In today’s fast paced, hectic world, stress is common and considered a normal part of life. However long term, chronic stress can lead to a host of health problems if left unchecked. Constant mental and environmental stress can take a big toll on your health.
What you eat and drink on a daily basis plays an important role in how your body handles stress. If you eat poor quality foods that are heavily processed, genetically modified, high in refined sugar, refined white flour, refined vegetable oils, preservatives, food additives, hormones, and chemicals you will not give your body the crucial nutrients it needs to fight the effects of stress and maintain vibrant health.
Healing foods offer the best protection against stress. These amazing foods provide the important nutritional foundation you need to maintain a healthy immune system and protect your body from the effects of long term stress.
Healing foods are packed with key nutrients that nourish, repair, rejuvenate, and help heal the body so it can remain strong and healthy. Healing foods taste wonderful and are completely satisfying. Once you start eating these nutrient-rich, organic foods daily, you will no longer crave unhealthy foods with empty calories and little or no health benefits.
Foods That Reduce Stress
1. Organic Leafy Greens and Herbs
Organic leafy green vegetables and herbs are filled with important phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins C, K, and E, B vitamins, chlorophyll, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, amino acids, water, enzymes, and fiber which are crucial for fighting the effects of stress and strengthening your immune system.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: kale, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, Swiss chard, arugula, mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion greens, watercress, romaine lettuce, green and red oak leaf lettuce, chicory, bok choy, escarole, basil, parsley, cilantro, thyme, tarragon, oregano, mint, sage, rosemary.
2. Organic Root Vegetables
Organic root vegetables grown in organic, mineral-rich soil provide important stress fighting nutrients like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and fiber. Root vegetables are also an excellent source of complex carbohydrates that help boost serotonin levels.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: beets, radishes, sweet potatoes or yams, turmeric, carrots, parsnips, turnips, celeriac root, parsley root, ginger, and purple potatoes.
3. Organic Allium Vegetables
Organic Allium vegetables are important health promoting vegetables that offer fantastic protection against the effects of stress. These vegetables have a high level of antioxidants and phytochemicals that strengthen your immune system and protect against free radical damage caused by stress. Allium vegetables are also rich in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, sulfur, calcium, and quercetin which help protect against free radicals, cleanse the blood, fights inflammation, and protects against damage caused by stress and toxins.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and scallions.
4. Organic Berries
Organic berries are a wonderful source of important antioxidants, vitamin C, carotenoids, phytochemicals, water, enzymes, and fiber that work together to provide protection against chronic stress. The antioxidants in berries also protect the body from producing too much cortisol.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, acai berries, goji berries, blackberries, mulberries, golden berries, and maqui berries.
5. Wild Fish
Wild fish is an excellent protein-rich food to eat for protecting your body from the effects of stress. Wild Fish contains Vitamins D and B-12, selenium, and omega-3 essential fatty acids that are so important for maintaining vibrant health and fighting stress. Omega-3 essential fatty acids help lower cortisol which is a stress hormone that can cause health problems if it remains elevated for extended periods of time. A study published in “Molecular Nutrition and Food Research” in 2013 found that supplementing with fish oil for three weeks resulted in a measurable decrease in cortisol levels.
Top choices to eat several times per week include: Wild salmon, wild sablefish, wild Alaskan cod, wild Alaskan halibut, wild sardines.
- Organic Raw or Sprouted Nuts and Seeds nuts
Organic raw nuts and seeds contain protein, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber, zinc, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, and enzymes which all work together to fight the effects of stress. Soaking and sprouting raw nuts and seeds before you eat them removes the anti-nutrients, increases the vitamins and minerals, activates the enzymes, and makes the nuts and seeds easier to digest.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: almonds, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds.
Coconut in all its forms is one of my favorite healing foods. The coconut oil, coconut meat, water, and milk are rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, B vitamins, amino acids, and fiber which all work together to help lower stress levels and protect your body from the effects of stress. Coconut contains lauric acid which is an important medium chain fatty acid that the liver uses for energy production instead of storing as fat. Coconut meat, coconut oil, and coconut milk also has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Coconut reduces cortisol levels and also has potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: extra virgin, raw coconut oil, young coconut meat, organic coconut milk, unsweetened coconut water, and unsweetened coconut flakes.
