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Mercola.com Guest Post: This Food Can Contaminate Your Body with Heavy Metals
Your body has the natural capacity to detoxify toxins. However, with the growing number of toxin sources in the environment, your body’s natural detoxification function can become overworked. One of the most common sources of toxicities is the food you eat, and according to reports, fish is among the top sources of contaminants.
While fish are an ideal source of animal-based omega-3 fats and other nutrients, many sea species are laden with high concentrations of toxic metals, including arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum, and cadmium, because of industrial activity.
Once inside your body, heavy metals accumulate inside your soft tissues. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause neurological problems, damage to your blood vessels, and abnormalities in your heart.
What Types of Fish Are Most Prone to Contamination?
Always remember that the larger the fish, the more contaminated it is likely to be. Below are some species that are more contaminated than other species:
- Canned tuna or tuna steaks
- Oysters, specifically those that come from the Gulf of Mexico
- Sea bass
- Largemouth bass
- White croaker
Unless you can verify their origin, it’s best to stay away from these species of fish. This is especially true if you’re pregnant. Exposure to heavy metals in utero can cause abnormalities in the growing fetus.
Why You Should Specifically Avoid Farmed Fish
Studies have seen high levels of dangerous chemicals, such as PCBs, dioxins, toxaphene, dieldrin, and mercury, in farmed fish than in wild fish. In fact, it was revealed that farmed salmon is a major source of PCB exposure.
It may seem that fish farming is an effective solution to the contamination of waterways and deteriorating quality of fish, but there is reason to avoid its fish products.
Like factory-farmed meat, farmed fish are fed antibiotics to stimulate their growth and enable them to fight diseases. Consuming them exposes you not only to dangerous chemicals, but also to low doses of antibiotics. Excessive use of antibiotics in the fish industry has caused the birth of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
Farmed fish are also fed synthetic hormones and chemicals to make them look fresh. Salmon are often fed a laboratory-developed antioxidant to give them an orange color.
It is better to consume wild-caught fish than farmed salmon. It is best to investigate the fish source first before you purchase.
What Can You Do About Heavy Metal Contamination
Toxic contaminants that can find their way to your body come not only from fish, but also from personal hygiene products, chemical cleansers, or even from environment itself. They make it highly important for you to support your natural detoxification system.
Spirulina, a type of one-celled freshwater alga, can aid in assist in detoxification. It is also over 60 percent protein, making it an ideal source of essential amino acids. Additionally, it contains high concentrations of chlorophyll and iodine.
Another alga similar to spirulina is chlorella. While chlorella does play a role in detoxification, it possesses a hard cell wall that is indigestible to humans (therefore it is important that you use chlorella with a broken cell wall). Chlorella also contains high-quality protein and chlorophyll.
When using organic spirulina and chlorella, it is important to start with small doses, as your body may go through an adjustment phase.
Supporting your digestive health is another way to keep your detoxification function working smoothly. Avoiding processed foods and increasing your intake of fermented foods can help. Kimchi, a fermented vegetable dish, not only provides numerous vitamins and minerals, but it has been found to aid in detoxification.
Water can also help you detox. But when unfiltered, it can be a source of toxicity. Investing in a highquality water filter system is a way to remove dangerous contaminants such as heavy metals, fluoride, pharmaceutical drugs, and disinfection byproducts (DBPs) from your water.
About the Author
Adrienne R. has written articles about proper nutrition. She likes reading the Mercola website. Currently, she is researching methods to avoid heavy metal contamination, including foods related to detoxification like organic spirulina.
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