by Taetske | 8:06 pm
(Last Updated On: March 30, 2018)

First of all a little bit about the history of Aluminum.

 

cans made of Aluminum

Soft Drink Cans

Some unusual facts about aluminum.

The Greeks and Romans used aluminum salts as astringents for dressing wounds but until the modern era, metallic aluminum was not refined. The first time it was produced as a metal, albeit impure, was in 1825 by a Danish physicist and chemist Hans Christian Orsted. It was very difficult to produce pure aluminum and its value was higher than gold. Bars of this metal were on show at the Exposition Universelle in 1855. It is said that at a banquet of Napoleon III of France his VIP guests were given utensils made of aluminum, the lesser guests had to do with the ones made of gold.  One started to make statues of this metal. One of the first examples being Anteros in Piccadilly Circus, London, made in 1893

Aluminum is the most widely used nonferrous metal. It comes second after iron. The list of things which are made of aluminum is very extensive so I will only name a few:

  • In transportation, it is used for cars, aircraft, boats, bicycles, and spacecraft.
  • In packaging in cans and foil and in the wrappings of pre-prepared foods.
  • In construction, you will find it in window frames, roofing, building wire etc.
  • Also in cooking utensils, baseball bats, watches, mobile phones, street lighting poles and the list goes on and on…

 

Rim

Car wheel of Aluminum

The mining of Bauxite.

Bauxite is a major aluminum ore and is mined worldwide. Some of the biggest bauxite mines are in Weipa in Australia. In 2009 Australia was the top producer of bauxite delivering about one-third of the total world production. Other countries are China, Brazil, India, and Guinea. In 2010 the prime minister of Vietnam announced their total reserves could well be 11,000 metric tonnes, placing them first place in the world in terms of production.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Why do we live in the “Age of Aluminum”?

I suppose you know what Aluminum is? It has no identifiable function in our bodies. Neither is it a nutrient but every day we consume this neurotoxic substance. We inhale it because of its fumes, or we put it on our skins. The question is why we do that as it is known to be bad for us. Of the people who are tested, an 80% show an extremely high level of aluminum. Metal toxicities are associated with a wide range of chronic disease conditions.

 

Aluminum

Cut Aluminum Pieces

The third most prevalent element on our planet is Aluminum. In our environment, it exists naturally but it should not be inside our system. There is still some cookware in use. Every time you cook with aluminum cookware, these pots and pans release a tiny bit of Aluminum into the food you will eat. It is much healthier to use stainless steel or cast iron for cooking. Of course, it is found in soda cans, aluminum foil and the packaging for processed foods. The list continues with its use in cosmetics and hygiene products like antiperspirants. It is an ingredient for the well-known antacids like Rolaids. Everywhere you look there is Aluminum. You might not believe this but it is also an ingredient in cocoa, salt, flour and baking powder. Then you can also find it in your municipal tap water, that being a very good reason to purify the water you drink.

The overload of Aluminum in your body.

Aluminum coffee maker

An old-fashioned Coffeemaker

You ask yourself what this overload of Aluminum is doing to your body? It causes oxidative stress and attacks the central nervous system all because it accumulates in the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver, and thyroid. It seems to compete with calcium for absorption and can affect the mineralization of bone and it slows growth in infants.
The accumulation of Aluminum in the brain can have devastating effects, it creates brain oxidation. The University School of Medicine in Belgrade reports that high levels of Aluminum in your drinking water increases the risk for Alzheimer’s.
The long list also includes mood disorder, anxiety, insomnia and cognitive deficits. It is associated with anemia as it shows an interference with iron metabolism. The list goes on.

There are telltale symptoms which might indicate an Aluminum toxicity. Keep an eye out for an abnormal heartbeat, depressions, strange headaches, problems with your digestion, and dry skin. The second stage of symptoms can include memory loss and confusion and also paralytic muscular conditions.

What to do if you think you are affected.

Cooking Pots

Cooking Pots and Pans

In case you think you are affected, a good thing to do would be to have a hair tissue mineral analysis. What is important that you find a laboratory which does not wash the hair before testing as this can alter or even nullify the results. Something which is also important to know is if you are having a nutritional therapy for heavy metal toxicity you will see a rise in aluminum levels when the hair is tested the second time. One has to ensure a safe method to detox from all these harmful metals in the body.

Help from nature.

Garlic and Onion

Garlic and Onion is good for Detox

There are many things you can do yourself to prevent an overload of aluminum in your body. One has to start diminishing the exposure to aluminum. Do not use cookware and cans which contain it. Check the labels on health and beauty products, especially antacids. Processed foods are no good either as they often come wrapped in aluminum. Important is also the salt you have on your kitchen table, use sea salt instead of table salt. Your drinking water should be clean so use a purifier or the water from trusted spring water source. Garlic, onions, and other sulfur-rich foods will be an alley the same as high doses of vitamin C, chlorella, and cilantro. One of the big helpers is curcumin, a flavonoid found in turmeric. It is a powerful antioxidant which reduces the aluminum toxicity.

As you can see we are surrounded by this metal, be informed and stay as clean as possible.

 

Source: Natural Health365

Photo Source: Pixabay

Comments

Michelle

Oh WOW, is all I can say – this article left me with my mouth agape!
I never realized the whole impact of using aluminum in our world. You know, it is just one more thing that we ‘take for granted’ in the world we live in.
There are so many things that we are not aware of – the good and the bad that modern living can wreak on our minds, souls, and bodies. It is informative articles like these which will ‘remove the smoke from our eyes’.
Thanks Taetske for taking the time to improve our awareness and to help highlight some of the possible solutions as well. I will certainly pass the word along – information is key to survival!
Excellent article!
Michelle

Nov 18.2017 | 08:14 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Michelle,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment.
    The more I investigate the more I discover and it is mostly not good. Slowly but surely we are poisoning ourselves with the things and foods of our modern life. We wonder why we feel bad and then when it is too late we finally realize it is because of turning away from nature. I will keep writing about these things and I hope it will at least help a few people.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 18.2017 | 08:48 pm

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