metal poisoning By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC

Is heavy metal poisoning affecting your brain or body? 

Brain fog feels like a cloud that lowers your brain function and thinking ability. The brain is the target organ when there is a concern for metal poisoning from the environment. According to Pub Med, there is a chronic effect of heavy toxic metals on the nervous system.

Most of the time, we are equipped to deal with environmental toxins that get into our bodies.  Heavy metals, however, are a group of toxic invaders that can get past the body’s defenses to cause several health problems. Awareness is the key to prevention. Ordinary household items can cause metal poisoning and alter normal brain functioning.  It is crucial to be aware of where these toxins are found and what you can do to avoid them.

Food consumption and air inhalation are the primary sources of exposure to metals because metals in the soil and water can readily enter the food chain. Other sources of metal poisoning are: consumer products, cosmetics, shampoo, Dental amalgam fillings, corroded lead plumbing pipes and fixtures, dishes, occupational, industrial waste, aluminum from some medications or procedures, lead from paint or soil.

During circulation, toxic metals can pass through the nerve capillaries to settle down in the brain. Heavy metals cross the blood-brain barrier and ‘may retain themselves in it. Results show that lead, mercury, and cadmium keep themselves in the brain for a more extended period and are one of the causes of neurotoxicity. The central nervous system is also particularly vulnerable to metals.

Brain fog is more common than people think and can affect all ages, young, middle-aged, and elderly.


Brain Fog: It’s a type of cognitive dysfunction involving: memory problems, lack of mental clarity, and poor concentration. BUT WHY? That is the big question for me. WHY do people suffer from brain fog, and what is the link between brain fog and metal poisoning? Below are some examples of what toxic metals can do to the brain.

Copper: Copper is found in certain fish, meats, nuts, and seeds. It is also in water pipes, cookware, and birth control pills. Copper toxicity can lead to confusion, racing thoughts, acne, fatigue, autism, adrenal fatigue, spacy-ness, fears, mood swings, thyroid imbalances, brain fog.

Mercury: This toxic metal is found in large fish like tuna in high amounts, contaminated drinking water, occupational exposures, adhesives, fabric softeners, and dental amalgams. Mercury inhibits the ATP enzyme, which is needed for cellular energy. Sensory nerve damage, motor conduction reduction, gait changes, weakness, slurred speech, and tremors may occur

Aluminum: This toxic metal is added to table salt and drinking water and is found in antiperspirants, anti-acids, baking powders, bleaches flours, and many cosmetics. Aluminum toxicity inhibits essential enzymes in the brain. It may hinder the uptake of chemicals by nerve cells like dopamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, and norepinephrine. It can cause memory loss, loss of coordination, confusion, and disorientation.

Lead: This toxic metal is found in the environment. It is in hair dyes, lead water pipes, leaded gasoline, ceramic glazes, cigarette smoke, etc. Symptoms of lead toxicity may include brain fog, fatigue, insomnia, Parkinson’s, vertigo, anxiety, memory impairment, mood swings, depression, and more.

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