Aluminum is a toxic metal so pervasive in our environment that it's practically impossible to avoid. It's present in water, soil, food, cookware, and food packaging.
Even items like conventional antiperspirants and antacids, products used by millions every day, contain aluminum. Yet aluminum has been linked to neurological conditions like Alzheimer's disease and some research has even linked it to cancer. As the use of aluminum has become increasingly prevalent over the past 150 years, so has accumulation in the human body.
The Health Effects of Aluminum
The light weight of aluminum makes it desirable for many industrial products. It also has a level of reactivity that makes it ideal for many prescription pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications. In fact, many do not realize that aluminum is present in vaccines.
Alzheimer's disease and aluminum are hot topics and studies have shown a direct link between aluminum toxicity and cognitive impairment and dementia. Patients who have Alzheimer's disease are more likely to have aluminum deposits in their brain than those without the disease.[1, 2]
Aluminum also has xenoestrogenic effects and linked to breast cancer. For this reason, scientists warn women against using antiperspirants or body care products that contain aluminum. Furthermore, aluminum negatively impacts the immune system.[4, 5]
Ways To Detoxify Aluminum From Your Life
It's difficult to completely eliminate your exposure to aluminum but you can take steps to reduce it.
1. Purchase Whole Foods
Aluminum cans and processed food packaging – yes, even the paper looking stuff – usually contains aluminum. If the majority of your diet is unpackaged whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts, it's easier to avoid.
2. Choose Aluminum-Free Deodorant
The most common exposure point for most people is deodorant. Luckily, more aluminum-free options are becoming available.
3. Avoid Antacids
With the American diet being what it is, many people are constantly grabbing for an antacid. These are one of the most potent sources of aluminum. Instead, it may be wiser to choose quality foods that are easy to digest and that don't cause heartburn in the first place.
4. Detoxify Your Body
According to some sources, silica, a chemical compound found in quartz, may be helpful for reducing aluminum levels in the body by reducing absorption of aluminum in the gastrointestinal tract. Drinking silica-rich mineral water may offer similar effects and other research has shown that silica may combat aluminum toxicity by promoting its excretion through the urine. 
A basic colon cleanse may also be helpful for eliminating waste and harmful compounds that have accumulated in the body over time.
What do you do to reduce your exposure to aluminum? Leave a comment and let us know!
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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.