Celery is a strongly alkaline food that helps to counteract acidosis, purify the bloodstream, aid in digestion, prevent migraines, relax the nerves, reduce blood pressure, and clear up skin problems. Celery contains compounds called coumarins which are known to enhance the activity of certain white blood cells and support the vascular system. Celery’s rich organic sodium content has the ability to dislodge calcium deposits from the joints and holds them in solution until they can be eliminated safely from the kidneys. Celery is a well known natural diuretic and has ample ability to flush toxins out of the body. Celery also has significant anti-inflammatory properties making it an essential food for those who suffer from auto-immune illnesses. It also contains significant amounts of calcium and silicon which can aid in the repair of damaged ligaments and bones.
Celery is rich in vitamin A, magnesium, and iron which all help to nourish the blood and aid those suffering from rheumatism, high blood pressure, arthritis, and anemia. Fresh celery juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices one can drink. Just 16 oz of fresh celery juice a day can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.
Apple cider vinegar truly is an amazing medicine. Simply mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 4 tablespoons of water. Add in two tablespoons of honey and mix.
This incredible medicine helps to aid in digestion, blood circulation, and can even soothe a sore throat! It has also been documented to improve kidney and blood vessel function, which can help combat heart disease. Fertility can also be improved through apple cider vinegar! Lastly, apple cider vinegar has also been found to be a great ally in maintaining body weight and lowers high blood pressure.
Here is how you can use apple cider vinegar as medicine to combat almost anything and everything:
Gargle the apple cider vinegar and honey mixture. This will soothe your throat, cough, and can help settle the stomach.
For headaches, mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of honey. Mix well and drink the entire liquid. Your headache will be gone in minutes!
High blood pressure
For high blood pressure, mix two tablespoons with a glass of water. Consume this mixture 3 times a day in order to lower blood pressure!
Mix 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of honey. Store this mixture in a sealable jar. Consume two tablespoons of the mixture every night before bed.
Add two tables spoons of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. Do this as many times as possible throughout the day to combat the sinus pain.
Apply apple cider vinegar to the burn as many times as possible throughout the day. It will reduce pain and redness significantly.
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to every 2-3 parts water (depending on how much you want to make). Wash your face with this mixture 2-3 times a day.
Drink two glasses of water, each mixed with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, every morning on an empty stomach.
Fluoride is everywhere – in drinking water, toothpastes and other personal care products, and even in some medications. And in spite of the fact that it has been – and continues to be — the subject of hot debate among health and safety advocates, it is almost impossible to avoid. Read on to find out about the possible dangers of fluoride and about what curcumin can do to help.
Why Fluoride is so Controversial
So many people are upset at the continued use of fluoride in public drinking water, toothpaste and other products because there is mounting evidence to suggest that it is toxic and that the health consequences of fluoride exposure can be severe.
One of the aspects of this issue that has people so concerned is the increasing belief that fluoride is a neurotoxins – that is, that it unfavorably impacts the neurons of the brain and nervous system and can cause problems in the brain itself. There is evidence to suggest that fluoridation can lower the IQ, especially in children who are still developing neurologically as they grow and are thus more vulnerable. There are also studies that have uncovered a link between fluoridation and calcification of the pineal gland, a gland in the brain which is responsible many important bodily functions.
Where Does Curcumin Come In?
A new study, published in Pharmacognosy Magazine, has created a real stir amongst opponent of fluoridation after its recent debut. This article, entitled “Curcumin Attenuates Neurotoxicity Induced by Fluoride” lends further credence to the belief that fluoride is indeed a neurotoxin but also shows that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can have a mitigating effect on this damage.
This research is coming out of the Department of Zoology at Sukhadia University in India, and opens with a historical study of the potentially neurotoxic effects of fluoride, discussing the link between it and neurological conditions. Scientists wanted to test if curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant properties, would protect the neurons against the destructive action of the fluoride. When they fluoridating laboratory rats and treating the intervention group with curcumin, it was found that the rats that had received the curcumin showed significantly less oxidative neurological damage than the group which did not receive the curcumin.
