Urine and blood testing are both useful for assessing heavy metal exposure and toxicity, but each has its strengths and limitations. Urine testing measures both recent and ongoing exposure to heavy metals, and can provide information about the body's ability to eliminate metals. Urine testing can also detect some metals that may not show up in blood tests, such as aluminum and nickel.
It is important to note that urine testing alone may not be sufficient for diagnosing heavy metal toxicity. Other tests and assessments may be necessary, and the results of urine testing should be interpreted in the context of a person's overall health and medical history.
Heavy metals, such as mercury, lead and aluminium, can accumulate in the body over time and can lead to a number of concerning symptoms and health conditions. Heavy metal toxicity is primarily caused by the levels of pollution and use of chemicals that we are exposed to on a day to day basis.
Cadmium is a heavy metal with many uses, including the manufacture of rechargeable batteries. Exposure to cadmium can affect the kidneys, lungs and bones. Cigarette smoke contains high levels of cadmium.
Fast from all food and drink (other than water) for at least 8 hours, and no more than 12 hours prior to your blood test.
You’ll receive your urine test kit in the mail, along with logistics for your sample collection.