The mind’s eye, scientifically known as the pineal gland, is considered to be the gateway to higher levels of consciousness. In case you weren’t aware, the pineal gland is a small pine cone shaped endocrine gland in the brain that produces and secretes the hormone, melatonin. It is also believed that the pineal gland is responsible for the release of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Also known as the “third eye,” the pineal gland is believed to be the “principle seat of the soul,” according to Descartes. As you can see, this gland has many functions, both physical and metaphysical, so keeping it functioning at its full potential should be a priority of everyone seeking a healthy mind.
As we age the pineal gland begins to calcify and become sluggish. This rate varies considerably by person and lifestyle, but consuming excessive amounts of fluoride is considered to be a risk factor. This is partly because fluoride collects in extremely high amounts in the pineal gland causing faster calcification. Fluoride can also decrease melatonin production, two things we certainly don’t want to happen. Research has shown that this calcification of the pineal gland shows a strong correlation in the developing of Alzheimer’s disease (Mercola 2011). A poor diet laden with preservatives, chemicals, and pesticides are a major risk factor for calcification and premature aging as well.
What can we do to fight the aging process and calcification of the pineal gland? Eating a healthy, preservative/chemical free diet that is rich in healthy fats, should be a no-brainer (pun intended), but what else can we do?
Cut out Fluoride
While you’re not likely to cut it out completely, you can drastically lower the levels that you consume. To do this, we should: properly filter tap water before drinking since many communities have water supplies that are teaming with fluoride. To achieve this, you need to use a reverse-osmosis filter on your tap. Or buy bottled water which states that fluoride is not added, such as spring water. You can also switch to fluoride free toothpaste. This is not required since you technically do not consume it, but many natural types of toothpaste can help prevent tooth decay just as well as the fluoride-based.
Take Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in malic acid making it a great tonic to detoxify the whole body, including the pineal gland. Apple Cider Vinegar has a long list of benefits and can help to make the body more alkaline (this is a good thing). Try drinking a tablespoon, 3 times a day, or try adding it to lemon juice and honey. Sit back, sip, and reap the benefits.
Eat Iodine Rich Foods
Eat foods rich in iodine such as seaweed and kelp. Other foods such as cranberries, green beans, kale, dark leafy greens, bananas, shrimp, and lobster are also rich in iodine. However, this is a very short, incomplete, list and you can adjust it to meet your needs and lifestyle if you wish. Not only does iodine support thyroid function, but it is also important for the pineal gland. Iodine helps to remove sodium fluoride from the body which, as I discussed above, is very important. Iodine can be harmful in super high levels; so if you choose to use in supplement form, I would consider using a water soluble form, such as Iosol, to avoid the risk of over-doing it.