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How does the environment you live in effect your ADD/ADHD?


Everything surrounding us may be collectively termed as the Environment. Basic components of the environment surrounding us are the air, water, soil.

In our modern world we are exposed to toxins and other substances continuously through the environment we live in, which affect each of us differently. There are many ways by which these toxins can be introduced into the body such as consumption of foods, beverages, skin exposure, and the inhaled air.

Exposure to the toxic chemicals in our living environment could cause various health conditions including neurological conditions along with ADHD, autism, learning disorders.

Let us look at some of the heavy metals present in the environmental which are either responsible for your ADHD or which can aggrevate your ADHD symptoms significantly.

Why heavy metals are considered as contaminants?

Any metal (or metalloid) species may be considered a “contaminant” if it occurs where it is unwanted, or in a form or concentration that causes a detrimental human or environmental effect. Metals/metalloids include lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), selenium (Se), nickel (Ni), silver (Ag), and zinc (Zn). Other less common metallic contaminants include aluminium (Al), cesium (Cs), cobalt (Co), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), strontium (Sr), and uranium (U).

Do you know the heavy metals present in the environment which are contributing to ADHD symptoms?

There are various toxic heavy metals present in the environment which have harmful health effects and they also interfere with behavior and learning.

Some of the heavy metals responsible for neurlogical disorders are:

* Lead

* Arsenic

* Mercury etc

How are heavy metals effecting our health?

Many of us have allergic conditions and immune reactive autoimmune conditions due to the toxic metals, especially inorganic mercury and nickel. These metals have also been found to diminish the cellular ATP energy function and be related to chronic fatigue. Toxic metals are also responsible for causing intestinal dysbiosis resulting in poor vitamin and mineral absorption and “leaky gut”.

How does heavy metals disrupt metabolic functions?

Heavy metals disrupt metabolic functions in two ways:

* They accumulate in body and thereby disrupt function in vital organs and glands such as the heart, brain, kidneys, bone, liver, etc.

* They displace the vital nutritional minerals from their original place, thereb, hindering their biological function.

It is, however, impossible to live in an environment free of heavy metals.

What are the potential sources of Lead?

There are many ways that humans can be exposed to lead. Among the major sources are lead-based paint, leaded gasoline, lead-contaminated water, manufacturing of lead batteries, rubber products, glass and other lead-containing products, and lead oxide fumes that result when demolishing industrial buildings.

While some of these sources, such as lead-based paint and leaded gasoline, have been discontinued over the past few decades, their effects still show up in the environment.

However, low-level exposure to lead, such as through drinking water or living near an incinerator or toxic dump, is also associated with many negative health effects like brain dysfunction in children, neurobehavioral changes in adults (such as a reduction in cognitive abilities and IQ, and personality changes), hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

What are the potential sources of Arsenic?

Exposure to arsenic occurs via the oral route (ingestion), inhalation, dermal contact, and the parenteral route to some extent. Arsenic concentrations in air range from 1 to 3 ng/m3 in remote locations (away from human releases), and from 20 to 100 ng/m3 in cities.

Its water concentration is usually less than 10µg/L, although higher levels can occur near natural mineral deposits or mining sites. Its concentration in various foods ranges from 20 to 140 ng/kg.

Natural levels of arsenic in soil usually range from 1 to 40 mg/kg, but pesticide application or waste disposal can produce much higher values.

Diet, for most individuals, is the largest source of exposure, with an average intake of about 50 µg per day. Intake from air, water and soil are usually much smaller, but exposure from these media may become significant in areas of arsenic contamination.

Exposure to low levels of arsenic can cause nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels, brain damage.

What are the potential sources of Mercury?

Mercury is one of the most problematic of all toxic metals because, despite its dangers and known role as a neurotoxin, many people have it implanted in their mouth, injected into their bloodstream, or are consuming it daily in fish.

Dental Amalgams, Fish, Vaccines are the major sources of Mercury.

Exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life. Mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes.

What are the potential sources of Aluminum?

As with the other elements, aluminum is absorbed and accumulated in the body, and has been linked to serious illnesses including osteoporosis, extreme nervousness, anemia, headache, decreased liver and kidney function, forgetfulness, speech disturbances and memory loss.

Aluminum has also been widely associated with Alzheimer's disease. People who have died from Alzheimer's disease have been found to have up to four times the average amount of aluminum accumulated in the brain's nerve cells.

Antiperspirants contain aluminum that is absorbed by your body. It's best to avoid it all together and use simple soap and water instead. Deodorants aren't as bad as antiperspirants, but I would also avoid using them unless it was made from some form of baking soda. Aluminum-contaminated water is another significant concern, as studies have found that Alzheimer's disease is more common in regions where levels of aluminum in drinking water are highest. To find out whether you may be at risk from aluminum and other toxins in your water you'll need to have your water tested by a reliable source.

Other Common Sources Aluminum cookware, Aluminum foil, Over-the-counter drugs like antacids, anti-diarrheal drugs and drugs used for pain and inflammation, Several douche brands, Some baking powders contain aluminum as an additive, but health food stores carry non-aluminum varieties. Refined foods, refined flours, baked goods, processed cheeses, and common table salt.

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