The Simple and Proven Way to Get Pesticides Out of Your Body

If youíre like most people youíre probably concerned about the quantity and types of toxic chemicals youíre coming into contact with regularly. And, for good reason: weíve never in human history been bombarded with so many synthetic chemicals. The Industrial Revolution may have brought us many modern conveniences, but they have come at the price of chemical pollution. Some of the worst types of chemicals we face come in the form of pesticides. Even international authorities like the World Health Organization (WHO) has publicly stated that chemicals like glyphosate found in herbicides like Monsantoís Roundup is a probable carcinogen.

While thereís no sure-fire way to eliminate all of these pesticide residues from our blood and tissues once weíve been exposed to them, exciting new research indicates that we are not as helpless as we might think. A new study in the medical journal Environmental Health Perspectives showed that eating an organic diet helps to remove pesticides from the body. In other words, not only does eating an organic diet reduce a personís intake of pesticides, it can help remove pesticides already inside a personís body.

Scientists at the School of Public Health, at the University of California, Berkeley; the School of Public Health, University of Maryland; and the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, assessed the effects of an organic dietary intervention on young children in low income urban and agricultural communities in California. They assessed the children for 23 different chemical compounds that reflect exposures to various types of pesticides used in homes and for agricultural purposes. They found that eating an organic diet was significantly associated with reduced concentrations of compounds formed when the body attempts to eliminate pesticides.

So, why did they get these results? Well, the obvious first answer is that organic produce contains fewer pesticides, meaning that the body has less of a toxic burden in eliminating them, so there are fewer of the compounds formed when the body interacts with pesticides. These compounds are known as metabolites because they are byproducts of our bodyís best efforts to metabolize these substances. But there are other reasons why the children who ate an organic diet would eliminate fewer pesticide residues in their urine: many toxic substances bind to fiber found in the diet, causing these toxins to be eliminated in the stool through bowel movements.

Additionally, the body uses nutrients in the process of metabolizing harmful substances. For example, sulfur compounds found in garlic and onions are used in a pathway in the liver known as sulfur conjugation, which is used to break down many chemicals in the blood before they can cause damage. And thatís just one of the bodyís key pathways to address the toxic substances we encounter. There are many others such as amino acid conjugation, which requires the building blocks of proteins, known as amino acids, and more specifically taurine, glycine and glutamine.

Organic foods are rich in the nutrients that may help eliminate toxic pesticide residues to which we are all exposed through our food, air and water, thereby creating a possible second rationale for the results achieved by the scientists in this study.

Those are just two of the many reasons to eat organic food, not to mention it just tastes better. But, itís great when great-tasting and nutritious food helps heal our bodies, too.

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133 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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2 years ago

good info

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heather g.
heather g2 years ago

I don't forget to take probiotics on the few occasions I'm prescribed antibiotics.
A good reminder though....

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Valentina R.
Valentina R2 years ago

Of course organic food is healthier (duh), nevertheless, it's too expensive to buy weekly. And for the "it tastes better" part, BS. If something is healthy, it's usually less tasty as well.

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Maggie W.
Maggie D2 years ago

It's difficult to find organic produce where I live and it is cost prohibitive.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Danielle I.
Danielle I2 years ago

Seriously Care2!! I have spent twice as much time on here as usual, waiting to see if my posts have actually 'posted'. I could have contributed a lot more but cannot devote anymore time. This new 'system' is slow & unreliable.

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Danielle I.
Danielle I2 years ago

I'm all for eating organically, but come on people. Stop using these toxic poisons in our environment! I hate to think of the planet we are leaving future generations to inherit. Not spraying may be a lot more labor intensive but is worth it for our land and for our children!

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