I have exercised on a routine basis for years. After my first son was born I became the epitome of a “Gym Rat”. I worked out almost every morning before the sun came up 🌄. I ate chicken and broccoli like a champion and measured my meals like a Pro. Over the years I have managed to maintain an exercise routine from lifting weights to playing tennis, running, cycling all the while being mindful of the food I was eating.
Because of my busy schedule, I had to budget my time in order to exercise and prepare healthy meals. One way I handled this was mixing up a quick Protein Shake. Protein shakes are well-known in the Workout World as being an easy solution to your nutritional needs. Manufacturers have done a great job marketing them as super easy to whip up while you are on the Go! Needless to say, I have had my fair share of shakes and protein bars. You name it, I have tried it or attempted to make my own alongside my trusty blender 😃. To this day, if I am running low on time I break out the blender, throw some protein powder a little frozen fruit, milk and in one minute, breakfast, lunch or even dinner! Perfection. Well…….at least that’s what I thought until I learned otherwise during a routine Doctor’s visit.
Early last week I had an appointment with my Doctor. After reviewing my vital signs she asked me what I had for breakfast. I answered “a protein shake and a banana”. She asked how often do I eat protein shakes and if I ate protein bars as well? I said “Well, I eat one or the other about two times a week or more”. As she continued reviewing my chart she started to tell me that protein shakes and bars have heavy metals in them and asked if I was aware of that? I said “No”. “Why”? She said, “Well, I noticed on your chart you have a family history of kidney cancer and you should be cautious of the strain heavy metals put on your system, in particularly your kidneys.
So there I was sitting with my mouth and eyes wide open.
Astonished that I had never read or heard about this before. How could I have missed this? Her advice for me was to remove these two items from my pantry and find something in a more organic form to substitute them with.
I immediately went home and started doing some research. This is just a little bit of what I discovered;
- When toxic metals accumulate in your system toxic stress increases which impacts the way our organs operate.
- To lessen the impact of toxins, regular detox and cleanses are proven to help the body’s natural elimination systems function properly.
- The most common metals we encounter are mercury, lead, iron, aluminum and cadmium. How we are exposed to they metals determines the effects it has on our bodies.
- Some of the foods we eat can increase the body’s ability to retain toxic compounds within the body.(see below Top Six Edible Enemies)
- Toxic metals can also be found in many personal hygiene and skin care products including make-up! Yes ladies, that morning make-up routine is toxic too.
- And this list is the just the beginning! Coming soon, how to combat these toxins with easy, yummy cleansing recipes!
Top 6 Edible Enemies
- Artificial sweeteners
- Wheat and grains containing Gluten
- Dairy products made from cows milk
- Alcohol and Caffeine
- Fried foods
- Processed foods (this is where the protein powder and bars come in)