Aluminum is found widely in our present-day environment in places such as anti-perspirants, anti-acids, aluminum in cookware and “tin foils”, aluminum used in the deodorant stones and crystals, aluminum in clays like zeolite, bentonite and azomite, and hundreds of other common products made with aluminum. Did you know it is a toxic metal?
Aluminum affects the brain more than any other system of the body, impairing memory and cognition in most cases.
SOURCES OF ALUMINUM TOXICITY
· beverages from aluminum cans (soda pop, beer, juices) unless the can is coated on the inside
· food cooked in aluminum cookware or foil
· use of aluminum-containing antacids
· use of anti-perspirants
· drinking water (aluminum is frequently added to municipal water supplies)
· baking powders used in many baked goods
· table salt – aluminum usually added as an anti-caking additive
· processed cheese
· bleached flour
· fluoridated (most city water has fluoride in it) water increases leaching of aluminum from aluminum pots and pans.
· all prepared foods made with tap water or salt usually contain aluminum. This includes all baked goods, sauces, almost all beverages such as sodas, some juices and thousands of other products.
· children are often born with elevated aluminum that is passed from mother to fetus through the placenta.
There are a few ways to detect Aluminum in the body. Blood may have value, however serum levels definitely do not indicate total body load of aluminum. Hair levels appear to correlate well with bone levels of aluminum. Several hair tests may be needed before aluminum is revealed on the test, as it may be sequestered within body tissues.
What does this mean to my health if I have a buildup of Aluminum? In animal studies, aluminum blocks the action potential or electrical discharge of nerve cells, reducing nervous system activity. Aluminum also inhibits enzymes in the brain (Na-K-ATPase and hexokinase). It may also inhibit uptake of important chemicals by nerve cells (dopamine, norepinephrine, and 5-hydroxytryptamine).
It could also have behavioral effects. Dementia resulting from kidney dialysis related to aluminum toxicity causes memory loss, loss of coordination, confusion and disorientation.
The digestive tract often suffers as a result. Aluminum reduces intestinal activity. It is used in many antacids. An excess may cause colic.
Early symptoms: flatulence, headaches, colic, dryness of skin and mucous membranes, tendency for colds, burning pain in the head relieved by food, heartburn and an aversion to meat.
Later symptoms: muscular conditions, loss of memory and confusion, and:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- amyotrophic lateral
- dental cavities
- kidney dysfunction
- liver dysfunction
- neuromuscular disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
Do your best to avoid your contact with Aluminum, and start a nutritional balancing program to help the body remove it naturally and safely.