Other Health Effects Of Aluminum
Alluminum affects the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems(11). It can also accumulate in the bone, brain, liver, heart, spleen and kidneys (12).
Most aluminum is flushed out of the body by the kidneys.
However, it’s quite difficult for your kidneys to filter out and some traces of aluminum end up accumulating through the body and within the kidneys themselves. Over time, this can lead to kidney failure (13).
Aluminium exposure is also linked to airway inflammation and asthma (14).
And that’s just the proven dangers of the element. There are many other diseases linked to aluminum, including fibromyalgia, that are still awaiting scientific confirmation.
How To Avoid Aluminum
Aluminum in its non-metallic form is found everywhere. It’s one of the most abundant elements in the earth, so it occurs naturally in the foods we eat.
It’s also naturally found in drinking water and some municipalities purposefully add it to drinking water in the water treatment process (15).
According to CDC, the average adult in the US consumes about seven to nine mg of aluminum per day in food, and a lesser amount from air and water. Only about 1% of this aluminum stay in your body, the rest is expelled through your digestive system (16).
The mineral can be found in anything from flour and baking mixes to soup, chocolate, beer and wine, and herbal teas. It’s also commonly found in cosmetics, antiperspirants (even crystal salts), toothpaste and drugs.
Unexpected sources of aluminum include baby formula and antacids.
In fact, a study published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe analyzed 1,431 non-animal foods and beverages for aluminum content (17).
This is what they found:
- 77.8 % had an aluminum concentration of up to 10 mg/kg
- 17.5 % had aluminum concentrations between 10 and 100 mg\kg
- 4.6 % of the samples had aluminum concentrations in excess of 100 mg/kg
Aluminum is often used as an additive in powdered and liquid processed foods. Contamination can also occur from using aluminum cookware and aluminum foil, especially when cooking meat (18).
To avoid aluminum exposure, carefully read labels and avoid canned foods and goods packaged in aluminum-line boxed or containers (such as fruit juice). It’s also a good idea to avoid baked goods that aren’t cooked in glassware.
If you fear that you may be overloaded with aluminum, grab a carrot.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that carrot juice can pull these heavy metals from fatty tissue where they reside, bind them up, and discharge them from the system (19).
You can also detox your kidneys to help them better expel the element from your body.