How do I get Heavy Metal Poisoning?

Many of our chronic diseases have now been found to have their roots in heavy metal toxicity.  Heavy metal toxicity is a condition where accumulations of poisonous metals are found in tissues and organs of the body.

Mercury and lead are some of the biggest heavy metals.  We get some through dental work (mercury amalgams), bad cookware in the kitchen (aluminum), accumulations of metals from canned foods in the kitchen, heavy metals in the makeups and skin care products (aluminum in deodorant), lead in paints, etc.

Thankfully, there are some natural foods we can eat that will help to gently remove heavy metals from the body.

Studies have shown that the leaves of the coriander plant (cilantro) can help the body to excrete mercury, lead and aluminum naturally.

That is why we use it in our kitchen every chance we get.  Regarding the taste,  I have found that you either love it, or you hate it!  So ask ahead when you have visitors joining you for dinner.  The recipes below often surprise people who think they don’t like cilantro!

This delicious herb can greatly help in the detox process, and it is available in your local grocery stores all year round.

1.  Cilantro Pesto –  I have three great recipes here.  Eat 1 tablespoons 2-3 times per day.

2.  Cilantro Dressings – I have two great recipes here also.  Eat 1 tablespoons 2-3 times per day.

Heavy Metal Detox Recipes

  • Use as a dressing for salads
  • Use as a dip for vegetables


Cilantro Garlic Dressing – our family favorite

4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons honey
1 cup cold-pressed oil (flax, olive, hemp, etc)
1 bunch washed cilantro (cut off stems)
Add 1 teaspoon water if mixture is too thick
Salt & Pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth


Cilantro Citrus Recipe

1 cup orange and lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 clove garlic
1 bunch cilantro
1 cup cold pressed oil (flax, olive, hemp, etc)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth

3. Fresh Tomato Salsa.  We use it with pita chips, rice crisps, or garlic bread.


2 cups diced tomatoes
2 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 freshly-squeezed lime
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, stirring gently to mix well.
Serve within a few hours.

4. Cilantro Soup – Get the recipes here.

Known benefits of Cilantro leaves and seeds:

  • Works like a natural chelation therapy
  • Can protect against Salmonella bacteria
  • Helps to lower blood sugar
  • Is a source of dietary fiber
  • Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and raises good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Aids in digestion and helps to settle the stomach
  • Has Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Protects against urinary tract infections
  • Prevents nausea
  • Helps relieve intestinal gas
  • Is a natural source of iron and magnesium
  • Is rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids – boosts your nutrition and immunity

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