Today due to over cultivation of land, the grains, fruits and vegetables grown in our farmlands lack Nutritional value- Minerals and Vitamins of yester years. The soil is depleted of Minerals and other nutritients. Overuse of Synthetic Fertilizers, pesticides, etc. and the absence of floods, which naturally replenished the soil, have left us with highly substandard produce from the land we cultivate.
In Northern India studies have revealed that not only the produce grown has very little minerals and nutrients but are contaminated with Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and other heavy toxic metals. The food we eat today including the fast food has perhaps only 25% of nutritional value it used to have many years ago.
This along with poor assimilation of food due to badly maintained digestive system and overuse of Antibiotics (which has depleted the friendly flora required for digestion) has left the majority of the population malnourished. It is estimated that 90% people of the metropolitan cities of the world and in India cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, etc. are malnourished- their bodies lack minerals and Vitamins. This has resulted in Chronic Ailments not only in Adults but Children also.
Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury are seven heavy metal compounds that occur naturally in the body and diet and are considered heavy metals. While Aluminum is not classified as a heavy metal, it is discussed here because it can be toxic if present in excessive amounts. Heavy metals are generally incompatible with other elements and compounds in the body, and are referred to as toxic because they can be very harmful to one’s health and longevity if present in excessive levels. Heavy and toxic metals can be disruptive to the immune system, leading to increased cellular damage and accelerated aging. The body does not metabolize toxic metals, and as they accumulate, they may cause the manifestation of ailments and disorders. Any one heavy, toxic metal overload could be dangerous. Early detection and detoxification may save person years of illness and poor nutritional health.
The prevalence of heavy metals in the body can occur very simply. Nearly all cookware, baking powder, cans, foil, and laundry soaps contain Aluminum. Arsenic is found in water, table salt, tobacco smoke, and treated lumber, while Cadmium is prevalent in pesticides, tobacco smoke and even refined foods. Paint, plumbing fixtures, canned fruit and garden vegetables are known to include traces of Lead. There has been attention given over the last decade to the Mercury levels in silver-toned dental fillings and certain seafood. Symptoms of excess heavy, toxic metals may include: gastrointestinal problems, nervousness, kidney problems, lack of energy, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, hair loss, impotence, liver and thyroid problems, and respiratory illness. Scientific studies are indicating that Alzheimer’s disease may be related to an excess accumulation of Aluminum in the brain.
The accumulation of heavy and toxic metals in cells, and their continual release into the circulatory system, has been linked to numerous physical and psychological disorders. Physical exertion, as well as emotional or physical stress, can cause the stored toxic metals to be released into the bloodstream. Once the soft cell tissue collects the toxic metal, the tissue becomes diseased and infections can begin to manifest. As the body calms down, the toxic metals and minerals return until the next time they are released into the bloodstream. This cycle repeats itself over and over, until toxic metals are removed from the body, which may take a lifetime.
It is virtually impossible today to avoid heavy and toxic metals. You are exposed to them through the air you breathe, the water you drink, the processed foods you eat, the shampoo you use, the paint fumes you inhale, the pesticides and herbicides in household products you use and store in the home, and the pharmaceutical remedies you ingest. It is important that these enemies be kept in check to prevent a wide variety of disease states.