Popular Health Food Boosts Toxin Levels
Back in 2011, the newspapers were full of a toxic scandal. Cheap children’s jewelry was loaded with a toxic metal: cadmium.
Some jewelry exposed children to 100 times the allowable limit if the child simply put the jewelry in its mouth. And what kid doesn’t put practically everything in their mouth?
Fast forward to 2012, and cadmium-laden jewelry is still a problem. But a California-based environmental group made agreements with a group of big chain stores. The retailers agreed to stop importing jewelry with a high cadmium level.
Problem solved, right? Well, not exactly. The agreement was a good step. But jewelry makes up just a tiny fraction of your exposure to this toxic metal.
Here’s what you need to know about cadmium exposure… and how to lower your risk of getting sick.
Cadmium is a common element found in the Earth’s crust. But even in tiny amounts, breathing in this heavy metal can cause permanent lung damage. It’s also toxic if you eat too much – and possibly through skin absorption. Cadmium in your food and water can lead to serious kidney damage.
Plants absorb cadmium from the ground. Anything that eats those plants absorbs calcium from the plants. Cadmium builds up in your system. And it can take years for your body to clear it out.
A new study puts even greater urgency on the cadmium problem. The study, just published online, looked at 12,732 adults. And it found that people with high cadmium levels tripled their risk of dying from liver problems.1
Lungs… kidneys… and now your liver. Three good reasons to avoid cadmium. But how does it get in your body in the first place?
One culprit is cigarette smoke. That’s the main cause of inhaled cadmium. And you don’t have to be a smoker, either. Second-hand smoke is a significant source of cadmium, too.
Power plants that use fossil fuels and trash-to-energy incinerators also contribute to airborne cadmium.
Most people are exposed primarily through food and water. If the soil in your area has a high cadmium content, the water may also. Fortunately, cadmium testing is required for public water supplies. So you can check with your city or town government for the results.
Cadmium in your food is another matter. But if you’re concerned about cadmium exposure, there’s one food you should avoid altogether. Scientists in Washington discovered a close relationship between this food and cadmium levels.
In this study, every weekly serving of this food test subjects was linked to a 22% jump in cadmium levels!2
The food? Tofu. Not even eating kidney or liver – organs where cadmium builds up in the body – came close.
Some studies suggest cadmium responds to chelation. This process uses substances that bind to heavy metals to carry them out of your body.
Of course, avoiding exposure is always the best course. You can cut your exposure significantly with these three simple steps…
- Don’t smoke or frequent smoky environments such as bars.
- Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, avoid eating tofu.
- And don’t buy cheap imported jewelry.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Hyder, O., et al, “Cadmium Exposure and Liver Disease among US Adults,” Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. May 2013.
2 Adams, S.V., et al, “Sources of cadmium exposure among healthy premenopausal women,” Sci Total Environ. Apr 1, 2011; 409(9): 1632-1637.