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Should you avoid fish because of the new study finding pharmaceuticals in fish? Body Ecology’s guide to choosing the best sources of fish AND how to reduce exposure to toxins will help you feel good about eating fish again!
Before you make that fish for dinner or order trout from your favorite restaurant, it’s important to know about the latest news.
A recent study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that fish caught near five different wastewater treatment facilities nationwide had residues of pharmaceuticals in them.1
Among the medicines found in fish were drugs that treat depression, bipolar disorder, allergies, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
According to study co-author Bryan Brooks, you would have to eat hundreds of thousands of fish dinners to get even a single therapeutic dose. However, aquatic animals that are constantly exposed to contaminated waters can be harmed even by extremely diluted concentrations of pharmaceuticals. 2
How is it that fish are getting exposed to pharmaceuticals?
The water is contaminated with traces of drugs that were not removed in the sewage treatment plants.
Much of the contamination comes from the unmetabolized residues of medicines that people have taken and excreted, but unused medications dumped down the drain also contribute to the problem. The fish present in these streams and rivers then absorb the pharmaceuticals.3
This means that drinking water sourced from treatment plants is also contaminated with trace amounts of pharmaceuticals.
You CAN avoid contaminated fish and water. For more on choosing the best drinking water, read: The Best Water to Drink, and the Types that Should Be Avoided.
These days, the world’s population gets about 25% of its protein from fish.4
At Body Ecology, we’ve always recommended fish as the preferred animal protein in your diet. Fish is easier to digest than other animal proteins and it has important omega-3 fatty acids along with grounding, strengthening properties.
So instead of swearing off fish, it’s important to know how to choose the best fish for your health:
Here are six examples of wild-caught, eco-friendly fish found in cold water:6
With any food supplier, it’s crucial to know and trust the origin and conditions of your fish. We always look for a high quality provider, like Vital Choice, which offers wild Alaskan salmon Vital Choice is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D, and is as healthy, safe and delicious as salmon gets.
We’ve all heard about dangerous mercury in our fish). The coldwater fish listed above are generally considered safe.
Toxins in food, water and other products are more prevalent than ever. This report on pharmaceutical residues in fish reminds us that detoxification and cleansing is increasingly important.
Here are three important steps you can take to protect yourself from toxins, so you can worry less and feel your best:
When you can’t get water that is clean and full of naturally occurring minerals (from wells, aquifers or springs, for example), consider buying a filter for your tap water and adding a mineral supplement, like Body Ecology’s Ocean Plant Extract, a concentrated supplement that gives you the minerals you need to thrive.
The secret ingredient in Ocean Plant Extract, Laminaria Japonica, helps cleanse your body of toxins and heavy metals, like mercury.
Introducing the Body Ecology Detoxification Training Program!By popular demand, Body Ecology founder, Donna Gates is teaching what you need to know about toxins and detoxification so you can look and feel your best. You’ll learn little-known detoxification secrets from Donna Gates and her team of medical and natural health experts in this premier program, which begins May 13th, 2009. This program is offered in many ways, including a FREE attendance option! Find out more and register today.
Consume fermented foods and drinks. Fermented foods and drinks are key for some of the most important functions in your body, like digestion, immunity and energy. Fermented foods and drinks, like cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids, help you look and feel your best and they also help cleanse your body of pathogens and toxins.
And now you can with Body Ecology’s Detoxification Training, brought to you by Donna Gates and her team of top medical and natural health experts!
Learn detoxification secrets from the convenience of your home with this special and affordable training program that teaches you what you need to know to look and feel your best!
While it may seem frustrating that everywhere you turn, there’s a new study about toxins in your food, water, clothing and personal care products, there is good news: the choices you make can make all the difference in your health.
There are more and more people committed to making products that truly add to the health of our world. And when you have tools, like fermented foods and drinks, mineral supplements and water filters, you can go even further in reducing your exposure to toxins.
Remember, taking everything step-by-step is most important of all when it comes to good health. Stress in any form, including about your health, is another source of toxins – so take your time and enjoy the journey of feeling your healthy best!
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