How to Avoid the Contamination of Heavy Metals?

Tips to prevent heavy metal contamination

Heavy metals – omnipresent and frequently underestimated

Traces of heavy metals can be found throughout nature. Although some of them – the so-called essential trace elements such as iron, zinc, selenium or iodine – are vital for our organism in small quantities, most heavy metals are harmful to our health.

Heavy metals are particularly a concern to pregnant and breastfeeding women since they can pass through both the placenta and breastmilk. Weaning babies and toddlers are also at risk because heavy metals have increasingly been found in commercial foods targeted at them — both organic and non-organic.

Other ways we may be in contact with such harmful substances are unfortunately through our diet, the surface of our skin, and our body's mucous membranes. Substances such as lead, arsenic, cadmium or mercury may also reach our body through the elevated concentrations in water or air resulting from industrial processes and environmental pollution.

How can you reduce your risk of exposure to such heavy metals?

Human activity has led to an increase in heavy metals in the environment. As a result, the risks of heavy metal exposure for humans, as well as all land and sea animals, have also increased.

Although we can hardly escape heavy metals in our everyday life, there are a few ways to deliberately avoid exposure to these harmful substances:

Consume wild mushrooms with caution

Mushrooms store heavy metals that accumulate in the soil, especially in industrial areas. For example, wild-harvested button mushrooms or birch boletes can have elevated levels of cadmium, while porcini mushrooms may contain high levels of lead or mercury. It is therefore advisable to remove the outer peel of such mushrooms (the so-called pileipellis) before cooking or consumption.

Avoid cosmetics containing aluminium, such as deodorants

Heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury and aluminium etc. can easily be found in makeup products, skincare products, and nail polishes. These unsuspecting products can make the average woman easily exposed to heavy metals on a daily basis.

While most commercial deodorants without added aluminium salts only prevent sweaty body odour - some of these antiperspirants that contain aluminium go as far as reducing or even preventing body perspiration.

Although that guarantees us dry armpits, the additive is not without risk: aluminium clogs the pores, which can lead to skin irritation. Moreover, it can enter the body through injured skin (e.g. after shaving) and contribute to the development of serious diseases such as breast cancer.

Avoid beverages in aluminium cans

Beverage cans are coated on the inside to prevent the content from coming into contact with aluminium. However, this coating contains the industrial chemical BPA, which can be released into the food under certain circumstances.

Studies have shown that people who consumed beverages from aluminium cans had high blood pressure within a few hours. (Source: RP Online). This could be critical for individuals with pre-existing health conditions – one more reason to stick with tried-and-true glass bottles.

Ceramic dental fillings instead of amalgam

Although dental fillings made from heavy-metal amalgam offer certain benefits, such as antibacterial effects, they also have serious drawbacks, since the amalgam will slowly dissolve with time.

After about 10 years, such dental fillings only contain half of the mercury, as a big part will have been absorbed by the body. It is not recommended, however, to have intact amalgam fillings removed because the process of drilling will release even more mercury. Instead, invest in dental fillings made from plastic or ceramic in the future.

Give preference to organic foods

Since the use of chemical-synthetic pesticides is banned in organic farming, the resulting food items contain more antioxidants and fewer heavy metals than conventional products. On average, organic food has 68% less cadmium. A healthy diet based on organic foods, therefore, has a positive effect on long-term health. Nevertheless, fine dust contained in the air can deposit substances such as lead on food items – never forget to thoroughly wash your fruit and vegetables.


For persons with poor gut health, i.e. a leaky gut, heavy metals coming from a food source can easily penetrate into their bloodstream via the leaky gut. Eventually, this will allow the heavy metals to travel to our tissues, cells, and also to the brain, which may potentially cause mental health issues.

Avoid excessive amounts of seafood

Mercury is commonly discovered in large, predatory fish. This is because these fishes tend to live longer than smaller organisms, where mercury ingestion and absorption often originate in the ocean. Some of the most at-risk fish for mercury contamination include tuna, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, and tilefish as they are at the top of the marine food chain.

Besides, these species tend to live relatively long, which means that they accumulate more mercury than other species throughout their lives.

Consume such seafood only occasionally as part of a balanced diet.

Use water filters

As a result of industrial processing and environmental contamination, heavy metals often accumulate in the groundwater, and therefore in the human body in larger concentrations.

Water pipes, especially in older buildings, are also frequently made of lead or copper. Do filter water from the tap before drinking in all cases to avoid excessive intake of these harmful substances into your body.

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At Miskwaan Health Group, we offer a quick hand-held, non-invasive test for you to check the level of heavy metals and minerals in your body - with results available immediately. Should you be interested to learn more about this test, click here.

To eliminate these heavy metals from your body, we also offer Chelation Therapy that feature the removal of toxic heavy metals from the body using chelating agents, which are then excreted from the body naturally.  Learn more about this therapy here.

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