4 Ways to Detoxify Aluminum From Your Life

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on


Aluminum is a toxic metal so pervasive in our environment that it’s practically impossible to avoid. It’s present in water, soil, food, cookware, and food packaging. Even items like conventional antiperspirants and antacids, products used by millions every day, contain aluminum. Aluminum has been linked to neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and some research has even linked it to cancer. As the use of aluminum has become increasingly prevalent over the past 150 years, so has accumulation in the human body.

The Health Effects of Aluminum

The light weight of aluminum makes it desirable for many industrial products. It also has a level of reactivity that makes it ideal for many prescription pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications. In fact, many do not realize that aluminum is present in vaccines. Research is beginning to show a number of negative health effects associated with aluminum.

Alzheimer’s disease and aluminum are hot topics and studies have shown a direct link between aluminum toxicity and cognitive impairment and dementia. Patients who have Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to have aluminum deposits in their brain than those without the disease. [1] [2]

Aluminum also has xenoestrogenic effects and linked to breast cancer. [3] For this reason, scientists warn women against using antiperspirants or body care products that contain aluminum. Furthermore, aluminum negatively impacts the immune system. [4] [5]

Ways To Detoxify Aluminum From Your Life

It’s difficult to completely eliminate your exposure to aluminum but you can take steps to reduce it.

1. Purchase Whole Foods

Aluminum cans and processed food packaging — yes, even the paper looking stuff — usually contains aluminum. If the majority of your diet is unpackaged whole fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts, it’s easier to avoid.

2. Choose Aluminum-Free Deodorant

The most common exposure point for most people is deodorant. Luckily, more aluminum-free options are becoming available.

3. Avoid Antacids

With the American diet being what it is, many people are constantly grabbing for an antacid. These are one of the most potent sources of aluminum. Instead, it may be wiser to choose quality foods that are easy to digest and that don’t cause heartburn in the first place.

4. Detoxify Your Body

According to some sources, silica, a chemical compound found in quartz, may be helpful for reducing aluminum levels in the body by reducing absorption of aluminum in the gastrointestinal tract. Drinking silica-rich mineral water may offer similar effects and other research has shown that silica may combat aluminum toxicity by promoting its excretion through the urine. [6] A basic colon cleanse may also be helpful for eliminating waste and harmful compounds that have accumulated in the body over time.

What do you do to reduce your exposure to aluminum? Leave a comment and let us know!

References (6)
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  2. Davenward S, Bentham P, Wright J, Crome P, Job D, Polwart A, Exley C. Silicon-rich mineral water as a non-invasive test of the ‘aluminum hypothesis’ in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2013;33(2):423-30. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2012-121231.
  3. P. D. Darbre. Metalloestrogens: an emerging class of inorganic xenoestrogens with potential to add to the oestrogenic burden of the human breast. Journal of Applied Toxicology. Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 191-197. May/June 2006.
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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Bob Smith

    The article’s promise to show us how to detoxify from aluminum never is discussed. It only shows how to avoid aluminum. I would imagine eating and juicing cilantro would help in detoxifying.

  • Leslie

    I agree with Bob, this article has nothing to do with how to detoxify from aluminum. I expected to see at least something about betonite clay and was curious if there were other means.

  • John Duggan

    Instead of antiacid tablets, use baking soda, i.e. bicarbonate of soda. Dissolved in water, it works well. And I never drink from aluminum cans.

  • BobJ

    I read the last paragraph as how to detoxify.

  • Susie Kwiatkowski

    aluminum free baking powder is available for your home baking, for people who bake, this is an easy way to eliminate aluminum.

  • Grampa

    Diatomaceous Earth is silica

  • Garth

    Aluminum cans have a coating on the inside so the drink does not come in contact with the aluminum. Same with steel cans used for things like canned vegetables. Whether the coating is any better, I don’t know.

  • deenie1219

    To detox aluminum: horsetail tincture, zeolite, MMS, organic cucumber, diatomaceous earth, betonite clay, chlorella, and iodine such as Iodoral and Lugol’s Iodine.

  • Stork

    I also was surprised to not see the common ways of detoxing Aluminum as mentioned in the other posts. Secondly, there was no mention of the Chemtrails and their contribution to the soil having more aluminum than ever before. I use a patch, working similar to Acupuncture to raise my levels of Gluathione which removes Aluminum very quickly with no side effects.

  • Avoiding some of the sources are ways to detox it from your life. Cilantro is awesome too.

  • jim

    I got sick from a can of coke the coating was missing in side the can so when I opened it the suds started coming over the top so I suck them off the top of the can before I knew what I had drink and with in 2 minutes I had to throw up so from what I was told I got the gas off the top of the can and got aluminum oxcide poison so would this work to get this out of my system . its been 12 days now and I have to be on blood pressure meds now and I feel like crap. Thank you

  • Vinita

    What kind of patch? Where do you get it?

  • resscountry

    I need to know where to get it also!

  • Vesnas Sim

    Yes chemtrails are major cause of aluminum. What about colloidal silver for detox? Using real silverware for eating and real silver teapots.

  • gbear888

    Glutathione can be taken inexpensively by taking ‘NAC’,(N-Acetyl Cysteine),which breaks down to Glutathione. NAC is sold in any health food store or online in capsules. Usual dose is 600mgs. Research avail online. It is not known how to effectively eliminate NANO alum particles which are dispersed throughout the body as there are no scientific studies avail which would require extensive physiological testing. In the above article reference note #7,bottom line :”There was no significant increase in Al excretion, over 32 h, following ingestion of the orthosilicic acid dose.” Conclusive research NOT using the words,”may”, or “might”, is important to note.

  • WillTha Thrill

    WHAT THE FUCK IDIOT – MMS IS BLEACH WHICH IS POISON TO THE BODY! Maybe betonite clay and chlorella can remove aluminum from body I don’t know tho

  • Schreck Williams

    and that coating is BPA which is an estrogen mimicker and a poison to the body.

  • Schreck Williams

    Years ago Dr. Group said on Alex’s show that the EFA’s (Omega 3-6-9) will push aluminum out of your brain through your hair.

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