Heavy-Metal Toxicity: Are You At Risk?

by Dr. David Minkoff September 19, 2016 3 min read

Heavy-Metal Toxicity: Are You At Risk?

When people are suffering from a high level of heavy metals in their body, they can be described as being “heavy metal toxic.” Harboring high levels of heavy metals in the body can contribute to a wide variety of negative symptoms, including digestive problems and even loss of memory.

Unfortunately, most people are exposed to potential risks of heavy metals through normal occurrences in their daily lives, including sitting in rush-hour traffic on the way home from work or drinking from a soda can. Below are some of the important things you should know about heavy-metal toxicity and how to spot the symptoms.

Exposure to Heavy Metals

Humans are exposed to a wide array of heavy metals via items we use daily, like cookware, cosmetics, and antiperspirants, and in certain substances, we may consume (like soda from a can or fish) or be exposed to (like tobacco  or smoggy air.) Some of the most common heavy metals we come into contact with include aluminum, cadmium, lead, mercury, and even arsenic. Many people don’t realize that getting tattoos or using hair dye, among other consumer items containing heavy metals, can actually be contributing to heavy-metal toxicity levels.

Symptoms of Heavy-Metal Toxicity

Unfortunately, heavy-metal toxicity is often misdiagnosed or overlooked—thus many people are suffering from the symptoms for a prolonged period of time before the cause is identified. Metal toxicity can interfere with the routine functioning of certain organs and body functions, which brings on debilitating effects on the body. Symptoms include lack of energy, high blood pressure, weight gain, and unexplained, chronic aches and pains. Some other symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:

  • Poor circulation, notably cold hands and feet
  • Sudden sensitivity to allergens
  • Skin problems
  • Sore and/or receding gums
  • Digestive problems
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings and memory loss
  • Increase in colds and flu
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Parasites

Treatment Options

Heavy-metal toxicity can be determined through testing of the hair, urine & feces.* If high levels of metal toxicity are found in the body, one can look into various forms of chelation therapy, many of which are safe and FDA approved treatments to reduce the harmful effects of heavy-metal toxicity. Chelation therapy binds toxic metal ions into structures that are then prepared to be excreted from the body, through the urine or stool, depending on the method used.

Are you looking to rid your body of toxic heavy metals? BodyHealth’s Metal-Free™ Oral Spray formula and the accompanying Metal-Free™ Program can help the body eliminate toxic heavy metals and support heavy-metal detoxification when combined with a healthy lifestyle. Metal-Free creates a cage-like bind to the metal particles, which the body recognizes as waste and is eliminated through the bowels. This tends to be a safer option, as it avoids any chance of causing stress to the kidneys (which could be the case when elimination is through the urine). †

During the detox process, it is also important to further support your body with a healthy diet, adequate supplementation with multivitamins & minerals, such as Complete Multi + Liver Detox Support. It should also be noted that the detox pathways are proteins, so supplementing with the 8 essential amino acids during this process is key, so that those pathways are fortified and functioning properly. PerfectAmino™ provides the perfect balance of these essential amino acids to help the body build and/or repair proteins. When you're detoxing from heavy metal toxicity, you must be having regular bowel movements to be sure the toxins are being eliminated. For many this can be a problem, but taking Intestinal Cleanse, a natural digestive support blend can help with this. Perfect Greens Formula is a superfood powder and is a new addition to the BodyHealth family of supplements.†

*If you are using the Metal-Free product, a Metals Fecal Test is recommended because a urine test will not show results over time.

 These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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