Today: Aluminum in your diet? Not such a good idea if you want a lot of energy.
Aluminum. Over the past year, I’ve read and learned a lot about the tiny power plants in our bodies that make us jump out of bed excitedly in the morning to make a dent in the day: our mitochondria. Don’t you always wake up so happy and fruity? Then I have a lot of advice for you in my second book, which will be published at the end of this year. Today I will zoom in on one of them. Do you use aluminum foil in your kitchen? Then read on.
You have aluminum and aluminum
Aluminum is an element that can be found in abundance in our environment: in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the ground we walk on. This is aluminum bonded as oxide, silicate, or fluoride. So far nothing is wrong. The aluminum as we know it, for example in aluminum foil or aluminum pans, is called elemental aluminum. This is industrially made on the basis of the mineral bauxite, which consists of 50% aluminum oxide. This elemental aluminum is a silvery-white, relatively flexible metal. All kinds of products and raw materials for other products are made from this in the metal processing industry.
Aluminum accumulates in fat cells
This last form of aluminum, industrially processed aluminum, falls into the heavy metals category. Heavy metals are “high atomic mass metals” according to Wikipedia. They are known for their toxicity. Other toxic heavy metals include mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and nickel. They are everywhere in our environment: in exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, our drinking water, medicines, deodorants, kitchen utensils, vaccines, batteries, amalgam fillings, food packaging (espresso cups!), and even in our food itself.
A healthy body can always remove a small number of toxic substances, but if it becomes too much or the body has difficulty draining heavy metals, heavy metals will accumulate in a place where they will cause the least damage to our body: our fat cells. It can pile up here for years.
According to EFSA, Europeans are probably getting too much
Back to aluminum because there is probably no kitchen in our country where this metal is not located somewhere. Aluminum foil, aluminum pans, aluminum kitchen tools: our kitchens are full of them.
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) is trying to protect us from dangerous substances and has determined that the weekly maximum allowed amount is 1 milligram of aluminum per kilogram of body weight. Research shows that the amount of aluminum that Europeans ingest varies greatly: from 0.2 to 1.5 milligrams per week. They have found that many Europeans are probably ingesting too much aluminum.
Fatigue, osteoporosis, memory problems, even Alzheimer’s?
The conditions and serious illnesses associated with high levels of aluminum in the body are very diverse. They range from fatigue, nervousness, digestive problems and skin problems, to liver and kidney diseases and menstrual problems. Infertility and premature birth are also associated with aluminum. Aluminum disrupts the absorption of calcium, which can lead to joint problems and osteoporosis, even in children.
Aluminum can build up in the brain, causing memory problems, AHDH at a young age, concentration problems, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Research has shown that the brains of people with Alzheimer’s contain more aluminum than those of healthy people.
Mitochondria are damaged by aluminum
The list of conditions that can be caused by excess aluminum in the body is long. If we add the diseases that arise when there are also other heavy metals in the body, the list is endless. I will explain to you how this is possible.
Heavy metals do not belong in our bodies; they damage our mitochondria, the small organelles in our cells that produce energy. This is not only energy you need to work, play sports or have fun, but also energy to keep your body alive: making new cells, repairing older cells and getting rid of dead cells all take energy and it happens 24 hours a day. If mitochondria are damaged, they are less able to perform these tasks. That is the beginning of every ailment and many ailments announce themselves through lack of energy.
Do you still want aluminum foil in your kitchen?
Heavy metals do not easily disappear from your body. Prevention is, therefore, better than cure. Take a critical look at your kitchen. Do you really want to store leftover food in aluminum foil; no matter how handy? Especially with salt, acid, and heating, a chemical reaction occurs, which means that aluminum can end up in your food. Wrapping half a lemon or pickled herring in aluminum or using aluminum in the oven or on the barbecue is therefore really not a good idea.
There are healthier alternatives. Use bowls with a lid to cover something in the oven and unbleached baking paper to bake something in the oven. Do you use aluminum pans or kitchen utensils? Rather replace this with ceramic, enamel, glass, or cast iron. Stainless steel pans are only safe if they don’t contain nickel. Unfortunately, you almost never know.
It’s not all avoidable. Chocolate is also packed in it. Ouch! sigh. And the BBQ? A smart tip: first wrap your food in baking paper and then wrap it with foil. Works fine.
By the way; what do you put under your armpits?
The danger of ingesting an aluminum overdose is not only in the kitchen. It is used in half of all care and cosmetics products, especially in deodorants. Do you know why some manufacturers of deodorants advise against using them after shaving your underarms? Because aluminum in a broken skin can penetrate up to six times more into your body! 90% of deodorants contain aluminum salts, even up to 20%.
Read the fine print on your deo. Replace it with one that doesn’t contain fabrics that you really don’t want under your armpit, so close to your precious breasts. Read more about good deodorants in this article: A natural deodorant; a healthy choice
Prevention and detox are the message
A high concentration of heavy metals can be measured in blood, urine, or hair, but these tests are rather unreliable: heavy metals are often locked up in fat cells. Moreover, it is always a snapshot.
If you have been struggling with unexplained complaints for a while, consider a good detox cure under supervision. I do such a cure every year under the guidance of Astrid te Winkel. Also simply because it is such a nice holiday week. Foods that can help remove heavy metals from your body include wild blueberries and chlorella. A very good supplement is glutathione; a powerful antioxidant.