A Guide to Aluminum Its Uses and Dangers
You sweat, I sweat, we all sweat!
It’s a fact of life! We all sweat! Okay, men sweat, women glow! Either way, we use products to help stop the wetness and the smell. Stopping the sweat means stopping up the sweat glands. The products we use to do this contain aluminum that is extremely toxic and can cause harm to our nervous system as they are absorbed into the skin.
Aluminum, its uses, and dangers:
Aluminum is used to make beverage cans, pots, pans, airplanes, roofing and foil. It is also found in antacids, astringents, buffered aspirin, food additives, antiperspirants, and cosmetics. Additionally compounds from aluminum may be added to the processing of foods, such as; flour, baking powder, coloring agents, and anticaking agents. “On average adults in the United States eat about 7-9 mg of aluminum per day in their food”. (www.atsdr.cdc.gov). But, in an article from HealthCastle.com which is nutrition advice for Registered Dieticians, I found that the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on food Additives (JECFA) lowered the safe intake of aluminum to 1 mg. This report found that the average muffin alone contains 28 mg of aluminum and that it is found in soy-based infant formula (www.healthcastle.com).
Many may use antacids, some on a regular basis. Antacids contain 300-600 MG of aluminum hydroxide (approximately 104-208 mg of aluminum) per tablet, capsule or liquid dose, while buffered aspirin may contain 10-20 mg of aluminum per tablet (www.atsdr.cdc.gov).
Can you see how an overload of aluminum can easily take place if we buy an antacid with aluminum rather than one that is aluminum free?
Aluminum and Alzheimer’s
Overloading our bodies with aluminum can cause toxicity leading to autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s, memory problems, speech impairments, dementia, depression, muscle weaknesses, motor skill problems, and so on.
According to Dr. Mercola (www.mercola.com/2010/02/16), aluminum “is NOT needed in ANY amounts in your body. All evidence to date points to aluminum as a poison that serves no beneficial role in your body and should be avoided.” He goes on to state that “aluminum is widely recognized as a neurotoxin, which has been found in increased concentrations in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, if you use antiperspirants or some deodorants, you are most likely exposing yourself to aluminum. Aluminum salts can account for 25% of the volume of some antiperspirants.”
Aluminum and cancer
Additionally, aluminum has been linked to cancer. When applied to the armpit area, the chemicals imitate aluminum salts that are very similar to the hormone estrogen which is known to increase breast cancer. When we shave under our arms, we create an area for increased absorption of the aluminum that’s in our antiperspirants. In a 2007 study published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, “researchers tested breast samples from 17 breast cancer patients who had undergone mastectomies. The women who used antiperspirants had deposits of aluminum in their outer breast tissue. Concentrations of aluminum were higher in the tissue closest to the underarm than in the central breast”. Because aluminum is not normally found naturally in the human body, the study proved that the metal was being absorbed from the antiperspirants.
We can take steps to lessen our intake of aluminum
- Stay away from antiperspirants and deodorants containing aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, or alumimum-zirconium compounds. Those ugly stains that sweat sometimes produces in the underarm area on your shirts is not your sweat, it’s the aluminum in those antiperspirant products!
- Don’t buy aluminum laminated pouch drinks, like the ones I’m sorry to say I used to buy for my kids!
- Be aware of how much aluminum is in antacids and choose a brand that is aluminum free along with an aluminum free aspirin
- Don’t use aluminum cookware or use aluminum foil to bake because as the temperature increases, the absorption of aluminum into food also increases.
- Don’t use aluminum expresso makers or teapots for tea
- Read labels: food additives that contain aluminum compounds: E173, E520, E521, E523, E541, E545, E554, E555, and E559. Common foods with aluminum in them are processed cheeses, table salt, baking powder, pickles, bleached flour, prepared dough, cake mixes, non-dairy creamers, vanilla powders.
- Also read labels for milk formulas for babies: they can contain up to four hundred times more aluminum than breast milk (www.naturalnews.com).
- Drink silica-rich water, such as Fiji water which helps eliminate aluminum from the body in the urine
- Take melatonin which helps bind aluminum to itself for elimination from the body, also vitamin C and Zinc.
- Avoid all colorants, additives, toxic chemicals, pesticides, polluted air and water, drink alcohol in moderation and with meals only (www.naturalnews.com).
- Do anything to raise the glutathione in your body. Glutathione helps eliminate aluminum from your body.
- This means eating foods like raw fruits and vegetables, such as avocado, asparagus, grapefruit, strawberries, orange, tomato, cantaloupe, broccoli, okra, peach, zucchini, spinach, eggs, meat, red peppers, garlic, onion, whey protein, and wheat germ.
- Exercise will help produce glutathione, as will vitamin D, MSM and Curcumin.
The problem with aluminum exposure is that it happens over time and once it is in your tissues, your body has a difficult time getting rid of it. Aluminum accumulates in our brain and it is there along with our nervous system that it does its damage. It affects not only us, but seniors and our children.
Aluminum and some name brand products
Just a short list here to bring light to the fact that aluminum is in products we never think to investigate. I found these on www.home.earthlink.net. Mission Flour Tortillas: the fat-free and whole-wheat tortillas contain aluminum. Carnation Hot Cocoa Mix: Right on the label it reads – silicoaluminate (aluminum). Pillsbury products: Many of their products contain aluminum such as cake mixes, biscuits, cookie dough and crescent rolls. Creamora coffee creamer contains aluminate (aluminum). McDonald’s hamburgers – the salt sprinkled on their foods contain aluminum and the individually wrapped packages of salt contain aluminum. KFC Chicken – their biscuits contain aluminum. Taco Bell – Soft tacos and flour tortillas contain aluminum. Pizza Hut – the breadsticks contain aluminum.
Sweat and deodorant
When I learned about the dangers of aluminum the first thing I did was to stop using antiperspirants and switch to an organic, aluminum free deodorant. Next, I found a substitute baking powder without aluminum.
Final things to do
After reading this Giving Back article you can decide if you want to start eliminating aluminum from your life, starting with your antiperspirant. Yes, we all sweat, but we don’t have to overload our bodies with unnecessary aluminum to stop the process.