What are the effects of toxic metals in our bodies?

As we grow older we may encounter various health issues which we attribute to age, stress, or diet. Perhaps, if they aren’t causing chronic pain or distress, we simply get used to them over time.

Take a look at this list and make a mental note of any symptoms that you may have experienced:

  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Allergies
  • Irritability
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Coated tongue
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Skin problems
  • Receding gums

You’ll agree that many of these symptoms may come and go but do not warrant a trip to the doctor’s room. So what are they? And do you need to worry about them?

The above list contains symptoms associated with the toxic build-up of heavy metals.

Even with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, we all fall prey to the poisons in the air, our foods, and the water that we drink.

Toxic metals such as mercury, aluminium, cadmium, arsenic, lead, and nickel are all present in our day-to-day lives and can invade our bodies. Their insidious effects can be devastating. Long-term exposure can result in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain and neurological disorders.

To highlight how common these metals are in our environment, consider mercury. Mercury is toxic at 1:1bn part quantities, which is roughly the equivalent of a grain of sand in a swimming pool. Do you have mercury fillings? Many old toys, paints, batteries, and heaters contained mercury until it was phased out. However, mercury is still a part of some modern technologies, including LCD screens and fluorescent lights. Intact, these devices are safe, but once they are compromised, they can release toxic mercury vapour.

How can we limit our exposure to toxic metals?

Diet: Eat foods that are in their natural state, preferably organic. Unprocessed, local produce gives your body the nutrients that it needs without toxins from pesticides, packaging and industrial fertilizers.

Environment: Old toys, clothes, paints, and technology produced prior to the mid-1990s should be safely disposed of. Make use of cast iron, glass, carbon steel, and enamel cookware. Avoid antiperspirants that contain aluminium. Avoid smoking and passive smoking.

Water: Boiled and filtered water is the safest water to drink.

How can we rid ourselves of toxic metals in our bodies?

There are a variety of natural options which can assist with the removal of toxic metals from your body. Clay baths, natural herbs, and detox programs are freely available. Chelation is also a highly efficient way to detoxify the body from these harmful materials.

Toxic metals are stored in various organs and, depending on your individual requirements, will need a specific treatment. For more information on diagnosis and treatment please contact Dr Alain Sanua who will be glad to assist you. Call today on +27(0) 11 463 – 1614 or visit us at


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