Mercury Poisoning: Do You Really Need To Worry?

Worried About Mercury Poisoning? Here’s What You Need To Know Before Shunning Sushi.

You want to be as healthy and vibrant as possible. Or at least we imagine that’s why you read TheBeautyBean and pay attention to what you put into your body.

But the messages about healthy eating are often hard to follow, sometimes seemingly contradictory, and generally a pain in the butt.

Like, is fish good for you? Is it better for you than other animal proteins? And what about the mercury poisoning we’ve been told to fear?!

So here’s the deal… (we would say “once and for all,” but let’s be super honest here – there will always be new studies so, well, it’s unlikely this is really the final word… it’s just the best word for now)…

Do You Need To Worry About Mercury Poisoning?

The short answer: yes, but let’s not go crazy.

Consuming too much mercury can affect your nervous system, heart, and immune system.

That said, mercury poisoning from eating seafood is pretty rare. The earliest signs include tingling and numbness in fingers and toes and poor muscle coordination.

For all the ladies out there, though, mercury is most harmful to a developing baby, so you should be especially careful if you’re of child-bearing age as mercury poisoning can cause developmental delays.

Should You Shun Fish For Good?

The short answer: no!

If you forgo fish indefinitely, you’ll miss out on a lot of heart, brain, and beauty boosting fatty acids. It’s why the American Heart Association recommends we each eat two servings of fish per week.

The key, instead, is to choose wisely.

Eat smaller fish. Sure, that giant tuna at the market looks the most impressive, but when it comes to avoiding mercury, smaller is better since fish and shellfish absorb mercury via their diets over the course of their lives, which is why larger and older fish tend to have the most mercury.

Choose low mercury fish, like shrimp, canned light tuna (not albacore,” which is higher in mercury), salmon, pollock, and catfish

Avoid high mercury fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, especially if you’re pregnant or nursing.

How To Get Rid Of Mercury In Your Body?

Your body naturally eliminates mercury from your body in 30 to 40 days, so detox from high-mercury fish every once in a while to start with a clean slate.

Still worried? Talk to your doctor who can test your blood for mercury levels to ensure you’re safe.

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