Foods That Help Detox Your Body of Heavy Metals

Because of the toxicity of our environment, heavy metal buildup is unavoidable. From pollutants flying around in the air we breathe to the chemicals used in personal care products, our bodies are assaulted daily with mercury, lead, nickle, cadmium, aluminum, copper, arsenic, platinum, and a host of other heavy metals.

Nutrients play a key role in helping the body reduce the amount of these heavy metals. Here are a few that get the Oscar for detoxing heavy metals:

1. Calcium: Displaces mercury and lead in the body. Found in kale, parsley, watercress, beet greens, broccoli, spinach, romaine lettuce, string beans, oranges, carrots, celery, almonds, sesame seeds, and beans.

2. Magnesium: When consumed with calcium, magnesium helps displace mercury and lead. Good sources include beets, spinach, parsley, chard, carrots, cauliflower, blackberries, broccoli, and carrots.

3. Vitamin C: This powerpack vitamin displaces lead and mercury. You will find it in citrus fruit, broccoli, kale, parsley, Brussells sprouts, watercress, cauliflower, cabbage, strawberries, spinach, turnips, mangoes, cantaloupes, asparagus, and papaya.

4. Chlorophyll: Found in abundance in dark leafy green veggies, chlorophyll binds to heavy metals. Spinach, broccoli, chard, kale and lettuce have an abundance of chlorophyll.

5. Lipoic Acid: A potent antioxidant that is essential for healthy metabolism, lipoic acid is a fatty acid that binds to heavy metals in the body and helps clear mercury and lead from the system. Found in red meat, spinach, broccoli, potatoes, yams, carrots, beets, and Brewer’s yeast.

6. Soluble Fiber: Large amounts found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans, soluble fiber helps the body draw out lead. About 20-30 percent of your diet should include soluble fiber.

7. Sulphur: Lead, mercury, and cadmium rob the body of sulfur, which is essential for building cartilage and connective tissue. To avoid deficiencies caused by heavy metals consume foods high in sulfur: egg yolks, kelp, kale, turnips, raspberries, onions, cabbage and mustard.

8. Zinc: Zinc is essential for healthy metabolism and for fighting free radicals, which attack cells and cause disease, impaired immunity, and premature aging. In addition, zinc deficiencies can lead to fatigue and contribute to neuropsychiatric  disorders such as ADHD, depression, and dyslexia. Pumpkin seeds, gingerroot, carrots, garlic, parsley, spinach, cabbage, lettuce and cucumbers are good sources of zinc.

Get your day started off right with 6 Simple Heavy Metal Detox breakfast ideas!

For more information on heavy metal detox check out the book Detox For The Rest of Us by Carole Jacobs.

Click here for part one of our heavy metal detox series

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12 Responses to Foods That Help Detox Your Body of Heavy Metals

  1. Eileen says:

    This is an great article, make a list & take to the market! Today, a dear friend told me something I want to remember every day: ‘Your body is your retirement home’ !

  2. Kimberly says:

    I’d really like to do a detox and I plan on completely revamping our diet (as best as we can…we live in Hawaii where everything is way more expensive, so buying organic all the time isn’t a good financial choice right now) but my concern is that I’m nursing my 2 month old and I don’t want a detox to affect him negatively. Any tips for that or any resources?

    I just found your blog today! I’m looking forward to reading much more of it! :)

    • nurtnat says:

      Hi Kimberly! Thanks so much for stopping by! You may want to check with a naturopath about nursing and detox. We have a local naturopath we work with, Dr. Jaison Golojuh; his website is I’m sure he’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. :) Have a great day!

  3. Connie @ Path to Wellness says:

    This is great!! I’m definitely going to be incorporating more of these foods in my diet. Newest fan of your blog!

    • nurtnat says:

      Welcome, Connie! And thanks for stopping by! :) What’s nice is that most of these are everyday simple foods to incorporate.

  4. I’m interested in the comment about Lipoic Acid. I know it binds with mercury and arsenic, that it is the only true chelator that crosses the blood-brain barrier, and that it helps with the oxidation caused by lead but I don’t know of any studies that indicate it binds with lead. Can you lead me to that evidence?

  5. Mitchel says:

    You can add Cilantro to the list!
    “Cilantro, otherwise known as coriander, is an excellent food for removing heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum and lead from the body. This herb is believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and remove heavy metals from the brain. Taking 400 mg of cilantro a day can pretty much clean heavy metals out of the body in just two weeks, according to Robert C. Atkins MD.”

  6. I applaud you (clap! clap! clap!) for writing this blog and sharing about common sense alkalining foods that when eaten regularly, naturally detox and balance our bodies. God bless you and keep up the good work! :) To Your Health, Karen, the Health Pastor

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  8. Clarice Cataldi says:

    I have been diagnostic with Argyria, intoxication with heavy metal, i decide to make raw diet i hope it works, i have been very sick lately.