The Effects of Toxic Metals: It Might Be Time to Detox!

Our planet is becoming more and more polluted; our air, water, soil, food, homes, schools and workplaces are all being adversely affected. We are living in and breathing in toxins on a non-stop daily basis.

Reports show that in Canada, air pollution results in 7,700 premature deaths each year. Canadian water supply is in grave danger, mainly due to the increasing demands on our environment, such as increasing populations and growing cities, and exploitation of our natural resources to meet those increased needs. Other reasons include substances like pharmaceuticals and pesticides not being properly disposed of and contaminating our ecosystem. Some environmental reports forecast that 25% of the plant and wildlife on our planet will disappear by the year 2060.

What does all this pollution and contamination mean? There is much evidence that it is causing more and serious health problems in animals, humans, and the entire ecosystem. Chemicals, particularly pesticides can hurt the immune system, causing infections, allergies and cancer. They can also hurt the central nervous system and the brain, causing learning and behavioural problems. The endoctine system, and the reproductive system can also be damaged, causing infertility and changes in our sexuality.

Where is it Coming From and What is it Causing?

Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements. They are used in a wide variety of applications, including industrially, domestically, agriculturally, medically and technologically. They are in many ways the basis for much of our growth as a society, however, there are serious concerns that their effects on human health and the environment are toxic. Their toxicity depends on several factors including route of exposure and dose, and many other factors including the genetics and health status of the individual being exposed; but there is no doubt that heavy metal toxicity is causing some major health problems for many.

Heavy metals like lead, cadmium, aluminum, mercury and copper are all around us, and when ingested in high doses can do a lot of damage to the human body. Regular ingestion of such metals can of course cause a lot of serious health problems, however, they can also cause less serious ones like brain fog, vomiting, sluggishness, and other symptoms. For the less serious health problems, a good detoxification protocol is often a good idea.

But where do they come from? Sometimes the places where you least expect. What can they do to you? They can cause some very serious and dangerous health problems.

Read below to find out where these heavy metal pollutants come from and what they can do to you.

 

Lead

Lead was a huge problem even 20 years ago - in drinking water, in children's toys, even in cosmetics and personal care products. Lead exposure and lead poisoning was a serious concern for everyone from children to seniors. Today, the use of lead in everyday items has decreased, however, lead can still be found in paint, cooking utensils, toothpaste tubes, industrial metals like nails, hair dyes, children's toys, water pipes, personal care products and even wine.

What health problems can it cause? 

Potential health problems: birth defects, learning difficulties, hyperactivity, vertigo, arthritis, kidney damage, anorexia, seizures, thyroid dysfunction, cataracts, and more.


Cadmium

Cadmium is also a metal that is a threat to our well being, however, it is not as overly used as is lead. Cadmium can be found in cigarettes, fertilizers, water pipes, soft drink dispensers, and even refined foods.

What health problems can it cause?

Potential health problems: birth defects, learning difficulties, emphysema, hypertension, kidney damage, arteriosclerosis, liver disease, anemia, and more.


Mercury

Mercury is also a toxic metal that is easily found in many places like fish and other seafood, dental fillings, cosmetic products, adhesives, fabric softeners, and of course, chemical fertilizers.

What health problems can it cause?

Potential health problems: birth defects, tremors, kidney damage, gingivitis, vertigo, hearing / vision loss, and more.


Aluminum

Aluminum is also use frequently to manufacture products we use on a daily basis like deodorant, cookware, baking powder, construction materials, soda cans, antacids and foil.

What health problems can it cause?

Potential health problems: digestive disorders, gastritis, dementia, seizures, motor and behavioural dysfunctions, skin rashes, headaches and migraines, learning difficulties, and more.


Copper

Copper has long been used in water pipes and heaters, pesticides, insecticides, cookware, hormone pills, and even as colorants for frozen and canned greens (to maintain that bright green colour).


What health problems can it cause?

Potential health problems: mental disorders, arthritis / rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, schizophrenia, insomnia, autism, cystic fibrosis, heart problems, psychosis, and more.


We are all exposed to heavy metals, probably on a daily basis. And although heavy metal poisoning is rare for the average person in North America, it does happen. It happens more often in those who work in factories which use a lot of heavy metals, and it can happen to those who eat seafood caught in areas with high levels of mercury.

 

Why Detox?

Today, more than ever, we're bombarded with toxins—from pollution to preservatives, pesticides, and excessive sugar in the foods we eat. The never ending toxins around us can cause a buildup of substances such as heavy metals, and lead to chronic inflammation, which can leave us feeling tired and sick. And although we can't always control the world around us or our exposure to pollutants and toxins, we can try to make dietary and lifestyle changes that can help counter the negative effects by supporting the liver, healing the gut, maintaining healthy blood sugar, and lightening our overall toxic load.

If you've been feeling less than stellar lately, bloated, foggy, it might be time to make a change. Here are some signs that you may need a detox: 

  • You crave sugar and carbs
  • You experience digestive distress like bloating
  • You feel spacey or foggy
  • You're always exhausted
  • Your joints are achy
  • You're stressed, depressed, or anxious
  • You can't lose weight
  • You have trouble sleeping
  • You can't concentrate

 

Of course, some of these could also be signs that you are sleep-deprived or dealing with another health condition, so be sure to consult your health care provider if you're concerned.

Detoxification begins with a healthier lifestyle, which means eating cleaner, drinking more water, exercising, and getting enough sleep and rest. Adding a good detox program to your routine is also a good idea, in order to eliminate much of the toxins that are already living in your body.

There are many detox programs out there, and choosing the right one is critical. Every individual is different and not everyone will benefit the same from a detox program. To get the best results, begin with a detox program that is gentle and easy to use - so that it is practical to follow. You don't want a detox program that is too harsh for your body and make you feel more ill than well. You also don't want to disrupt your current lifestyle so much that you won't be able to follow the program.

The Pascoe Detox Kit is Effective and Easy to Use!

Pascoe's Detox Kit has garnered positive results for many of our clients, and is easy to use. All you have to do is add the drops to water and sip throughout the day! It is also gentle and well tolerated, and is available in a 2 week treatment or a 5 week treatment.

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