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Many minerals play an essential part of a healthy diet. Different minerals provide the body with different benefits, even in small amounts. Most minerals like boron, calcium, magnesium, iodine and potassium help with the body’s metabolism, water balance including healthy bones. The problem is, not all minerals are good for you. Other minerals are toxic so it's best to avoid them in food and your home environment and test if you think you may be affected.

Toxic materials can be found in:-

  • Fillings in your teeth 
  • Fish and sea products 
  • In the paint of most houses and buildings

The Minerals Test at Home:-

Naturally, you may be worried about toxic minerals to look out for in the home and are some you may test for:-

1. Aluminum - aluminum can be found in a wide range of everyday household goods and foods. Underarm deodorants, foil and cookware all have traces of aluminum in them. Even heating acidic foods like tomato sauces can allow high amounts of aluminum to get into your food. It's also an ingredient in antacids, salt and baking powder which when used in excessive amounts can be dangerous. Too much aluminum toxicity can cause:-

  • Skin rashes
  • Intestinal upset
  • Harm to the bones and kidneys

The best way to prevent mineral toxicity is to avoid regular exposure to various items such as antiperspirants, antacids as well as not cooking in aluminum foil or cookware.

2. Arsenic - most people know that arsenic is a mineral not to be messed with. You can be exposed to arsenic in everyday weed killers and insecticides, so watch what you're doing out in the garden. It can also be found in soil which in turn in large amounts can contaminate foods. If you drink water from a well, be careful. Make sure the well water doesn't contain any significant levels of arsenic and other toxic minerals. Your kidneys can eliminate small amounts of arsenic from your body but too much will cause major health problems affecting:-

  • The heart
  • Kidneys
  • Blood cells

3. Cadmium is another mineral which is best avoided if possible. You can be exposed to cadmium through cigarette smoke, water, certain paints, coffee, tea and contaminated sea foods. It generally has a minimal effect on humans, however too much can lead to:-

  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney dysfunction

Refined grains can also have traces of cadmium which may interfere with zinc functions in the body affecting prostate, immunity and your general health. Try to maintain good levels of zinc in your body which can help combat exposure to cadmium.

Take care of your health

When it comes to dangerous minerals in a home environment, it's important to look after yourself. Try to eat foods containing iron and drink liquids with plenty of Vitamin C.

Why not buy home test kits so you know you are getting the right amount of healthy minerals? Mineral test kits can be used in the privacy of your own home. They are reliable and can identify excess as well as mineral deficiency, just what’s needed.


There are those minerals that are good for us and those that can be toxic. For instance, did you know that Asbestos is actually a naturally occurring mineral? Some minerals are toxic even in tiny amounts, leading to a weakened immune system, nerve dysfunction, memory loss and even kidney damage. Minerals that are toxic are found in fillings in your teeth, fish and sea products, in paint on buildings and in waste. Aluminum, which can be detrimental to our health is also found in many household products including deodorant, cookware and even baking powers! Trying to eliminate some of these toxic minerals and testing for them around the house can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Read on for more interesting information and facts about toxic minerals.

Toxic Minerals and Heavy Metals: www.healthy.net

Harmful Ingredients Database: www.toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

Industrial Minerals: www.ima-na.org