Aluminum is found in many products, and the awareness of the potential dangers of this metal is important for me to share with you.
Although there is a lot of controversy regarding the effects of aluminum on our overall health, I mention it here, because I believe many of you, like me, would like to be as informed as possible with ways to keep your body healthy.
I have been aware of the potential hazards and dangers of aluminum for over 30 years. I have been mindful to avoid this metal as much as possible, knowing that it is in so many products I had previously been unaware of. When I realized how this metal may contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s, dementia, seizures, and more—my full attention was in high gear.
I knew so many parents and grandparents of friends that suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia, that I did my best to learn as much as I could about the adverse effects of this metal. More and more research backed up so many previously discarded “theories.” All you have to do is search the Internet for a long list of data, and I think you, too, will be astounded at what you discover.
Some of the older research showed higher concentrations of aluminum in the brains of many with Alzheimer’s, and it has been verified time and time again over the years.
Aluminum is found in so many areas, you may unknowingly be consuming this metal on a daily basis.
Here are a few examples.
Pots and pans:
Although stainless steel pots and pans are much more popular now than they were in the past, there are still many households that still use aluminum pots and pans to cook with.
Aluminum is very porous, and it is very easy for the aluminum to leach into your food when heated— especially if you are cooking foods like tomatoes, lemons, citrus or other acidic foods.
Try to refrain from cooking in aluminum cookware if at all possible. It’s a good first step to minimize any potential harmful effects down the road.
Many antiperspirants (not all), still contain aluminum, so simply avoid using the ones that do.
This ingredient is very easy to find on the label, so simply look for the word ‘aluminum’ as there are a variety of aluminum compounds that may be in the product.
A few examples are:
aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium aluminum chloride, or aluminum hydroxybromide
There has been much debate about Natural Salt Stones, and the fact that they are made up of potassium alum (also referred to as potassium aluminum sulfate). It is a different kind of compound compared to the aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium aluminum chloride, or aluminum hydroxybromide that is often referred to in the research.
The theory is, the actual molecule of the potassium aluminum sulfate is larger than the others, and less apt to penetrate into the pores of the skin—therefore causing less harm.
The jury is still out with me on this. What I do know, is that it is better than traditional antiperspirants containing the above named aluminums—but how much better? That’s a question I am still pondering.
Some antacids and other medications may also contain aluminum.
Always read the label, or check online to make sure the product you are taking is aluminum-free.
Milk of magnesia was a culprit that contained this metal for years, and you are now able to find some aluminum-free milk of magnesia products available in the marketplace. Always check!
Soda pop cans:
Most soda pop cans are made of aluminum, so you may want to start purchasing your beverages in glass containers.
Although I am not a soda pop drinker (too many chemicals, dyes, and preservatives), I simply want to make you aware, so you able to make an informed decision whenever you choose to buy soda in the future.
Yes, aluminum foil is everywhere. If you start to pay attention, you will see how often you use this product, yet were probably unaware of any potential hazardous effects it may cause.
Now you know, so use as sparingly as possible… just to remain on the safe side.
I know this can be tough habit to break when so many of you have been using this product for years.
My new mantra is “baby steps accomplish anything!”
When I found out years ago that aluminum was found in baking powders, I couldn’t believe it!
There ARE aluminum-free baking powders on the market. Just read the labels before you purchase the product, so you are able to make an informed decision whenever you bake or cook.
Other foods containing aluminum:
Simply make it a point to always read labels, because you might be surprised at what you discover. I know I was!
As a final note, as busy as I know you are—I hope you are able to find a moment to read as much of the literature as possible on this topic. Resources are available everywhere, including the Internet. If nothing else, it will provide interesting reading and a lot of useful information you may not be aware of.
There has always been ongoing debates, and very vocal opinions regarding subject matter of this nature.
Being raised in a family where meals were cooked at home, vegetables and fruits were picked from the garden, and witnessing of the birth of the ‘twinkie’… it’s amazing to watch our healthcare system decline as it has.
Focusing on illness rather than wellness was always a baffling concept for me to comprehend.
So be an active participant in your own healthcare… and be aware of everything you put in your mouth, and on your skin. Every decision you make, no matter how small, can change the quality of your life.