine clear
- Make sure you have bowel movements at least once a day. This is very important, or you will reabsorb Aluminum from the gut. You can add ground flax seeds or some magnesium citrate if you’re not going regularly
- Move more. Move every day to keep the doctor away!
Chelation Therapy can also be used If high levels of Aluminum are found within your system - certain substances and foods are ingested that we know bind to certain heavy metals and take them out of the body safely. Silica binds well with Aluminum to help pull it out of the cells and into the blood, we can then flush the blood through with lots of detoxifying foods to carry the Aluminum out of the body as safely as possible.
At Life & Thrive one of the Heavy Metals we test for is Aluminum.
We can test your heavy metal, vitamin and mineral levels via our simple, non-invasive hair analysis. We use hair on your head or elsewhere on your body if hair on the head is not available. We work with a lab in the UK to provide this test locally for our clients. This test is suitable for both adults and children as it is entirely painless and non-invasive.
At Life & Thrive we have a nutritionist with extensive heavy metal experience and an Integrative and Functional medical doctor on staff to help ensure any detox you do is carried out as safely and effectively as possible.
Email us here or telephone us on 705 3727 if you would like to make an appointment for an initial consultation to see how we can practically help you to build a healthier, happier life.
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