There has been concern that exposure to aluminum can increase your risk for Breast Cancer or Alzheimer’s. Let’s look at the evidence and see what the recent science is telling us.
What is aluminum?
Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust. It occurs naturally in soil and water. It cannot be destroyed only change its form or attach to some other particle. Found in combination with oxygen, silicon and fluorine.
Aluminum exposure is regulated in the U.S. in our food, water and consumer products. Actually, most countries regulate aluminum quantities in food, water and products.
All of us have small amounts of aluminum in our bodies. You can measure the amount of aluminum through your blood, bones, feces or urine.
Where can it be found?
Aluminum is found in many of the products we use as well as in nature. Fresh fruits and veggies contain slight amounts of aluminum just from growing in soil. Aluminum occurs naturally in soil and water.
Aluminum is used in many products like cans, pans, airplanes, house siding, roofing, cooking utensils, baking trays, water bottles, drink pouches, flour, baking powder and aluminum foil. Fireworks and explosives also contain aluminum.
Aluminum can be found in products like antacids, astringents, buffered aspirin, food additives, antiperspirants, cosmetics, sun creams, toothpaste and vaccines.
How are we exposed to it?
You can be exposed to aluminum through inhalation (breathing), ingestion (eating and drinking) and dermal (through your skin).
Because aluminum occurs naturally you cannot avoid exposure. It is found in most water and food supplies.
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