Heavy metals are everywhere. You’re exposed to them on a daily basis in the air you breathe, the food you eat and even in your household cleaning products. But water… water may be the worst.
A recent analysis showed that 36 major U.S. cities had elevated levels of a specific heavy metal — a known carcinogen — in their water supplies.
This kind of chronic, long-term heavy metal exposure can destroy your health, putting you at greater risk for life-threatening diseases like MS, ALS, Parkinson’s and cancer.
But the worst part is that it’s a hidden epidemic.
People with chronic heavy metal exposure go from doctor to doctor trying to pin down a cause for the headaches, weakness, muscle and joint pain, constipation and constant fatigue — only to be told it’s all in their head.
But even if your doctor won’t help, nature can…
Probiotics to the rescue
A recent study found that there is a simple, natural way to protect your body from cadmium — one of the most hazardous and pervasive heavy metals that finds it’s way into the food chain thanks to phosphate fertilizers and sewage sludge.
And this particular solution doesn’t require a trip to your doctor’s office, but rather a trip to your health food store. In fact, you may even have this solution in your fridge as we speak…
Probiotics are like an antidote for a lot of health issues, and it turns out they can protect your body from heavy metal toxicity too.
A study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that mice who drank cadmium-laced water and took the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum for eight weeks had less cadmium in their intestinal tissues than mice who didn’t take the probiotic.
Wondering where all that cadmium went? Well it turns out the probiotics helped the mice detoxify their body by excreting the cadmium in their feces… which means probiotics can probably do the same for you.
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But the good news doesn’t stop there. Since the probiotics interceded and saved the mice’ s intestines from the oxidative stress that would have been caused by all of that cadmium, the mice also experienced benefits like reduced inflammation and reduced intestinal permeability (otherwise known as a leaky gut — something you really want to avoid!).
Lactobacillus plantarum, the probiotic used in this study, can be found in foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, pickles or in supplement form… but most likely, any beneficial probiotic bacteria will do.
According to Gregor Reid of the Lawson Health Research Institute, “Beneficial bacteria are indeed capable of degrading pesticides and sequestering toxic chemicals.”
Probiotics: Why not?
So even if you don’t have any symptoms of heavy metal toxicity, you should still give probiotics a try for two important reasons…
First, whether you’re experiencing symptoms or not, you’re exposed to heavy metals daily and you need to help your body get rid of them before you do experience adverse effects. Second, probiotics help prevent a ton of other health issues — like osteoporosis, liver disease, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, bipolar disorder and cancer, just to name a few.
So, it’s a safe bet that probiotics will put you on the path to good health either way… but now you know that they also help flush out those harmful heavy metals hiding inside of you.
- “Heavy metals and your health: Frequently asked questions about testing, treatment and prevention.” Oregon Public Health Division.
- Zhai, F.Tian, J. Zhao, H. Zhang, A. Narbad and W. Chen. “Oral administration of probiotics inhibits heavy metal cadmium absorption by protecting intestinal barrier.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2016.