Heavy metals are inorganic toxins with no known biological function, whose presence in certain amounts in the body can trigger dysfunctions and many health disorders. While the body can get rid of organic toxins such as alcohol and drugs by itself, it can not with heavy metals. Thus, they tend to bio-accumulate (a continuous process where small amounts of these toxins are “added” to the already existing in the body). In other words, although the body is usually exposed at low dose, because of the accumulation over the time, the levels become high enough to cause damages or diseases.

Why are they dangerous?

Talking about heavy metals, we are primarily referring to: Cadmium (Cd), Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), Arsenic (As), Chromium (Cr), and Cobalt (Co). Although the body needs copper and cobalt, they are necessary in their organic form. The inorganic form is toxic. The toxicity of these metals adversely affect several basic physiological processes for health (such as enzyme activity or the absorption of essential minerals). Heavy metals also catalyze oxidation reactions (contributing to the production of free radicals) and even change the structure of proteins and antibodies of our immune system. The most dangerous heavy metals for all forms of life are mercury, cadmium and lead (a single cigarette contains the 3).

Once released into the environment, these substances can remain unchanged for hundreds of years because they are not chemically and biologically degradable. Because of the industrial age, when the extraction of heavy metals from the earth began, the planet’s surface is now saturated with these poisons. Consequently, our body is filled with them, as food, sea fish, cooking utensils, tap water, metal amalgams for cavities, cigarette and of course the air we breathe contain them at a lesser or greater extent.

The possible effects on our health are multiple: respiratory, neurological and cardiovascular problems, damages to the nervous system (being especially rich in lipids, it attracts most of the heavy metals), reproductive system and the gastrointestinal tract, hypertension as well as many types of cancer (lung, kidney, liver, bladder, skin cancer and more).
Even if we stop being exposed to heavy metals, the body alone will take decades to remove the already accumulated. So, we need to take action now and regularly implement a heavy metal detox according to thesupermandiet.com detox guide.

Foods that help remove heavy metals

Garlic

Powerful antibiotic with also antiviral qualities, it also helps in removing heavy metals. Include it in your diet regularly to prevent these contaminants to accumulate. Consume between one and two garlic daily.

Coriander

coriander for mercury detoxThis plant improves the immune system and helps remove mercury from the body. So, people who have amalgam or that have it recently removed, should included coriander in their diet for a mercury detox. It is also known to help remove aluminum and lead.

Zinc and Selenium

These two nutrients play an important role in improving the immune system. They are also an important part of the diet for male sexual organs, and is known to help the creation of enzymes fighting heavy metals in the blood. Foods rich in these minerals are brown rice , oats and peaches.

Fresh vegetables

There are a number of plants with nutritional and antioxidant properties that help detoxification. They do so by acting directly on heavy metals purifying their disposal routes. The following vegetables are particularly beneficial: broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

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