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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Is Aluminum really dangerous to our health?

For whatever reason, this extremely useful metal has had some attention brought to it over the last few years - concerning health-related issues. Many people claim that aluminum intake is very dangerous to our health, while others say that ingesting small amounts of this metallic substance is safe. Is this topic even worthy of the scrutiny?

I'm mean really, when you think about it, you breathe, absorb, and ingest all kinds of heavy metals and toxic substances daily without even being aware. You can really rack up on the heavy metals by simply eating a lot of seafood, for example. However, your body comes equipped with a liver and a set of kidneys that are used to filter out this crap, but sometimes unwanted toxins do accumulate in the body. Regardless of whether or not this post should turn into an elementary health lesson, this is not the topic at hand...

Is Aluminum really dangerous to our health?

In my opinion, minuscule intake should not be considered "dangerous," and especially since it's basically unavoidable. If you're really concerned about your body building up potentially harmful toxins, it might not be a bad idea to fast/diet once a week and only eat fruits & vegetables during your day of fasting, drink lots of juice or water, and/or eat a lot of foods that are high in sulfur - which also helps to purge the body of toxins. In fact, if you'd like to read about an excellent supplement that specializes in detoxifying the liver, visit: "Liver Detox - Milk Thistle"

Okay, now back to the original subject:

The reason for this post, is that I got reminded of this subject the other day. I've recently started recycling aluminum cans (mostly beer cans, ha!), and upon tying up another sack of empty cans, I started looking at all those sacks that consists of hundreds of aluminum containers that I have drank out of over the last several weeks and started thinking about the "aluminum is dangerous to our health" subject, which is quite debatable, by the way...

It isn't just cans, either; think about all the cookware, aluminum foil, and products containing this metal that we use all the time. Plus, some food contains aluminum. If it is so "dangerous," then how in the hell can a human use it so much without any noticeable effects? Sure, they can link it to certain illnesses, but I'm still yet to see how one can totally pinpoint it to just aluminum, especially with there being so many other unwanted substances out there that enters our body every day.

I think that some of these people really try to scare you about the "dangers of aluminum," just to sell you some detox product or perhaps some heavy metal testing kit, and so on.

Anyway, I'll drop down a couple links to get you started, if you're interested in searching and researching more about this subject. I'll provide one that is claiming this metal is dangerous, and I'll provide another that is saying it is safe in normal amounts.

This website is against the intake of aluminum, while also selling an "Aluminum Testing Kit" (among other things):

This website is basically saying that ingesting small to moderate amounts of aluminum shouldn't be harmful, but does seem to be a little concerned and warns about the potential sources of intake on page 2 of the article: [link is no longer active]

In closure, by what I've read, Aluminum doesn't seem to be readily absorbed in the body, and a lot of it just passes through your intestines without entering your bloodstream. Of course, we are not talking about chunks of metal here; this whole debate is about whether or not these microscopic fragments of aluminum pose health risks, etc.
At any rate: Eat, drink, and be wary... Cheers!

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1 comment:

  1. Random Tidbit: The first aluminum foil was produced in 1910. It was made possible by the invention in 1886 of a method of mass-producing the metal by passing an electric current through molten ore.