Aluminium is not your friend. This has been proven and documented*. However, it is still found in most aspects of our everyday consumption.
- It touches our food as soda cans, the lining in many frozen or canned foods, aluminum foil (ever made a foil packet meal?), and in our cookware and silverware.
- It is found in products that we put on our bodies such as deodorant, shampoos, cosmetics, and lotions as well as a lining for many toothpastes.
- We eat it in cake mixes, processed cheeses, dyes, and even in soy based infant formulas.
- The most surprising place we find it is in many medicines such as antacids, aspirins, and even as a binding agent in our immunizations.
Aluminum has been documented by the National Institute of Health to be associated with Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s. If we simply focused on Alzheimer’s alone, we would see that it is now the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and that the morbidity rate has increased to 89% since the year 2000. This alone is staggering! The NIH has also documented that aluminum exposure, especially when injected, has been associated with neurodegeneration and abnormal neurological function, including ALS and Autism.
Additionally, chronic exposure to Aluminum does not only affect the neurological aspect of our wellbeing. Aluminum also competes with calcium absorption in our bodies. This can negatively impact bone density, and can cause muscle cramps, pain and tingling in the lips, fingers and feet, and going back to neurological function, low blood-calcium can also cause confusion, depression and forgetfulness, even seizures. It can even affect the heart causing abnormal heart rhythms.
As you can imagine, over time, this chronic exposure causes aluminum to become lodged as deposits in organs, glands and even in the Peyer’s patches (a group of Lymph Nodes deep in the gut). At this point, you may think, “I do not want to hear this. There is nothing I can do about it.” But there is! Consciously choosing to limit your exposure to products that contain Aluminum is a huge step. I have chosen to use cookware that is aluminum free, including glass baking dishes, baking stones, and cast iron skillets. You can also choose aluminum free body products. Simply choosing an aluminum free deodorant reduces exposure tremendously. Finally, choose fresh, organic foods when possible. If you cannot cook fresh foods, choose foods that have responsible packaging. This may be one of your largest areas of exposure that is easily controlled. There are natural alternatives to most over the counter medications and, of course, good nutrition and healthy habits positively affect our well-being which naturally limits our needs for many prescribed medications.
Overall, be informed. Take control. Decide for yourself what you put in, on and expose your body to. As always, I wish you wellness and good health.
The Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD