Aluminum is almost everywhere.
It’s the third most abundant element on the planet (behind only oxygen and silicon). That’s why aluminum is cheap and used in so many products.
Besides being used to make things like airplanes and window frames, it’s also in products that come in direct contact with your body or the food you eat. Aluminum is widely used in food packaging, cookware, cosmetics, antiperspirants, medications such as antacids, and even toothpaste.
Why is this a bad thing?
Because aluminum is a neurotoxin. It’s strongly linked to brain diseases.
Studies show Alzheimer’s patients have high levels of the metal. On-the-job exposure to aluminum is linked to Parkinson’s.
Aluminum is also associated with breast cancer, bone disorders, and autism.
New research shows that despite repeated studies demonstrating the dangers of aluminum, many of us still get far too much of it.
The report comes from Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. Small amounts of aluminum occur naturally in food, water, and even the air. The researchers found that these sources give us about half the amount of aluminum that is considered dangerous.
The problem is, aluminum from cosmetics, tools, food packaging, and other sources puts us over the limit. The study team found that the amount of aluminum we get from antiperspirants is especially alarming.
5 Ways to Minimize Aluminum Exposure
It’s nearly impossible to totally avoid aluminum. But you can take steps to minimize your exposure:
- Use aluminum-free antiperspirants and makeup. Both are widely available, but you have to read labels carefully to make sure aluminum is not among the ingredients.
- Stick with non-aluminum utensils. For cooking or anything that contacts food (plates, silverware, etc.), use glass, stainless steel, or porcelain.
- Avoid processed foods. These are often packaged in aluminum containers or have additives that contain aluminum.
- Don’t use aluminum foil. Don’t cook or heat food in it. Especially with acidic foods such as tomatoes, onions, or citrus.
- Don’t take antacids. They are a potent source of aluminum. And they’re linked to conditions such as weak bones, pneumonia, and Alzheimer’s. For a list of alternatives to antacids, go here.
One more thing…
You may be wondering why we’re not warning you about aluminum cans. It’s because aluminum drink cans have a lining that stops the metal from coming in contact with the liquid inside. The problem is not the aluminum, but the lining material.
It’s usually made of BPA (bisphenol A), which has its own set of health concerns. So, yes, you should avoid drinks that come in aluminum cans…but not because of the aluminum.
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