If you haven’t been shopping for organic food, now’s your time to switch. Organic food is not a fad or a gimmick. The effects of eating organic food vs conventional food can be the difference between life and death. If you don’t already know, supermarkets use the term ‘organic’ for food that is grown without synthetic pesticides and is GMO-free, and the term ‘conventional’ for food that should really be called poison. The pesticides big companies use to grow their food do not wash off and can stay in our bodies for years, creating environments for disease, including life-threatening cancer cells and mental disorders. You might not be sick now, even though you eat conventional foods, and this is because it takes time for the chemicals to build up in your system. Comparatively, you won’t get sick from smoking one cigarette, but a lifetime of this habit will almost certainly affect your health. Is that something you are willing to take a risk with? If you still need convincing, it is required that in order to be organic, livestock must be raised under conditions that are humane. Livestock that is not raised organically is treated so poorly that it would make any person cry. But that’s a topic for another article. Below is a list that explains some of the ways synthetic pesticides in food cause illness in the human body.
15 Disrupt Hormones
Synthetic chemicals are added to food for a number of reasons. When farmers inject hormones into young livestock, it makes them grow faster and produce more milk. This means more meat and more milk and more money for the farmer. But did you know that when you eat the meat or milk from a cow, you are ingesting all the growth hormones the cow has been given? Yes, all that extra estrogen is now in your body, disrupting your natural hormones. When your body is exposed to extra estrogen, especially over a lifetime, it has been shown to lead to early puberty in children, breast cancer in women, and an array of other health issues. This has led to every country in the European Union, plus many others around the world, to ban adding hormones to beef. Why is America not following? Always eat organic, grass fed beef for the best health benefits.
14 Cause Infertility or Birth Defects
First of all, genetically modified foods (GMO) can alter male swimmers and actually change DNA. Female animals that ate GMO foods in studies had a difficult time getting pregnant or had premature births or higher infant mortality. Sometimes all of their young died before birth. Same thing happened in mice. Farmers also reported that their pigs became sterile after eating GMO foods. This is not a coincidence and there is no evidence to suggest that humans are any different. Genetically modified foods are chemically treated with poisonous ingredients. If you are unsure how to identify if something is actually organic, you can look at the label. In the United States, we have a code: if the PLU code is 5 digits and starts with ‘9’, it’s organic. Also, remember that not all health food stores carry only organic and sometimes it’s hard to tell what is conventional. Always read the labels and google products if you have to.
13 Cause Autism and ADHD
There’s a debate on what causes autism, ADHD, and other neurological disorders. Some say it is vaccines, while others say it is the environment. But one thing we know for sure. Foods that we eat (and the stuff in them) transfer from a pregnant woman to her child. After all, there is a direct connection supplying nutrients. When a woman ingests synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones that are fed to animals, she is, in essence, giving those toxins to her child. A developing fetus is the most at risk for developmental issues related to conventional foods and their toxins, and this greatly affects the brain. Studies have shown that babies can be born with autism, ADHD, and a variety of other brain related issues due to the nutrition they have received before birth and during childhood. Whether or not these neurological problems can develop after birth is still in question.
12 Harm The Nervous System
According to whatsonmyfood.org, conventional apples have been found to have 47 different pesticide residues! This includes 6 known or probable carcinogens, 16 suspected hormone disruptors, 5 neurotoxins, 6 reproductive toxins, and 11 honeybee toxins. Apples are by far one of the worst conventional foods you can eat. Remember the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Well, this does not apply to conventional apples and is actually the opposite. Your brain and spinal cord can be affected so deeply by these toxins that you might have problems with memory and processing speed and even develop acute toxicity. On the other hand, organic apples are some of the healthiest fruits you can eat because they are low in sugar and have a ton of health benefits including helping to fight cancer cells! So don’t eat pesticide ridden apples that actually add to the health problems and switch to organic apples that actually fight off cancer cells.
