You may have seen recent news about heavy metals found in popular baby foods. Heavy metals occur in the world around us and can be found in a variety of foods, including baby food and fresh produce. It's helpful to know about the four main heavy metals of concern in the U.S. and Canada--mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium. While it's practically impossible to avoid heavy metals all together as they leach into groundwater from contaminated soil, there are things you can do to counteract their impacts.
Support Your Liver
Our livers' enzymes work hard to flush heavy metals/toxins from our bodies, and babies' livers are no different. Foods that promote the effectiveness of these enzymes include cruciferous vegetables such as: broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and kale.
Eat the Rainbow
Foods rich in antioxidants help protect cells against damage caused by heavy metals. Foods high in antioxidants--which tend to be brightly coloured--include: blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, kale, beans, beets, spinach and turmeric.
At Pureyay, we consider the power of every ingredient that goes into each of our meals for your little one and we hope this information will help you learn more about removing toxins from the body.