Last Modified on Jul 20, 2014
All sorts of everyday items are full of aluminum, and that aluminum slowly leaches into and accumulates in our bodies. Generally, aluminum is not toxic and is a very common metal in the environment. However, the amount of aluminum now added to our foods, products, and used in industrial processes is such that people and experts are equally concerned about aluminum overload.
Aluminum can be found in antiperspirants, aluminum cookware, food additives, antacids, toothpaste, and more. Once in the body, aluminum can interfere with vitamin uptake, DNA expression, and the digestive tract as well as brain and nerve function.
Home Remedies: EDTA and coriander/cilantro can be used for aluminum chelation, and supplemental magnesium is often used because aluminum particularly interferes with absorption of this nutritional mineral.
Having read about how Aluminium is bad for the body from Ted's posts and other sources, I decided to set about reducing my intake of it and to detox. (FYI - I am mid-twenties, male, white, in reasonable health and average weight.) Here are some of the most common ways that people ingest Aluminium:
- - Deodorant
- - Cosmetics
- - Baking powder and commercially leavened bread
- - Antacid products
- - Cookware
Here are some alternatives:
- Deodorant; - Source a heavy-metal free alternative, or better yet make your own. Crunchybetty's blog and Wellnessmama's blog both have good info on homemade deodorant, but there are tons of recipes out there. I can post how my first batch of homemade deodorant is when it's ready (if anyone reminds me...)
- Cosmetics- Source alterantives. I do not use commercial cosmetics, so you will need to research for yourself if you want to use them.
- Baking Powder- Mix 1 part Sodium Bicarbonate, 1 part Corn Starch, and 2 parts Cream of Tartar. Store this in an airtight container and use as per regular baking powder.
- Antacid - A symptom of other issues. Using Sodium Bicarbonate can help out in a pinch, or check the Ailments section for more comprehensive info on how to deal with reflux problems.
- Cookware - Use alternative cookware. Copper, cast iron and enamelled cast iron, and glass are better alternatives.
My aluminium detox experience: I have been using commercial deodorant for the past 10 years of my life. I stopped using deodorant completely and experienced the following symptoms of detox for the first month:
- - Occasional sharp, stabbing pains in my armpits
- - Occasional profuse sweating from my armpits without reason
- - A painful boil-like swelling in one armpit
- Very small pimple-like boils on my face and body
- Bad under-arm odours (I know...)
- Possible flu-like symptoms, low energy, minor stomach upset
Before that scares you off, all these symptoms are rather minor but I thought I'd list them for your information. Anyway, if this is what happens when my body is getting rid of the aluminium, I don't want to think about what a good decade of constant exposure to it has done to my body. The sharp, stabbing pains are occasional - as if someone has quickly tugged on a hair or two. This has happened about 5-7 times a week for the last month or so. The occasional profuse sweating is due to my armpit pores finally being unclogged and having a chance to release what they need to. The boil-like swelling in my armpit does not seem to be an infection. The occasional bad odours are random and unrelated to the sweating. I assume that all these symptoms are my lymph nodes/pores finally getting a chance to clear themselves out. I may have gotten a low-grade cold or virus with some headaches, poor energy, and a minor stomach upset but I would not be surprised if it was the detoxing at all.
My advice for detoxing: Consume more water to help your system do what it needs to do. Try to eliminate/minimize anything applied to your armpits while you are detoxing. Sweat it out: sauna, bikram yoga, high-intensity exercise will make you sweat and help your body's detox. Consider giving yourself lymph draining massages daily. Chelate that aluminium
Chelation: The following have been recommended for chelating aluminum:
- Coriander leaves (cilantro)
- - Malic acid (supplements, raw and unfiltered ACV, green apples and many 'sour' fruits)
- - Apple pectin/fibre (malic acid, I suspect)
- Garlic, Onion and sulphur rich foods
- MSM or DMSO
- Magnesium (supplements or foods rich with it)
- Vitamin C
I consume a considerable amount of coriander, turmeric, magnesium, garlic and onion. I also take about 2 tsp of MSM per day and 30ml of ACV. I think if I increased my chelation agents, I would not have avoided the boil and pimples. I would recommend consuming a minimum of 4 tsp of fresh coriander (or 1 tsp dried), 30ml of ACV, and 2 tsp of turmeric per day, either in food or through taking them as supplements. I would continue taking these along with eating fresh, green apples for about a month if not much longer. *Remember to add small amount of fresh, black pepper to turmeric because the piperin in pepper increases the bioavailability of the turmeric's curcumin by 2000% in humans (not a typo). As a last note, I have been applying 50/50 ACV and rose water to my armpits to kill any bacteria/fungus that may be causing odours, as well as to remove soap residue which bacteria can feed on. If I had lavender essential oil, I would be using a few drops of that when I applied this for extra bacteria-killing. I have been using this as as opportunity to massage the lymph nodes under my arms to help the poor little guys out too.