If this toxic metal would stay buried in the Earth’s crust, the world would be a much healthier place.
But it won’t. In fact, it’s everywhere, and most people tend to assume it’s harmless. While everyone worries about heavy metals like lead and mercury, this common metal gets almost no attention.
We decided it’s time to raise the alarm about this widespread contaminant. Read on to find out what it is and the best practices for protecting your body from it.
Your Doctor Got it Wrong…
It doesn’t just come in thin sheets convenient for baking cookies and wrapping leftovers. It’s in your cookware … prescription and over-the-counter drugs … and both processed and organic foods (and their packages).
We inject it into our children to supposedly boost their immune systems. We rub it into our skin daily. We ingest it with every plant or animal product we eat. And we guzzle it down with the tap water we drink—whether it’s fluoridated or not.
It’s been said to be more carcinogenic than mercury … and possibly more toxic to your brain cells than sugar. And the FDA continues to insist it’s perfectly safe.
Worst of all … it’s impossible to avoid (it makes up 8% of the Earth’s crust) … and studies show it accumulates in the body over time.
Previously, I’ve reported the dangers of aluminum build-up in the body. It’s been associated with a number of diseases and disorders, including:
Of most concern, however, is aluminum’s carcinogenic effect on the body—especially on estrogen-sensitive breast tissue in both women and men.
Aluminum is a xenoestrogen—an “alien hormone” that steals cell receptors and tricks the body into thinking there are high levels of natural estrogen. Among other problems, this greatly increases the risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
Plus, a recent study showed that aluminum is capable of “neoplastic transformation”. That is, it can turn a perfectly healthy cell into a cancerous one by causing stress to the cell and damaging its DNA.1
The non-essential mineral
Aluminum isn’t like the essential minerals our bodies need to function, such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, or iron. Your body has no use for aluminum at all, so it tries to flush as much as possible through the kidneys and urinary tract.
But a growing body of literature suggests that despite our body’s best efforts to get rid of it, we take in more aluminum than it can handle.
Researchers estimate that we get 95% of daily intake—between 4-9 mg of aluminum daily—from food alone. And a single application of aluminum-based antiperspirant nets you four micrograms each.2 (I hope you’re not using antiperspirants that contain aluminum. Most health-savvy consumers stopped long ago.)
Combine all that with the fact that the half-life of aluminum in the body is approximately 7 years, and you can see how quickly it all adds up.2
Over time, the excess metal accumulates in the bones, lungs, muscle, organs, and blood, causing more and more damage the longer it stays.
How to reduce aluminum exposure
Even though it’s impossible to avoid trace amounts of aluminum in your daily life, you can avoid excessive exposure that results in long-term accumulation in your body.
Ways to rid your body of aluminum
Once you’ve reduced your daily exposure as much as possible, you’ll want to cleanse your body from years of accumulated aluminum. Remember, it’s the fact that we play long-term host to this toxic metal that makes it so concerning.
Thankfully, there is scientific proof that excess aluminum can be removed, and fairly easily, too.
Here are several natural ways to detox:
Beware of products that claim to remove heavy metals from your body. These products often capitalize on the fear of heavy metal toxicity. Be sure to read the ingredients and do your research if a “cleanse” is a route you choose.
You’ve taken the first step to protecting your body from this toxic metal by simply being aware of the pervasiveness of aluminum in modern society. Making the easy, cheap changes I’ve suggested above should help in the long-term … and could significantly reduce your risk of aluminum-caused cancers.
Meanwhile, have you heard about telomeres? Keeping your telomeres long has become a health fad, but is there anything to it? We looked into it and reported in the last issue. If you missed the report, you can catch it now, just click here.
Lee Euler, Publisher
(1) Aluminium chloride promotes anchorage-independent growth in human mammary epithelial cells. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22223356
(2) Aluminium and iron in humans: bioaccumulation, pathology, and removal. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21142669
(3) Switch from aluminum filled deodorant to zinc oxide http://wrightnewsletter.com/2012/06/25/zinc-offers-natural-deodorant-protection/
(4) Glyphosate and Celiac Disease http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/14/glyphosate-celiac-disease-connection.aspx
(5) Zinc, a neuroprotective agent against aluminum-induced oxidative DNA injury.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23420078
(6) Vitamin D (Calcitriol) http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/endocrine/otherendo/vitamind.html
(7) Avoid aluminum overload by balancing calcium levels http://wrightnewsletter.com/2012/07/02/the-best-way-to-avoid-aluminum/