Updated: May 20, 2019
What are heavy metals exactly?
Certain heavy metals aren’t a problem in small doses and are even necessary to the body, but the more harmful ones like lead, mercury, and cadmium can accumulate in the body faster than our bodies can detox them.
Heavy metal toxicity results in the buildup of lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium in the soft tissues of the body. Metals
What are heavy metals found in?
A lot of things, like:
Beauty & Personal Care Products - (sunscreen, deodorant, moisturizers - this is why I use doTERRA for personal care products since they only use natural ingredients)
Public water - Lead from pipes can leak into water. Learn more here.
Pesticides & Herbicides - Why you want to shop organic only! Among their countless additional dangers, pesticides often contain heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and arsenic. They are also found in bread and processed foods.
Conventional poultry, fish and eggs - Poultry and eggs can contain arsenic. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the most common way we’re exposed to mercury in the U.S. is by consuming fish that contains health-hazardous heavy metals, such as tilefish, swordfish, shark, king mackerel and bigeye tuna.
Lead - Found in auto exhaust, root canals, building materials, water, some teas
Some pharmaceutical drugs - Some prescription drugs contain heavy metals as binding agents. Over-the-counter antacids are also a significant source of aluminum. Additionally, some vaccines also have heavy metals. According to Touchstone Essentials, the multi-dose flu vaccine still has the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in every dose. Another reason to use plant medicine!
Air pollution and vehicle exhaust - A lot of these pollutants contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and mercury, especially for those who live in a city. I lived in toxic ridden cities like London and New York for a couple years and that;s why I realized my need to detox.
What are the symptoms?
I didn't notice until recently, that some of the symptoms I was experiencing might be related to this root cause of heavy metal toxicity. The main symptoms I was experiencing that led me to detox were fatigue, depression, brain fog, acne, and mood swings. Intuitively, I could feel that this might be because of heavy metals. Then I did more research and learned how these metals can be found in so many areas of our daily lives. The fact of the matter is, we are all exposed to heavy metals in our lives so everyone would benefit from a periodic detox. You can also officially test for heavy metals using a test you buy online. Here are some of the symptoms:
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety
Higher risk for heart attacks
Female problems (hormones, infertility)
Gaining weight just around the waist
Severe food cravings
Achy joints & rashes
Why do we need to detox?
Simply due to the sheer amount of these metals that we're exposed to on a daily basis - it's unavoidable. Severe buildup, if left unattended, can lead to more serious illnesses like cancer. Think of everything from the air we breathe, to the modern environments we live in, to the products we use in and on our bodies. Also think of how that's accumulated over our lifetime. I realized using aluminum foil on my baking sheets daily was leading to some heavy metal build up, and I've since switched that out for parchment paper so there's balance. Just being more mindful in making choices like that can go a long way!
The first step is becoming educated, which you're doing by reading this page.
How do we detox?
I'm so thankful that essential oils can aid in removing toxic build up from heavy metals in our body. The other detox alternatives to essential oils can be costly, controversial and time consuming, such as intravenous chelation and vitamins/antioxidants, detox procedures, daily infrared saunas, juicing and colonics. You'll find through research that these are recommended, and since they are not always accessible or sometimes even safe, essential oils make for an easier solution.
It's safer, more affordable, and more effective in many cases to use natural solutions. Essential oils that are safe to take internally (I can only recommend doTERRA here) can help to chelate these metals naturally from the inside out, for pennies on the dollar for each drop.
I'm not a doctor, and these statements are not approved by the FDA, as there aren't any studies being done to test the efficacy of these solutions. I'm simply recommending what has worked for myself and millions (7) of others that are using doTERRA to detox from heavy metals poisoning.
Check out the top essential oils along with two recipes to use for heavy metal detox below. This information comes from The Essential Life book, which you get for free when you order your oils through me with a kit! Learn more here
Zendocrine Detoxification Blend
Arborvitae (10% off in the month of December! Order yours here)
Frankincense (Free product for the month of December, $69!)
Life Long Vitality
Zendocrine Detoxification blend Softgel
Heavy Metal Essential Oil Supplement Protocol
2 drops of cilantro
2 drops of Zendocrine
1 drop of Arborvitae
Place in a veggie cap, top with fractionated coconut oil, and take with water once daily.
Heavy Metal Detox Roller
2 drops of geranium
4 drops of helichrysum
2 drops of lavender
3 drops of cilantro
2 drops of cypress
2 drops of frankincense
Combine oils in a roller bottle. Fill with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to eustachian tubes and neck in downward motion.
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