Lead poisoning is a type of metal poisoning caused by lead in the body. The brain is the most sensitive and it causes almost 10% of intellectual disability.
Causes of lead poisoning includes;
1. Exposure to lead paints. We mostly paint our rooms without checking to see the components of the painting. Well, check the label to see if it contains lead because it is very harmful to the human body. If you have already painted with a paint containing lead, you might want to consider repainting.
2. Exposure to lead dust.
Some studies have found that lead can be absorbed through the skin. Thus, if you handle lead and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you could be exposed.
3. Eating animal hyde popularly called 'wele', burned by use of tyres. Most of the weles we eat on the market are not processed well and these causes lead poisoning since the burning of the tyres exposes the wele to lead and if eaten can harm the human body.
3. It can also be found in the water we drink or cook with. Note that boiling water cannot do away with the lead in it.
There are numerous effects of lead poisoning on an individual. Some of them are;
1. Abdominal pain. Women who mostly experience abdominal pains during their menstrual periods are mostly as a result of being exposed to lead substances for longer periods.
2. Neurological changes and irritability.
3. Low IQ in children and behavioral problems. It can also cause one to exhibit violent characters. A lot of armed robbers have underlined conditions of lead poisoning.
5. Muscle weakness.
6. Paraesthesia (sensation of "pins" and "needles") This is normally felt when not in motion for a long time.
7. It can also affect the reproductive system in adults. It can reduce sperm production in men and also interferes with ovulation in women. Others suffer child bearing issues as a result.
8. Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea and even Constipation.
9. Increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage.
10. Exposure of pregnant women to high levels of lead can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight.
At very high levels, it can be very fatal.
The damage caused by lead cannot be reversed, but there are medical treatments to reduce the amount of lead in the body. There are also natural ways to reduce the levels of lead in your body.
1. Taking in milk( about 700g a day) and milk products, such as yogurt, fresh yogurt and cheese. The next time you pass by a yogurt seller, be sure to buy one.
2. Calcium-fortified foods and beverages, such as soy milk, tofu and some breakfast cereals.
3. Green leafy vegetables, including kale and turnip, mustard and collard greens.
4. Canned salmon and sardines.
Also, avoiding further exposure to lead or lead-based products.
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