7 ways to reduce exposure to heavy metals 

Toxic heavy metals are polluting the planet, and over time, these heavy metals start to accumulate in the body. And while we can’t smell or see these toxic heavy metals, once they’re in the body, they’re very harmful to health and wellbeing. So, it’s crucial to reduce your heavy metal exposure and prevent a toxic build up. These seven tips show you how. 

Symptoms of heavy metal exposure

With enough exposure to common heavy metals, like mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium, a slew of symptoms develop. And these symptoms aren’t pretty!

Issues like chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression and even digestive issues can all be traced back to the accumulation of heavy metals in the body. 

And you don’t have to have full blown heavy meal toxicity to have these symptoms. (This condition is rare.) Instead, you only need to have chronic low-level metal toxicity to experience these symptoms. And this is a very common problem.

How to reduce exposure to heavy metals

Director of the Cleveland Clinic for Functional Medicine, Mark Hyman, M.D., offers many simple tips to limit your exposure to heavy metals. 

  1. Avoid plastic food packaging and water bottles since synthetic polymers can leak into both your food and water. 
  2. Choose eco-friendly and nontoxic personal care products, cosmetic products and household cleaning products.
  3. Avoid fish high in mercury, like king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish and tilefish. 
  4. Detox your body by working up a sweat with a regular fitness routine
  5. Detox your body by eating more cruciferous vegetables, cilantro and detoxifying herbs, including dandelion root and burdock root. 
  6. Opt for top quality supplements to help detox the body, including Vitamins C and B
  7. Detox your home by having an expert check for heavy metals, like lead, which may be hiding in old paint and water. 

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