One of the foundations of vital health is the avoidance of toxins and effective detoxification. Toxins are found everywhere, in the foods we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. There are things you can do to avoid toxins. For example, mercury is a toxin that occurs naturally and can be released into the air through industrial pollution. Mercury falls from the air and can accumulate in streams and oceans and is turned into methylmercury in the water. Fish and shellfish absorb the methylmercury as they feed in these contaminated waters and so it builds up in them. We know that there are certain fish and shellfish that contain higher levels of mercury. “The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program creates science-based recommendations that help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices.” Please take a look below for the fish and seafood you should avoid. Alternatively, go to the Aquarium's website to print out your own pocket guide. Yes, we can reduce our exposure to toxins but it is impossible to entirely avoid all toxins. Therefore, it is critical to support the body’s detoxification system. Stay tuned a safe and effective group detox program is developing at VLM.