Lead is a toxic heavy metal that should be avoided at all cost. Many studies show that heavy metals in the body can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, behavioral problems, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, and even epilepsy. While your body has natural mechanisms in place to detox and flush out lead from the body, it might not be enough.
This is especially true for people living in places currently suffering from water problems:
- Newark and New Jersey officials reach settlement in yearslong lawsuit over lead contamination of city drinking water (source)
- Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint (source)
- Chicago to Roll Out Plan to Replace Lead Service Lines Shown to Contaminate Tap Water in Homes (source)
While paint, dust, and soil are the most common sources of lead, drinking water can contribute 40 to 60 percent of an infant’s lead exposure.
How To Flush Out Lead Naturally
Luckily, there are a few simple ways to help your body get rid of this toxic heavy metal and avoid lead poisoning.
1. Take a Hot Bath With Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is a very safe and effective way to remove heavy metals from your skin.
When bentonite clay is mixed with water, it creates a large negatively charged surface area.
Because most heavy metals such as lead have a positive charge, the toxins are naturally drawn towards the clay.
In fact, one of bentonite clay’s unique properties is its capacity to absorb many times its own weight in toxins.
In addition, the warm water from the bath helps open up the pores of your skin, thus facilitating the absorption of heavy metals by the clay.
2. Vitamin C & E
Vitamin C helps protect your body from heavy metals, particularly lead and arsenic which can interfere with important enzyme reactions in the body.
Combined with vitamin C, vitamin E is a powerful agent used for assisting heavy metal detox.
A study published in the journal Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology found something special about garlic: it is a natural detoxifier of lead. (1)
The study participants were given 1.2 milligrams of allicin made from approximately 1,000 mg of garlic extract, three times daily.
After 4 weeks, researchers concluded that garlic can be recommended for the treatment of mild-to-moderate lead poisoning.
Read more: Garlic Soup Made With 52 Cloves
4. Cilantro And Chlorella
These two ingredients combined act as chelating agents that bind to heavy metals, which make it easier for the body to flush out the toxins. Learn more about this here.
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
- 1 lemon peeled
- 1 cup of pineapples
- 1 small handful of cilantro
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of chlorella
- flaxseed (optional)
Blend all the ingredients at high speed until smooth. Enjoy!