Curcumin and the Brain
This is not the only study which has found that curcumin can have positive impacts on neurological health. There are actually over 200 studies from around the world that have found curcumin to be a neuroprotective agent and has potential for treatment in a number of these conditions. One exciting study has suggested that it can greatly help neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, for which there is no current cure.
So if you are interested in keeping your mind as well as your body healthy, consider supplementation with curcumin. It’s antioxidant properties are not just good for your general health, but help boost and support healthy brain function and even protects the brain from damage by neurotoxins like fluoride.
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There is something that every cancer patient should hear from their oncologist when they are first diagnosed. They should be told that by making certain dietary changes, they could increase their chances of healing from cancer dramatically, no matter what course of treatment they pursue.
Cancer patients should be informed that nutrition is their first and best defense when starting down the path of healing from cancer. Information should be provided about how to switch to an alkaline diet,[i] composed of primarily vegetables, with a small amount of fruit, grains and protein.
This diet is similar to the ketogenic[ii] diet, which is much discussed in the oncology press, but with further reduction in total protein consumption as well as grains, processed fats and sugar, to help control inflammation in the body.
Instead, the dietary information provided to cancer patients is an afterthought, and amazingly, usually includes foods and meal preparation techniques that are known promoters of cancer progression.[iii] Clearly, there is a disconnect between very well documented information on diet and cancer progression and those who communicate most often with cancer patients – the oncology teams.
The modern way of life, particularly in fast-paced Western countries, does not lend itself to an anti-cancer, alkaline diet. Convenience food products, microwave meals, packaged snacks and fast food dominate many people’s daily menu. It should come as no surprise that these foods are not optimal if you are battling cancer.
But what should a newly diagnosed cancer patient do, right away, to help themselves prepare for the treatments to come and increase their chances for healing?
Here are the six most important dietary changes every cancer patient should make. While they seem daunting at first, really what the cancer patient needs to do is to go back to eating in the way that people have done since the beginning of time: fresh food, in season, simply prepared.
Eat an alkaline diet to reduce inflammation and improve intracellular pH
Most people in the Western world today eat a diet that promotes inflammation and increases intracellular pH, a condition called latent acidosis – understood to provide a perfect environment for cancer to proliferate. A properly constructed alkaline diet will improve your intracellular pH over time, and is the best defense against continuous inflammation in the body. It is composed primarily of organic leafy green vegetables, herbs and spices, root vegetables, onions, garlic, leek and chives, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages, beans, lentils and peas and nuts and seeds, combined with a small amount (a cup or two per day) of non-gluten grains such as rice. A serving of between two and four ounces of clean fish, organic poultry or grass-fed meat, several times per week, can be part of a healthy, alkaline oriented diet. Two to three pieces of whole fresh fruit a day help balance your vitamin and mineral consumption. The more of your vegetables and fruits you enjoy raw, the better.[iv]
Cancer cells use more glucose (sugar) per unit of time than other cells. Sugar metabolism creates acid, which also supports cancer progression. Further, a diet high in sugars, including fruits, triggers the insulin response. If you frequently eat sugar or fruit throughout the day, you suppress your immune function while increasing the insulin levels in your body, creating insulin resistance. Insulin resistance has been directly tied to cancer proliferation. Processed sugar depletes magnesium in the body, another contributor to cancer proliferation. High fructose corn syrup, because of its processing methodology, is high in mercury, a cancer-promoting toxin in the body. The recommendation to eliminate sugar includes sugar in all its forms, even “natural” sugars like honey and agave, as well as white sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Enjoy unsweetened applesauce, two or three figs or dried apricots, or a piece of fresh pineapple if you need a sweet treat. Moderation with fruit is important, as fructose has been shown to increase the rate of cancer cell division as much as two-fold – more than other forms of sugar.[vi]
Glutinous grains cause inflammation. Inflammation promotes cancer progression. This means avoiding high-gluten grains such as wheat, spelt or rye, including the whole grains. Pastas, cereals, bread, muffins, cakes, crackers, cookies and other baked goods are excluded from an alkaline, cancer-suppression diet. Cancer patients should enjoy whole, non-gluten grains such as rice, buckwheat, quinoa, millet and amaranth. However, using “gluten free” prepared products is a mistake, as most of them have added sugar or processed oils and will therefore fall outside of the alkaline diet parameters for cancer.
