Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer
Our bodies are exposed to pollutants before we’re even born. Many pollutants, like the ones in our air, are unavoidable. But there are many toxins that we can choose to avoid. Aluminum is one of those toxins.
The scary truth about aluminum is that it is found in so many things in our world and it is toxic to our bodies, even in small amounts. From household products to vaccinations, aluminum pervades our lifestyle, and if not monitored closely, can easily make its way into our bodies causing lasting, harmful effects.
Aluminum is found in:
- cake mix
- processed cheese
- baking soda/powder
- soda cans
- soy based and/or lactose intolerant baby formulas
The Dangers of Aluminum
- linked to Alzheimers
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- Avoid using disposable aluminum pans for cooking. Use glass pans for baking, stoneware for cookie sheets, and cast-iron for stove-top cooking.
- Do not wrap food in foil to cook in oven or on grill. Potatoes bake just fine with no wrapping at all on oven rack.
- Don’t use deodorant that contains aluminum. Try using baking soda (as long as it is aluminum-free, too) or buy all-natural, aluminum-free deodorant, or make your own.
- Read all labels on food and pay attention to packaging. Acidic foods in aluminum cans react, causing the aluminum to leach into the contents of the can.
- Use all-natural shampoos, soaps, lotions, and cosmetics.
- Avoid aluminum-containing antacids. Try natural remedies for heartburn and indigestion like sipping a glass of water with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, eat fresh pineapple or papaya, chew a sprig of parsley, drink a cup of peppermint tea, drink aloe vera, or coconut water, or milk.
Combatting the effects of aluminum:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Drink high silica content mineral water.
- Eat organic cucumbers, which are one of the foods that are high in silica content.
- Learn how to detox.
This post is part of Spring Clean the Toxins, our series intended to help bring awareness to the hidden toxins around us, as well as ideas for what to do about them. You can read more posts in this series here.