First of all a little bit about the history of Aluminum
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…
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.
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.
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 Rolaidsn.
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
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 interference with iron metabolism.
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
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
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 a 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 try to reduce contact as much as possible.
Source: Natural Health365 and Wikipedia
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