Aluminum Toxicity and Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
How To Measure Your Body's Aluminum Levels
Sources of Excess Aluminum
Health Effects of Aluminum Toxicity
Treatment of Aluminum Toxicity
Aluminum is one of the most abundant minerals on earth, and is found in plants, soil, water, air, and many of the objects we interact with daily. Small amounts of aluminum exposure are common and generally not harmful, but higher levels can result in aluminum toxicity, which can cause serious health problems.
Sources of Excess Aluminum
Common ways that people absorb aluminum into their bodies include, but are not limited to:
- Using deodorants that contain aluminum
- Using aluminum cookware
- Storing food in aluminum containers or using aluminum foil
- Consuming any canned, frozen, or takeout foods packaged in aluminum containers
- Taking antacids that contain aluminum
- Eating foods rich in aluminum, such as cake mixes and processed cheese
- Breathing aluminum dust in workplace air
- Living in an area where aluminum is mined or processed
- Living in an area where aluminum levels are naturally high
Possible Symptoms and Health Effects of Aluminum Toxicity
- Diminished kidney function
- Slow growth in children
- Bone pain, deformities, and diseases
- Reduced bone density
- Speech problems
- Difficulty sleeping
Looking at these potential health effects, aluminum toxicity is clearly a serious issue. Many symptoms associated with aluminum toxicity are neurological, which indicates that high aluminum levels can be very dangerous for the brain. Research has supported the hypothesis that Alzheimer's disease and high levels of aluminum exposure may be connected.
So what should you do if you have been exposed to high levels of aluminum, or if you think you may have aluminum toxicity?
I recommend doing a home Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) to determine your body's aluminum levels. While some people recommend doing a blood test, it's not the best way to get an accurate picture of how much aluminum is in your body, because aluminum is primarily stored in your bones, tissues, and hair, not in the blood. Heavy metals in general do not remain in the blood for very long after acute exposure, so an HTMA is a much better assessment option, and is affordable and accessible as well.
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If you're experiencing any of the more serious symptoms listed above, I recommend seeing a doctor right away in addition to considering a home HTMA.
Recommended Steps To Treat Aluminum Toxicity
- Remove potential sources of aluminum from your environment, including your diet. Make sure you are not using antacids or antiperspirants with aluminum in them. Do not use any cookware or kitchen utensils made from aluminum, or aluminum foil. Avoid foods and drinks that have a high aluminum content, such as cake and pancake mixes, processed cheeses, pickled vegetables, baking powder, and any canned, frozen, or takeout foods packaged in aluminum containers. Unfiltered tap water in some cities can also have high levels of aluminum. Try to follow an organic diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins and fats.
- Research has shown that the mineral silica can significantly reduce aluminum levels in the body, so consuming water or foods that are rich in silica can help your body heal from or prevent aluminum toxicity. Silica is also important for overall skin and bone health. This study showed that consuming silicon-rich mineral water over a 12-week period decreased aluminum levels in patients with Alzheimer's disease, and also resulted in significant cognitive improvements in at least 3 of the 15 patients. While more research is needed in this area, these results have extremely important implications. Some foods with high silica levels include cucumbers, bananas, green beans, cilantro, and leafy greens, so increasing your intake of these foods may help treat aluminum toxicity.
- A number of supplements can be beneficial in detoxing and healing from aluminum toxicity, supporting the body in different ways. I recommend the following supplements for this purpose:
- Researched Nutritionals ToxinPul helps pull toxins from the body, and supports the health of the liver and kidneys. Liver health is crucial to successfully detoxifying your body, and kidney health is often impaired by aluminum toxicity, so this is an excellent supplement to take to support your body healing from aluminum exposure.
- Endo-Met GB-3 enhances biliary output, which assists in the removal of toxic metals from your body, and also optimizes bowel function and digestive health.
- Standard Process Chlorophyll Complex binds toxins tightly. It's extremely important to introduce a binding agent when detoxifying your body so that the toxins released by the gallbladder are not reabsorbed. It's especially important to take chlorophyll if you are using coffee enemas as part of your detoxification program.
- Researched Nutritionals Curcumin Pure is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, is an excellent supplement to use to optimize brain health, and can help protect the brain from oxidative damage that can be caused by high aluminum levels.
- MediHerb Bacopa is another supplement that supports brain health, mental clarity and focus, and normal memory function. I recommend taking this liquid herb if you are experiencing some of the cognitive symptoms of aluminum toxicity such as mental confusion, memory issues, or Alzheimer's.
- NOW Magnesium Ascorbate Powder, my recommended vitamin C supplement, can help reduce the toxic effects of aluminum and assist in the removal of aluminum from the body.
- The enema series is an excellent detoxification tool. This series consists of three back-to-back therapeutic enemas. The first enema uses Frankincense and Myrrh Goat Milk Soap, and the second mixes Celtic Sea Salt with 5-10 drops of our Colon Cleanse Essential Oil Blend. These two enemas help clear out the colon and optimize colon health, and are followed by a coffee enema, which helps raise your body’s glutathione levels and detoxify the liver.
I recommend doing the 3-step enema series regularly when detoxing heavy metals like aluminum from the body.
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- Suppositories are another tool you can use to help support detoxification and liver health. We recommend using 5-10 drops of the OHN Liver Cleanse Essential Oil Blend in a nightly rectal suppository.
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Due to a lack of widespread information on the subject, many people don't know the importance of avoiding aluminum exposure, and may not know when they have aluminum toxicity.
Aluminum toxicity is serious, but it is absolutely possible to detoxify your body and reduce your aluminum levels using the recommendations I have outlined above. By eliminating as many sources of aluminum exposure as possible from your daily life, taking supplements that support healing from the symptoms of aluminum toxicity, and colon cleansing to support liver health and detoxification, you can heal from aluminum toxicity and optimize your brain, kidney, and liver function.
To test your body's mineral and heavy metal levels (including aluminum), take a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA).
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DISCLAIMER: This material is presented for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or prescribing from a licensed healthcare professional. We make no claim or guarantee for cure or relief of any specific symptom, medical condition, or disease when using any of the products or protocols referenced here. Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment, or care, or starting any diet, exercise, cleansing, or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention.
By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC
I-ACT-Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Certified Nutritional Consultant