Aluminum Toxicity: How to Stay Safe from this Harmful Heavy Metal
Did you know that you can get exposed to aluminum in everyday products like baking soda, aspirin, deodorant, and pots and pans? And did you know that this heavy metal is extremely toxic to the nervous system?
When looking to maintain a healthy nervous system to break free from migraines and headaches, reducing your exposure from this hazardous neurotoxin is a must.
What is aluminum?
Aluminum is a heavy metal, and it is one of the most widely prevalent metals on the planet. It is everywhere. And not just in the obvious things that you’d think of, like aluminum foil or metal products.
We are exposed to aluminum in an alarmingly large number of ways.
This includes through:
- Food additives
- Cooking equipment
- Food packaging
- Personal care products (like antiperspirants).
With aluminum possibly being all over the place in our lives, it’s important to understand what it does in the body.
The dangers of aluminum
You might be wondering, “If aluminum is allowed to be in all of these products, can it really be that dangerous?” Unfortunately, just because it isn’t regulated, that does not mean that aluminum is safe.
In fact, aluminum is a highly toxic metal. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks aluminum powder as highly hazardous.[*]
Unlike some other metals like iron, our bodies don’t need aluminum to function. Instead, when aluminum gets into the body, it wreaks havoc and causes problems. Aluminum impacts more than 200 important biological reactions in the body. [*]
In the body, aluminum can:
- Act as a pro-oxidant (the opposite of a beneficial antioxidant)
- Promote inflammation
- Alter immune system function
- Mess with our DNA and potentially cause mutations
- Act as a toxin to the nervous system
That final point is one of the biggest issues to be aware of. Aluminum is highly toxic to the nervous system.
Aluminum is toxic to the nervous system
The nervous system, in particular, is affected by aluminum exposure. As one study states, “it is well established that aluminum is a neurotoxic agent.” [*] This means that it causes toxicity within the nervous system and can prevent the nervous system from functioning properly. This can cause nervous system imbalance and upset.
Aluminum exposure has been linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
If you want to keep your nervous system happy and in balance, as is the goal of breaking free from migraines and headaches, then aluminum is not something you want in your body.
Avoiding aluminum exposure
If you want to keep your nervous system running smoothly, then reducing your exposure to this toxic metal is a must.
Aluminum exposure can come from the foods that we eat, our cooking utensils, the products we apply to our bodies (like antiperspirants), and even through medications.
For example, did you know that if you read the back of a container of baking powder, you’ll often see aluminum listed as an ingredient? It can even make its way into things like cake mixes and creamers.
Or, it might be in your bottle of aspirin or in your deodorant. You may likely be cooking your food with aluminum-based cookware, too.
So in order to lower the amount of aluminum in your life, it is important to choose aluminum-free products, read labels, and check ingredients.