Our Heavy Metals test measures arsenic, bromine, mercury, cadmium, which are considered “heavy metals”; iodine and selenium, which are trace minerals; and creatinine, which is a control for this test. Though many of the elements measured by this test are found naturally in the environment, they are also used widely in manufacturing and can contaminate soil, air, food, and water. As industrial pollutants, they may be highly persistent and concentrate in the environment. Chronic exposure—which at times can be a result of occupational exposure—may lead to poor health outcomes over time. Some of them though are required in trace amounts by the body for normal function, such as the elements selenium and iodine for thyroid function.
Read the articles below to discover more about heavy metals and essential minerals and how they affect health.