Barium is a type of metal that exists here on earth. It is a toxic mineral that is non-essential to the human body.
Barium is found in the gases burned from airplanes, which eventually finds their way down to earth, coating crops and the land that we live on. It is also found in water supplies. It is used as a diagnostic tool for digestive investigations in hospitals.
Most barium is absorbed through the intestines, taken in on foods and water that are consumed. Once it is absorbed, it has an affinity for the brain and the bones.
Barium and calcium are very similar in their composition. It lies underneath calcium on the periodic table. This meant that the barium atom looks like calcium in that the outer electron shell has the same number of electrons as calcium. As a result, barium can replace calcium in certain enzyme binding sites and other places, including the bones, teeth and blood and brain.
Central nervous system
Fertility in men - reduced sperm count
Symptoms of barium toxicity are often worse in vegetarians Avoiding barium exposure
It is difficult to avoid barium as it exists around us for the reasons mentioned above. However, if possible:
Eat organically grown food - it tends to be lower in barium because it is higher in Zinc and calcium. Zinc and calcium are antagonists of barium.
Minimize your exposure to x-ray contrast media containing barium
Maintain good zinc status
Avoid vegetarian diets if high in barium and eat meat twice per week at least.