A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Cadmium Toxicity
I had a question the other day about cadmium toxicity.
Cadmium is an inorganic metal naturally present in our environment.
Like lead, cadmium accumulates in your body with varying degrees of toxicity.
It’s almost impossible to get rid of it once your body has absorbed it.
Cadmium replaces your body’s stores of zinc in your liver and kidneys.
Not surprisingly, cadmium levels rise in people who have zinc deficiencies.
Cadmium is used in making colored inks and dyes, as well as in things like metal plating, engraving, and soldering.
Cadmium is also used in plastics and in making nickel-cadmium batteries, which are used in cell phones, portable computers, and many toys.
Trace amounts of cadmium are found in most foods.
In shellfish, however, cadmium accumulates at a significantly higher level.
Cadmium exposure from eating shellfish varies, depending on where the shellfish came from.
In other words, there’s no way to know how much cadmium a specific clam or lobster might have.
Other common sources of cadmium include drinking water, fertilizer, fungicides, pesticides, soil, air pollution, refined grains, rice, coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
Tobacco smoke also contains cadmium, and studies have shown cigarette smokers have higher levels of cadmium in their bodies than nonsmokers.
You can also accumulate cadmium from secondhand smoke.
Dangerous exposure to cadmium usually occurs through inhalation of fumes and dust.
Cadmium in this form is extremely irritating to your lungs and can lead to symptoms like headaches, chills, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The human body can tolerate low levels of cadmium, but long-term chronic exposure can lead to serious health problems.
In one study, lactating women with too much cadmium in their bodies were found to have low levels of calcium in their milk, which could slow the growth of the baby.
Breast milk typically has very small amounts of cadmium, which is normal and has no impact on calcium absorption and no effect on the growth of the baby.
Elevated levels of cadmium may result in hypertension (high blood pressure), a dulled sense of smell, anemia, yellow discoloration of your teeth, inflammation of the mucous membrane of your nose (rhinitis), joint soreness, hair loss, dry, scaly skin, and loss of appetite.
Cadmium toxicity threatens the health of your body by weakening your immune system.
It causes a decreased production of T cells, which protect your body by destroying foreign invaders and cancer cells.
Because cadmium stays in your kidneys and liver (50-70% of accumulated cadmium is in those organs), excessive exposure can lead to kidney disease and serious liver damage.
Possible effects of intense cadmium exposure include emphysema, bone disorders like osteoporosis and osteomalacia, cancer, and a shortened life span.
To deal with cadmium toxicity it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Alfalfa contains chlorophyll and vitamin K, and helps to remove cadmium from your body. Take 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams in tablet form daily.
*Burdock root and red clover help to purify your bloodstream and stimulate your immune system.
*Milk thistle is very effective in protecting your liver. It also stimulates the production of new liver cells.
*Make sure you include plenty of fiber and apple pectin in your diet. Eat pumpkin seeds and other foods high in zinc.
*Chelation removes toxic metals from your body.
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