Fecal Metals Test
Heavy metals such as Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury are common in our environment. We are all exposed to certain levels of these toxic metals, but depending on where you live certain heavy metals may be higher. For example, it is not uncommon to see high Arsenic levels in farming communities where pesticides and herbicides are sprayed on crops. Arsenic can also be high with rice consumption.
Antimony is often used as fire retardant in clothing for children, or can be found in flooring, carpeting and other upholstery. Cadmium is often seen in people living in cities close to busy streets or freeways, and cadmium is also found in second hand smoke. Mercury has many sources such as fish consumption, amalgam (mercury) dental fillings, and coal production.
The Fecal Metals Test, aka. fecal toxic metal or stool metal test is a useful way to assess for environmental exposure to various heavy metals. For example, if eating a food or drinking a beverage that is contaminated with a toxic metal it will often show up in the fecal metal test. However, just because a fecal metal test shows elevated levels of heavy metals doesn’t necessarily mean the levels are high in the rest of the body. Therefore, it is recommended that if doing Fecal Metal testing that also doing the Hair Analysis is worthwhile too to see if levels in the hair are elevated. If so, this indicates that what is being consumed through the digestive system is also getting absorbed into the body.
The Fecal Metals Test, aka. fecal toxic metal or stool metal test is a useful screening test to determine ongoing environmental exposure, i.e. food, water.