Social media is buzzing with different types of detoxes promising to boost your health. People routinely try to detoxify their system of sugar, caffeine, gluten or alcohol. They might even try a digital detox, unplugging from their cell phone during vacation, a sweat detox to rid their pores of toxins from inside a sauna or a diet detox to reboot gut health and power off pounds. Now many leading health experts say that one of the most powerful and important detoxes to do is one that frees the body of trapped heavy metals. And a simple, delicious recipe called the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie has been helping millions of people across the globe look and feel their best!
Heavy metals are sapping women's health
Certain metals like lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium, are known to be dangerous to our health. If you’re of a certain age you no doubt remember fears about mercury that could leach out of old dental fillings or fragile glass thermometers and cause poisoning. Another fear was exposure to lead paint in old houses. In fact, lead poisoning is one reason we put unleaded gas in cars now rather than the health-damaging version.
This dangerous group of metals is called “heavy metals” for their high atomic weights or their grouping on the Periodic Table chart that hung in your high school science class. Heavy metals can be the byproducts of industries like mining, manufacturing and farming. Those metals often end up getting polluted back into our air, water, soil and wildlife. For example, people who eat a lot of tuna fish run the risk of having mercury in their system. And even some spices such as oregano and thyme can contain heavy metals.
In the case of mercury overload, health expert Fred Pescatore, MD, author of The A-List Diet, says, “It’s likely that 90% of women go undiagnosed.” And top health expert Mark Hyman, MD, senior advisor at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, asserts, “Low-level heavy metal toxicity is one of the most common and undiagnosed causes of a whole host of diseases.” Indeed, Dr. Hyman, the 15-time New York Times bestselling wellness author, reveals he also suffered from mercury poisoning. “I felt weak, tired and couldn’t think,” he recalls of his past illness. (Click through to learn more about one woman's struggle to overcome heavy metal toxicity despite being shrugged off by doctors.)
How heavy metals collect in our bodies
Even though we know to avoid heavy metals, these dangerous compounds have a way of finding us. Once in the environment, they can sneak into our bodies undetected in trace amounts. The metals can bind to parts of your cells that prevent your organs from doing their job; and the resulting symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. Long-term exposure to heavy metals can lead to gradually progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that imitate diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and muscular dystrophy.
“Though you may not think you have heavy metals in your body, the truth is that everyone does,” maintains health guru Anthony William, author of the New York Times best-selling books in the Medical Medium series. William has spent his career helping people detox from heavy metals and restore their health. And while his all-natural approaches seem a bit foreign in a modern healthcare system built around prescription drugs, doctors are taking notice.
Heavy metals can worsen existing health issues
Since heavy metals trapped in the body can strain our immunity, they tend to worsen existing health conditions like autoimmune diseases. For example, experts estimate that up to 95% of people have an underlying Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection in their body, the residual effects of an old illness such as mononucleosis or strep throat. “EBV loves to feed off the toxic heavy metals most people have in their body,” says William. “These metals, along with viruses, are one of the main reasons so many people live with various chronic conditions.”
Help for people suffering from heavy metal exposure
The tricky thing about heavy metals is that our body doesn’t have an easy way to flush them from our system. Unlike other waste products like sweat or urine, the body often holds on to heavy metals in the system.
The good news: Doctors and other experts have learned how to use specific foods and supplements as binding agents to fuse to dangerous heavy metals in the body so they can be flushed from our system. “Binders optimize toxin removal,” explains Margaret Christensen, MD, an expert in environmental toxins who runs Carpathia Collaboration in Dallas, Texas. After a mold-related illness, she successfully used green plants, including chlorella, “to grab on to the mold particles and remove them with my waste so they wouldn’t recirculate through my body.” (Click through to discover her solution for the mold causing her fatigue).
How detoxing can speed weight loss
While doctors agree heavy metals place a burden on the body, triggering inflammation and other immune responses that signal the body is in danger and needs to hold on to excess weight for protection, there's no scientific consensus on the best way to remove these metals. For those suffering from dangerously high levels of one or more of these heavy metals, medications are given intravenously under medical supervision in a process called chelation.
For most of us who've been exposed to relatively low levels of heavy metals throughout our lives and have a low-level of internal build-up, chelation would involve unnecessary expense and hassle. That's where natural approaches come in.