Eliminate dairy products.
Cow dairy has been identified in a very large study compiled by Prof. (Emeritus) T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Cornell University as one of the most cancer promoting foods.[viii] Strangely enough, it is the protein that is the culprit – casein protein. High protein yogurts made with added powdered milk or whey are even more cancer promoting than plain milk, yogurt or cheese. However, all dairy products should be eliminated from the diet when you are fighting cancer. Dairy products create inflammation, cause bone deterioration (yes it is true, because of the high acid production during digestion of dairy) and promote cancer progression in a similar fashion to sugar.
Use only olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil in your diet
Use only natural, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil – organic where possible. These oils are naturally anti-inflammatory, thus provide a soothing and healing benefit to inflamed and potentially cancerous cells in the body. Coconut oil in particular has also been shown to have a mild antibacterial/antifungal effect, helpful for cancer patients with a lowered immune function, as well as direct anti-cancer properties. Oils that should be eliminated from a cancer-suppression diet include corn, soy, canola, safflower or sunflower oils. Not only are the commercial versions of these oils produced from genetically modified plants – believed to increase cancer risk – most of them are highly processed. Processed oils, including hydrogenated (hard) oils and margarines, have been prepared at high heat to improve shelf life. This changes the oil molecules so that instead of acting as a natural conductor for all the electrical messaging in your body, these molecules create “dead spots” in your cells because they cannot conduct electricity. This interferes with healthy cell function and can promote cancer progression. Essentially cancer cells are cells that no longer respond to intracellular messaging and proliferate without purpose, impacting other cells.
Corn is known as corn in Europe and the United Kingdom. Corn is known as maize in South and North America. Corn is referred as maize when grown as a crop for animal fodder or oil. Corn is now one of the main crops grown around the world. A large amout of corn is now genetically engineered. There is not alot of heirloom seed of corn available anymore. And in Europe, they have stopped the avaiability of heirloom seed. It is only a matter of time before it will stop here in Australia and in the United States and other countries around the world. So, while you still can, buy the heirloom seed and learn how to grow the plants and seed save. The following information on medicinal uses only applies to heirloom seed or non hybrid, open pollinated seed, as any seed that is geneically engineered or geneically modified has been changed, so it loses something.
Corn seeds and oil are rich in Vitamin C. Corn kernals contain good quantities of some B vitamins, B6, thiamine and riboflavin. Corn is rich in carotenoid and zeaxanthin. Add lutein and these have been shown to improve eyesight and slows macular degeneration.
Corn contains some fibre. Corn doesn't contain all of the amino acids, therefore needs to be mixed with beans, peas and lentils. Corn contains good levels of vitamin A, selenium, manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper and potassium. There is popping corn, corn chips, cornflakes, corn four, corn meal, corn on the cob with butter, corn oil. When growing corn, it is pollination by wind. Lesley.
One of the most powerful life-giving substances on the planet is chlorophyll. This is the pigment that gives green foods their color. Chlorophyll is the major player in the photosynthetic process which allows plants to obtain energy from light by converting the sun's rays into chemical energy. Dark green leafy veggies are nature's greatest source of life-enhancing chlorophyll.
The chlorophyll content of a food is a major indicator of the health attributes of any given plant-based food. Chlorophyll-rich foods have a very deep green and are extraordinarily useful in building new blood cells and purifying the body from cancer and radiation. Chlorophyll also assists in wound healing, intestinal regularity, detoxification and deodorization of the body.(1, 2)
For optimal health, it is a great idea to make sure that you have some of the best chlorophyll-rich dark greens in your meal and fresh juices. This includes spinach, collard greens, kale, watercress and cereal grasses to name a few.
Spinach is a powerful source of chlorophyll and glycoglycerolipids that protect the digestive tract from inflammatory damage. These glycoglycerolipids are the main fatty acids that makeup the cell membranes of light-sensitive organs in chlorophyll-containing plants. They have powerful immune-boosting and anticancer effects.(3) Additionally, spinach is an important source of copper, zinc and selenium, which boost immunity.
