These Ingredients Are Known to Counteract Heavy Metals

Plus baby foods that are considered "low-risk"

How do heavy metals get into baby food?

Heavy metals occur in the world around us and can be found in a variety of foods around us, including many baby foods. It’s almost impossible to avoid heavy metals all together as they enter the groundwater through soil contamination of underground aquifers. However, there are foods that are known to counteract and/or “bind” toxins.

What heavy metals are cause for concern?

The four main toxins that can cause health issues are mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium.  Currently, The U.S. Food & Drug Administration does not regulate baby food.

What foods help counteract heavy metals?

Your liver has enzymes that work to flush toxins from your body.

Little livers (and adult livers) have enzymes that work to flush toxins (aka heavy metals) from the body. There are many ways to boost the usefulness of these enzymes, including eating cruciferous veggies. Some of our favorites include:

  • Broccoli
  • Bok choy
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kale

Blueberries are also a magnificent superfood, often loved by babies, and full of antioxidants that help fight damage cause by toxins. Get that baby a bowl of blueberries!

Additionally, grains, nuts, and legumes contain a plant compound known as a phytate. Phytates restrict iron absorption, and even help remove excess iron in the body.

Are there certain foods that are better than others?

Just as there are foods that counteract, or bind and remove heavy metals from systems, there are vegetables and  legumes that are considered “low-risk.” Some of our favorite low-risk foods include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Beans
  • Zucchini

As a parent, what else can I do?

Arm yourself with information! And don’t let this be a reason to panic. Two other ingredients we love are Turmeric and Spirulina.

Studies show that babies are highly susceptible to all of the free radicals generated by heavy metal toxins. Foods rich in antioxidants help protect cells against damage caused by free radicals. Luckily, turmeric is rich in an antioxidant known as curcumin. We love foods that are potent anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, which can do everything from strengthen digestion, keep the nervous system healthy, and remove toxins from the body.

(We make a really delicious Turnip & Turmeric Soup.)

Algae, such as spirulina, likewise has high antioxidant content.


 

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