The most popular heavy metal detox smoothie
Hands down the most popular heavy metal detox approach: Anthony William’s Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie. And while there isn't a lot of scientific backing for this formulation, it has helped tens of thousands of women heal. Carol Gilpin, 57, of Illinois, used the smoothie to recover from EBV-related fatigue, muscle pain and vertigo that disrupted her life for 20 years. (Click through to our sister site to read her full story.) Within 3 weeks of drinking the smoothie, she noticed a major difference in her joint and muscle pain. And her fatigue lifted in a month. Now she’s symptom-free and runs Inspired Wellness Health Coaching. She says, “I feel like I’m aging in reverse!”
Roslyn Moore relieved her eczema, IBS and low energy — and lost 27 pounds drinking this smoothie. “She says, “When Anthony William talks about ‘life-changing foods,’ he literally means life-changing. I found my miracle cure. I’ve never felt or looked this good in my life!”
Samantha Rosenberg, 51, of San Antonio, drank the smoothie and overcame 10 years of fatigue, nausea, heart palpitations and skin rashes caused by heavy metals trapped in her liver. Now she says, “Anthony William's nutrition advice literally saved my life. I am now bursting with energy, happiness — and hope!”
Recipe for Williams' Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
In a blender, blitz on high speed 2 cups wild blueberries, 2 bananas, 1 cup fresh cilantro, 1 tsp. barley grass juice powder (buy at iHerb, $16.37 for 5.3 oz), 1 tsp. Hawaiian spirulina (buy on Amazon, $17.96 for 5 oz), 1 Tbs. Atlantic dulse powder (a type of seaweed) (buy on Amazon, $15.95 for 2 oz.), the juice of 1 orange and 1 cup water or ice.
Drink the smoothie daily for at least a week to flush heavy metals, or stick with the habit longer if you have concerns over long-term heavy metal accumulation in your body. Some women even make this smoothie part of their permanent daily wellness routine.
And if you like this drink, check out William's healing celery juice, which he claims reverses chronic dehydration and kills viruses, thanks to the veggie's electrolyte-rich "sodium cluster salts.”
How the heavy metal detox smoothie heals
Each of these ingredients work together to create a powerfully healing tonic. Wild blueberries, which William calls “the resurrection food,” are dramatically higher in cellular-repairing antioxidants than regular blueberries, containing up to 400 mg of healthy compounds called polyphenols. You can find them frozen in most grocery stores or try Wyman's Wild Blueberry Juice instead.
According to William, the barley grass contains properties that prevent viruses like EBV from feasting off trapped heavy metals in the body, and the Atlantic dulce absorbs toxic metals like a sponge and renders them powerless as they are carried out of the body.
That’s not all. “Cilantro and greens act like magnets for heavy metals, especially mercury,” says women’s health expert Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, best-selling author of countless books including Radical Metabolism. “It’s a strategy naturopaths have used for years, and it works.”
Shannon Hayes lost 80 pounds and got off 15 Rx meds
Lying in bed, too drained to get up, Shannon Hayes recounted all the ways her weakening health had robbed her of independence. She could no longer hold a job, take care of her house or socialize with friends. I just want to get better, she thought. I just want the pain to go away.
For years, Shannon struggled with mysterious fatigue and health issues, including chronic strep, slow thyroid and stomach pains. Doctors didn’t know what was wrong but kept prescribing medications — 15 in all. “Being sick is a long, lonely journey,” she says. “I can recall plenty of times when I lost hope.”
Learning about Anthony William’s Medical Medium books was a turning point. Shannon discovered she had hidden Epstein-Barr virus, likely fueled by heavy metals, contributing to her health issues. She began eating healing fruit and veggies and drinking celery juice and a detox smoothie every day.
Within the first week, Shannon’s fatigue began to lift. Soon she shed 80 pounds, and for the first time in a decade, felt her strength build as her thyroid symptoms vanished. Her doctor was amazed. “She told me how impressed she was that I’d gotten better so quickly,” says Shannon, who is now off all her medications. “Honestly, I never thought I’d get well. Now I’m living my best life!"
This content is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always consult your physician before pursuing any treatment plan.
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