I remember years ago when I worked in the hospital, the groundskeeper sprayed RoundUp around the edges of the building to kill weeds. Even my family members who knew more about health, used RoundUp to kill weeds in the yard, thinking it wouldn’t affect their organic gardens! Back then, who knew it was harmful?
Each day we are exposed to more chemicals than we can even imagine. Even though I eat organically grown, high-quality food, I still come into contact with these chemicals. A recent study revealed that babies have over 200 chemicals in the cord blood when it’s tested!!!
In this special series on detox, I’ll examine some of the chemicals that we come in contact with and their effects on our bodies. Glyphosate is one such chemical. You’ll find it in both weed killers and herbicides like Roundup. Find out why it’s more important than ever to avoid this chemical and to rid your system of it below!
Glyphosate kills weeds and other invasive plants. Most know it by its brand name, RoundUp. Its use has continued to increase in the United States, despite serious known risks. It is popular in the agriculture industry because it kills weeds without killing crops. It does this by interrupting the natural makeup of these plants. The danger of using a product like this is that it is also absorbed by the foods that we consume. This has devastating side effects. More importantly, glyphosate is the ingredient that is incorporated into the genes of “genetically modified” foods so that these plants will not even be susceptible to weeds.
The Effects of Glyphosate
While there have been many contradictory studies on glyphosate, it is conclusively known as a dangerous substance. Commercial produce is not tested for glyphosate. This means non-organic produce can contain significantly high amounts. Widely considered a cancer-causing substance, it also causes everything from inflammation and food intolerances to heart problems and depression. It is also linked to the following:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic diarrhea
- Crohn’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
How to Rid Your System of Glyphosate
The best way to avoid this chemical is to choose organic produce and Non-GMO foods whenever possible. However, some exposure is unavoidable. Glyphosate is everywhere. In your neighborhood, you’ll find it along the sidewalks. You encounter it at the playground where your children play and on the green at the golf course.
The next best thing is to do regular detoxification to help your body clear chemicals and be able to process them as much as possible. Stay tuned for the next few weeks of talk about detoxification and how to support your health by feeding your body well.