Aluminum & Alzheimers

Did you know that Alzheimers disease is being increasingly tied to metal toxicity in our brains? Aluminum appears to be the biggest culprit. Many people are surprised to learn how easy it is to ingest or absorb aluminum in everyday American life. Did you know that most antiperspirants (as in your favorite roll-on) contain aluminum while deodorants typically do not? Unfortunately, skin absorption is a very efficient way to put toxins in your body. Actually, antiperspirants aren’t a good idea anyway because they prevent the body from sweating, one of our body’s primary detoxifying modes.

Beyond personal hygiene products, consider other common sources of aluminum ingestion… We wrap our foods in aluminum foil. We cook our foods in aluminum cookware. We drink acidic drinks like soda out of aluminum cans. We make cookies and muffins with baking powder that typically contains aluminum. We take antacids or anti-diarrheal medications that include aluminum hydroxide (like Mylanta). Aluminum is also commonly found in municipal water sources; the fluoride we add to water (in the name of good dental health) actually increases the bioavailability of aluminum and helps it to cross the blood-brain barrier.

You can make a real difference in your health by learning where to look for and reducing your toxic exposure. Every small step counts. Choose to live on purpose.