How to Detox Aluminum From the Body

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Healthy bodies need to detoxify
Healthy bodies need to detoxify (Image: www.flickr.com)

Aluminum is the earth's most abundant metal. In its natural state, it is not harmful. Because it is so abundant, it is used in many of our everyday products. As aluminum is altered and overused, it builds up in our body tissues and organs, leading to aluminum toxicity. This can lead to many troublesome conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, liver and skin diseases, gastrointestinal trouble, heartburn, learning disorders and disabilities, and fatigue.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh lemons
  • Apple pectin
  • Kelp supplements
  • Turmeric
  • Foot soak basin
  • Epsom salts
  • Sea salt

Add apple pectin to your daily routine. Apple pectin binds with metals in the body and prevents them from absorbing into the tissues, and excretes them out of the system. You can get apple pectin straight from a fresh, raw apple, or buy it in powder or tablet form where supplements are sold.

Add apple pectin
Add apple pectin

Have some lemon juice. Squeezing half of a fresh lemon in a cup of warm water twice a day is one of the best ways to help your body detoxify from metals such as aluminum. The citric acid in the lemon juice helps move the metals out of the cells and tissues and back into the system where it can then be eliminated.

Add a lemon
Add a lemon

Kelp (seaweed) helps with body detoxification by absorbing metals in the body, just like it absorbs metals in the ocean. This absorption of them prevents them from being absorbed by the body and aids in excreting them. The easiest way to add kelp to your daily routine is as a nutritional supplement, available from most health food or nutrition stores.

Turmeric is a spice that is also an anti-oxidant that fights free radicals and toxic substances. It gently detoxes the liver and kidneys, both of which are affected by aluminum. Turmeric is available as a supplement or can be added to foods as a powdered spice.

Turmeric spice
Turmeric spice

Give yourself a detox bath. Whether you soak just your feet--or your whole body--a detox bath will help draw toxins such as aluminum out of the tissues and out of the body. To detox through your feet, fill a foot basin with water as hot as you can comfortably stand. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt and 1/2 cup of sea salt. Soak feet for at least 35 minutes or until water cools. Rinse feet with lukewarm water, and gently rub the skin dry to remove expelled toxins.

Add a foot soak to your daily routine
Add a foot soak to your daily routine

Eliminate aluminum containing health and beauty products. Read the labels on deoderants, toothpastes, and even over the counter antacids. All contain aluminum that can add up to toxic levels in the body.

Eliminate aluminum cookware. Most modern cookware is made of aluminum, and pots and pans impart aluminum into our foods. Use stainless steel or glassware to prevent adding more aluminum to your body while you are detoxing.

Use stainless steel cookware
Use stainless steel cookware

Beware of food additives. Read your food labels as diligently as health and beauty product labels. Certain flours, baking powders and other additives contain high amounts of aluminum. They should be avoided.

Eliminate drinking from aluminum cans. Levels of aluminum leak into the products they contain.

Avoid drinking from aluminum cans
Avoid drinking from aluminum cans

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice other healthy lifestyle choices that aid with body detox--such as getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress and drinking lots of filtered water.
  • If you are experiencing any severe symptoms or suspect aluminum toxicity, see your physician before embarking on any home detox programs.

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