Let’s Make A Sea Moss Detox Smoothie
You know me and experimenting, but before I do any, I like doing my homework to understand as much as possible. So, in preparation for my heavy metal detox, I’m going to bring you guys along with me as I do my research. Let’s call it group work. After all, teamwork makes the dream work!
WHAT ARE HEAVY METALS?
These are metallic ores that occur naturally on the earth. Some metals are refined for industrial use and mining is a big cause of heavy metal pollution to our ecosystem. Heavy metals like mercury and chromium are toxic to our bodies even in low quantities. Your body does have a clean-up system for heavy metals, but the current levels you are exposed to are too high for your liver to handle.
WHY ARE HEAVY METALS TOXIC?
Accumulation of any undesirable substance, like metals, in the body creates toxicity and inflammation. We are exposed to heavy metals in water or air (pollution), in the foods we eat, cosmetic products we use, cigarettes, and low-quality metallic packaging. Once your soft tissues accumulate these heavy metals, you’re at a higher risk of health complications.
EFFECTS OF HEAVY METAL TOXICITY
Heavy metal toxicity can affect your body in the following ways:
- Poisons mitochondria (which are organellesancient bacteria that live in your cells and produce energy).
- Suppresses the immune system and reduces your natural anti-inflammatory capacity.
- The brain and mental functions are impaired, reducing focus and increasing anxiety.
- It compromises the endocrine system messing up your hormones (internal communication).
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF TOXICITY
It is difficult for you to diagnose heavy metal toxicity because its symptoms are very similar to other modern lifestyle conditions. Its also hard to accurately test for toxicity as the metals get ‘lodged’ in places like bone, and your brain. Your symptoms also vary depending on the duration and type of heavy metal you are exposed to.
GENERAL SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
- Lack of concentration
- Constipation and bloating
- General body weakness
- Pain in the joints
- Skin irritability