6 Ways to Detoxify Aluminium From Your Body
Because aluminium toxicity is linked to Alzheimer’s and other serious diseases including cancer, it’s important for many to consider ways to avoid excessive contact with, or starting a program of aluminium detoxification. Here are six steps you can take to protect yourself from the dangers of aluminium toxicity.
The Dangers of Aluminium
As the world we live in becomes increasingly polluted and our environment struggles to detoxify everything we are hurling at it, many of these poisons are finding their way into our bodies at unprecedented levels.
One such toxin is aluminium. An element on the periodic table, this metal has no biological function in the human body but has come to be present in our everyday lives and is commonly found in:
- Food wrap/cookware – particularly when exposed to high heat,
- Food additives
- Beauty products, and
- Acid rain: increasing soluble aluminium in water reserves.
Once in the body, aluminium interferes with our normal biochemical processes and creates excess free radicals that result in oxidative stress. Organs become burdened by trying to process excess aluminium and its waste products. The liver, brain, kidneys, lungs and thyroid can also begin to perform sub-optimally as they become saturated with these toxins.
An organ of particular sensitivity is the brain. Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions are caused by a number of factors, including genetics, environmental exposures, lifestyle choices and the general ageing process on the brain and the nervous system. One such environmental exposure is suggested to be the presence of aluminium. Aluminium can also affect other bodily functions, such as:
- Skeletal mineralisation, which can lead to cavities,
- Interferes with iron metabolism, which can lead to anaemia,
- Affects neurotransmitters that control sleep, mood and cognition, and
- Contributes to fatty liver disease.
What can you do?
Six steps you can take to protect yourself from the dangers of aluminium toxicity
Pollution and toxins are an inescapable part of modern life, and exposure is often outside of our control. Yet the daily choices you make can help to limit your exposure to aluminium and reduce the likelihood of your body becoming overburdened. Some suggestions are:
- Use glass, ceramic or stainless steel cooking equipment instead of aluminium (the environment will thank you too!).
- Avoid processed or frozen foods, their packaging often contains aluminium.
- Check food labels and decode any numbers in the ingredients listings. Foods with aluminium have codes 541, 554 and 556
- Seek guidance on detoxification practices.
- Eat foods that are rich in anti-oxidants and can assist in addressing oxidative damage:
- Cabbage, brussel sprouts & broccoli,
- Garlic & onions,
- Turmeric, particularly good for targeting beta-amyloid plaques, and
- Foods that are rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin C (effective anti-oxidants)
- Read that labels of products, particularly:
- Deodorants and antiperspirants
- Facial scrubs
The Dripclub can support your detoxification program. For more information, please contact us to begin a consultation.
Oxidative stress – an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body.
Free Radical – an atom, molecule, or ion that contains an unpaired electron. This creates a snowball effect, as the original free radical knocks off electrons from other atoms, creating more and more free radicals.
Antioxidant – a substance that is oxidised itself in preference to the other substances. It is effectively protecting other substances from being oxidised. Natural dietary antioxidants include nutrients such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E or phytochemicals such as beta-carotene (orange colour in carrots) and flavonoids (yellow colour in citrus fruits).