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Hidden Toxins Impacting our Health: Copper, Iron, and Parasites


Copper Toxicity


Copper toxicity is real and maybe a missing link in the holistic picture of your overall health. When you have dysregulated hormones, copper is something you have to explore. Copper is related to estrogen in the same way zinc is related to progesterone.

Copper is found in every tissue in your body, and it plays a role in making red blood cells and maintaining nerve cells and the immune system. It also helps the body form collagen and absorb iron and plays a role in energy production. Sources of organic copper include avocados, nuts, seeds, tea, and cacao.


Bioavailable copper helps the body, while synthetic or inorganic copper can build up and become harmful to the body as in the instances of household pipe systems. As water traverses the pipes, it picks up this toxic copper, which starts to accumulate in your body. Two other common sources of poisonous copper are dental fillings (compounded by other toxins like mercury) and the copper IUD.


The result of too much copper is bioaccumulation in the brain, which leads to all kinds of neurotransmitter issues and diseases. One common concern is neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s.


Despite the severity of copper toxicity, the solution is quite simple. Preventative measures can be made by avoiding any copper in your vitamins (which is generally synthetic), as well as getting a proper water filter for your home (like a reverse osmosis filter).


Iron Toxicity


Iron is a mineral that the body needs for growth and development. In addition, your body uses iron to make hemoglobin, which is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body, as well as myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles. Your body also needs iron to make some hormones.


The best way to reduce iron levels is by donating blood. This happens naturally for women who menstruate, but if you are a man or a woman over 40, you can donate blood to keep your iron from accumulating toxic levels.


Some foods inhibit iron absorption, including tea and red wine. If you are prone to high iron levels or eat a lot of red meat, consider combining your meal with tea or wine to help prevent absorbing too much iron. Another great way to tank your iron levels if they are too high is simply to water fast!


You can test iron levels by taking a Ferritin test, which tests for bound iron levels. If it’s above 100 mg/ ML, your levels are too high.


Parasites


Millions of Americans develop parasitic infections, and the symptoms often go unnoticed or are misdiagnosed. The most common way to pick up parasites is through food and water. A parasitic infection can lead to serious health problems, including seizures, blindness, pregnancy complications, heart failure, and death.


The human microbiome is full of bacteria, and we are exposed to parasites constantly. Keeping a balance between the good and the bad is critical, so a parasite cleanse can be performed once or twice a year to keep things in balance. Some individuals are achieving great results by using animal parasitic products like Panacur C as well as Ivermectin.


These are three pieces of the health puzzle that all humans should explore if they are interested in living a long and healthy life.


Larisa Belote, Health Practitioner & Certified Detox Specialist is a strong believer that your body is a smart machine and can heal itself given a chance and the right set of tools. Call/Txt 732.996.6963 or email: larisa@stepbystep-wellness.com to schedule a free 20-minute consult.








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