I thought I would write a post on some gentle support for heavy metals.
To boost heavy metal detox support you need to increase glutathione. It is the major antioxidant in the body and helps attach to heavy metals in the bloodstream so they are flushed out of the liver and the kidneys. To boost glutathione (major antioxidant in the body):
- Sulfur rich foods – consume arugula, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, radish, turnip, watercress.
- Methylation nutrients- active B vitamins. Include folate rich food like chick peas, liver, pinto beans, spinach, lentils, asparagus, avocado, beets, broccoli.
- Selenium- take 200 mcg daily which is needed to make glutathione or make sure you get sources in your diet- brazil nuts (1 oz), cooked halibut, sardines (3 oz), wild shrimp (3 oz), turkey (3 oz), spinach (1 cup).
- Vitamin E rich foods- almonds, spinach, sweet potato, avocado, olive oil.
- NAC- 600 mg twice daily to chelate heavy metals.
- Alpha -lipoic acid (~ 200 mg daily)
- Milk thistle- take as directed on the label. Helpful to bind to heavy metals and flush them out of the liver.
- Modified citrus pectin- in apples and citrus fruits or take 3 grams twice daily (sodium alginate complex). Bind metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic and flushes them out of the body.
Supportive elements also include probiotic bacteria particularly lactobacillus acidophilus (50 billion C.F.U.’s/day), fermented foods like kefir, dairy free yogurt, sauerkraut or kimchi. Make sure to keep minerals high if you are taking out heavy metals. Include seaweed in your diet like nori, dulse, kelp or wakame. A multimineral supplement would be supportive. Drink enough water- half your body weight in oz. Get lots of fiber (50 grams plus). Eating ground flax seeds or chia seeds, raw nuts and seeds if tolerated, tons of cruciferous veggies as stated above. Limit brown rice which contains higher levels of arsenic in the diet. All types of rice do contain small amounts of arsenic contamination. Boiling rice with water and throwing out the water can help get rid of some of it. Cilantro and garlic, leeks, onions are great chelators to include in the diet. Wild blueberries are a great chelator. Include polyphenol rich foods like cocoa powder, dried plums, cloves, green tea, strawberries, black currants, purple grapes or purple grape juice.
Heavy metal Smoothie (Anthony Williams: Medical Medium Source)- 2 bananas, 2 cups of wild blueberries, spirulina 2 tsp, barley grass powder 1-2 tsp, cilantro (1 cup), Atlantic Dulse (2 tbsp flakes). Could consume once daily.
Other supports may include Chlorella 4-8 capsules daily. Vitamin C 1000-3000 mg daily which can chelate metals. A great homeopathic Unda support for heavy metals is Unda 2, 48, 258 – 8 drops twice daily taken at least 15 minutes from food or drink. Please make an appointment with me if you want to explore further testing options for heavy metals or further explanation of treatment options. Parallel Chiropractic and Wellness Center 4032321283 Dr. Robin Vinge, ND