Why it is Vital to eliminate pesticides from our Pantries

According to the CDC, the average American has residue from 29 different pesticides in their bodies! Think Round-Up and all of his Rowdy friends and family coming to dinner at YOUR table, Every Meal.

This is what they bring:

The daily assault on our bodies by these chemical invaders keeps our immune system in constant fight mode. When our immune system is fighting, our digestion is effectively shut down. Without the ability to produce enough acid to properly digest our food, our small intestine receives a product that it cannot handle and starts to allow larger than normal molecules of undigested food into our bloodstream. This is known as “leaky gut” and is what happens when our intestinal lining is compromised. These particles are not recognized by our body, and our immune system goes to work on killing the suspected invaders.



Many of the above listed illnesses are thought to be caused by inflammation in the body. Our body naturally creates inflammation as part of our immune response. When we ingest a constant diet of toxic residue, we set our bodies up for a constant state of inflammation, as our immune system tries desperately to banish these invaders.
So how do we keep toxins out of our bodies? When shopping for produce, buy Organic as much as you possibly can. Organic also means that these foods are grown free of GMO’s. Groceries can be costly, especially when you are feeding a family. It is not always possible to buy everything Organic. A great tool to help you limit toxic exposure is the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list from the Environmental Working Group. Updated annually, it lists the twelve most likely to be contaminated, and fifteen least likely to be contaminated fruits and vegetables. If you focus on the dirty dozen as your must-have-Organic, you can feel good about what you are serving your family.

Just be aware that anything you buy non-organic may contain genetically modified ingredients, which have not been studied for any long term possible health effects to humans.

Just as important as how we source our food, is how we feel when we are about to enjoy a meal. In our on-the-go society, it is too often the norm to eat our food while sitting at our desks, watching tv, driving in our cars, or otherwise not at the dinner table with our loved ones. In order for our bodies to properly digest and allow us to absorb the nutrients in our food, our autonomic nervous system must be in para-sympathetic mode.

Our autonomic nervous system has two settings:

Rest & Digest
Also known as our Para-sympathetic mode. This is when we feel good, safe, and stress free. Our heart rate is lowered, our breathing slows down, our digestive system is activated, and we are ready to fuel our bodies. Many families used to, and some still do, have a tradition of sitting quietly with hands folded, before dinner, and saying a short prayer of thanks for their food. This “Grace Period” helped people to relax, think about how thankful they are, and prepare their body for digestion.

Fight or Flight
Unfortunately, in our fast-paced society, many of us are in perpetual fight or flight mode. When our body is in this mode, our digestive system is effectively shut off as all of our energy is diverted to deal with this perceived danger. This is our most basic, the Saber Tooth Tiger is chasing me and I must run or die!

The take-aways:
Utilizing the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen as a shopping tool can aid greatly towards limiting our toxic food exposure
Taking five minutes to relax, unwind, and be grateful for all that we have before each meal, is essential to promoting proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients for our bodies.

GMO’s Defined
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
Most GMOs have been engineered to withstand the direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. However, new technologies are now being used to artificially develop other traits in plants, such as a resistance to browning in apples, and to create new organisms using synthetic biology. Despite biotech industry promises, there is no evidence that any of the GMOs currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Are GMOs safe?
A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage, and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. More than 60 countries around the world – including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union – require GMOs to be labeled. Globally, there are also 300 regions with outright bans on growing GMOs.
In the absence of credible independent long-term feeding studies, the safety of GMOs is unknown. Increasingly, citizens are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment

Source – nongmoproject.org