8 out of 10 deaths are due to, heart disease, respiratory/ lung disease, and cancer which are known to be associated with heavy metal toxicity. Other diseases heavy metal toxicity related to are stroke, Alzheimer’s, neurodegenerative, autoimmune disease, and other medical conditions.
Why is it important to understand the connection between Free Radicals, Heavy Metal Toxicity, and Detoxification?
99% of our body is made up of atoms such as hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, calcium, phosphorus, and other elements that are essential for life. An atom consists of Neutrons & Protons inside the nucleus and electrons that orbit it.
So, what are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are atoms that are missing required elections, therefore is considered an unpaired and unstable atom. Since it is unstable, it constantly looks to bind with another electron in order to stabilize, this can result in damage to our DNA and other cells in our body causing illness, diseases, cancer, other health issues and speed up our aging process.
Causes of Free Radicals
Free radicals can form in different ways, it can result from either a normal metabolic process or by exposure to toxins in our environment.
Metabolic Process: As we age, we need energy, so our body breaks down nutrients to create energy, but if you have nutrition and other deficiencies due to unhealthy diet and other issues, this will cause an imbalance within your system which in term can lead to cancers and other health concerns.
Toxic Environment: Basically, your lifestyle. Free radicals can form due to:
Environmental and occupational hazards
Air pollution & more
People with medical conditions have free radicals in their system because their body is not working properly therefore, they are experiencing health issues such as asthma, diabetes, chronic back pain, allergies, varicose veins, etc.
What is Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress is the result of free radicals, it’s a process where free radicals steal electrons from other atoms and the process repeats itself over and over which causes damage to other cells, DNA, proteins, and body causing disease, health issues, more damage, and chances of developing cancers.
Free Radicals and Detoxification
Some foods that we eat can either be beneficial and contain antioxidants and some can cause more health concerns. Ideally, a healthy diet, exercise, and a decent lifestyle can be enough, but in today’s world, we are exposed to a lot of toxins from air pollution, water we drink, the food we eat, consumer products we use, and more. Sometimes a healthy lifestyle is not enough, and we need special vitamins, treatments, and detox that can assist us in cleaning our system and boosting our immune system to kickstart this process.
The purpose of this Guide is to provide information on heavy metal toxicity and the impact it has on chronic disease.
It is important to be aware of the environment we live in, its effects on our health, and to know our options and steps that are available if we wish to change our approach to our health.