the negative effects of stress, alcohol, and fillings

External influences can have serious consequences on the human body. Stress can literally turn our hair gray. Alcohol ages cells as well as our brain. And the amalgamation of fillings from the past causes the mercury load to rise, causing all sorts of troublesome ailments. Sabine Leijten, refrigerator coach, tells more about the negative effects of stress, alcohol and amalgam fillings on the body.

gray hair due to stress

First, a little explanation of how hair color is created. The genes we inherit from our parents determine this hair color. These hair color genes are called eumalinin. The eumalinin genes exist in 2 colors, blonde and black. If you inherit more black eumalin from your parents, you will get black hair. Hair can also darken a bit with age.

In addition, there is the color red. The gene responsible for this is called fomelanin. Fomelanin is weaker than eumalinin, and the red hair gene is less dominant than the black or blonde gene. So, if one parent has the red hair gene and the other has the blond or dark gene, the child will have blond or dark hair. We humans have new hair every day. Each hair has a hair follicle. This hair follicle contains a large amount of stem cells. When the hair renews itself, these stem cells transform into cells containing pigments.

Researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have discovered that the graying of our hair is not only the result of aging, but also a sympathetic nervous system response. This sympathetic nervous system is the active nervous system, which we need to be able to move, but also to escape in case of panic. A study in mice has shown that the production of norepinephrine, the stress hormone, is at the origin of the coloring of hair without pigment. Noradrenaline transforms hair follicle stem cells into pigmented cells. Unfortunately, the amount of stem cells in hair follicles is not infinite. So, if too often and too much norepinephrine is produced, the stem cell reserve also depletes faster and the hair turns gray. This is also reflected in research results from the Harvard Institute.

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aging by alcohol

Regularly drinking a glass of alcohol provides a pleasant feeling of relaxation and a different outlook on life. As pleasant as this feeling is, the health effects are just as bad with more than 2 glasses of alcohol per day. Alcohol has the property of stimulating stress hormones. Stress hormones have both positive and negative effects. When we are stressed, for example after an exam or when we do something for the first time, this form of stress has a positive effect on our health. Brings alertness and concentration. The human body can tolerate being exposed to some of the stress for a short time, but not too often and certainly not for too long.

The production of stress hormones by alcohol is often not positive. If a large amount of stress hormone is regularly poured into the body, the body cannot get rid of it. As a result, blood pressure increases, the immune response decreases, so diseases can strike faster, but substances such as collagen can also be produced much less. It’s not just reduced collagen production that causes us to age faster because of alcohol. Also the fact that alcohol actually removes moisture. Alcohol makes the body excrete faster and smoother. This results in a lack of humidity. The nutrients needed for radiant skin are also less likely to be sufficiently absorbed.

Blood vessels widen, fine lines become deeper furrows, and skin becomes drier due to regular alcohol consumption. The skin needs certain nutrients, such as vitamin C, to prevent inflammation and skin aging, among other things. If these nutrients are not fortunate enough to be present, chances are the aging process will be greatly accelerated.

Brain cells are also negatively affected by alcohol

Not only is skin aging stimulated by regular alcohol consumption, but the aging of brain cells is also accelerated. The quantity of brain cells, the structure, but also the functioning of the brain is reduced by the consumption of alcohol. The brain first developed in us humans. They control the human body and order the organs and cells to do their job. Including the breath. If large amounts of alcohol are consumed at a young age, this has a direct influence on brain development. Brain volume decreases rapidly, which has a direct effect on brain activity and cognitive functioning.

In old age, even daily alcohol consumption has harmful effects. Both short-term and long-term memory are affected. People who use alcohol on a daily basis often do not realize it, but there is often a recurrence. In addition, the memorization of simple things is much less fluid.

non-alcoholic beer

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Amalgam causes physical and psychological harm

In the past, dental cavities were mostly filled with a silvery substance called amalgam. More than half of the amalgam is made up of a foreign substance; Mercury. Mercury has long been known as a harmful substance for the human body. It has been known since 1829 that mercury has negative effects on our health. However, it was decided to use it. Fortunately, this has been refined in recent years and the amalgam can no longer be found in the environment. This measure directly affects dentists, since they are no longer authorized to use amalgam.

It is special that the environment is placed above public health, but that aside. The effects of amalgam on people’s health are quite shocking. Mercury is a neurotoxic substance that can cause symptoms of paralysis. The good thing is that more and more literature and studies are emerging today showing the effects of mercury.

A whole long list of vague physical ailments is linked to an increased load of amalgam fillings in the body. Think of a burning sensation on the tongue, grinding of teeth, bleeding gums, dry mouth and a metallic taste. Also, allergic reactions such as hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, food allergies, skin rashes, depression, sinusitis, laryngitis, dizziness, low blood pressure, constipation, migraine , diarrhea, insomnia, nervousness, palpitations, fatigue, ear infections, hair loss, etc…

There are also people who have dark spots in the mouth and around the gums. This shows that a greater amalgam load is present. There are currently several tests that can be performed to show if there is an increased mercury load in the body.

(Source: The FridgeCoach. Photo: Shutterstock)

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