Mercury is a heavy metal that’s wreaking havoc on our modern world, and consequently, our modern health. Although mercury is a natural component of our earth’s crust and would normally only be released with an occasional volcanic eruption, industrialization has drastically increased the release of this damaging metal. . Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, a functional medicine expert, reports that there has been a 30-fold increase in mercury in our environment in a 100-year period. Not surprisingly, humans are to blame for 70% of this increase. . Dr. Hyman emphasizes that practices like burning fossil fuels and chlorine manufacturing for plastics are two of the biggest contributors to the mercury problem in the environment. But other common practices, such as the manufacturing of fluorescent light bulbs and mercury thermometers in large enough supply, also contribute to our mercury-toxic environment. . What happens when there’s more mercury in the environment? Well, we end up with more of it accumulating in our water and food. And when we’re chronically eating mercury-laden food and water, it ends up accumulating in us. As you’re about to find out, this gradual accumulation of mercury can lead to an insidious onset of a wide range of health concerns. . Perhaps the largest modifiable exposure to mercury is in the form of dental amalgams, or silver fillings. Despite the known toxic effects of mercury, conventional dentists are still using mercury to fill cavities. . Dr. Amy Nett, MD, a staff physician at Chris Kresser’s California Center for Functional Medicine, recognizes the scale and scope of the mercury problem in the surprising number of patients who show up with some level of mercury toxicity. . Dr. Nett outlines the three different forms of mercury to be aware of: elemental, inorganic, and organic. - Link In Bio
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Your mouth is like a window into the rest of your body, and oral health is increasingly being seen as a strong indicator of your overall health. In the Ayurvedic medicine tradition, dating back hundreds of years, a common practice for improving oral health is oil pulling. . Oil pulling is the simple act of swishing a plant-based oil in your mouth and spitting it out— and the go-to oil for this practice is coconut oil. . Throughout Southeast Asia and other tropical areas, the coconut tree is revered as the tree of life, and for good reason. More than 1,500 studies have shown the many health benefits of coconut oil. These include: . -Balancing hormones -Killing candida (the most common culprit causing yeast infections) -Improving digestion -Moisturizing skin -Reducing cellulite -Decreasing age spots and wrinkles -Balancing blood sugar -Boosting energy -Improving Alzheimer’s -Burning fat -Lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol. . - Link in bio for the rest
Most people are aware of the “superfood” properties of regular honey— but did you know there is another honey variation that may be even more potent and beneficial? . This super-honey is called Manuka honey. . Interested in learning more about this great food? Keep reading. But first, a little background— Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and Australia and is produced by bees that only pollinate flowers from the Manuka bush (also known as the tea tree and jellybush). The honey produced by these bees winds up darker and has a richer, more distinct flavor than traditional honey. . The benefits of Manuka honey have been known for centuries. It’s been used by cultures throughout history as a tonic to cure digestive issues, treat sore throats, and heal wounds, and it’s also seen use as a sweetener and quick source of energy and calories. Honey today isn’t what it used to be. Thanks to industrialization, most honey you buy is essentially hyped-up high fructose corn syrup. But Manuka honey— the stuff with the best health benefits— can be bought online or at specialty health food stores. . But what makes Manuka honey so much better than the traditional stuff? . It’s all in the nutritional profile. - Link In Bio
If you’re someone who likes the temperature in your home or car to be a few degrees higher than seemingly everyone else around you, there could be something going on beneath the surface that’s worth looking into. . Common triggers of cold hands and feet include the environment, smoking, and certain medications. . The sensation of cold hands and feet can result from your body reacting to the temperature of your environment. In cold temperatures, circulation decreases in the arms, legs, ears, and nose so that the rest of the body will stay warm to protect the organs. When the temperature outside is below freezing, ice crystals can form on the areas with reduced circulation. . Pernio is an inflammatory skin condition that usually happens in cold, damp weather, often mistaken as frostbite. Pernio will develop in susceptible individuals who have been outside for long periods of time such as from shoveling snow, downhill skiing, or snowboarding. Pernio causes painful lesions and itchy bumps on the fingers or toes that can last for several weeks but eventually subside. . Frostbite is the most severe cold injury. Shallow and deep tissues freeze from ice crystal formation, and the skin shrinks and tears. Irreversible tissue damage occurs with loss of feeling. When tissue damage progresses this far, amputation may be necessary. Hands and feet can also feel cold if the temperature of the building you are in is kept at a cool temperature or if you aren’t wearing warm enough clothing. . Smoking causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow to the extremities. If you are chronic smoker, you may find your hands and feet are constantly cold. Smokers—especially those who live colder climates—also tend to expose their fingers to cold weather. Medications that alter your circulation can have the side effect of making your hands and feet cold. This is often seen from beta blockers and some headache/migraine medications. Beta blockers are used to treat high blood pressure by decreasing heart activity and lowering blood pressure, which also reduces blood flow to the extremities. - link in bio for the rest !