These fan-like greens stand out as a nutritional superstar. Their levels of magnesium and vitamins K, A and C are off the charts, and they are rich in folate, B2 and B6.(4) Collards are also rich in isothiocyanates, which are powerful sulfur compounds that protect the P53 gene. The P53 gene is considered to be the guardian of the genome and regulates a normal cell cycle. Mutated p53 gene leads to failure in the normal cell cycle and the development of cancerous formations.(5)
Some of the hottest nutrients present in kale include the glucosinolates and methyl cysteine sulfoxides.(6, 7) These super-nutrients help activate detoxifying enzymes in the liver that play an important role in neutralizing carcinogenic substances. One such glucosinolate, sulforaphane, is formed when kale is either chopped or chewed. Sulforaphane has been shown to alter the genetic expression of the liver, allowing it to more effectively use its detoxification enzymes.(8)
Lacianto kale contains more water and a better flavor than curly kale. Curly kale is very challenging to juice and is not recommended. I stick with lacianto kale for juicing and curly kale for things like kale chips.
Watercress is a fast-growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic perennial and one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. It has a significant amount of bioavailable B6, magnesium and folate and acts as a great digestive aid. It is also rich in chlorophyll and carotenoid antioxidants.
This would include wheatgrass, barley grass, oat grass and rye grass among others. These are the grass portions and not the grains. Therefore, they are free of gluten and are very low-carb and nutrient-dense. They are best juiced alone and without other veggies mixed in.
Cows can live an extremely healthy and long life surviving solely on these cereal grasses. Humans cannot digest the tough fibers, and the only way to really consume these is through juicing.Cereal grasses are some of the absolute richest sources of blood-cleansing chlorophyll. They also contain tons of carotenoid antioxidants as well as key methylating agents such as magnesium, B2, B6 and folate.
All parts of the plant can be used in a tonic. The tonic is used to strenghten the digestive system and to help relieve indigestion. Sweet cicely can be made into an ointment and applied to arthrtic pain, bruises and gouty areas. A tea can be made out of some sweet cicely leaves. The tea can be sipped for easing wheezing, dispersing phlegm, and for coughs and strenghthening the nerves. Sweet cicely is also known as the sugar saving herb. It is benefical for diabetics and dieters. The seeds taste like anise. The seeds can be eaten like lollies. A lot of herbs can be grown in Australia. Most are easy to grow. A place to buy medicinal herbs from is Isabell Shippard's herb nursrey at Nambour on the Sunshine Coast. By Lesley follow us at www.journeyman1.com or mobile at m.journeyman1.com
Hemp Repairs Damaged DNA
Scientists have discovered astounding new evidence that suggests hemp proteins have the capacity to repair damaged DNA -- a phenomenon that occurs in all humans as the result of aging.
While the majority of people are aware that DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is present within most living organisms, there is perhaps a larger percentage who are completely oblivious to the fact that this hereditary material accumulates damage in a manner similar to wear and tear on an automobile.
Fortunately, human cells are resilient and are able to fix most of the blemishes that occur each day within our genetic code. Yet, not all of this damage is repairable, which is what scientists believe leads to the body’s inability to heal itself.
Although most of the injuries to DNA are not serious, some damages, like strand breaks, can cause the body to make mistakes during the repair process that can shorten a person’s lifespan.
The good news is that the two primary proteins found in hemp seeds -- Edestin and Albumin -- can assist the body in repairing damaged DNA that it is otherwise incapable of fixing on its own. Edestin protein, which is only found in hemp seeds, has a makeup similar to blood plasma and has been shown to promote a healthy immune system as well as eliminate stress. Its counterpart, Albumin protein, assists in maintaining the strength of tissues that hold the body together.
“Hemp protein contains all of the 20 known amino acids -- including 9 essential amino acids (EAAs). These amino acids are labeled “essential” because the human body can’t produce them on its own. A diet that is deficient of EAAs may lead to degenerative conditions,” according to Global Hemp.
Research shows that consuming hemp seed and hemp seed oil is an ideal method for fixing DNA. This is because hemp contains “the perfect 3:1 ratio” of Omega fatty acids, which are instrumental in the damage done to DNA.
