Our bodies are naturally equipped to get rid of toxins in our body. The liver, kidneys and colon and skin are just some of the organs that are specially designed to naturally remove the toxins that find its way in our body because of the chemicals and pollutants that we are exposed to daily. However, as we lead a less-than-healthy lifestyle our body can get so swamped with toxins that our organs will need more assistance in eliminating toxins from our body. One of the toxins that are very important to flush out of our systems is lead, which is highly lethal that only a small amount can wreak havoc on our blood and nervous systems. Thankfully, there are many easy steps for us to cleanse our body of lead:
- Know the symptoms of lead poisoning. First of all, it’s important that you recognize lead poisoning when it happens. Some of the symptoms include loss of appetite, sluggishness, vomiting, weight loss, pain in the extremities, muscular weakness, and frequent headaches. Make sure that you consult with your doctor immediately if you suspect yourself or any family member to have lead poisoning. Some possible sources of lead include some paint, cosmetics and utensils. Make sure that you check the ingredients of every product that you use and steer clear of those that have even trace amounts of lead. Know also that hot water from the tap might also contain lead.
- Take vitamin C. Vitamin C works to heal our body and boost our immune system, and it could also take away lead from our tissues and direct them towards our body’s excretory systems. A good tip is to take two 500-mg vitamin C capsules every day.
- Try chelation therapy. In simplest terms, chelation therapy refers to getting treated with medicine that binds to the lead (or other toxins) in the body. Currently, medicine used for chelation is Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA). Chelation therapy is usually administered intravenously, but it could also be taken orally or rectally.
- Take cilantro. Cilantro, also known as Chinese parsley, is widely-used as a garnish in Southeast Asian food as well as an ingredient in the Mexican guacomole and salsa. Cilantro, according to herbalists and practitioners of alternative medicine, is a natural example of a chelation agent.
- Eat food rich in fiber. Fiber helps promote regular excretion of waste in the body, and so it could also work as a chelation agent. Some of the best sources of fiber include the following: whole grains, dried fruits, berries, nuts and seeds (such as almonds and soy nuts), and vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and green peas.
- Try turmeric powder. Turmeric powder is a spice used mainly for curry dishes; it is a staple spice in India. It has many health benefits, and it is also believed to effectively eliminate lead from the body.
Remember, you should do these steps in conjunction with your doctor’s recommendations; it’s very important that if you do get tested positive for lead in your body, you should immediately get medical help.