Heavy Metal Toxicity, What Is It & How To Reduce It?

How do heavy metals get into your body?

Many people are becoming aware about the declining quality of their source water supply and the increasing amount of contaminants found within.

Chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals is an increasing problem worldwide. Heavy metals are commonly found in thousands of different food and beverage products, household cleaning products, furnishings, cookware, body care products, cosmetics, and in some ground water in Australia, as well as copper water pipes.

Heavy metals are transported around the body via your blood and are stored in vital tissues, where they can disrupt many of your chemical, hormonal and neurological processes as well as wreak havoc on your health.

Not only do the heavy metals accumulate in the vital organs, they also inhibit absorption of vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  For example, when heavy metals are present, minerals like calcium and magnesium are displaced and heavy metals such as lead or cadmium take their place.

Heavy metals can also enter a water supply (whether it be town supply / tap water or tank water) in a number of ways.

  • THM’s (Trihalomethanes) are a breed of deadly modern day man-made chemicals created as a bi-product of disinfecting (by chlorinating) our drinking (treated town supply) water. They do need to be removed before you drink water as studies have shown they can cause cancer!

   For more on THM’s in Drinking Water and how they are created click here.

  • Industrial and consumer waste pollute our waterways (which then flows into our dams and is used as a source of our drinking water),
  • Acidic rain (rain passes through a pollution layer in the sky which contains minute particles of heavy metals released from mining operations, fires and exhaust fumes).
  • General industrial pollution can flow into streams, lakes, rivers, and seep into our groundwater or aquifers.

Due to recent news stories, such as lead contamination from water pipes supplying the Perth Children’s Hospital, reduction of heavy metals from our drinking water is top of mind. The zazen Alkaline Water SystemShower Filter Range help reduce and remove heavy metals such as Lead, Copper, Mercury, Nickel, Aluminum and Cadmium from your source water for a longer, healthier life!

What is the health impact of heavy metals in your body?

The symptoms associated with the slow accumulation of toxic heavy metals are multiple and nondescript, yet they affect a vast array of biochemical processes. Since symptoms of chronic exposure often develop slowly over months or even years, heavy metal toxicity is often overlooked.

Some possible symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity:

  • ADHD
  • female & male infertility
  • impaired learning
  • anemia
  • joint pain
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • constipation
  • poor concentration
  • depression
  • immune suppression
  • muscle pain

The symptoms of toxicity resulting from chronic exposure (impaired cognitive, motor, and language skills; learning difficulties, nervousness and emotional instability; insomnia, nausea, lethargy, and feeling ill) are also easily recognised; however, they are much more difficult to associate with their cause. Symptoms of chronic exposure are very similar to symptoms of other health conditions and often develop slowly over months or even years. Sometimes the symptoms of chronic exposure actually abate from time to time, leading the person to postpone seeking treatment, thinking the symptoms are related to something else.

Lead and mercury exact their most devastating toll on the developing brain:

  • Children exposed to lead at a young age are more likely to suffer from shorter attention spans and are less able to read and learn than their peers.
  • Children with above-average mercury exposures have learning difficulties. 
  • Recent studies also suggest that arsenic can harm the developing brain. 
  • Many other health effects of these metals are well-known.

Mining and metal manufacturing are the largest sources of lead emissions in Australia. Mercury is used in a number of production and manufacturing processes including the chemical production of chlorine, caustic soda and disinfectants, and as a catalyst to speed-up chemical reactions. 

Copper — One of the main culprits 

In trace amounts, copper is necessary in the body. It’s used to help produce cellular energy and is involved in nerve conduction, connective tissue, the cardiovascular system and the immune system. If you are not occupationally exposed to copper, the major route of exposure is oral. Drinking tap water can contribute substantially to your total daily intake of copper. High copper may occur naturally in water supplies, particularly mining areas across WA, but more commonly it is introduced into the water supply via old copper plumbing.

  • Nutritional deficiencies in zinc, manganese and other trace minerals can also contribute to copper toxicity due to the role they play in preventing excess copper accumulation.

When we are consistently dehydrated the body is unable to effectively remove unwanted toxins and stores these in the body in areas such as the joints (e.g. dehydration is a major cause of arthritis).

Dr. Batmanghelidj, the author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, discovered that the cause of arthritis, lupus and many other diseases is a lack of hydration and electrolytes (alkaline minerals or salts) in the body. He went on to learn that even pain can be eliminated for many people by properly hydrating the body.  

By ensuring the water that you are drinking daily is hydrating you at a Cellular Level, your body is then able to respond by assisting in the removal of these accumulated toxins. The zazen Alkaline Water System is designed for peak cellular hydration helping to detoxify, nourish, hydrate and energise every cell in your body! 

What does the zazen Alkaline Water System remove?

All zazen Alkaline Water System testing is conducted in Australia by certified Government water testing laboratories.

The zazen Multi-Stage Filter Cartridge is specifically designed to trap the above heavy metals. This occurs in Stages 2 - 4 of the zazen Alkaline Water System 10 stage State-of-the-Art filtration and remineralisation process as shown below.

As your body is being hydrated at a Cellular Level by drinking 2 – 3 litres per day of zazen Alkaline Water, this will assist your cells to release stored toxins and flush them from your body. This works synergistically within an overall wellness strategy, helping rid the body of Heavy Metal Toxicity and rebalance itself.