Soursop ( graviola ) This Fruit Extract 10,000 Times Better Than Chemotherapy?
Over a quarter of a century ago a study was performed on the seeds of the Soursop fruit, also known as graviola, which at that time demonstrated such amazing cancer-fighting potential, that those exposed to it within the conventional medical community looked upon it with complete incredulity.
Published in the Journal of Natural Products in 1996, Compound 1, one of five extracted from the seed of the graviola fruit, was found to be “selectively cytotoxic to colon adenocarcinoma cells (HT-29) in which it was 10,000 times the potency of adriamycin.”
Adriamycin is the trade name for the chemoagent doxorubucin and is known by the nickname “red devil,” due to both its deep red color and terrible side effects, which include life-threatening, even fatal damage to the cardiovascular system. This abject lack of “selective cytotoxicity” — the ability to kill only the cancer cells and not healthy ones — is what makes Adriamycin so dangerous. And yet, it has been a first line treatment for a wide range of cancers for almost half a century.
Since the 1996 study, little research on graviola was performed. There was a cell study in 1999 which showed it had anti- prostate cancer and breast cancer activity; another 2002 cell study showed that graviola exhibited anti-hepatoma (liver cancer) activity, but nothing as promising as the original 1996 study ever followed.
Then, in 2011, the journal Nutrition and Cancer revealed highly promising research on Graviola and breast cancer. Researchers found that graviola fruit extract (GFE) suppressed so-called oncogene (or cancer-causing gene) expression in the cell and animal models of breast cancer. The oncogene known as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is commonly over-expressed in breast cancer, and therefore an ideal target for therapy.
According to the researchers
“A a 5-wk dietary treatment of GFE (200 mg/kg diet) significantly reduced the protein expression of EGFR, p-EGFR, and p-ERK in MDA-MB-468 [breast cancer] tumors by 56%, 54%, and 32.5%, respectively. Overall, dietary GFE inhibited tumor growth, as measured by wet weight, by 32% (P < 0.01).” [emphasis added]
The study authors concluded
“These data showed that dietary GFE induced significant growth inhibition of MDA-MB-468 cells in vitro and in vivo through a mechanism involving the EGFR/ERK signaling pathway, suggesting that GFE may have a protective effect for women against EGFR-overexpressing BC [breast cancer].” [emphasis added]
Given these findings the time may be ripe for reconsideration of graviola in the prevention and/or treatment of cancers, such as colon and breast cancer.
How Heavy Metal Toxicity Can Ruin Your Health
To a greater or lesser degree, most of us are contaminated with heavy metals today – some seriously, some without ever knowing it. It is a subject that just doesn’t cross our everyday minds and physicians are often not alert to the possibility of metal exposure such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. In fact, the chronic accumulation of toxic contaminants that may not achieve classic ‘acute toxicity’ thresholds levels receives little attention at all, although it may nevertheless contribute to important adverse health effects. (1)
On the other hand, acute toxicity – which is most often the consequence of occupational exposure – does tend to be recognized, properly diagnosed, and then treated. Acute toxicities arise from sudden exposures to substantial quantities of some metals, and typically these toxins affect multiple organ systems; commonly the GI tract, cardiovascular system, the brain and nervous system, the endocrine system, kidneys, hair, and nails.
Unfortunately, chronic heavy metal toxicity that builds up over longer periods of time often presents with symptomology similar to many other chronic health conditions, therefore may not be immediately recognized or accurately diagnosed by health physicians.
Chronic toxicities are manifested as conditions that develop over extended periods from chronic exposure to relatively low concentrations, for example through conventional cosmetics. Increased cancer risk is a common feature of chronic exposure to certain metals. The exact mechanism of their carcinogenicity is not completely understood, although many cause DNA damage, alter gene function, interfere with innate DNA repair systems, disrupt gene expression, and deregulate cellular functions.(2)
Within the body, heavy metals act as free radicals, causing cellular damage. This results in rapid aging and depletes the body’s natural capacities to heal itself, aggravating disease. Heavy metals slowly accumulate in the kidneys, liver, pancreas, bones, central nervous system and brain where they degrade health without being noticed or diagnosed.
