Are you struggling with blood pressure issues, have a history of heart attacks, or maybe even arrythmia or stroke? Then this blog might be for you!
A lot of people think heart issues are typically correlated to things like poor diet, genetics, or old age, and while that might be true for some, the heart still runs off of energy, which as we understand here at Upgraded Formulas, are minerals.
There are a number of elements that the cardiovascular system depends on, such as zinc, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium but did you know that heavy metals can deplete one of these essential nutrients and affect our cardiovascular system?
First off, let's enlist what are the symptoms of cardiovascular issues:
- Having Pain in or near the region of the heart upon exertion/exercise. This could look like chest pain, discomfort, or a feeling of fullness.
- Struggling with poor circulation that can lead to trouble walking.
- Cold hands and feet due to poor circulation.
- Edema or swelling in the extremities, particularly the legs due to poor circulation again.
- Fatigue, as the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body.
- Irregular pulse, whether it be fast (tachycardia) or slow (bradycardia), heart arrhythmias or palpitations.
- High blood pressure
- Sudden numbness in the body which could be related to stroke or blood clots.
Experiencing any of these symptoms regularly, or even at one occurrence, could be stressful, and it's important to try and avoid it from happening again so things don't get worse.
Of the many things that can cause cardiovascular disease, heavy metals, particularly cadmium, could be one of them.
Cadmium is one of the most toxic metals out there affecting the kidneys, bones, brain, immune system and, of course, cardiovascular system.
It is primarily found in things like cigarette smoke, tap water, coffee, some processed and refined foods such as hydrogenated oils, and seafood.
Symptoms of cadmium toxicity include:
- Degenerative and chronic diseases like diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, etc. This is most likely because cadmium replaces major minerals important for enzymatic processes like magnesium, zinc and calcium.
- Mental health disorders such as violent out bursts, ADHD, anxiety have all been associated to cadmium toxicity.
- Quick aging such as wrinkles, early on set osteoporosis, weak kidneys, weak heart.
- Birth defects and developmental disorders in newborns. This is usually due to zinc deficiency.
- Cadmium toxicity can result in low sperm count, act as a a metalloestrogen in women.
- Can irritate the mucous membranes in the lungs and have someone develop a smoker's cough.
In relation to cardiovascular disease and cadmium toxicity, cadmium has been shown to replace zinc in the arterial walls when one is zinc deficient. Unfortunately, our soils are completely devoid of minerals, including zinc, due to poor agriculture and farming practices which leave us susceptible. Stress also further depletes our zinc levels and other metals can antagonize zinc and push it out of our tissues, like mercury, arsenic, and aluminum.
Once cadmium starts accumulating in the arteries, it can increase the risk of them becoming brittle and hardening. This can cause a lot of inflammation which can also affect other minerals down the line like sodium and magnesium. In addition due to cadmium's affinity for the kidneys, this can also cause some congestion in their process of filtration and elevate blood pressure, which can increase the risk of many cardiovascular diseases as a result.
If you're someone who is struggling with cardiovascular issues and is concerned you might have cadmium toxicity, we urge you to test via our hair tissue mineral analysis by clicking the link here today!
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