“Hungry for Change” A-ha……..HEAVY METALS

 

Heavy metals we’re not talking about Ozzy Osbourne, in your body – there are 23 of them!  The most dangerous to the body and of no use are mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic and aluminum.

Do you remember the liv-ah?  These are the substances that just keep going round and round and round on account the liv-ah doesn’t know what to do with it!  Your liver needs some help.  Avoid at all costs these metals and get some help for your liv-ah!

“Your body wants to naturally detoxify itself.  Only the body can detoxify itself…..provided there is no toxins coming in.  The best thing a person can do in the beginning is with food”:

  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Gelatinous fibres
  • Cilantro –binds with mercury to clear out of your body
  • Good water
  • Sun light
  • In with gentle foods and get out in nature

The second best thing a person can do is to supplement.  Your body needs some help….

*ESSENTIALS
*BiOMEGA
*HEPA PLUS

Aluminum – The specific gravity is 2.80. The best way to test for contamination is blood, urine or feces for recent exposure; hair or fingernail analysis will detail the last 3 to 6 months. Hair with coloring in it will not give a reliable reading of toxicity. Because of its low specific gravity, aluminum is not a heavy metal. Aluminum can leach calcium from the bones. It can also stop the body’s ability to digest and make use of calcium, fluoride and phosphorous.
Sources of
Contamination
Symptoms and
Illnesses
Preventative and
Detoxifying Elements
Body Organs
Targeted
antacids, over-the-counter drugs, douches, cookware,
aluminum foil (especially when storing acidic foods), underarm
antiperspirants, baking powders, bad water, food additives, automobile
exhaust, tobacco smoke, fireworks
headaches, cognitive problems, learning disabilities,
poor bone density, ringing in the ears, gastrointestinal disorders,
colic, hyperactivity in kids, imbalance when walking, poor memory,
degenerative muscular conditions, cancer, Alzheimer’s
calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, vitamin B complex, vitamin C central nervous system, kidneys, digestion system
Arsenic – The specific gravity is 5.7. The best way to test for contamination is urine for recent exposure; hair or fingernail analysis will detail the last 3 to 6 months. Hair with coloring in it will not give a reliable reading of toxicity. During the Victorian era arsenic was believed to prevent aging.
Sources of
Contamination
Symptoms and
Illnesses
Preventative and
Detoxifying Elements
Body Organs
Targeted
smelting process of copper, zinc and lead, manufacturing
chemicals, pesticides and glass, bad water, fish, shellfish, paints,
rat poisoning, fungicides, wood preservatives
sore throat, red skin at contact point, abdominal pain,
vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, fever, mucosal irritation, arrhythmia,
cardiovascular collapse, numbness, tingling, darkening of the skin,
birth defects, cancer, diabetes, Raynaud’s syndrome
vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid blood, kidneys, central nervous system, digestion system, skin, liver, lung, bladder
Cadmium – The specific gravity is 8.65. The best way to test for contamination is blood or urine for recent exposure; hair or fingernail analysis will detail the last 3 to 6 months. Hair with coloring in it will not give a reliable reading of toxicity. In the liver it is bonded to protein forming complexes, which are then transported to the kidneys causing damage to the filtration process. The damage allows essential proteins and nutrients to be excreted from the body causing even further damage.
Cadmium is very difficult to remove from the body.
Sources of
Contamination
Symptoms and
Illnesses
Preventative and
Detoxifying Elements
Body Organs
Targeted
tobacco smoke, instant coffee and tea, nickel-cadmium batteries, bad water, some soft drinks, refined grains, fungicides,
pesticides, some plastics
fatigue, irritability, headaches, high blood pressure,
enlarged prostate, increased risk of cancer, hair loss, learning
disabilities, kidney disorders, liver disorders, skin disorders,
painful joints, decreased immune functions, lung damage
zinc, iron, vitamin C, amino acids (L-methionine, L-cysteine, L-lysine) gastrointestinal system, liver, placenta, kidneys, lungs, brain, bones, central nervous system, bones, reproductive organs
Lead – The specific gravity is 11.34. The best way to test for contamination is blood. Lead suppresses neuron clusters in the brain.
Sources of
Contamination
Symptoms and
Illnesses
Preventative and
Detoxifying Elements
Body Organs
Targeted
tobacco smoke, eating leaded paint, lead based ceramic
glazed cookware, leaded gasoline, eating contaminated liver, inner city living, canned food (lead soldered), some bone meal supplements, some insecticides, batteries, plumbing, pencils, crystal glass production
poor bone growth, learning disabilities, fatigue, poor task performance,
irritability, anxiety, high blood pressure, weight loss, susceptibility to infections, headaches, ringing in ears, lack of concentration,
gastrointestinal problems, constipation, muscle and joint pain,
tremors, decreased immune functions, insomnia, hallucinations, birth
defects, autism, colic
calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin C, amino acids (L-lysine, L-cysteine, L-cystine) bones, brain, kidneys, thyroid gland, liver, central nervous system
Mercury – The specific gravity is 13.546. The best way to test for contamination is blood or urine for recent exposure; an x-ray will show if it is flowing through your system. Mercury prevents zinc from performing its normal function in the body, even where there is plenty of zinc. Contaminated fish and seafood have become major issues. Never eat Mackerel King, Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish or Grouper. In general, the older and larger the fish the more mercury they will contain.
Sources of
Contamination
Symptoms and
Illnesses
Preventative and
Detoxifying Elements
Body Organs
Targeted
dental amalgam fillings, laxatives containing calomel,
hemorrhoidal suppositories, some printer inks, tattoo inks, some paints, some cosmetics, some fabric softeners, wood preservatives, some
solvents, some drugs, some plastics, contaminated fish and seafood, volcanic emissions, mining operations, paper mills, contaminated
rainfall, thermometers, thermostats, some childhood vaccines
cognitive problems, memory problems, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, decreased immune functions, numbness, tingling, muscular weakness, impaired vision and
hearing, allergic conditions, asthma, headaches, lung irritation, contributes to multiple sclerosis, autism
selenium, chlorella, vitamin C, amino acids (L-glutathione, L-methionine, L-cysteine, L-cystine) gastrointestinal tract, brain, kidneys, liver, central nervous system

