Mercury and the Accumulation Within Your Body

How do we accumulate Mercury
A large proportion of the Mercury that is accumulated by our body's comes from amalgam (silver) fillings and contaminated fish. A good rule of thumb is that farmed fish have much higher levels of Mercury than Wild fish and larger fish have much higher levels of Mercury than smaller fish. The fish with the lowest levels of Mercury are anchovies and sardines and (wild) salmon. Anchovies packaged in something other than cans are fairly easy to find in Bermuda, Sardines are usually packaged in cans, but you can sometimes find fresh or frozen sardines. Try to find fish packaged in water or brine rather than oil if you can. Fresh Wild salmon is expensive but can fairly easily be found here. Our fishmongers are often very good at ordering in any requested items. Go for smaller portions of higher quality fish if you do enjoy eating it.

What does Mercury do to our health and body
Mercury is a neurotoxin, meaning that it is poisonous to human nerve tissue or the nervous system. It can harm the developing brains of children and infants; in adults, exposure can lead to memory loss and affect fertility and blood pressure. The below are three points from the World Health Organization website:

  • Exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life.
  • Mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes.
  • Mercury is considered by WHO as one of the top ten chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.

Mercury symptoms in babies and children include late development in walking and talking and decreased performance on neurological tests. It’s controversial but there is mounting evidence that Mercury can be a contributory factor to Autism in children.

Mercury can cause neurological and behavioral disorders, such as tremors, emotional instability, insomnia, memory loss, neuromuscular changes and headaches. Mercury can also harm the kidneys and thyroid and contribute to chronic fatigue syndrome.

How can we test the level of Mercury in our body
Blood tests are not considered a good way to test the levels of Mercury in your cells. Hair analysis is a much better way, though no test is perfect.

What can we do to clear Mercury from our bodies
We must maximize the body’s natural detox pathways as much as possible to clear all heavy metals, including Mercury, from our system. To do this we can:

  1. Optimize gut function – avoid known food allergens – gluten and dairy to name the two most common, though these allergens are individual for us all. Take probiotics or fermented foods daily
  2. Optimize nutrition – increase intake of healthy fats (avocados, flax seeds, olives and high quality olive oil), increase the mineral stores in your body using food, and supplements where needed
  3. Enhance your liver’s detoxification pathways using food – eat plenty of sulfur-containing foods such as broccoli, collards, kale, daikon radish, garlic, onions, and omega-3 eggs. Sulfar binds to heavy metals and helps carry it out of the body via the stools.
  4. Drink enough filtered water and fluids to make urine clear
  5. Make sure you have bowel movements twice a day. This is very important, or you will reabsorb mercury from the gut.

Chelation Therapy can also be used If high levels of Mercury are found within your system - certain substances and foods are ingested that we know bind to certain heavy metals and take them out of the body safely.

At Life & Thrive one of the Heavy Metals we test for is Mercury. 
We can test your heavy metal, vitamin and mineral levels via our simple, non-invasive hair analysis. We use hair on your head or elsewhere on your body if hair on the head is not available. This test is suitable for both adults and children as it is entirely painless and non-invasive.

At Life & Thrive we have a nutritionist with extensive heavy metal experience and an Integrative and Functional medical doctor on staff to help ensure any detox you do is carried out as safely and effectively as possible.

Email us here or telephone us on 705 3727 if you would like to make an appointment for an initial consultation or to learn more.

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