When metals such as mercury, lead, iron, and arsenic accumulate in your body, they can be toxic to your health. Chelation therapy is a treatment that uses medicines to bind to these metals so they don’t make you sick. Some alternative healthcare providers also use it to help with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart conditions.
While it might sound like a treatment only used in rare instances, heavy metal poisoning is more common than you think and natural chelation therapy can play a key role in helping to reduce the build-up of toxic heavy metals.
How Does Chelation Therapy Work?
Chelation therapy typically uses special drugs intended to bind to metal in your blood. Oftentimes, you will receive the chelating medicine through an IV. Alternatively, some chelation therapies use pill forms to administer the medicine. Once the drug has binded to the metals, your body will excrete it through your urine.
Before getting the treatment, the doctor will perform a blood test to ensure that you have metal poisoning.
What are the side effects of chelation therapy?
When chelation therapy is done correctly and for the right reasons, it can be considered safe with the most common side effect being burning in the area where you got the IV. Other common side effects include fever, headache, and nausea and vomiting.
Some people report needing to urinate more than normal following chelation therapy, which can be beneficial considering how heavy metals will leave the body.
Chelating drugs can also bind and remove certain metals your body needs such as calcium, copper, and zinc. This could lead to a deficiency in these substances. In some cases, people who had chelation therapy have low calcium levels in the blood and kidney damage.
Common Foods That Contain Heavy Metals
If you are experiencing symptoms of heavy metal toxicity, chelation therapy along with a decrease in exposure to common toxins may help you. But how can you lower your exposure to heavy metals in the first place? You can start by adjusting your diet and consider taking certain supplements.
You can reduce the amount of heavy metals in your body by either limiting or avoiding these foods:
- Farmed Fish as it contains mercury and other heavy metals, dioxins, and PCB found in aluminium cans.
- Common food sensitivities and allergens such as gluten and typical dairy (when your immune system is working towards fighting allergens, it has low energy left to detoxify the body).
- Non-organic foods that contain chemical pesticides.
- GMO foods, particularly soy and corn.
- Alcohol, since it makes it harder for your liver to process other toxins.
Chelation Therapy at Home
Are you looking to practice chelation therapy at home? Try incorporating these detoxifying foods in your diet regularly:
- Garlic contains sulphur, which helps your liver detoxify itself of heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. Research using animals has also shown that garlic protects against heavy metals in the kidneys, liver, and bone.
- Cilantro is a herb that is a great addition to numerous recipes including fresh juices and is famous for its ability to act as natural chelation.
- Brazil nuts are considered one of the best food source of selenium, a crucial chelator that research shows can help the body rid itself of heavy metals, particularly mercury.
You can also opt for certain supplements that are considered natural chelation therapies. Below are some options that can help in lowering the levels of heavy metals:
- Chlorella (4-8 caps daily)- acts as a natural chelator to remove heavy metals.
- Vitamin C (3,000 milligrams daily during detoxification)- an antioxidant that helps decrease free radicals.
- Milk Thistle- helps detoxify and cleanse the liver.
- Probiotics (50 billion units daily)- improves gut health, immune system, and detoxification.
- Zeolite – binds to heavy metals and helps flush them from your body, naturally.
Natural chelation therapy is an alternative solution that can help remove heavy metals and toxins from the body.
You don’t have to visit the hospital to remove heavy metals. As mentioned above, there are numerous ways you can engage in chelation therapy at the comfort of your home.