Optimal Result: 0 - 5 µg/g creatinine.

Urinary barium (Ba) provides an indication of recent or ongoing exposure to the toxic metal, and endogenous detoxification to a lesser extent. The main dietary sources of Ba include milk, flour, potatoes and some nuts and nut butters. Brazil nuts naturally contain high concentrations of Ba (e.g. 1,500 μg/g), and their recent consumption may be transiently associated with clinically insignificant elevations of urinary Ba.

Other sources of exposure to Ba include contaminated water, air or soil. Ba has been used in rodenticides and insecticides, and is used for medical testing (barium “swallow” for imaging). Mining, refining and combustion of coal and oil emit Ba. Mine-tailings and masonry products made from such can be a significant source of Ba to individuals producing or working with them (e.g. reconstruction, demolition).

Arc-welding, metal fabrication, and occupational work with fireworks can be associated with abnormal exposure to Ba.

In the body excessive Ba may interfere with calcium metabolism and displace potassium. Very high-level acute exposure or chronic exposure to Ba may be associated with gastrointestinal distress (gastric pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea), hypokalemia, ventricular tachycardia, hypertension and/or hypotension, muscle weakness, paralysis, bronchoconstriction, and painful swelling of the brain and testis.

Additional testing for excessive exposure to Ba includes hair elemental analysis and measurement of blood electrolytes; hypokalemia may be associated with elevated Ba. The Comprehensive Water Analysis test assesses the amount of Ba in drinking water.

What does it mean if your Barium result is too high?

Barium (Ba) has not been established to be an essential element. Elevated levels of Ba often are observed after exposure to Ba (a contrast agent) during diagnostic medical tests (e.g. "barium swallow", "upper GI series", "barium enema", etc.). Elevated levels of Ba may interfere with calcium metabolism and potassium retention. Acutely high intake of soluble Ba-salts (nitrates, sulfides, chlorides) can be toxic. Chronic exposure to Ba may be manifested by muscular and myocardial stimulation, tingling in the extremities, and loss of tendon reflexes.

Brazil nuts and peanuts/peanut butter are very high in Ba so urine Ba may be elevated shortly after consumption of these foods; toxic effects would not be anticipated under such conditions. Although Ba is poorly absorbed orally (<5%) it can be very high in peanuts and peanut butter (about 3,000 nanograms/gram), frozen and fast foods such as burgers, fries, and hot dogs (400-500 nanograms/gram). It is noteworthy that Ba intake is much higher in children than adults (Health Canada 2005,

Ba is surprisingly abundant in the Earth's crust, being the 14th most abundant element. High amounts of Ba may be found in soils and in food, such as nuts (e.g. brazil nuts), seaweed, fish and certain plants. Because of the extensive use of barium in industry, human activities add greatly to the release of barium in the environment. As a result barium concentrations in air, water and soil may be higher than naturally occurring concentrations in many locations. It can also enter the air during coal and oil combustion. Barium compounds are used by the oil and gas industries to make drilling mud. Drilling mud simplifies drilling through rocks by lubricating the drill. Barium compounds are also used to make paint, bricks, tiles, glass, and rubber. Soluble Ba compounds are highly toxic and may be used as insecticides. Ba-aluminates are utilized for water purification, acceleration of concrete solidification, production of synthetic zeolites, and in the paper and enamel industries.

Ba levels (and the levels of 16 other elements) in water can be assessed with water testing as provided by DDI. A possible confirmatory test for excessive Ba is measurement of blood electrolytes as hypokalemia may be associated with excessive Ba in the body. Hair elements analysis may provide further evidence of exposure to Ba.

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