STEP 1: FERMENTED FOODS TO THE RESCUE
A 2012 study from the Lawson Health Research Institute explored the value of probiotics in those who have an accumulation of heavy metals. According to researchers, the friendly gut bacteria Lactobacillus—which are found in our mouth, gut, and in the birth canal of women—have the ability to detoxify heavy metals.
Other studies report that probiotics may be valuable tools for cleansing the body of the heavy metals lead and cadmium.
Living lactobacillus bacteria are found in fermented foods such as cultured veggies, yogurt, and kefir beverages. When we eat these foods on a daily basis, we help to replenish the beneficial bacteria in the gut that naturally cleanse heavy metals from the body.
STEP 2: CULTURING CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES
Traditional vegetable ferments generally include at least one cruciferous vegetable—most often cabbage. As it turns out, modern science backs up tradition: We now know that cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and arugula, all contain sulforaphane.
Sulforaphane protects our cells against inflammation and promotes the healing of the delicate tissue that lines the intestines and the blood-brain barrier. Sulforaphane also targets cancer stem cells and destroys them. But what about heavy metals?
Less common examples of crucifers are pungent roots such as daikon, horseradish, and wasabi.
Isothiocyanate, another plant compound that contains sulfur, has been isolated from the wasabi root in studies. It turns out that it not only supports the immune system and prevents cancer, but isothiocyanate also assists with cellular detoxification pathways within the liver.
In other words, the plant chemicals in cruciferous vegetables—like isothiocyanates—can assist with the detoxification of heavy metals. This is because they support the production of glutathione, the master antioxidant in the body. You can find glutathione in every single cell, although one of its most important functions is to help the liver detoxify heavy metals, pesticides, and other poisonous chemicals.
One of the best ways to build and replenish levels of glutathione in the body—and gently cleanse the body of heavy metals—is to consume fermented vegetables with liver cleansing herbs.
What To Remember Most About This Article:
Scientists have long been researching the relationship between microbes and heavy metals. They have determined that friendly gut bacteria can naturally help to cleanse the body of heavy metal toxicity.
It is increasingly common for heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic to accumulate in the body. Heavy metal toxicity could cause issues like developmental delays and a lower IQ in children.
Fortunately, researchers confirm that the friendly gut bacteria found in probiotics can cleanse the body of heavy metals; living lactobacillus bacteria in fermented foods will naturally support heavy metal detoxification.
Don’t forget – most vegetable ferments are made with at least one cruciferous vegetable, like cabbage, cauliflower, or broccoli. Cruciferous vegetables are even more valuable in ferments because they are full of plant chemicals that can aid in heavy metal detox even further!