Heavy metal exposure is on the rise. Common sources include cigarette smoke, seafood, rice, well water, vaccinations & dental fillings.These toxic elements can significantly increase our risk of developing conditions like dementia, infertility, diabetes and cancer. They are also known to cause damage to the liver, kidneys and brain, as well as the cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems.
Essential elements promote health only when they are within optimal ranges. Nutrients like copper, iodine, magnesium, selenium and zinc are critical for enzymes that synthesize neurotransmitters and activate hormones. Excessive bromine, often from bromated flour, can interfere with thyroid function; whereas low levels of lithium, from denatured soils and reliance on bottled/filtered water, have been associated with various psycho-emotional disturbances, including autism, bipolar depression, aggressivity, proclivity to substance abuse and suicidal ideation.
Heavy metals and essential elements affect different systems of the body, so they can’t all be measured in the same body fluid. For example, urinary cadmium is the best measure of accumulated exposure, while blood spot assesses only recent exposure. Blood is the only appropriate medium to assess lead exposure, however, and urine is the only appropriate medium for arsenic.
This at-home blood test provides insights about levels of heavy metals and essential elements in your body. Results include a personalized health plan.
You might want to consider doing this test if you:
- Smoke/used to smoke
- Are trying to conceive
- Are exposed to poor air quality
- Live in a home built prior to 1978
- Drink water from old pipes
- Have occupational exposure risk
- Apply make up daily or color your hair
A toxic element that can adversely impact your health when present in the body in excess. Sources include: smoke (cigarette, e-cigarette, or marijuana), plumbing, gasoline and motor oil, some cookware, some processed foods and drinks, batteries, fertilizers, fertilizers, and PVC plastics. Desired level is < 1.03 μg/L
Lead is a toxic metal that can cause serious health issues when present in excess in the body. The soil and water in areas where mining activities have taken place can become very contaminated with lead. Children growing up in these areas are the most vulnerable to lead’s harmful effects. It can also be found in old plumbing, lead based paint, gasoline, tobacco smoke, some dyes, automobile exhaust and other air pollution, some car parts and batteries, and personal care products. Desired level is < 2.5 μg/dL
Mercury is very toxic, even in extremely small amounts, and can cause harm in your body. It can be found in some silver dental fillings (amalgams), seafood, batteries, some plastic, personal care products, some cleaning solutions, mining operations, and the paper industry. Desired level is < 5.37 μg/L
An essential element for growth, immune function, testosterone production, and as an antioxidant. It is involved in over 200 enzymes in the body. Reference range is 6.35 - 9.35 mg/L
An essential element that is important for bone health, connective tissue health, heart health, lipid metabolism, brain health, and skin health. High levels of copper can also be toxic. Sources include drinking water, shellfish, IUDs, and cookware. Reference range is 0.79 - 1.14 mg/L
Zinc and copper are both essential minerals that can help detoxify heavy metals and protect the body from their damaging effects. An antioxidant enzyme made in the body, superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD), utilizes zinc and copper to help detoxify reactive molecules. The ratio of zinc to copper, not the quantity of zinc and copper, can determine optimal functioning of this enzyme. Recommended ratio is between 6.6 - 10.2
An essential element present in all cells of the body and involved in over 500 reactions including energy production. Essential for maintaining normal bone density, normal heart rhythm, healthy lung function, and normal blood sugar regulation. Reference range is 36.0 - 57.0 mg/L
An essential element important for normal thyroid function, antioxidant function, and cellular health. Also associated with heart health, connective tissue, eye, and liver function. Healthy levels may protective against mercury, cadmium, and other heavy metal toxicities. Reference range is 170.0 - 318.0 μg/L