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How To Detox From Heavy Metals Naturally: 3 Actions You Can Take

Robyn Openshaw - Updated: April 6, 2024 - - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Heavy metals occur naturally on the planet, and some like iron, zinc, and even silver and copper are vital for life in trace amounts. While any metal has the potential for toxicity in excess, the term “heavy metal” usually refers to those that have no known human benefit, like lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic.

Heavy metals accumulate in the body over time. They hide out deep in our tissues and organs — and can be highly toxic, contributing to many chronic health problems.

But, the good news is, it’s possible to remove these contaminants from your body, so they don’t negatively impact your health.

Here's Why You Should Do a Heavy Metal Detox

In this article:

What Are Heavy Metals?

You may be exposed to heavy metals and not even know it. They can be contaminants in food, drugs, and supplements, or leached into groundwater. Occupational hazards from raw materials, equipment, processing, and fumes are also very common.

Some typical exposure risks include:

  • Lead from old pipes, paint, or even leaded gasoline still in topsoil (with children particularly at risk because even brief exposure can affect brain development)
  • Cadmium from tobacco smoke or food grown in cadmium-rich soil
  • Arsenic from treated lumber, coal-fired power plants, and runoff into groundwater

Why Are Heavy Metals Dangerous?

Heavy metals bond to and accumulate in organs and tissues, causing all kinds of physical, mental, and neurological damage.

Many “mystery illnesses,” like muscle weakness, brain fog, fatigue, nausea, headaches, and even constipation, can be traced to heavy metal exposure and accumulation.

The higher the concentration, the worse the problems. Here are some of the consequences you can get from too much exposure to heavy metals:

  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Immune disorders
  • Cancer
  • Death

How To Detox Heavy Metals from Your Body

How to Detox Heavy Metals? | Heavy Metal Detox: Detox From Heavy Metals Naturally
Eating organic produce can help you reduce your exposure to heavy metals.

If you live in the U.S. or in any other industrialized country, you almost certainly have some level of ongoing heavy metal contamination.

Here are 3 steps you can take:

  1. Avoid additional heavy metal exposure when at all possible by doing the following:
  • Rice is one of the most arsenic-contaminated crops—limit your consumption and check if your organic source is tested for heavy metals.
  • Limit your consumption of fish, which is often contaminated with mercury.
  • Switch to a biological dentist who uses non-toxic procedures and can safely remove metal fillings.
  • If your home was built before 1952, have pipes and paint checked for lead.
  • Wear protective masks and clothing if you work in industries using heavy metals.

I have an amazing resource of quick-reference guides and wallet cards you can print and carry with you, and one of the wallet cards lists common neurotoxins, like heavy metals, and which products, procedures, and foods to avoid or limit contact with them. Check out the Genius Guides here!

  1. Try a fulvic and humic mineral supplement that may naturally help remove heavy metal toxins.

Fulvic and humic acids contain minerals that come from ancient plant deposits, so they are natural.

Fulvic acid has dozens of beneficial uses for the human body. It:

  • Transports nutrients
  • Is a super-antioxidant
  • Increases alkalinity
  • Modulates hormones
  • Regulates neurologic function
  • Acts as an electrolyte
  • Boosts immunity
  • Is the best source of bioavailable organic trace minerals

Fulvic acid is also nature’s most powerful natural heavy metal detoxifier.

It has a unique molecular structure that can bind to heavy metals, making them inert. Research shows that even low concentrations of fulvic and humic acids are powerful enough to help clear heavy metals like copper and lead from polluted water and soil.

I wanted both fulvic and humic acid in a concentrated formula, but couldn’t find one that could meet my standards—I finally had to make my own!

3. Protect yourself from toxins with a Zeolite product that works.

Zeolite clinoptilolite, a natural mineral created through a reaction of volcanic ash and seawater, has been widely studied, and the health benefits are impressive. These are only some of them:

  • Strengthening the immune system. Removing toxins makes it easier for your body to protect and take care of you. Too many toxins can overwhelm your body, paving the way for disease and other health challenges.
  • Protecting against viruses. Zeolite is able to absorb viral particles and prevent them from replicating. Research suggests that zeolite may be effective against a whole host of viruses.
  • Getting rid of heavy metals. In a 2012 study, zeolite was found to successfully flush heavy metals from the body, including toxic lead.
  • Detoxifying mold. Zeolite is used as a detoxifier of mold toxins, called mycotoxins.
  • Maintaining a healthy pH. Zeolite gives you alkalizing minerals, which support healthy pH levels in your body.
  • Protecting your kidney. Heavy metals can cause damage to the kidneys. So getting rid of them can strengthen your kidney function.
  • Protecting against leaky gut. In a 2015 study, zeolite was found to strengthen the intestinal wall.

Read more about my favorite zeolite product here.

If you want to detox heavy metals from your body, I recommend taking Ultimate Minerals daily, taking my favorite Zeolite daily, or at least once a week every month, and doing my comprehensive detox program twice per year. It systematically detoxes all your organs for a complete cleanse. Learn more about my GreenSmoothieGirl Detox.

Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie GirlRobyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that help support the GSG mission without costing you extra. I recommend only companies and products that I use myself.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on April 4, 2017, and has been updated for accuracy and relevancy.


Posted in: Detox, Natural Remedies

7 thoughts on “How To Detox From Heavy Metals Naturally: 3 Actions You Can Take”

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  1. camellia says:

    curious what about prescription drugs?

  2. Gina Valdez says:

    Parsley can reduce chemicals in the body… I drink parsley tea occasionally. Cilantro can remove heavy metals as can EDTA. I have iron overload disease so this article interested me. I would have to eat a lot of cilantro to rid myself of enough iron to normal levels.

    1. mars says:

      I would research this approach carefully, from what I’ve read, one has to have/eat cracked cell chlorella in the body 30 minutes prior to parsley/cilantro consumption, in order to ‘chelate’ (mop up/latch onto) the heavy metals that are released from the body tissues by parsley and cilantro.

  3. Heather says:

    Is this safe to take While Pregnant or nursing?

  4. ANITA K, Bube says:

    Hi….GreenSmoothieGirl…I am very interested in your facts and reason. I take natural supplements and have recently done a cleanse and detoxed from sugar. I feel so much better. I walk 5 x a week…have lost inches but not weight…have to lose weight. What is holding me back from losing? Keep the good info coming. I so enjoy all your info and it helps me a lot. I am already with a good company and have been for years. Thank You….

  5. Linda says:

    I take hot baths to relax. am I getting heavy metals from my bathwater? If I put lemon or lavender essential oil’s in the water cannot help to neutralize some of the chemicals in the water?

  6. Charlyn Cartwright says:

    Can I please get a phone number that I can call to receive products.
    I don’t have a computer and I am not able to function well with electronics. Thank you, Charlyn Cartwright

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