Chocolate and Sweat

image 396

What do Chocolate and Sweat Have in Common?

Answer: Cadmium


Key Points:

  • Chocolate can have high amounts of cadmium (and lead). Cocoa can be very high. Variations depend on where it was grown and how it was processed. Cocoa from Latin America has been found to have higher amounts of cadmium than those from West Africa.
  • Cadmium is a toxic metal that accumulates in the body over time. It can cause reproductive harm and damage to the kidneys, liver and bones. It can affect neurobehavioural development.
  • Consuming small amounts of low cadmium chocolate on a regular basis is likely not a concern (unless you are sensitive to theobromine/caffeine). Young children are more susceptible to the effects of heavy metals due to their impact on the nervous system.
  • Sweating is an important route of detoxification. Our bodies eliminate toxins primarily through stool, urine and sweat.
  • Some toxins are preferentially secreted through sweat. BPA, PCB’s, phthalates, cadmium, lead, aluminum, cobalt and others are all excreted through sweat with cadmium being one of the highest to be exreted.
  • Aim to sweat at least twice a week. Exercise, sauna or a combination of both can be used.
  • Search your chocolate‘s cadmium and lead levels here

Your Homework:

1. If you are physically able, pick two days this week to exercise to the point of breaking a sweat.
2. Source out a local gym, rec centre or spa where you can get your sweat on and plan a visit.
3. Know that you’ve just taken a big step in improving your health!

Learn more about Sauna Therapy and Detoxification here