Heavy metals are nothing to mess around with. They are all around us and we even inhale, ingest, and absorb them on a regular basis! When they mount up in your system, they can very negativity effect your body as a whole, causing everything from brain fog, to depression and anxiety, and even neuropathy. It’s best to remove heavy metals at least twice a year or more with the help of a doctor through chelation therapy or other protocols. Luckily, there are also foods you can add to your diet that will help supplement your heavy metal load when you are between visits with your integrative physician. Dr. Kogan says that “in addition to these wonderful superfoods, in our integrative practice, we use Water Detoxification and Far Infra Red Sauna for the feel-good instant heavy metal detoxification or improved lymphatic drainage.”
So without further ado, here are five foods that will naturally detox smaller amounts of those pesky metals 24/7!
Chlorella and Spirulina
These two superfoods both live and grow in fresh water ponds and are very rich in chlorophyll. Chlorella is a single cell, round organism that has 20 vitamins and minerals, plus all of the amino acids essential to our health! Spirulina is a multi-celled, spiral shaped organism with both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, 18 vitamins and minerals, and 8 amino acids. Chlorella and spirulina are high in antioxidants and protein, plus they are amazing when it comes to absorbing heavy metals and toxins. Be sure you are getting these pond greens from a reputable source however because if they were grown in an environment already filled with heavy metals, they will be no good for detoxing.
Wheatgrass may be one of the most underrated juicing superfoods of all time! It really packs quite a healthy punch with B vitamins, C vitamins, A vitamins, plus calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus too. Wheatgrass has the incredible ability of using enzymes to neutralize the body of toxins. This detoxifier is particularly good at removing heavy metals that have been stored in tissues and organs as well.
Also known as Chinese parsley, cilantro is so much more than an herb to season guacamole! It has a binding ability that pulls heavy metals from both the body tissues and the blood. In addition to helping you detox, cilantro is also a powerful antioxidant and can help with lowering blood sugar, reducing anxiety, and sleeping.
Who knew that something as simple as garlic can help you detox? Garlic is an anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal thats packed with vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese. It also binds to heavy metals and helps us to detox!. As if that weren’t enough, garlic also fights off viruses, the flu and the common cold, lowers bad cholesterol, and lowers blood sugar. You’ll get the best benefits from eating between 3-5 cloves a day and by waiting about 10 minutes or so after crushing it to cook or consume.