In this article, I will give information about what are the metal toxins. How we can get them and what we can do to get rid of them? If you think that heavy metals have caused your Candida, read the article…
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What is the link between Candida and heavy metals?
Heavy metals are often the underlying cause of Candida overgrowth. The body uses candida to bind with those toxic elements as it is safer to have them that way. You can’t deal permanently with the overgrowth until you have the toxic metals in your body.
What are the heavy metals toxins?
Heavy metals are those metals which possess a specific density of more than 5 g/cm3. These metals are essential to maintain various biochemical and physiological functions in living organisms when in very low concentrations. However, they become toxic when they exceed certain threshold concentrations. Although it is acknowledged that heavy metals have many adverse health effects and last for a long period of time, heavy metal exposure is increasing.
Metal toxicity depends upon the absorbed dose, the route of exposure and duration of exposure. This can lead to various disorders and can also result in excessive damage due to oxidative stress induced by free radical formation.
There are 35 metals that are of concern for us because of residential or occupational exposure. Out of which 23 are heavy metals: antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gallium, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, platinum, silver, tellurium, thallium, tin, uranium, vanadium, and zinc. These heavy metals are commonly found in the environment and diet. In small amounts, they are required for maintaining good health but in larger amounts, they can become toxic or dangerous.
Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity
Heavy metal toxicity can lower energy levels and damage the functioning of the brain, lungs, kidney, liver, blood composition, gastrointestinal system, and cause candida overgrowth. Long-term exposure can lead to gradually progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that imitate diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and muscular dystrophy. Repeated long-term exposure of some metals and their compounds may cause cancer. More about heavy metals you can read here.
Arsenic is one of the most important heavy metals causing disquiet from both ecological and individual health standpoints. It has a semimetallic property, is prominently toxic and carcinogenic, and is extensively available in the form of oxides or sulfides or as a salt of iron, sodium, calcium, copper. Arsenic is the twentieth most abundant element on earth and its inorganic forms such as arsenite and arsenate compounds are lethal to the environment and living creatures.
Lead is a highly toxic metal whose widespread use has caused extensive environmental contamination and health problems. The sources of lead exposure include mainly industrial processes, food and smoking, drinking water and domestic sources. The sources of lead were gasoline and house paint, which has been extended to lead bullets, plumbing pipes, pewter pitchers, storage batteries, toys, and faucets. In the US, more than 100 to 200,000 tons of lead per year is being released from vehicle exhausts. Some are taken up by plants, fixation to soil and flow into water bodies, hence human exposure of lead in the general population is either due to food or drinking water. Lead is an extremely toxic heavy metal that disturbs various plant physiological processes and unlike other metals, it does not have any biological functions.
The metallic mercury is a naturally occurring metal. Mercury is very toxic and exceedingly bioaccumulative.
I Major sources of mercury pollution include agriculture, municipal wastewater discharges, mining, incineration, and discharges of industrial wastewater. More about this read here.
Mercury is present widely in water resources such as lakes, rivers, and oceans where they are taken up by the microorganisms and get transformed into methyl mercury within the microorganism. Consumption of this contaminated aquatic animal is the major route of human exposure to methyl mercury. Mercury is extensively used in thermometers, barometers, pyrometers, hydrometers, mercury arc lamps, fluorescent lamps and as a catalyst. It is also being used in pulp and paper industries, as a component of batteries and in dental preparations such as amalgams, in vaccines.
The brain remains the target organ for mercury, yet it can impair any organ and lead to malfunctioning of nerves, kidneys, and muscles.
Cadmium is the seventh most toxic element as per ATSDR ranking. It is a by-product of zinc production which humans or animals may get exposed to at work or in the environment. Once this metal gets absorbed by humans, it will accumulate inside the body throughout life.
Today, cadmium is being used in rechargeable batteries, for special alloys production and also present in tobacco smoke. About three-fourths of cadmium is used in alkaline batteries as an electrode component, the remaining part is used in coatings, pigments, and platings and as a plastic stabilizer. People may get exposed to this metal primarily by inhalation and ingestion and can suffer from acute and chronic intoxications. Cadmium distributed in the environment will remain in soils and sediments for several decades. Plants gradually take up these metals which get accumulated in them and concentrate along the food chain, reaching ultimately the human body.
Chromium is the seventh most abundant element on earth. It occurs naturally by the burning of oil and coal.
Chromium is extensively used in industries such as metallurgy, electroplating, production of paints and pigments, tanning, wood preservation, chemical production, and pulp and paper production. These industries play a major role in chromium pollution with an adverse effect on biological and ecological species. Because of its mutagenic properties, Cr(VI) is categorized as a group 1 human carcinogen by the International Agency for the Research on Cancer.
Aluminium is the third most abundant element found in the earth’s crust. Aluminum interferes with most physical and cellular processes.
The greatest complications of aluminium toxicity are neuro-toxicity effects.
The main routes of aluminium contamination by humans are through inhalation, ingestion and dermal contact. Sources of exposure are drinking water, food, beverages, and aluminium containing drugs. Aluminium is naturally present in food.
Symptoms that indicate the presence of higher amounts of aluminium are nausea, mouth ulcers, skin ulcers, skin rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, and arthritic pain.
Aluminium has adverse effects on the nervous system and resulted in a loss of memory, problems with balance and loss of coordination.
How do you know if you have heavy metal toxins?
We can have an educated guess by looking at the symptoms and linking them with the possible exposure. You can have hair mineral analysis and it will show if you have accumulated toxic elements. This is an accurate method of testing. For more information about the hair analysis test see here.
How to detox from heavy metals toxicity?
The products listed for aluminium detox are useful for any metal detox.
You could try different methods of detox. I advocate for is using a homeopathic detox. You can detox one single metal or a combination of metals at once, depending on your needs. Homeopathy is a safe, gentle and effective method of detox. The course usually takes 8 weeks.
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