Health Benefits of Reducing Dietary Pesticides
We believe that eating organic real food, eliminating toxic personal care and home cleaning products is beneficial for healthy living. Today our topic is Reducing Dietary Pesticide Exposure The Health Benefits For Your Best Life.
According to the University of Washington, pesticides are chemical or biological agents which are used to spray crops. Most commonly used on fruits and vegetables, there is a vast array of different pesticides in use with trace amounts remaining on the produce they were used to protect.
When we eat produce that has been treated with these pesticides, we often take in some amounts of these toxic chemicals which can cause us harm. (https://depts.washington.edu/ceeh/downloads/FF_Pesticides.pdf).
In order to minimize the ingestion of these pesticides, it is advised to eat organic real food when possible. This is because organic crops have been specifically grown and produced without the use of pesticides and this can be beneficial for your health.
According to healthychildren.org exposure to pesticides during pregnancy and while still very young can have negative effects on a child’s development. An increased incidence of birth defects has been connected to pesticide contact during pregnancy. It is also thought that pesticide poisoning in the young can lead to learning problems and potentially cancer in later life.
Children can be particularly at risk because they may encounter several potential sources of pesticides. A tendency to put things in their mouths during early development can create contamination risk and make the world a minefield for anxious parents.
Many parents do not even imagine that the healthy fruits and veggies they feed their children also carry traces of pesticides. This is why an organic real food diet is a good idea for children.
Nervous System and Pesticides
According to Dr. Keith Nemec of the Total Health Institute studies performed at the University of North Dakota have indicated some pesticides can cause damage to the nervous system. Changes in the part of the brain associated with Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis have been noted with test rats exposed to high levels of pesticides.
Although we tend to receive most of our contaminants via breathing there can be a cumulative effect when eating contaminated produce. Small amounts of pesticides are permitted to remain on produce per EPA guidelines but it is impossible to test every single food item for safe levels. With the risk of causing gradual damage to your nervous system switching to an organic diet can remove one potential source of pesticide contamination from your life.
Cancer and Pesticides
The Institute for Functional medicine suggests that exposure to pesticides has a link to an increased risk for a variety of cancers. The cumulative effect of pesticide poisoning means that not only can we breathe it in, we can also absorb it through our skin and of course find it in many foodstuffs. It is even possible to get traces of pesticides from fish that have been swimming in contaminated water. (https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/exposure-pesticides-herbicides-insecticides-human-health-effects/).
Those wishing to live a safe life free of pesticide contamination must take steps to make sure their food supply is free of influence from these chemicals. Making sure your foods are sourced from organic farmers which are preferably far removed from areas that use pesticides is a great first step.
Immune System Health
According to beyondpesticides.org exposure to pesticides has been shown to have immunosuppressive effects. There has also been evidence of some chemicals causing a hyperactive immune response which in itself can be problematic. The more marked effects on the immune system do tend to occur with extreme exposure to pesticides but there can also be a cumulative effect. (https://www.beyondpesticides.org/resources/pesticide-induced-diseases-database/immune-disorders).
There is a whole host of immune system disorders that can be caused or exacerbated by the presence of pesticides in the system. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than their pesticide-raised counterparts meaning that they boost immunity and do not have toxic pesticides.
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