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At Life & Thrive we focus on health from deep within your cells. An abundance of healthy cells all working at their optimum capacity adds up to a very healthy body. A body that doesn’t get ill as often, a body that loses excess weight easily, a body that is less likely to get the major diseases, a body that craves good foods and gets pregnant when desired.

Dr. Marion Watlington – Integrative and Functional Medical Doctor - provides any medical oversight that our clients may need alongside their packages


On average it takes 17 years for peer reviewed research-based evidence to reach mainstream clinical practice. At Life & Thrive our aim is to make our clients aware of this peer reviewed research into the area of human health MUCH sooner than this.  We believe that what we teach and support you to put into practice will be mainstream in 10 to 15 years’ time. It’s ALWAYS your choice to implement what feels right to you personally. Do you want to wait 17 years or get a head start on your health and happiness now?


Arsenic – and the accumulation within our bodies.


What is Arsenic?

Arsenic is a Metalloid. A metalloid is a chemical element that exhibits some properties of metals and some of nonmetals. At Life & Thrive we test for Arsenic within our heavy metal profile as Arsenic is categorized with the heavy metals (Mercury, Aluminum, Lead and Cadmium) as it has been documented for potential serious health consequences.

How do we accumulate Arsenic?

Believe it or not two of the most common sources of arsenic are:

1.       Conventionally raised (non-organic) chickens. Why ? You may ask. Because Arsenic is added to chicken feed all around the world because it makes chickens grow 50% faster. Shocking isn’t it ? Putting the humane issues aside for a minute this is another way we can remind ourselves that we simply can’t rely on the food industry to have our best interests in mind. Add this fact to the knowledge that hormones are pumped into conventionally raised chickens (again to make them grow more quickly) and here are two very strong reasons to encourage you to always purchase both 1. organically, pasture raised chickens and 2. eggs from organically, pasture raised chickens for yourself and your family.

2.       Rice. There is a strong correlation with arsenic levels in the body and diabetes levels. So much so that experts have coined the term riceabetes because of the, often, high levels of arsenic in rice. Why rice ? Arsenic is in the soil, largely due to the history of using pesticides in an area. All plants will absorb some of the arsenic but, because rice is grown under flooded conditions (where irrigation water is often contaminated with arsenic), rice absorbs more arsenic than other food crops. Rice with the least amounts of arsenic are Basmati rice from California, India, or Pakistan. Read your labels! Also keep rice milk and gluten free rice products in mind. Since 2016, the FDA discourages parents from feeding children an excess amount of rice and rice cereals due to arsenic contamination. Similar guidelines apply to pregnant women too.

What does Arsenic do to our health and body?

Arsenic is a powerful nerve and enzyme poison. It is associated with fatigue, vague aches and pains, weakness, dizziness and many neurological symptoms. Arsenic is a very potent mitochondrial poison. Your mitochondria are the power houses of energy in your system and arsenic poisons the enzymes that transport nutrients into mitochondria. Without nutrients, the mitochondria do not produce the energy you need and fatigue occurs. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has linked arsenic exposure to high blood pressure and the New York University School of Medicine cites it as a contributor to cardiovascular disease. In ancient Greece, arsenic was often used as a poison for criminals. Another very interesting, but scary, fact is that a strong theory is that Napoleon Bonaparte was poisoned (and murdered ?) by arsenic! Arsenic has been linked to Dementia, Diabetes, Heart disease, neurological problems and Cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that high levels of arsenic during pregnancy and infancy can impair a child’s performance on developmental tests.

How can we test the level of Arsenic in our body?

Blood tests are not considered a good way to test the levels of Arsenic in your cells. Hair analysis is a much better way, though no test is perfect. Very interestingly, it was hair analysis that was used to discover the incredibly high levels of arsenic in Napoleon Bonaparte’s body - 150 years after his death!

What can we do to clear Arsenic 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 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 Arsenic, from our system. To do this we can:

1.       Optimize gut function – avoid known food allergens – gluten and dairy to name the two most common, though these allergens are individual for us all.

2.       Optimize nutrition – increase intake of healthy fats (avocados, flax seeds, olives and high quality olive oil), increase the mineral stores in your body using food and supplements where needed

3.       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. Sulfar binds to heavy metals and helps carry them out of the body via the stools.

4.       Drink enough filtered water to make urine clear

5.       Make sure you have bowel movements at least once a day. This is very important, or you will reabsorb arsenic from the gut. You can add ground flax seeds or some magnesium citrate if you’re not going regularly

6.       Move more. Move every day to help keep the doctor away!

Chelation Therapy can also be used If high levels of Arsenic 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 Arsenic to help pull it out of the cells and into the blood, we can then flush the blood through with lots of detoxing foods to carry the Arsenic out of the body as safely as possible.

At Life & Thrive one of the Heavy Metals we test for is Arsenic.

At Life & Thrive we can help you to gain better health by guiding and supporting you, we can test your heavy metal, vitamin and mineral levels via our simple, non-invasive hair analysis and we can also test your gut health, hormone levels and more via specialized Genova diagnostic testing. For the hair analysis we use hair on your head, or elsewhere on your body if hair on the head is not available. We work with an excellent 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 as part of our practice to help ensure any changes you make to your health or 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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