By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Annah Gillette
Fall is here! The air is crisp and cool, and the autumnal foliage is shining brightly! It is finally time to slip into some jeans and a comfy sweater! One of the favorite fall time activities is picking apples and making jams, pies, and cider! Do you know what you are bringing home on your apples?
There are two voice on pesticides and produce. Some say we should eat fruit and vegetables without pesticides as much as possible and others say small amounts don’t pose a threat. If you are eating your suggested 9 servings of fruit and vegetables, even trace amounts begin to build up in your system. This pesticide buildup leads to the “the cocktail effect” — interactions between chemicals that render the total more harmful than the risks associated with any given chemical in isolation. Your body is incredible at protecting you. Did you know when you introduce a toxin or excess sugar to your body it either processes it or wraps it in fat? Yes, that spare tire you have is your body looking out for you!.
So is it true that one apple with trace amounts of pesticides shouldn’t worry you? Sadly that is not the case. There are over 270 toxins in your body at any given time; babies are born with a toxic load. There are 100s of 1000s of know chemicals, and only a fraction have been “deemed safe” by the FDA. Many of these “safe toxins” are banned in other countries.
How many chemicals are you exposed to on a daily basis? There’s no way to know for sure, but chances are toxic chemicals are in your food and many items you touch hundreds, if not thousands, of times a day.
What is known that your toxic burden is largely related to your purchasing decisions and lifestyle. While environmental pollution is certainly a factor, primary routes of chronic exposure include your diet, and personal care and household products.
Tests have confirmed that those who eat non-organic foods and use chemical-based products tend to have far higher levels of toxins in their system. Your choice of building materials and furniture can also play a role, as many contain toxic chemicals like flame retardants.
Different chemicals are associated with different side effects:
Insecticides primarily produce neurological symptoms, such as headaches
Fungicides tend to produce skin-related symptoms
Herbicides are associated with digestive and skin problems
Glyphosate, widely used herbicides worldwide, has been linked to an array of health effects, including:
Nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals
Disruption of your microbiome; preferentially affecting beneficial bacteria, and allowing pathogens to overgrow
Increased antibiotic resistance
Increased cancer risk
ALCAT Testing is a great way to learn which pesticides, toxins and foods are causing unnecessary reactions in your body. And our Toxic Elements Hair Analysis is a helpful way to know if you are building up toxins that need to be eliminated.
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.