High Uranium Levels In India’s Water Could Be To Blame For Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemic

Ahmmedabad:  The heavy metal Uranium which we normally relate to nuclear reactors, is contaminating the water in Gujarat, India as found by a scientific study that covered 16 states.

Uranium contamination and the large use of groundwater for agriculture for example, plus increasing salinity, the use of nitrogenous fertilizers and fluoride levels are making the problem worse.

Presently, more uranium in drinking water appears to be the reason for chronic kidney disease since uranium is known to have nephrotoxic effects. 

This study especially alarmed citizens in 6 out of 9 locations in Ahmedabad where uranium levels are getting worse.

These studies were conducted by a group from Duke University, who sampled 324 wells in Rajasthan and Gujarat and analyzed the water chemistry which contained very high uranium levels. 

When asked how uranium gets into the groundwater it was explained that, “Many of India’s aquifers are composed of clay, silt and gravel carried down from Himalayan weathering by streams or uranium-rich granitic rocks. When over-pumping of groundwater from these aquifers occurs and water levels decline, it enhances oxidation, which in turn enhance uranium enrichment in the shallow groundwater that remains.”

The analysis of previous groundwater studies have shown high levels of uranium contamination in 26 districts in northwestern India and nine districts in southern or southeastern India which proves that there is an urgent need to revise the water quality and realize the effect it is having on human health.

Heavy metal poisoning is a serious contributor to chronic kidney disease. Here are a few measures you can take to naturally treat heavy metal poisoning:

  • Utilizing an Intestinal Metal Detox through a practitioner can help to bind and eliminate the body of any toxins. Amping up your hydration with lots of fresh water is also an added assist.
  • Eating more vegetables, or supplement derivatives of, such vegetables as onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, garden cress helps to supplement polyphenols, R-lipoic acid and other compounds that can help detoxing. 
  • NAC is a heavy metal oral chelator meaning it’s able to bind to toxic metals like lead and mercury without the necessity of intravenous treatment. It can also help build up the body’s natural antioxidants. 

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