Heavy Metals FAQ
What do I do in an emergency related to metal toxicity?
Contact the Poisons Information Centre Phone: 13 11 26
What is toxic metals testing?
Toxic Metals testing has various meanings from soil acidity testing to water quality management, and also human pathology. Testing can include the sampling of saliva, blood, hair and more. The test process is quite complex, requires sophisticated machinery and involves numerous steps. Once complete, a report is formatted onto a template including the results data.
This report will indicate any irregularity, and can be shared with a specialist who will likely perform follow-up testing
What are Heavy Metals?
Heavy metals are omnipresent elements with both a high atomic weight and with a density of at least 5 times than that of water. Heavy Metals can be regarded as Toxic Metals (to humans) when exceeding safe levels.
What are Toxic Metals?
“Toxic metals” is a term used to define offending and commonly found metals, such as mercury, lead and aluminium, which can accumulate in the body over time and are suspected of contributing to a range of adverse symptoms and health conditions. .
What will Testing for Heavy Metals reveal?
Both lifestyle and environment influence heavy metals toxicity. It is to what degree that is of interest and that is why testing for toxicity is recommended. Test results will reveal contamination build-up which may have occurred over time.
Should the results indicate toxicity has occurred, action can be taken.
What happens when a person develops Heavy Metals Toxicity?
The consequences to health due to Heavy Metals Toxicity range from mild to extreme (fatal poisoning). Symptoms of mild toxicity may include skin irritation, irritability, lack of appetite, lethargy and headache. More severe metals toxicity can begin with nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision and progress to organ failure.
Is Testing for Metals Toxicity a good idea?
The tests offered here are intended only for use in cases where mild long term toxicity is suspected. Often mild to mid level toxicity manifests in mild to moderate physical or mental symptoms. This is when testing for metals toxicity may be useful. The results can form the basis for change, be it dietary, environmental or physician supervised medication reviews.
Head straight to your local hospital emergency department for evaluation if you suspect you may have consumed any type of toxic substance.
What are Essential Minerals and Metals?
Many minerals / metals are used to make strong and durable everyday objects, such as those used in the automobile industry. But they play far different, and some would say more important roles when in our bodies. Once ingested or absorbed, various essential metals activate enzymes aka molecules, which themselves perform critical tasks in the body. Heavy metals play roles referred to as essential.
Every physiological function in the body is catalysed by minerals, also referred to as proteins or elements.
How can I Check the Balance of Essential Minerals?
Having the optimal levels of essential elements within the body is not guaranteed. Fortunately, laboratory testing of mineral levels is now of a high standard. In addition to detailed and thorough results, relevant observations and customized recommendations are also provided by the testing laboratory.
“Each one plays a role in hundreds of body functions. It may take just a very small quantity of a particular mineral, but having too much or too little can upset a delicate balance in the body,” – says Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
What Minerals and Metals tests are available via TestoChecker®?
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- Toxic Metals Test – Oral/Dental
- Essential Mineral and Heavy Metal Test Kit
- Heavy Metal Analysis – Spot Urine Kit
- Essential Nutrient Analysis Test Kit
Disclaimer: The above is by no means a comprehensive analysis, and we encourage everyone to gather information from numerous credible sources prior to making any decisions regarding their health.