Heavy metals occur in our environment both naturally and due to industrial pollution. Metals such as copper, iron and zinc play important roles in the biochemical processes of our bodies. While mercury, arsenic and lead even in small amounts can cause serious health concerns and risks after contact. People may be exposed to small amounts of heavy metals through compromised food supply (specifically in fish and seafood), water, air, workplace and commercial products.
Heavy metal toxicity is a growing concern to our health and development. High levels of toxic metals stored in our tissues can cause chronic inflammation, developmental disorders, headaches, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, digestive disorders and in some cases can be carcinogenic.
Heavy metal testing is used to determine if metal toxicity or mineral deficiency may be contributing to a decline in your health. It can also be used to determine if chelation (eliminating heavy metals from the body) has been effective once treatment for heavy metal toxicity has been completed.
A Whole Blood or Metals Hair Test is ideal for checking current exposure to toxic metals. If you are experiencing physical symptoms that have gone undiagnosed or have not improved with traditional therapies, ask your provider if heavy metal testing may be right for you.