In fact, toxic heavy metals are present all around us – in our food, water, air, cosmetics and personal hygiene products, medicines, household cleaners, gardening supplies, furniture and furnishings and various other items that we come into contact with on a daily basis.
Heavy individual metals and metal compounds (such as arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum) accumulate in the body over time and have been linked to an array of ailments and chronic diseases – everything from fatigue, depression and mental fogginess to heart disease, certain cancers, birth defects, dementia, and neurological and immune system disorders.
Conventional treatment, called Chelation Therapy, involves the use of chelating drugs and usually requires intravenous infusion of a prescribed medicine, together with infusions or ingestion of certain vitamins and minerals.
Fortunately, research and studies suggest that certain foods and herbs may play a key role in both minimizing exposure to as well as removing heavy metals, pesticides, environmental pollutants and metabolic waste from the body.
These foods and herbs include the following, as this Infographic illustrates:
✿ Fruits and vegetables containing pectin such as apples, bananas, grapes, carrots and radishes
✿ Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage
✿ Sulfur-rich foods such as onions and garlic
Always buy locally grown, organic fruit, vegetables, herbs and other foods. This is especially mandatory if you are using these foods to detox, cleanse or chelate the body of environmental toxins. If organically-grown produce is not readily available in your area, consider growing your own – garlic, onions and herbs like parsley and cilantro are relatively easy to grow both outdoors and indoors on the window sill.
Spring Detox Health Tips
Holistic health experts recommend cleansing the body of harmful toxins on a regular, daily basis, preferably with healthy food, herbs and activities like meditation, yoga and exercise. This infographic entitled “Best Diet Pills That Work Fast” illustrates six simple detoxification suggestions, including:
❤ Sleep – a good night’s sleep reduces stress and boosts metabolism
❤ Stretch – a stretching break gives muscles a shot of oxygen for improved circulation
❤ Exercise – daily exercise helps the body detoxify naturally
❤ Exfoliation – gentle exfoliation keeps skin looking and feeling fresh
❤ Lemon Water – drinking lemon water in the morning cleanses the digestive system