EATING ORGANIC: Sure it might cost more than conventional foods, but it could save you thousands in medical bills and reduce your pesticide intake. Not to mention spare you from the agony of chronic disease.
Eating a diet rich in organic ingredients means that you get food with less chemicals and toxins. That is good news for your body AND your health. While many people were misled by the reporting of the Stanford Study this time last fall, the meta-analysis actually did state that “consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” How about the fact that 10,000-20,000 agricultural workers in the US get a pesticide poisoning diagnosis each year. If organic truly doesn’t contain more nutrition (and this is definitely still on the table), then at least buy organic to REDUCE your exposure to unnecessary chemicals.
Xenoestrogens: The Estrogen Impostor
These chemicals include a class of compounds known as xenoestrogens. Of the thousands!! of chemicals, around 70-90 have been identified as xenoestrogens. This is not good news. Xenoestrogens enter our bodies and act on our estrogen receptors. This affects both men and women, children and pregnant women! Reducing your exposure to external estrogens is imperative to improve your health. These chemicals have been indicated in hormonal disorders including hot flashes, PMS, infertility, and miscarriage; as well as breast and ovarian cancer, to name a few.
You can read more about how the environment may be affecting your hormones, and what you can do about it, using your diet and lifestyle
The Environmental Working Group puts out two lists each year for produce. One is called the DIRTY DOZEN and the other, the CLEAN FIFTEEN. Check the lists out here: EWG.org
- The dirty dozen contain over 20 CHEMICALS which cannot be washed off the produce.
Your Wellness Expert,