11 Harm Endocrine System
Do you know what the endocrine system is? If not, it’s one of the most important systems human possess. The endocrine system are glands that control different functions in your body. Metabolism, sleep, bedroom function, growth, and mood are all controlled by the endocrine system. When your thyroid or pituitary glands are not functioning properly, it’s because something is off in your endocrine system. It affects almost every cell in your body, as do most organs. When pesticides mess with your endocrine system, you get problems like diabetes, hypoglycemia, thyroid cancer, and tumors. And the more the toxins get in your body, the less likely it will be able to repair itself. Remember, toxins travel and every part of your system affects another part. You may develop cancer in your colon, which can spread to your lungs and even your brain. Your endocrine system is connected to every organ in your body.
10 Create Immune Problems
Autoimmune diseases can be caused by many different things and one of the most common is foods. Many doctors want to treat certain organs that are under attack, but it’s always best to find the causes. Autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and celiac disease, among others. All are caused by a general inflammation in the body. Your immune system is there to protect you from toxins and bacteria that don’t belong in your body. With some fruits and vegetables containing almost 50 different kinds of synthetic chemicals, it’s no surprise that we have autoimmune diseases from ingesting conventional foods. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, talk to your doctor about changing your diet instead of taking more medication to treat or mask the problem. You must find the root of the problem in order to live a long, healthy life. Changing what you eat can cure almost any ailment.
9 Accelerate Aging
Many of us have heard about antioxidants, such as vitamin a, c, and e, and the wonders they do for our skin. But do you know what the opposite of antioxidants are? Free radicals. These toxins enter our bloodstream through pesticides on our food and in our water. Once inside our bodies, they attack our healthy cells and cause aging, especially to our organs, but really noticeably on our skin. It’s really important to pay attention to the water you are drinking. Is it free of pesticides? What about chemicals? Does it contain fluoride or chlorine? Never trust tap water which can contain all sorts of chemicals. Always buy flat water that has a high pH, meaning it is alkaline. Acidic water is damaging to your body and prevents your cells from regenerating. Icelandic, Essentia, and Fiji are good options. Your skin is the largest organ in your body; take care of it!
8 Cause Faulty Insulin Regulations
Elevated blood sugar causes a variety of metabolic disorders and damage to various organs, especially your pancreas. Every part of your body is affected by blood sugar levels and some of the problems that come from damaged blood vessels are heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage, poor circulation and organ failures. Because chemicals on our food mess with all the systems in our bodies, we could end up having elevated blood sugar levels that lead to some of these life-threatening diseases. If you are a type 2 diabetic, it is usually diet related and can be 100 percent reversed by the food you eat. Always keep a list of what you are putting in your body daily, and check out the labels to make sure you are eating clean, healthy ingredients. Get rid of refined sugars and retest your blood sugar levels frequently to see what is making them spike.
7 Change the Gastrointestinal System
Irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, and constipation are on the rise. It’s no surprise considering what we eat! Glyphosate, an herbicide used on crops, causes bacteria to interfere with our immune systems. It damages the intestinal wall, causing leakage and imbalanced gut bacteria. This, in turn, causes pain, bloating, diarrhea, and even the inability for our food to be digested properly. If you have any of these problems, it is wise to check if you are eating conventional foods. This can also be caused by eating excess sugar which messes with your system. If you eat out a lot, you are most likely not eating organic foods as most restaurants do not buy strictly organic. You can always ask the restaurant and they will tell you what ingredients they use. Don’t be shy to ask what you are putting inside your mouth. It’s your health and you only have one body. It’s not worth getting a disease that will cause you thousands to repair...if it’s even repairable.
