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Heavy Metal Toxicity – Another Reason for Nutrient Testing

There are many reasons to get your levels of nutrients tested. In most cases, you’ll be looking for low levels of certain important nutrients, so that you can boost your intake and allow your body to function better with everything it needs.

But sometimes, it’s the opposite case. Sometimes, we can have too much of certain things that can become toxic and lead to symptoms. Heavy metals are one such example.

Heavy metals include:

  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Aluminum
  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium

There are certain heavy metals that in any amount are toxic. Like aluminum and lead, for example. But other heavy metals are needed by the body in trace amounts, like iron and copper. However, problems can occur when we are exposed to too many heavy metals, even those our bodies need in trace amounts.

If the levels of heavy metals in our bodies become too high, it can be very bad for us. Acute heavy metal poisoning can make you sick, along with other symptoms like feeling confused, passing out, and numbness.

More often, however, long-term, chronic toxicity can linger underneath the surface and become an undetected issue. This chronic exposure can create a lot of toxicity with harmful consequences. And it can create a wide range of symptoms depending on your unique body, which metals you’ve been exposed to, etc.

Chronic heavy metal toxicity symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Achy joints or muscles
  • Constipation
  • Skin issues
  • Mental health concerns
  • Neurological abnormalities

We don’t often look at these symptoms and consider heavy metal toxicity as an option. However, it is important to be aware of this possibility. What if what you thought was a tension headache was actually just a symptom of too much of a certain heavy metal?

When it comes to dealing with conditions like migraines and headaches, considering heavy metal toxicity from low exposure is important. These heavy metals can disrupt our nervous system functioning and create symptoms that are hard to differentiate from other conditions or concerns.

Heavy metal poisoning can create a real problem. So it is important to know if your body has been contaminated and exposed to these things.

That is where nutrient testing comes in. Along with determining what you might be deficient in, these tests can also alert you to high levels of harmful substances like heavy metals.

We highly recommend you see a general practitioner, functional physician, D.O., M.D., or naturopath to get tested for heavy metals.

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