Health, Personal, Uncategorized

Heavy Metal Detox- Zeolite

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Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and happy weekend. Spring has definitely made an arrival here in Cornwall and the sun has been shining for the past couple of days. The arrival of warmer weather means that it’s an ideal time to do some cleansing and detoxing. It’s easier and less harsh to cleanse when the weather’s warmer and the natural season for cleansing is Springtime so soon, I will do some liver cleanses over the period of a few weeks as well as focusing some of my energy on detoxing heavy metals from my body. I don’t ever overtax my body or constantly jump from product to protocol but after I got really ill from taking a medication called Accutane and developed lots of autoimmune-type symptoms (please read my posts titled Accutane-The Life Changer Part I and II if you’d like to know more) I’ve realised that I need to do more than most people in order to stay healthy and sometimes this requires me to go through phases of cleansing on a physical level.

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. The information provided is just based on my opinion. I am not diagnosing or attempting to treat any health issue. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider before making any changes to your routine or trying this supplement. Especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffer from any medical condition.

This leads me nicely on to the topic of today’s post. I’m going to be talking about how I have helped my body to detox from heavy metals. Heavy metals such as Mercury, Aluminium, Cadmium and Lead accumulate in the body over time. Possible sources of heavy metals include drinking water, foods, amalgam fillings, cosmetic products, certain vaccines and medications. These heavy metals accumulate in body tissues, affecting every system of the body and can lead to health problems including neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease as well as reproductive disorders including  endometriosis and  polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to name a few. I’ll list below some symptoms of heavy metal toxicity.

Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:

  • emotional instability
  • fatigue
  • malaise
  • skin changes
  • insomnia
  • impaired motor, cognitive and language skills
  • water retention
  • joint pain
  • menstrual irregularities

There are various ways you can help to detox your body from heavy metals but one of the easiest and cheapest ways is to add Zeolite to your daily routine. Zeolites are naturally occurring microporous minerals formed mainly from the elements aluminium, silicon and oxygen (aluminosilicates.) They are of volcanic origin and they have properties that make them powerful at removing heaving metals and radiation from the body. Zeolite clinoptilolite is the type of zeolite used for these health reasons. It has a crystalline structure that is porous, this combined with its negative charge allows the zeolite to attract and trap positively charged metals. These trapped metals can then be excreted safely by the body.

Zeolite clinoptilolite comes in capsule, liquid and powdered forms with powdered zeolite being the most common. If you want to introduce zeolite into your health regimen there are two main things to take into consideration. The first being to make sure the zeolite is of food grade quality and the second being to start slowly and increase the amount as needed over time. These two things will ensure the zeolite is in its purest form without any fillers or additives and will make it less likely to overburden the body during the detoxification process. Although, detox symptoms are usually minimal as the ‘honeycomb’ structure of the zeolite traps the metals and toxins within it allowing for easy excretion without stirring up toxins and creating an immune response before they are excreted. This short term detox reaction occurs when toxins and wastes are excreted from cells and tissues at a rate or amount that overburdens the organs of elimination such as the bowls, kidneys and skin. When this ‘Herxheimer’ reaction  occurs, the individual may experience temporary discomfort and symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, headache, skin rash etc. This will pass as the body excretes these waste products but in the meantime it can be beneficial to decrease the dose of the supplement, drink plenty of water and rest.

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Powdered zeolite

Personally, I take zeolite clinoptilolite in powdered form and find it both easy and effective. Another bonus is that it’s really cost effective. The brand I use is produced by a company called ‘The Clay Cure.’ I use many of their products and find them to be of the highest quality. I love their whole ethos and encourage you to check out their website if you’d like to learn more about their products. I just want to add that I’m not being paid or sponsored to endorse their products, I’m simply a very happy customer giving credit where credit’s due. I have left the link below:

http://www.theclaycure.co.uk

In order to take the zeolite, I make a simple drink by combining it with filtered water. Each day, after taking Sole (please see my post titled ‘Why I drink salt water every day before breakfast’ for more info) I add 1/4 tsp of zeolite powder to a glass of filtered water and give it a stir. Then I drink it and I’m good to go. I start with a small dose of 1/4 tsp and work my way up slowly over the period of about a month to around 2-3 tsp daily. I find this works well with me. When my dose increases to over 1 tsp, I usually spilt the dose amount in two and drink this twice daily. If I notice any discomfort such as a headache or a skin breakout, I simply decrease my dose again. Should you decide to add zeolite to your daily routine, make sure you drink plenty of water as it can cause constipation. I haven’t noticed any side effects from taking it apart from a headache and a few spots when I increased my dose too quickly once. It is not known to create toxicity and therefore can be taken in large quantities, up to about 2 Tbs, three times a day. Although I have only ever taken up to 2 tsp daily and have found that to suit my body whilst being effective.

So, if you are interested in looking for a way to reduce heavy metal toxicity then zeolite may be worth a consideration. I find it helped me but in a gradual way over time. I go through phases of using it for a few weeks/ months then taking a break and starting once again. As a matter of fact, I haven’t taken it in a few months because I was focusing on addressing other issues but I will be implementing into my heath regimen in a couple of weeks time.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my blog. I’ll be posting again soon. I have lectures this weekend, including an exam so things are pretty busy but I will definitely post before the end of the week.

All the best,

Becky

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