Not all metals are toxic and in fact in trace amounts, some are essential to human biochemical processes. For example, zinc is an important co-factor for several enzymatic reactions in the human body, vitamin B-12 has a cobalt atom at its core, and hemoglobin contains iron. Likewise, copper, manganese, selenium, chromium, and molybdenum are all trace elements, which are important in the human diet. Although these metals are essential to body functions, accumulation past trace amounts may have detrimental effects, should the usual mechanisms of detoxification and elimination be impaired.
Heavy metal poisoning thus means the accumulation of metals in the body past trace amounts. Common examples of metals that are toxic in any amounts are mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic.
The potential for serious health consequences from heavy metal contamination has been documented.(3) Heavy metal intoxications may damage central nervous function, the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal (GI) systems, lungs, kidneys, liver, endocrine glands, and bones (Jang 2011; Adal 2013). Chronic heavy metal exposure has been implicated in several degenerative diseases of these same systems and may increase the risk of some cancers (Galanis 2009; Wu 2012).
Other symptoms of toxic heavy metal poisoning range from skin ailments, intellectual disabilities in children, dementia in adults, central nervous system (CNS) disorders, nerve damage, organ degeneration, kidney (renal) diseases, liver (hepatic) diseases, insomnia, personality changes, emotional instability, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, headaches, vision disturbances, peripheral neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome, blood acidity, lack of coordination (ataxia), hardening arteries, encephalopathy or cardiovascular diseases (CVD).(4)
With several toxic metals lacking robust pathways for elimination, or otherwise remaining in the body for a long time, body burdens of some toxic metals are a major detriment to health. (5) There are many ways to detox from heavy metals, chelation therapy being the most common treatment in terms of acute poisoning, but comes with a smorgasbord of detrimental health and side effects.
It is possible to reduce metal toxicity risk through lifestyle choices that diminish the probability of harmful heavy metal uptake, such as dietary measures that promote daily detoxification. Ensuring that the body’s natural metabolic processes are strong will further assist in naturally excreting heavy metals.
Detoxing from heavy metals has strong anti-aging and health enhancing benefits and daily detoxification is a safe way of supporting your body in naturally eliminating contaminants. Adding antioxidants and zeolite to your daily routine will attract and remove heavy metals from the body, assisting in the maintenance of healthy metabolism.
Stay tuned for the next instalment from Marie which will look in detail at common sources of heavy metal exposure, plus ways to support your body’s elimination processes and reduce the effects of heavy metals exposure. In the meantime, check out these previous article by Marie Be…
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A Juice To Detox From Heavy Metals
Heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead, uranium and aluminum may enter the human body through food, water, air, or by absorption through the skin. These toxins contribute to serious health problems in the human body. If you have dental fillings, have been vaccinated or have eaten seafood, then your body is most likely to be contaminated.
It’s important to cleanse our bodies on a cellular level. You can do this through eating cleansing foods (organic fruits and vegetables), drinking vegetable juices, taking natural supplements (like chlorella), sweating (through exercise, hot yoga or sauna), and by using breathing techniques.
One of my favorite ways to detox my body is to have green vegetable juice every morning. No matter how busy I get, I always make it a priority to take care of my health. Green juice is my daily, drinkable health insurance, providing the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants my body needs.
This particular juice from my upcoming detox program is packed with detoxifying foods which strengthen the liver, bind the heavy metals in the body and help eliminate them.
Heavy Metal Detox Juice
- 2 small beets (or 1 large beet)
- 4 cups chopped kale
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1/2 lime
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 2 inches ginger
- 1-2 tsp. chia seeds (optional)
1. Wash all ingredients. Choose organic if possible.
2. Run all the ingredients (minus chia seeds) through the juicer, or blend all ingredients (minus chia seeds) in a blender if you don't have a juicer. If using a blender, and the juice is extremely thick, you can use a strainer to remove larger particles (optional).
3. If using, add the chia seeds to your prepared juice, and leave to soak for about 10 minutes. Chia seeds contain water soluble fiber, which gives them a gel-like consistency once the seeds are soaked. This gel absorbs the toxins in your digestive tract, helping your body cleanse itself.