The harsh truth about heavy metal toxicity and how to manage your exposure
Let’s face it – you cannot escape toxicity, especially if you live in a city like Metro Manila. Even though you strive for clean living and stick to a healthy lifestyle, you will still be exposed – from air pollution, cigarette smoke, and contaminated soil and water, to the food you eat and its packaging, household cleaners, gardening materials, and even personal care products. Toxins are simply found everywhere, everyday.
The Effects of Toxin Exposure
Build-up of toxins in your body is a result of prolonged and/or constant exposure. Common symptoms of high toxicity levels include low energy, coughing, vomiting, nausea, headache, dizziness, rashes, and/or itching. These can be irritating and uncomfortable at first, but eventually can be very stressful and debilitating. Did you know that accumulation of toxic metals in the body is also associated with cancer, influences reproductive health, and can lead to degenerative and cognitive conditions? Since exposure to toxins seems inevitable, early detection through toxic metals testing is very important.
The BioBalance Institute, in partnership with Genova Diagnostics US, offers assessments that measure levels of toxic elements and chemicals as a result of exposure to everyday toxins. Results of any of these tests will allow personalized recommendations on your food intake, lifestyle, and supplements that you need to take to manage the level of toxins in your body.
Here are the tests used to measure toxicity:
- Toxic Metals Profile (Blood) – A good baseline for your body’s toxicity levels, the Toxic Metals Profile is a blood test that detects the levels of common metals that tend to accumulate because of daily living: aluminium (found in some cookware, pesticides, deodorant), arsenic (found in water, rice, detergent), cadmium (found in pipes, paint, tobacco, emissions), lead (found in some cosmetics, toys, canned food), and mercury (found in dental amalgams, fish, preservatives) in your blood.
- Toxic Element Clearance Profile (Urine) – If you are going through a detoxification program, the Toxic Elements Clearance Profile helps monitor urinary excretion of a diverse range of potentially harmful elements such as lead and mercury, among others. It likewise detects elements used in medical, aerospace, nuclear, and high-tech electronic industries. That is why people whose occupations involve metalwork, machine tool, electronics and computer manufacturing, oil refining, plumbing, waste disposal, and weapons use (military or police service) are advised to take this test.
- Comprehensive Nutrient and Metabolic Test (Nutreval) – Toxicity has been known to affect nutritional status and daily well-being. The Comprehensive Nutrient and Metabolic Test is the most extensive diagnostic tool that measures not just the toxic metals found in your body, but also your levels of core nutrients such as antioxidants, B vitamins, digestive support, essential fatty acids, and minerals. It gives a complete picture of your body by knowing your unique deficiencies (micronutrients, macronutrients) and toxicities (heavy metals, detoxification capacity).
By taking the Toxic Metals test or other assessments, your physician will be able to assess your toxicity levels and give personalized insights on how you can manage the build-up of toxins in your body.
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