Mercury is a heavy metal found in the earth and the environment. Human activities like coal burning and mining are currently the main sources of mercury being released into the environment. Metallic mercury is commonly found in objects like thermometers, barometers and fluorescent light bulbs.
People who have amalgam dental fillings (silver fillings) may be at risk. If you have a number of amalgam dental fillings, these can contribute to prolonged mercury levels in your body. Mercury is released from these filling through the simple act of chewing. Even though this amount of mercury is not significant, combined with other sources of mercury exposure could significantly increase a health risk.
In the U.S., fish consumption is believed to be our main source of mercury. Much of the mercury found in fish is due to industrial emissions. The highest concentrations are generally found in large fish that eat other fish. Fish typically higher in mercury include swordfish, shark, king mackerel and "bigeye" tuna. Cooking fish does not reduce the mercury level.
Chronic symptoms of mercury exposure may include:
Metallic taste in mouth
Swollen and bleeding gums
If you have concerns about your mercury level, testing is a good idea. Elevated mercury levels in our body can cause many different health problems, but symptoms are slow to build. Reducing your intake of fish known to contain larger amounts of mercury, reducing your exposure to mercury and a metal detox program will all help to rid your body of mercury. The length of time it takes to rid your body of mercury depends on the level, the source(s) of exposure and the effort make to rid yourself of mercury.
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