Everyday metal toxicity in food

Heavy metal toxicity is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society. Every day we are exposed to hundreds of toxic metals in our food, toiletries, cleaning products and in our environment. While the body requires small amounts of metal for nutritional purposes, high volumes resulting from constant exposure make it difficult for the body to process. As a result, heavy metals accumulate in the soft tissues and slowly poison the body’s systems.

In the world of natural healing, a more common approach to rid the body of heavy metal toxicity or any other health issue is to go on intense short term “Detox Programs”. However, I always recommend a “Detoxifying Lifestyle”. The following lifestyle changes are essential to not just remove unwanted excess metal from the body but also prevent it from being consumed in the first place.

The most commonly encountered heavy metals include aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead, mercury and nickel. These mostly come from fertilizers and insecticides, tobacco smoke, metal containers including food cans, Aluminium foil, some pharmaceutical drugs , aerated drinks, margarine, refined flour and table salt often contain aluminium, cosmetics, hair products, antiperspirants containing aluminium (especially aerosol sprays), toothpaste, aluminium cookware and the list goes on and on.

Lifestyle Changes:

Use a water filter – A good quality water filter will help to remove chlorine and heavy metals. Wash your fruits and vegetables with filtered water to avoid any heavy metal residues.

Limit your intake of processed foods and refined foods – Refined and processed foods are a major source of metal poisoning,

Avoid canned foods – Canned foods can contain metals, especially if the cans have been damaged in some way.

Eat your essential fatty acids – Essential fatty acids such as flaxseed oil help to lessen the effect of metal poisoning on your brain.

Eat foods high in vitamin C and E – Vitamin C and E rich foods (citrus fruit, dark leafy greens, etc) help to leach out toxic metals from your body.

Eat foods high in selenium – Selenium also helps to leach toxic metals from your body. Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium.

Go organic! – Buy organically grown produce when you can.

Do not use aluminium cookware.

Read Labels on all products you buy and if you don’t understand it, look it up!

 

Written by Sejal Vora

Published In DNA News (April 2013)

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How to fix your digestion without prescription drugs

As ‘we are what we eat’ we are also what we digest. Our health depends to a large extent on how our digestive system functions in providing the building blocks for our physical body. It is not just a matter of what you put into your mouth but also how it is processed, metabolized, utilized  and excreted by the body.

You need to compliment the body not supplement it to digest effortlessly and naturally. So apart from tips to fix digestion it is important that you also try and prevent indigestion.

  • Chew properly: Digestion starts in the mouth. Not chewing well means that the stomach does not have time to secrete the digestive juices needed for its breakdown. Additionally, chewing well allows enzymes in the saliva to commence digestion before the food reaches the stomach.
  • Mix less: Foods that take approximately the same amount of time to be digested should be eaten together. For instance, you will want to avoid eating starches and proteins together. Proteins can be eaten with brown rice or with green, leafy vegetables. Fruits are best eaten alone. Vegetables may be eaten with grains or legumes.
  • Lime shot: if you feel indigestion once in a while due to heavy or bad food, drink the juice of a lime as a neat shot just post the meal.
  • Fenugreek seeds: if you feel indigestion, bloating and flatulence on a regular basis, soak 6 to 8 fenugreek seeds (also known as methi dana) overnight in a small bowl of water. Strain and drink only the water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach every day.

Over the counter pills work by absorbing acids in the stomach, unfortunately, they don’t discriminate between good and bad acids and absorb both. The good acids are already in short supply, so with medication absorbing these acids, the root problem is not addressed. Prescription drugs take it a step further and stop the production of essential enzymes all together.

Less enzymes and lower levels of good acids lead to incomplete digestion. Foods ferment and become toxic. Nutrients pass through the body without being absorbed.

Written by Sejal Vora

Published In DNA News (March 2013)

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