The environment most of us live in today contains numerous toxins that can cause significant damage to your body. Heavy metals make up a large part of these toxins. For that reason, the Lam Clinic offers heavy metal testing to determine the presence of these substances and to help you decide the most appropriate steps to detoxify and stop long-term damage.
The Importance of Heavy Metal Testing
Exposure to heavy metals typically occurs in certain work environments, and employees are the most likely to suffer. However, they also exist in the water supply and in some foods. So, exposure can occur just about anywhere. This makes heavy metal testing important for everyone.
Too much exposure to heavy metals can result in the following symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Changes in thinking
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of coordination
- Muscle pain
As you might expect, a lot of these symptoms can overlap with other conditions. For that reason, heavy metal testing will help the healthcare professionals at the Lam Clinic determine whether these substances are the root cause of your symptoms.
What Are Heavy Metals?
Heavy metals are the names given to highly dense substances like lead, selenium, cadmium, and arsenic. All of them exist naturally in the environment. In our highly industrialized world, more are of these metals are produced as runoff from industry and as pollution in the air, especially in cities.
Your body requires a certain amount of heavy metals in order to function properly. At appropriate levels, your body’s detoxification processes can get rid of heavy metals in small amounts. However, these processes take time.
But if you are exposed regularly, your body’s detox processes may not be able to keep up. When too much of the heavy metals build up in your body, they become toxic and can cause significant damage. At this point, heavy metal testing can be necessary to determine if there are high levels of heavy metals and if your body needs assistance in detoxing itself.
The Most Common Sources of Heavy Metal Exposure
Often people aren’t even aware of their exposure to heavy metals. You can encounter several heavy metals every day. Some of the most common causes of this exposure include:
- Cigarette smoke
- Air pollution, especially in cities
- Automobile exhaust
- Workplace exposure, especially around manufacturing or industrial sites
- Lead pipes in older homes, leaching into drinking water
- Some kinds of pesticides
- Some foods, depending on where they were grown or raised and any pesticides used
Heavy metal testing helps us at the Lam Clinic understand the levels of heavy metals in your body so we can help you change your diet, help you determine the sources of your exposure so you can avoid them, and assist in detoxing these harmful metals out of your body to help you feel better.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above and want to know whether heavy metals could be the cause, heavy metal testing at the Lam Clinic can give you that information.