Lead Poisoning Prevention: Are you worried about lead poisoning with your kids? Did you know that a healthy diet will go a long way in protecting your child from mild lead exposure? Families who continually eat healthy, well-balanced diets are less susceptible to lead poisoning. Scientists first discovered this in the 1920s. Find our why a lifetime of healthy eating will protect you and your family from lead poisoning.
Did you know that good food is key to lead poisoning prevention? A good diet is key to reducing your risk of lead poisoning. Frequent eating causes less lead to be absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. This is just another reason why good nutrition and good, balanced daily supplements are important for your child’s overall health and wellness.
What are Some Symptoms of Lead Poisoning?
- Lack of Appetite
- Weight loss
- Stomach pain
- Learning Disability / ADHD
Did You Know…
When a person ingests lead on an empty stomach it’s absorbed at a higher level.
One study reported that 35% of lead ingested on an empty stomach is absorbed. The same amount of lead tested on a full stomach revealed a shocking result. Researchers found this time only 8.2% of the lead was absorbed.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips:
So which vitamins and nutrients, found naturally in a good well-balanced diet, are known to hinder the absorption of lead in the body?
- Calcium: It has been documented since the 1920s that people with diets low in calcium show increase in lead absorption and toxicity.
- Iron: Iron deficiency is a world-wide problem for children and there appears to be a good number of them who also suffer from learning problems as well. Studies show they are generally in the same population at greatest risk for lead exposure. Long-term low iron diets increases absorption and retention of lead.
- Zinc: Several studies have shown that increased levels of zinc in the diet reduce the amount of lead accumulation in the body. It works best when used with vitamin C.
- Vitamins: Vitamin C, thiamin, and vitamin E are especially important nutrients for lead poisoning prevention.
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: “medications exist that can rid lead from the body. Medications such as Succimer have been shown to significantly reduce lead in children with very high blood lead levels.”
Where is Lead Commonly Found?
Environmental changes are also important for lead poisoning prevention. The most common source today is lead based paint in old buildings in the U.S. If your home was built before 1977 it was likely painted with lead-based paint. Lead can also contaminate your tap water if you live in an older building. If you live near a mine lead is likely in your soil and environment. Lead is also still found in some cosmetics products. Lead poisoning prevention is also important in your kitchen. Be aware that imported ceramic dishes and bowls may still contain lead based paint, too. Visit the CDC article about lead toxicity to learn more.
When You’ve Been Exposed to Lead:
It is very important to contact your doctor if you are afraid you’ve been exposed to toxic levels of lead. The CDC recommends regular screenings because most children with lead poisoning don’t have noticeable symptoms.
Nutrition cannot prevent lead poisoning when the person has been exposed to an overwhelming amount of lead. If you or a loved one have been exposed to lead and you notice adverse affects please seek the medical advice of your family doctor. Read about Lead Poisoning and your Garden Hose to learn more about the risks of lead exposure.