Exposure to certain toxins can damage your bone health. Our modern environment exposes us to a range of pollutants, chemicals, and heavy metals every day. Although your body is equipped with mechanisms for removing toxins, the unprecedented number of substances in our environment can be overwhelming.
When it comes to bone health, heavy metal exposure is particularly harmful. Metals are not easily excreted by the lymphatic system, and tend to accumulate in the body.
- Lead inhibits activation of vitamin D and limits calcium absorption. It can be stored in the bones, displacing calcium, and released as bones begin to break down after menopause. This may exacerbate menopausal bone loss. There is some evidence that lead also interferes with progesterone levels, preventing that hormone’s beneficial effects on bone health.
- Cadmium damages the kidneys and alters calcium metabolism.
- Aluminum lessens calcium absorption, interferes with bone mineralization and modifies collagen production within the bones.
Other substances that are toxic to bone include mercury, tin and pesticides.
It should come as no surprise that we recommend avoiding heavy metals and toxins as much as possible. Unfortunately, our environment is inundated with them, and it isn’t possible to eliminate our exposure entirely. We recommend an annual detox diet to help support the processes that clear toxins from your body, as well as drinking plenty of filtered water and exercising daily.
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