Looking at how aluminium is in almost everything around us, how do we prevent it from harming us?
Aluminium Linked to Brain-related Diseases
Studies have shown that people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) have high level of aluminium accumulated in their brains compared to a person who doesn’t have the disease. It seems that there is a relationship between aluminium and AD.
Aluminium is one of the most toxic compounds that affects the human body. It damages our nervous systems and seems to attack our brain. It has been linked to anemia, memory deficits, memory loss, headaches, irritability, insomnia, learning disability, dementia, mental confusion; and more severely, Alzheimers, Lou Gehrig’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Let’s investigate how aluminium gets into our system. Be informed and make wise decision concerning your health.
Aluminium in Foods and Drinks
- Aluminium contamination from pots and pans. Many people still use aluminium pots and pans for cooking as they are cheap, lightweight, and a good conductor of heat. Aluminium foils are also used to wrap foods for grilling for the same reason. However, foods kept in aluminium utensils for some time will tend to absorb the aluminium in dust and vapor form. Acidic and salty foods leach more aluminium than other foods. When we ingest this contaminated foods, over time, it accumulates in our body and wreaks havoc to the system.
- Aluminium cans. Even though aluminium cans are coated with polymer to prevent the aluminium from leaching into the food or drink, when dented or cracked, the polymer can break and release aluminium into the food and drink.
- Soy foods. Due to the extreme chemical composition of soy beans, they are highly processed in order to remove these substances. In commercially prepared soy foods, the soy beans are bathe in an acid bath in large aluminium tanks. The acidity and duration these beans are in contact with the tanks, cause the aluminium to be leached into the soy beans that are used to make tofu and other soy foods.
- Table salt (not sea salt) may contain aluminium acetate that is used as a drying agent to prevent caking. Sea salt which is generally unprocessed has its moisture so you know that this substance is absent.
- Prescribed drugs. Some medications contain very high level of aluminium. Is it any wonder why patients have to keep going back to the doctor/hospital to keep the healthcare industry booming? You’ll be shocked that some of these medications may contain aluminium (hydroxide): First in line is antacid which is used to treat stomach acidity problem like heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion and stomach ulcers.Other medications that may contain some aluminium: Buffered aspirin (used as an analgesic to relief inflammation), low-quality supplements (especially in calcium supplement), anti-diarrhea and anti-ulcer medications.
- Drinking water. Aluminium hydroxide and aluminium sulfate are used in purification of drinking water. If you drink the water directly out of the tap, chances are the water might be contaminated with aluminium. By drinking distilled water, you can be sure to eliminate this substance and other harmful substance in your drinking water.
- Food additives. Aluminium ammonium sulfate is used as a leavening agent in some food ingredients and processed foods especially in bakeries. Examples are in cake mixes, baking powders, dough, corn tortillas, frozen bread, frozen waffles, frozen pancakes, flour and sugar products. Other foods that may have this toxic ingredient: processed sliced cheese, ground coffee beans, chewing gums.
- Fish. Aluminium is one of the most abundant element in our earth soil. Acid rain can leach aluminium from soil and rocks that flow into the river and into the sea. Hair analysis done on fishermen has reported very high levels of aluminium and mercury because of their high fish consumption.
Aluminium in Personal Care Products
Anti-perspirant roll-on. Anti-perspirants contain an active ingredient, aluminium chlorohydrate that reacts with proteins in the sweat to form a gel that blocks the glands from producing more sweat, thus reducing the perspiration. When underarm sweat is blocked and not allowed to be excreted, it gathers in the area and become toxic. This may lead to breast problems, breast cancer or other brain disorders.
A large number of personal care products like shampoos, douches, skin care products, and cake powders contain aluminium in various forms. It’s alarming, but that’s a fact. Always go for organic if you can afford it.
Learn to Read Labels
Learn to read labels when buying your personal care products. Look at the ingredients, for words like “alum”, “aluminium”, “alumino”, “aluminate”, “maltol” or “baking powder”.
If you have gone around to look at labels like I have done, you will find that it is really difficult for us to avoid aluminium poisoning or any other metal poisoning from the things around us in this modern world. We try to avoid them as much as possible if we know they are harmful, but sometimes, we really cannot prevent these poisoning. Because of this, we must learn how to detoxify our system regularly in order to prevent these contamination from causing us untold health problems. Do you care enough about your health?