These days, we are constantly exposed to toxins that can be detrimental to our overall well-being. Harmful molecules can seep into our bodies by way of food, water, air, and products we use on our bodies and in our homes. Some of the most dangerous, however, are heavy metals that keep your thyroid from effectively producing hormones. If you’re suffering from an underactive thyroid, it’s important that you pay extra attention to these three heavy metals that are potentially wrecking your thyroid and sabotaging your metabolism.
1. Hidden Lead
Dust particles and chipped, old paint are the most serious offenders when it comes to sources of lead poisoning.
However, Flint, Michigan has shown us that lead exposures can be anywhere.
Dangerous levels of lead can be seen in water, air, cosmetics, kids’ toys, imported candy and food, lead-solder-sealed food cans, and mini blinds. Exposure to those tiny molecules that break down from these specific sources may lead to toxicity. In order to avoid this, make sure you filter your air and water. Preventative measures can also be seen in the Consumer Product Safety Commissions, so check that out for more information about lead and your daily exposures.
2. Mercury Rising
Mercury’s dangerous form is probably hiding on your dinner plate. That’s right– next time you eat a piece of fish, make sure you know where it’s coming from. Mercury levels in the ocean are a real threat because mercury is consumed throughout the food chain, and toxicity grows over time.
That means large and old fish that have continuously been eating mercury-filled prey is filled with the toxic chemical once it reaches your plate.
Environmental Working Group, a watch group that aims to protect consumers, recommends eating wild salmon, sardines, mussels, rainbow trout, and Atlantic mackerel. Dangerous fish like shark, swordfish, tilefish, marlin, and tuna can pose a threat to your health. Fish is a great source of omega-3s and anti-inflammatory fats, so you don’t need to stay away from fish for good. Just make sure you’re eating the healthier options.
Mercury particles are also released into the air by burning oils or wood that contains mercury, and the particles can be found on land too. Note that mercury can be found in dental fillings, thermometers, novelty jewelry, and other consumer products.
3. The 4 Cs: Cadmium, cigarettes, cereal, and cancer
Cadmium is, unfortunately, a very popular metal that is continuously released into the environment by way of smelting. The particles from this toxic metal tend to end up in soil and water. This means that the toxins make their way into plants like tobacco, rice, cereal, potatoes, and other vegetables grown from the ground. Once they reach your food source, the toxic chemicals are then transferred to your body upon consumption. Some prominent sources of cadmium are cigarette smoking and food products like organ meat, shellfish, coffee, wheat, and rice. In order to avoid or decrease your exposure to cadmium, you should avoid eating foods that were grown in polluted areas. It is also smart to take zinc supplements, as these will help you reduce your risk of cadmium toxicity.
Cadmium is a very serious offender when it comes to attacking your thyroid health, but it is also a usual suspect when it comes to the development of other conditions like cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Now that you know a little more of these three toxic but common metals that plague our environment, it’s important that you stay cautious and aware about the food you’re putting in your body, the water you drink, and the air you breathe in. Make sure to keep your thyroid safe by eating an organic diet filled with the right fish, being mindful of the home and body products you use, and using air and water filters to keep toxicity at bay.