6 Impair Digestion
Wonder why you are not losing weight when all you eat is “healthy” foods? Well, those foods may not be healthy at all. If you are eating conventional foods, they are interfering with digestion and actually causing weight gain. Typically known as anti-inflammatory foods, fruits and vegetables are known to fight disease. However, if you put chemicals on them to alter the way they are grown, you are doing more harm than good. Conventional foods often cause deadly bacteria to flourish in your gut. We need good bacteria to digest food properly, and when the bad bacteria take over, weight gain occurs and we don’t get rid of the toxins from our bodies. One way to repair digestion is to take probiotics, which introduce more good bacteria into your system, helping you to pass bowel movements and get rid of the junk in your gut. Also, try a drink like Kefir which will naturally help introduce good bacteria back into your system.
5 Cause Inflammation
Inflammation is at the root of most diseases and many times it is due to loss of nutrition. Because conventional foods are sprayed with so many synthetic pesticides, our organs are overwhelmed with toxins that our bodies don’t know how to break down. When cells are not repairing themselves because their DNA is being altered or damaged, inflammation occurs. It can occur in literally any part of the body and cause an array of symptoms. Everything from headaches to backaches, to bloating, and swelling can be caused by inflammation. You must eat clean foods if you want your body to work optimally. If there is any inflammation in your body, you might have mood swings, constipation, pain, and even organ failure and cancer if inflammation is prolonged for years. Doctors can check for inflammation in the body, so please don’t hesitate to get a checkup if you think something is not feeling right.
4 Contributes To Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s
Scientists have come pretty far with brain diseases, but there is still no cure for many of them. It’s hard to study the brain since it is only post-mortem that we can do so effectively. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and it is also fatal. It destroys brain cells and causes problems with memory and motor function. Studies now suggest that neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease could be caused by pesticides that disrupt mitochondrial bioenergetic function and mess with metabolism. Those are scientific words, but they basically mean that your brain is not functioning properly because of the interference of toxins in pesticides found on our food. Now, add 40 years of those toxins and you have a serious issue. Some say that neurodegenerative diseases may be in our systems from birth and just show up later in life. This goes back to the food a mother eats when she is pregnant.
3 Create Life-threatening Allergies
If you eat a specific food and have an allergic reaction, you might not be allergic to that food at all. Pesticides are sprayed on food to kill bacteria and fungi. Unfortunately, our body’s immune system may also react to the substance as a toxic invader and cause serious allergies. You may, in fact, be allergic to the antibiotic residues on food, instead. Allergies may not only cause sneezing, watery eyes, or itching; they can also cause serious, deadly conditions like anaphylactic shock. Allergies to pesticides may also not develop right away, but over years of pesticides building up in the body. If you have allergies or encounter new ones, always look at the labels on food to see what you are really ingesting. Switch up your diet and see if your condition improves. Most of the time, it will. Allergy tests can also help you understand what is really going on.
2 Causes Antibiotic Resistance
Another thing farmers add to livestock is antibiotics on a daily basis. They don’t want them getting sick, and again, they want them to gain weight. The more weight they gain, the more money they can put in their pockets. But this also means that all the antibiotics that are being fed to cows are being transferred to you when you eat their meat or drink their milk. Doctors are now seeing antibiotic-resistant bacteria because of this. We are taught not to take antibiotics often because our bodies can easily become immune to them. So, it makes sense that if the antibiotics being fed to our food supply enter our bodies daily, at some point our bodies will become immune to them. When you buy organic, you can be sure that no meat is treated with antibiotics or hormones. You must know what you are putting in your body in order to keep it healthy.
1 Cause Many Forms Of Cancer
When conventional foods mess with your nervous system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal system, and brain, you can be sure that just about any form of cancer can pop up in your body at any time. The use of chemical pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics contaminates food and also strips them of their natural nutrient content which keeps your body healthy and thriving. Clean food can also clear up your skin, relieve brain fog, and restore energy—things you might not necessarily attribute to illness. Even if you don’t feel sick, try eating only organic food for a month and see what changes. Any processed food should be avoided in order to reap the nutritional benefits of natural food. After all, food is the best medicine for any illness, if only we could understand that nature already made it perfect. Protect your body and the environment by eating clean—always choose to buy organic food, or better yet, grow your own.
Sources: www.forbes.com, www.fda.gov