5 Most Common Sources of Toxic Heavy Metals

5 Most Common Sources of Toxic Heavy Metals

heavy-metal-toxicity-detox-marissaI’m Marissa, the Wellness Manager at kaia naturals. I live a very health and wellness focused lifestyle and on the outside, it looks like I have it all together. However, the truth is I’ve suffered from many years of health issues that have lead me to live this lifestyle. Excruciating migraines, insomnia, unbearable fatigue, mysterious rashes… the list goes on.



My doctor wasn’t able to give me answers, and it wasn’t until I took my health into my own hands that I started to make headway. Although not all questions have been answered, through my own research and working with functional medicine doctors (think naturopaths, traditional Chinese medicine doctors and the likes) I have learned a ton! Follow me as I share what I learn every week, and don’t be afraid to ask questions and share your experiences with me.



I’ve been dealing with a lot of headaches, fatigue, and joint pain… which led me down a research rabbit hole on the internet and I couldn’t help but ask “could HEAVY METAL TOXICITY be making me sick?” It turns out that a lot of the things I do every day were actually exposing me to heavy metals. Most people don’t even realize that they are being exposed to heavy metals, but you’d be surprised.

Did you know there may even be arsenic in your rice?!





Fish is a common source of mercury, and you guessed it… I eat a lot of fish! Mercury gets into our waterways, through coal burning manufacturing plants for instance, and affects the fish that way.

FACT: Species of fish that are longer-lived and larger tend to have higher levels of mercury in their tissue.

This is because fish absorb mercury as they eat and it builds up in their tissue over time. Some fish to look out for that are known to have higher mercury levels are tuna, marlin, king mackerel, and swordfish. This means my sardines obsession (a very small, short-lived fish) is totally okay!



This is something I use ALL THE TIME! Whether I’m baking mercury-laded fish, roasting veggies or baking the occasional batch of cookies, I’m always using aluminum foil. Aluminum foil when heated and aluminum cookware can leach significant amounts of this heavy metal into your food. So from now on, only use aluminum foil for wrapping things you store in the fridge.



Antiperspirant is a HUGE exposure when it comes to aluminum! Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that blocks your pores so sweat can’t make its way to the skins surface. Think about how often you apply antiperspirant? Every. Single. Day, sometimes 2-3 times a day! Bottom Line is to switch to a natural, aluminum-free deodorant.



This one was the most shocking to me, but did you know that rice can contain arsenic? Arsenic is found in soil, and is very absorb-able by rice while it grows. Now, I’m not going to stop eating rice, but these are some easy swaps:

Basmati Rice from California has the least amount of arsenic, so I will be buying this type.

Quinoa, buckwheat and millet are great alternative grains that are very low in arsenic. 



PSA Alter: “There is probably arsenic in the antibiotics that are fed to conventionally raised meat and poultry.”

The easiest way to avoid this is to buy organically fed meat and poultry. Now I know this is not as easy, or inexpensive, as it sounds so consider going meatless a few times a week to lessen the load on arsenic if you aren’t going to buy organic.

It’s impossible to avoid heavy metals all together, and to be honest I don’t have the time to constantly make sure I am heavy metal free. Implementing some of the tips above will for sure help lessen your heavy metal toxicity load though, and for now… that’s just going to have to be good enough for my lifestyle.



Bath Matchmaker: Which Detox Hot Bath is For You?

Bath Matchmaker: Which Detox Hot Bath is For You?

You know you need a detox, but you can’t bear the thought of doing The Master Cleanse or a 20-day water fast. Like, really? Talk about HANGRY! Don’t worry, we have the PERFECT and relaxing detox for you. We promise, no starving required! No matter what your symptoms are, one of our the takesumi detox® hot baths are sure to do the trick. Did we mention that all it takes is a bathtub, 15-30 minutes of your time and some much-needed R&R? It’s the easiest way to detox.

Keep reading to find out which detox hot bath best fits your needs.

Signs you need a TURMERIC detox:

1. Your muscles are sore and your joints are aching.
2. You find you are getting breakthrough odor while you are transitioning to a natural deodorant.
3. You want an easy way to help your body rid itself of toxins and impurities. YES PLEASE.

the takesumi detox® turmeric hot bath can help with:

  • Turmeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. It helps soothe muscles and joints.
  • Turmeric is also anti-bacterial. It eliminates odor-causing bacteria from your smelly parts. This can be really helpful when making the switch to natural deodorant as the turmeric will help fight the odor-causing bacteria that is leaving you smelly.
  • Turmeric is also known to increase circulation. This aids the body in ridding itself of built up toxins.

Signs you need a CHARCOAL and APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV) detox:

  1. You want the easiest way to help your body rid itself of toxins and impurities.
  2. You have any skin issues that are caused by fungus or bacteria.
  3. Your skin is feeling rough and looking dull.
  4. You are transitioning to a natural deodorant.

the takesumi detox® charcoal hot bath can help with:

  • Charcoal is known for its ability to bind to toxins and pull them out of the body.
  • ACV helps neutralize odor-causing bacteria. For example, if it’s used on the underarms, the level of its acidity produces a less hospitable environment for these types of bacteria to live on. AKA you will smell better for much longer.
  • Apple cider vinegar can help treat skin conditions as it helps mitigate fungus and bacteria.
  • ACV is also loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E for softer, smoother skin all over!

Signs you need a SEAWEED detox:

  1. You are dealing with a lot of stress. But really, who isn’t?!
  2. You are having trouble sleeping.
  3. You have been skimping out on your fruits and vegetables.
  4. Your skin is feeling dry and irritated. HELLO WINTER, we know you’re coming!
  5. You want to detox your body from the suspected heavy metals that might be getting trapped in the body.
Here’s an FYI

The common foods we eat can have traces of heavy metals. Mercury in fish or arsenic in rice are just a few examples. They may not only be in our food, but also in the daily products we use on our bodies.

the takesumi detox® seaweed hot bath can help with:

  • Seaweed helps relieve stress. Especially if you taken the seaweed hot bath before bed, your body will be so relaxed and you’ll drift into a deeper sleep.
  • Seaweed is loaded with amazing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help to revive drab and dull skin.
  • If you’ve been skimping out on good quality produce lately, the seaweed hot bath will give your body a little added boost of nutrients.
  • Seaweed also has the ability to bind to heavy metals and toxins and help pull them out from the body while you sweat.

Bonus: Seaweed can help eliminate the appearance of cellulite.

P.S: If you were ever concerned about the smell of bathing in seaweed, turmeric or apple cider vinegar, rest assures. Trust us, these hot baths smell AMAZING! They are formulated with notes of eucalyptus, mint and additional essential oils! You are guaranteed to have the best smelling bathroom on the block for days.

P.P.S: Give these the takesumi detox® hot baths as a gift this holiday season and your receiver will be sucked into wanting to know what smells so amazing!