How can Hemp seeds help with your Heavy Metal Detox?
Author: Teresa McDowell Date Posted:10 July 2021
How are your energy levels?
Do you suffer mood swings, lethargy, skin eruptions, joint pain and inflammation, anxiety, migraine headaches or other symptoms of chronic illness?
You, like many of us, could be feeling the effects of heavy metal toxins that have built up throughout your body, hiding out in fat cells and bodily tissues.
Heavy metals including mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium (to name a few) can have a damaging effect on our liver, heart and adrenal health, and contribute to neurological degeneration.
Even though you're doing all the right things, eating organic foods, making time for meditating or your spiritual self, exercising when you can; you may still feel the effects of heavy metal accumulation on your general wellbeing.
These toxins are all around us, they are in our food supply, in the air we breathe and the water we drink. Mercury overload, for example is one of the most common forms of metal poisoning and can be the result of eating farmed fish, obtained environmentally from air pollution, cigarette smoke and radiation, pharmaceuticals, contaminated water, processed foods or amalgam fillings. These silver dental fillings slowly release mercury which is absorbed and retained in the body.
If you suspect you may have a heavy metal overload it would be wise to seek support and testing from your doctor or naturopath in the form of hair analysis or a blood test to confirm. Heavy metals are hard to avoid, but we can do things to mitigate their effects and support our bodies naturally via a diet supported by detoxing foods, herbs and supplements.
Foods that support a detox diet include:
Leafy greens - including spinach, kale, collard greens and beet greens
Spirulina - helps detox pesticides found on food such as arsenic
Barley grass - helps draw heavy metals from your spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas, thyroid, and reproductive system
Coriander - can directly aid the removal of heavy metals, as well as support your body during the detox process.
Vitamin C rich foods - such as citrus fruits, berries and cruciferous veges
Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices - like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, oregano and thyme
Hemp seeds - omega 3 fatty acids aid in the reduction of inflammation while the fibre in hemp seeds helps detoxify the colon
Juice fasting can ramp up your detoxing process and a blend of celery, cucumber and apple is ideal.
Bone broth - bone broth contains Glutathione which enhances the detoxification process
Probiotics - good probiotics like Beet kvass can aid detoxification of the gut and impove immune function
Foods to avoid:
When undergoing a detox diet, err on the side of caution and don't jump in too heavily as the symptoms of detox can at times make you feel worse before you feel better.
Some side effects of detoxing can include bloating and gas, headaches, nausea and skin rashes. Remember to stay well hydrated, start slowly with diet, herbs and supplements, be conscious of your stress levels and don't forget to incorporate exercise.
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While it's impossible to avoid the barrage of toxins in our modern lives, the simple changes or supporting actions highlighted here can help minimize your risk while supporting your bodies detoxification processes.