Toxic levels heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead, uranium and aluminum may enter the human body through food, water, air, or absorption through the skin. And, while it is often difficult to avoid exposure to these in our modern environment, the issue is that they tend to accumulate in our tissues. When they do, toxic levels may be reached.
Long-term exposure may result in muscular, neurological and physical degeneration and may cause cancer according to an article from Natural News.
Chelation therapy is a technique which involves the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. And, this can often be done naturally.
Pectin, found in the rinds of various fruits and vegetables (good sources include green apples, cabbage, bananas, beets, grapes and carrots among others) has been found to chelate (help remove) heavy metals and other contaminants from the blood stream. These contaminants are then removed through urination.
According to R.C. Atkins, MD, cilantro, otherwise known as coriander, is an excellent food for removing heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum and lead from the body. This herb is believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and remove heavy metals from the brain. He found that taking 400 mg of cilantro daily for two weeks can effectively cleanse the body of heavy metals.
Vegetables such as broccoli, kale and cabbage contain antioxidants that increase the production of detoxifying enzymes in the body. Sulfur-rich foods, such as onions and garlic, help the body to eliminate heavy metals such lead.
Other sulfur-rich foods, such as cauliflower, eggs, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage are also able to remove some heavy metals from the body. Combine healthy eating with a healthy nervous system and you are on your way to better health.
Natural chelating agents include Chlorella, some amino acids and alpha lipoic acid.