We are all exposed to heavy metals in our air, water, soil, and food every day. According to the CDC, some heavy metals are known to harm human health – while others are needed in certain amounts to optimize wellness. For these reasons, everyone could benefit from knowing the levels of different heavy metals in their bodies.
Research has also shown the following people may be particularly interested in ruling out potential heavy metals toxicity.
- eat fish frequently
- have chronic illnesses or hard-to-diagnose symptoms like physical weakness
- have silver dental fillings
- work in industrial factories
- live in an older home that may contain lead
…these circumstances may indicate higher exposure to heavy metals like mercury, aluminum, and lead. If you live near a hazardous waste site, an area with fracking activity, or in an area recently affected by coal ash spillover, such as after a hurricane (e.g. Hurricane Florence in 2018), you may want to check your levels of metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, selenium, and thallium.