Become a Liver Lover

The liver.  That childhood food, that if cooked the right way, was a tolerable once a month family dinner.

My other childhood memory of “the liver” was that people occasionally perished from liver disease that was usually associated with a level of alcoholism.  That’s it!  That was my experience of the liver.

A couple of things happened simultaneously.  Within my circle there was first the diagnosis then ultimate untimely passing of dear ones due to liver disease.  These were people whom I knew their lifestyle habits.  There was no level of alcohol abuse happening.

Then through good fortune I attended a seminar that was focused around “diet”.  A doctor spoke of the liver and its role in weight management.  A couple of tidbits of information were:

A)     Fructose.  Stay away from it.  It has an ability to sneak into the liver and it is very hard for the liver to process.

B)      Binge drinking.  It’s not the calories in alcohol that cause the weight gain.  It’s the weekend, Friday night, party night.  After an over indulgence it takes the liver a week to process/clean out the system.  The liver is also crucial in metabolising fats.  As much as we can multi task, some parts of the body cannot.  Given the choice, the liver basically focuses on the alcohol, as it appears the most immediate threat, for the complete week.  JUST when it’s ready to get back to fat, the weekend comes again.  And so the cycle continues.  The weight gain is the minimal of the concerns.  As miraculous as the body is, it can only take so much of this and disease happens.

THEN having another good fortune, being with the company at the right place, I got to hear Dr.Libby Weaver talk liver health.

We all know by now the skin is the largest organ, it absorbs EVERYTHING we put on it.  The liver, it’s the second largest.  It now processes not only everything we put in our bodies but also everything we put on it

Considering some of you are still using chemical and parabin loaded products on your skin and still eating processed foods (yes that includes eating out)……….Man that’s a lot of work on your liver!!!!

Hormones……..your dear liver even processes those!  Those monthlies and menopause, have you noticed that not only yours, but for the men, those around you have gotten, hmmmm, shall we say a little more intense?

The best and easiest way Dr.Libby explained it:  hold out your hand, open your fingers.  Imagine where your wrist is as the entry to your liver from your body.  Everything, EVERYTHING that goes into your body and on your skin is coming in through your wrist.  Your palm is your liver.  Your fingers are the exit.  Folks, we have a traffic jam happening.  OVERLOAD.  Things (hormones, chemicals, alcohol) are unable to exit and leave the body.  What happens?  They go right back into your system, to try again at another time.

Now imagine that happening day after day, week after week, year after year……..breakdown>>>>>>>>>disease.

The liver is the major fat burning organ in the body and regulates fat metabolism. In her book “Accidentally Overweight” , Dr. Libby offers a quickie test to see if you need to lover your liver more.  Take your hand; that area right under where a bra strap would be (under the pecs for you guys), and place it there.  IF you feel a liver roll you may want to think about making some changes.

Ok, so you get it.  You want to (hopefully not NEED to yet) make some changes.  Start with your “diet”.

*Stay away from sugars
*avoid foods that are processed
*take a lot more “C” –  RDA doesn’t cut it anymore.  Reach for optimal levels
*eat veggies and greens.  Go for color
*eat your food raw or at least one meal a day
*get off the drugs
*eat less fat

Foods that support your liver (organic is best):

*garlic
*grapefruit
*beets, carrots
*avocados
*apples
*olive oil
*lemons/limes
*walnuts
*cabbage
*turmeric (the livers favourite spice)

AND remember your supplements……..

*ESSENTIALS
*BiOMEGA
*HEPA PLUS
*FIBERGY
*PROBIOTIC

In recognizing the difficulty for many people in making changes that support their health on many levels I offer a two step transition:

STEP ONE:  OBSERVE.  For one week simply observe yourself.  Imagine that you are observing someone else’s life.  Step outside yourself and notice your habits, what you feed yourself.  Notice the triggers.  The times of the day and when in your life that better choices can be made

STEP TWO:  DECIDE.  Pick just one of those non-health supporting habits and resolve to, for just one week, change it/stop it.

You have just learned a valuable skill.  Time to take it onto another level, another health supporting habit.

An example: after a week you notice you don’t drink enough water.  You start to drink more.  Then you add a lemon wedge.  The next week it’s a slice of lime as well.  You then may even venture into filtered water.

It really is THAT easy.

 

 

“Life is inherently risky.  There is only one big risk you should avoid at all cost and that is the risk of doing nothing   

–  Denis Waitely