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Avoiding Fish for 5 Years Before Pregnancy

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The problem with fish advisories that tell pregnant women to cut down on fish is that it may be too late for certain persistent pollutants.

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In my previous video on this topic, How Long to Detox from Fish Before Pregnancy (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-long-to-detox-from-fish-before-pregnancy), I mentioned a study that suggests detoxing from fish for one year to see mercury levels decrease, but other pollutants take longer to leave our system.

For optimum brain development consider a pollutant-free source of omega 3 fatty acids: Should Vegan Women Supplement with DHA during Pregnancy? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/should-vegan-women-supplement-with-dha-during-pregnancy/).

There are also non-pollutant reasons may want to avoid excessive amounts of any animal protein. See: The Effect of Animal Protein on Stress Hormones, Testosterone, and Pregnancy (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-effect-of-animal-protein-on-stress-hormones-testosterone-and-pregnancy).

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