Where are heavy metals stored in the body?

At Hair Mineral Testing UK we work to offer a service that can shed light on your health and wellbeing. What we do is provide a heavy metal test that can check to see the levels of potentially toxic elements in your body. These could be the cause of numerous symptoms, including fatigue, nausea, and more. They could also cause serious long term damage if you don’t do something about it.

Why are they harmful?

The human body is incredibly complex. We need to consume various elements to create energy, grow, and support bodily functions. However, there are some elements that become harmful if you ingest too much. There are also many that are toxic and have no proven benefit at all.

People generally use the broad term heavy metals to talk about these substances. There are several that fit the name, including lead, iron, zinc, and mercury. However, there are others that are metalloids. They have properties that place them between metals and solid non-metals. Examples include arsenic.

Where are they stored?

What you should always keep in mind here is that the body will store these elements in various organs, including the liver, kidneys, heart, and brain. They can also accumulate in bones.

At low and beneficial levels, many of these elements will help the body to function. However, at toxic levels they accumulate and disrupt functions. This can cause huge problems and health concerns. The accumulation can also displace other vital minerals, doubling the issue and causing more harm.

Copper is a great example. When you consume it, the body stores it primarily in bones and muscles. It is an essential element as it helps to maintain bone health. A deficiency of it can cause many health problems, including nerve damage, anaemia, and brittle bones. However, excessive amounts of copper can cause lipid peroxidation, causing cell damage and even death.

When to get a heavy metal test?

Heavy metal testIf you have niggling symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, or chills, it could be because of heavy metal poisoning. They are all common symptoms and can persist because of high levels of elements in the body. You should get a test here to get a better idea of which element(s) could be causing the problem.

You should also get a test if you work in an industry that releases high amounts of heavy metals into the air and soil. Some of the worst polluters include waste incinerators, smelters, chemical producers, and mining companies.

If you live in an area where there is a lot of industry, it is also worth getting a test. While you may not come into direct contact with the source, the toxic elements could get into the air, soil, and groundwater. You could therefore easily ingest them on a daily basis.

While vegetables are a cornerstone of a healthy diet, you also need to take care with where and how they are produced. They could easily be contaminated with high amounts of heavy metals due to soil or water contamination, or the use of pesticides or herbicides.

Arrange a test

You can get a heavy metal test from us with zero fuss. All testing kits are available via our website and we send everything to you. All you need to do is take a small hair sample and return it to us. It will then go to a lab for testing and we will come back to you with a report of the results.

The information alone should be very useful to show if you are suffering toxicity of any heavy metal. In addition though, we can offer insights into why you may have certain symptoms. We can use our knowledge to look at if the high levels of certain elements are causing deficiency elsewhere.

If you have any questions about the harm heavy metals can cause, or want more info about testing, please contact us.