Heavy metals toxicity series – part 4: Lead

Lead has no known benefit to human body metabolism. It is one of the most common reported toxicity. Some studies show that children tend to absorb it 8 times more efficiently than adults. That makes children the best candidates to deveop lead toxicity.

Because it mimics calcium, most absorbed lead is stored in the bones of children and adults where it can remain for years.

Apart from interfering with calcium metabolism, lead can mimic and displace magnesium and iron from certain enzymes and interfere with the activity of zinc.

Lead toxicity is associated with anemia, developmental disorders and colic in children.

What does that mean for us? It means that my son will continue to be anemic (despite of heavy iron supplementation) and cannot heal his colitis until we get rid of lead.

Getting rid of lead will be the subject for another post.

Love and light

Elena

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Vitamins and role in the body – part 1

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Vitamins and role in the body – part 1

The water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body and must be replaced each day. These vitamins are Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Folic Aid, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin and vitamin C.

Here it is a short description of vitamins B1, B2 and A as well as their roles in the body:

  • Vitamin B1 is needed to process carbs, fats, and proteins.  Vitamin B1 is required by everybody to form the fuel for the body to run on.  Every nerve cell requires vitamin B1 to function properly.

Food sources for B1: wheat germ, peas, beans, fish, peanuts, and meat. Aging people with a poor diet and too much alcohol consumption tend to have vitamin B1 deficiency. Remember that the vitamins work synergic in a group. Vitamin B1 works hand in hand with vitamin B2 and vitamin B3.

  • Vitamin B2 helps release energy from foods. It is essential for healthy eyes, skin, nails and hair.

Food sources for vitamin B2 are: brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds, cooked leafy vegetables.

  • Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and should not be consumed in excess as it might pose a risk of toxicity. The body uses it for the maintenance of skin, mucous membranes, bones, teeth, hair and eye sight.  It is stored in the body therefore it doesn’t need to be replaced everyday.

Vitamin A is found naturally in many foods: cod liver oil, liver, dandelion greens, sweet potato, carrots and green vegetables

This article is not to be used as a replacement for a health care professional opinion.  Please consult your doctor before beginning any vitamin program.