How much copper has your body absorbed through food and the environment – and how is it affecting you? Most people don’t even consider that copper and other heavy metals may be wreaking havoc on their health.
Copper toxicity is actually a common though overlooked cause of a number of human ailments. These include PMS, anorexia, depression, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, and even food and environmental allergies.
Copper can tax the adrenal glands and often develops as the result of adrenal insufficiency. When the adrenal glands are not working properly, the body loses its ability to properly metabolize copper. Of course, if your intake of copper is too high, your adrenals may not be able to handle it, even if you begin with healthy adrenal glands.
There are a multitude of symptoms that have been identified as being a result of copper toxicity in the body. Here are nine:
1. Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue isn’t a result of copper toxicity so much as it is a cause. When the adrenal glands begin to fail, heavy metals can build up in the body more quickly. Adrenal fatigue initially manifests in a reliance on stimulants such as caffeine.
People who have a tendency to overwork themselves or who become obsessed with exercise may also be suffering from adrenal fatigue as well.
Osteoporosis and other bone problems may be linked to an imbalance of copper in the body. This is because copper is critical to the body’s use of calcium and its ability to repair any and all ligaments and other connective tissue.
A copper imbalance may be responsible for conditions such as scoliosis, and even conditions with the skin such as psoriasis and hair loss as well.
3. Minimal or Reduced Appetite
An excess of copper in the body can suppress the mechanism in the brain that controls a person’s appetite. This symptom often results in a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. The diagnosis is more common in women than in men largely because copper levels are naturally higher in women. This makes it more likely that their bodies would experience an excess of copper.
4. Mental Illness and Psychological Symptoms
The body processes most heavy metals and other waste through the liver. When too much copper builds up, however, the liver may become unable to process all of it, which requires the body to store the excess copper in the brain. This can cause a number of symptoms that manifest as mental illness.
This can include:
• Mood Swings
Copper can also stimulate the production of certain neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. This can cause a number of psychological symptoms. Insomnia, fearfulness, and paranoia may begin to occur if a person has built up an excess of copper in their body.
5. Premenstrual Syndrome
Premenstrual syndrome can have a number of somewhat debilitating physical and mental symptoms. Mood swings, fatigue, and migraines are all symptoms of premenstrual syndrome that can be linked to copper toxicity in the body.
Researchers have discovered that copper levels are often correlated by estrogen levels. As such, and improper balance of copper in the body can also be associated with a number of other female problems uch as dysmenorrhea, fibroid tumors, and even infertility.
Copper in the body can have a significant impact on sleep patterns. Those who have an unusual high level of copper in their bodies may find themselves unable to fall asleep or stay asleep.
In order to remedy this, many people try to get up and walk or do other activities in the hope of wearing themselves out enough to fall asleep. The actions stimulate the body’s metabolism, helping it to rid itself of the excess copper enough for the person to fall back asleep. In a sense, insomnia is one of the body’s natural defenses against copper toxicity.
7. Thyroid Imbalance
Copper can have a significant effect on the function of the thyroid gland. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism may be caused by copper imbalances. In fact, many people with a copper imbalance can be misdiagnosed as having Grave’s disease. Patients receiving this diagnosis should have a hair analysis performed to ensure their symptoms aren’t due to a copper imbalance as well.
Treatment for this type of imbalance may include balancing the body nutritionally and by exercise.
Copper may be a key element in the occurrence of addiction. The use of drugs, and other elements of drug culture (loud music, sex) can stimulate the adrenal gland, which makes a person feel better.
Over time, this can lead to a compulsion to continually seek out this result through gambling, drugs, and even things like overexercise and caffeine. Ensuring that a patient’s adrenal insufficiency is treated may help relieve the addiction.
9. Food Cravings
Food cravings are a key symptom of copper toxicity. Individuals who have an overabundance of copper built up in the body may begin to crave sweet foods and fruit juices. An excellent way to counteract these symptoms is with sea salt.
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