Removing Heavy Metals with Probiotics

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The innocent-looking yogurt has a remarkable ability in removing heavy metals out of your body as well as providing protection and prevention.

The chronic heavy metal burden in our body has been linked to health conditions such as neurological sickness and even cancer (1, 2). Yogurt contains probiotics cultures can help to strengthen your digestive tract. Furthermore, research is showing that having healthy gut bacteria can positively influence many other systems in your body.

Probiotics bacteria is instrumental in removing heavy metals

The good news is that a team of researchers from Lawson Health Research in Tanzania found that the probiotic bacteria in yogurt can reduce the heavy metal, or Mercury, the burden in the body (3). By examining the subjects’ stool samples, researchers can measure the number of heavy metals exiting the body after consumption of yogurt. The use of yogurt found to reduce environmental heavy metals, such as Mercury, uptake by 78% in pregnant women and provides some protection to both the mother and the foetus from the adverse health effects of Mercury and Arsenic toxicity.

In addition, another study (4) conducted in Iran shows the efficacy of probiotic bacteria strains in removing heavy metals as well as cyanotoxins produced by pathogenic bacteria and mycotoxins from yeast and fungus from food and water.

Mercury exposure can come from a variety of sources, from the air we breathe, drinking water, seafood to dental amalgam fillings. Try to reduce your consumption of large fish and add some smaller fish varieties to your menus, such as wild salmon, tilapia, trout, sardines, shrimp, scallop, oysters and many others.

Daily exposure to environmental heavy metals is unavoidable. For instance, aluminium is found in from food wrapping, aluminium foil, aluminium food container, antiperspirant, body lotions, and many over the counter drugs such as aspirin and antacid (5). Additionally, aluminium toxicity is also linked to Alzheimer’s disease (6).

Although it is tough to completely avoid exposure to heavy metals in our environment, however, we can make thoughtful choices to help to limit exposure. Furthermore, we can take steps to remove heavy metals from our body by utilizing probiotics food and supplementation.

Tips on choosing yogurt

  • Organic is best. Always choose organic yogurt produced from pasture-raised grass-fed cows. Similarly, the cows should not be treated by antibiotics and hormone injection so they can produce more milk. Furthermore, the grass which they eat is not being sprayed by pesticide or artificial fertilisers either.
  • Natural and unsweetened. Your yogurt should only contain… Yogurt, and nothing else. In other words, no sugar, no ‘xyz’ syrup, no artificial sweeteners, no fruits (add fresh berries yourself if so incline). However, a little bit of vanilla essence is still ok.

Tips on choosing fish

  • Whenever possible, choose smaller fish than bigger ones. Bigger fish eat smaller fish; as a result, Mercury tends to accumulate up the food chain. If the fish fits in a small/medium skillet from nose to tail, it’s probably ok. The following consumer report gives a good idea of what fish species have the lowest mercury level.
  • A particular part of the ocean is “cleaner” than others. The rule of thumb is, the closer to the North or South pole, the cleaner the water.
  • Stay away from canned fish. If you’re trying to avoid heavy metals in fish, it makes sense to avoid consuming fish packed inside a metal tin can.

If you have lactose intolerance or dairy allergy, there are plenty of other fermented food that is a good source of probiotic bacteria. Probiotics supplements are also available if fermented food is not your thing.

Some other probiotics food and beverages options:

Fermented Dairy products:

Fermented Non-dairy products:

A word of precaution, consuming fermented food, and a probiotics supplement may cause upset stomach, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, gas bloating in some individuals. Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing adverse effects.

If you need help overcoming any health challenges, please contact our Naturopath Bernard Chu at 0412 723 823 or email bernard@greenheartnaturalhealth.com.au for an obligation free discussion.

Online consultation is also available for your convenience.

 

Yogurt recipe ideas

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Yogurt-based Tartar Sauce

Check out this delicious Yogurt-based Tartar Sauce recipe. So easy to make, you will never want to buy Tartar sauce ever again.

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Gluten-Free Sandwich

Being on a gluten-free diet can be tricky when it comes to sandwiches. A gluten-free sandwich is simple to make with substitution.

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Spinach and Yogurt Folded Omelette

A quick and easy, hearty omelette guaranteed to light up your morning. With added yogurt, what better way to start your day with a dose of probiotics.

 

woman-eating-yoghurt

The innocent-looking yogurt has a remarkable ability in removing heavy metals out of your body as well as providing protection and prevention.

The chronic heavy metal burden in our body has been linked to health conditions such as neurological sickness and even cancer. Yogurt contains probiotics cultures can help to strengthen your digestive tract. Furthermore, research is showing that having healthy gut bacteria can positively influence many other systems in your body.

Probiotics bacteria is instrumental in removing heavy metals

The good news is that a team of researchers from Lawson Health Research in Tanzania found that the probiotic bacteria in yogurt can reduce the heavy metal, or Mercury, the burden in the body. By examining the subjects’ stool samples, researchers can measure the number of heavy metals exiting the body after consumption of yogurt. The use of yogurt found to reduce environmental heavy metals, such as Mercury, uptake by 78% in pregnant women and provides some protection to both the mother and the foetus from the adverse health effects of Mercury and Arsenic toxicity.

In addition, another study conducted in Iran shows the efficacy of probiotic bacteria strains in removing heavy metals as well as cyanotoxins produced by pathogenic bacteria and mycotoxins from yeast and fungus from food and water.

Although it is tough to completely avoid exposure to heavy metals in our environment, however, we can make thoughtful choices to help to limit exposure. Furthermore, we can take steps to remove heavy metals from our body by utilizing probiotics food and supplementation.

If you have lactose intolerance or dairy allergy, there are plenty of other fermented food that is a good source of probiotic bacteria. Probiotics supplements are also available if fermented food is not your thing.

Some other probiotics food and beverages options:

Fermented Dairy products:

Fermented Non-dairy products:

If you need help overcoming any health challenges, please contact our Naturopath Bernard Chu at 0412 723 823 or email bernard@greenheartnaturalhealth.com.au for an obligation free discussion.

Online consultation is also available for your convenience.