When I say mercury, you may be thinking its present in amalgam fillings and fish as the media often mentions. And yes it is, dental silver fillings contain mercury which release vapours into the mouth and air. Mercury in the air eventually settles into water or onto land where it can be washed into water. Once deposited, certain microorganisms can change it into methylmercury, a highly toxic form that builds up in fish, shellfish and animals that eat fish. Methylmercury builds up more in some types of fish and shellfish than others. The levels of methylmercury in fish and shellfish depend on what they eat, how long they live and how high they are in the food chain, which is why pregnant women are advised not to consume swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tuna for example.
Mercury is also found in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is frequently added to
sweeten foods and drinks. It looks like we can’t escape Mercury and I haven’t yet been able to find statistics on how much is present in the air and in our drinking water. Even though its regulated, potentially what we may be exposed too may be higher than what we estimate. Especially as its constantly being released in the environment and burning fossil fuels like coal and oil evidently adds to this. Mercury is also present in some vaccines. Another controversial topic and makes me wonder why mercury was placed in injections in the first place?!! Mercury exposure at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system of people of all ages. And you may have heard of it being a neurotoxin and cancer which is linked to its mutagenic effects. Moreover it has been demonstrated that high levels of methylmercury in the bloodstream of unborn babies and young children may harm the developing nervous system, making the child less able to think and learn.
The good news is the liver’s innate detoxification processes can eliminate mercury, however its about balance as we do not want the body to have more than toxins than it can cope with. Foods that are good at chelating mercury and help it eliminate out of the body are:- Spirulina powder, Cilantro/coriander, Hemp protein, Strawberries, Rasberries, unroasted cocoa Powder, Wheat grass, Barley grass, Chlorella, acai berries and wheat flour. Many people think chlorella is a great chelating agent, but I would rate Spirulina powder as being more efficient in healing and balancing the body.
I have found some useful information on what to do if you break a mercury thermometer or experience and a spill. Its a pdf from the Colorado department of health website. Click below: What to do if you Spill Mercury