What does eating 'clean', really mean?
🌿 Clean Eating' is a bit of a catch phrase these days, which is used to denote meals prepared using whole foods and minimal processing. Whilst we all know eating whole foods is wonderful, what is rarely mentioned is the unseen components which may render a 'clean' looking meal, very dirty indeed!
🌿 Conventional foods are sprayed with a huge array of various herbicides, pesticides and fungicides...some are also irradiated and also gassed in order to ripen them more quickly. All fresh produce treated in this way retains residues which are very damaging to our health. These residues cannot be washed off no matter how hard we scrub, because not only are many of them systemic in nature, but also the soils they grow in are terribly contaminated over time.
🌿 The 'dirty dozen' is a list of produce items which are known to be particularly badly affected by chemical residues when conventionally grown. But if we get down to the detail of focussing on even just one of the most commonly used herbicides in conventional farming and the plethora of side effects it has on human health, it is easy to see how conventionally grown food could never be considered 'clean'.
🌿 And when we remember that there are always multiple chemicals used in growing conventional produce, each with multiple effects, the interaction of which have never been studied for effects on human health, it becomes a no brainer to always reach for organic foods if we wish to remain healthy.
🌿 Looking more closely at Glyphosate (the active ingredient of RoundUp) we find a litany of horrific side effects which undoubtedly we have either experienced ourselves or we know someone who has. These include;
- nutritional deficiencies, especially mineral deficiencies, as glyphosate immobilizes certain nutrients and alters the nutritional composition of the treated crop.
- disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids (these are essential amino acids not produced in your body that must be supplied via your diet).
- systemic toxicity — a side effect of extreme disruption of microbial function throughout the body; beneficial microbes in particular, allowing for overgrowth of pathogens.
- gut dysbiosis (imbalances in gut bacteria, inflammation, leaky gut and food allergies such as gluten intolerance).
- enhancement of damaging effects of other foodborne chemical residues and environmental toxins as a result of glyphosate shutting down the function of detoxifying enzymes.
- creation of ammonia (a byproduct created when certain microbes break down glyphosate), which can lead to brain inflammation associated with autism and Alzheimer's disease.
- increased antibiotic resistance.
- increased cancer risk...in fact, since the IARC's determination of glyphosate as carcinogenic, agricultural personnel have begun suing Monsanto over past glyphosate exposure, claiming it played a role in their bone cancer and leukemia.
🌿 These disturbing health problems are becoming quite prolific in our society and unfortunately due to the pervasive nature of glyphosate in our soils and waterways, they are likely to become even more common over time. Sadly, these chemicals are not only creating toxicity in our own bodies, but in the body of our Mother Earth.
🌿 Our best way of combating this issue and truly eating 'clean' is to choose organic. That way we are not only helping our own and our families health, we are ensuring our Earth will remain as 'clean' as possible for future generations. Please do your part and be sure your food choices are contributing to a healthier and happier world for all! Please Go Organic!! 💕🙏🌈🌿🥕🍇🍓