|Apart from the recommended chelation and nutritional supplements which are specific for mercury (such as vitamins A, B complex and C, zinc and selemium, the amino acids cysteine and methionine, and sometimes others) the following is a list of foods which will aid the body in dealing with exposure to, and removal of, toxic metals. Naturally it is preferable to buy organic or biodynamic products if available.
Legumes: protein and sulphur compounds in peas and beans help with mercury detoxification.
Eggs: (free range) provide quality protein and the sulphur compounds in eggs protect against mercury and lead.
Butter: will enhance absorption of fat soluble nutrients such as vitamin A & E, and encourage removal of the lipid (fat) soluble mercury from cells to be excreted via the fatty component of cell membranes. Butter and oils help to rebuild the nervous system (the brain is about 60% fat).
Cold Pressed Oils: specifically flax seed oil, olive, sunflower seed oils. (Similar properties as for butter.) Use only olive oil for cooking as it is more stable and less liable to create free radical damage. Never heat flax oil and always store cold pressed oils in the fridge.
Citrus Fruits: vitamin C, bioflavonoids and citric acid in the excretion of heavy metals from the body. Citrus fruits will help cleanse lead from the liver.
Apples and Pears: pectin helps to reduce absorption of toxins from the gut, as well as aid detoxification generally.
Asparagus: sulphur compounds help detoxify lead and mercury.
Brussels Sprouts & Cabbage: sulphur helps to protect against mercury and lead.
Garlic and Onions: high in sulphur compounds and specific for cleansing mercury, cadmium and lead from the tissues.
Coriander: (Cilantro/Chinese parsley): Coriandrum sativum helps mobilise mercury from cells.
Algin: found in seaweed products binds lead and mercury in the gut and helps the body eliminate heavy metals. Be wary of products from contaminated waters (sea products can contain mercury).
Salt: (Celtic or sea salt) aids protein metabolism and the transport of nutrients through cell membranes. According to Hal Huggins DDS. MS, the C1 from NaC1 (sodium chloride) is used by the parietal cells in the stomach to produce HC1 (hydrochloric acid) and patients on low-salt diets are restricting their ability to metabolise protein.
Water: drink at least 2 litres (8 glasses) of filtered water or weak herbal tea each day. Avoid too much liquid with meals; also up to 1/2 hour before or 1 hour after meals.
Supergreens: re-balance your system and re-energise your cells with a specifically balanced greens formula.
Avoid Constipation: Also: cigarettes, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, soft drinks, refined carbohydrates, milk, cheese, margarine, seafood, and drinking excess liquids with meals.
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