60 Second Aluminum
Is the metallic crunch of aluminum foil a regular sound in your kitchen? Do you use aluminum cooking or baking pans, pots, or utensils? What about the baking powder in your prize-winning biscuits or processed, quick-melting cheese in your omelets? Do you use a well-known national brand of deodorant or antiperspirant? If you can say yes to these, you might want to examine the aluminum in your life and see what you can do about reducing it.
Aluminum can also be found in some vaccines, mint and peppermint teas, antacids, aspirin, bentonite clay, color additives, cosmetics, deodorant stones and crystals, tap water, pesticides, nasal sprays, toothpaste, and pollution.
The main concerns about over-exposure to aluminum are breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as numerous studies over the past ten years have pointed to a correlation.
Hard to get away from it, you say? The key is minimizing your exposure where you can.
• Never use aluminum foil directly on the food you are going to cook or eat, such as wrapping meat and veggies in foil and roasting them on the grill.
• More and more pots and pans, cooking supplies, etc. are labeled ‘aluminum-free.’ Look for them.
• Get in the habit of reading labels before you buy. Shop for aluminum-free baking powder and other kitchen essentials, as well as personal care products.
• Start using aluminum-free deodorant. There are many natural brands, and even some of the major brands have realized there is a demand for aluminum-free, so they are making some as well.
• Drink filtered water.
Better health is a process. Consider the steps you can take each day on your personal road to wellness!
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!