Last month in my Healthy Eating newsletter, we talked about how to reduce the amount of pesticides we eat in our foods by taking a closer look at conventional vs. organic produce.
In this newsletter, I will share with you my original reasons for becoming a Health Coach which stemmed from the food allergy world. My 12-year-old daughter was born with life threatening food allergies which our family has since learned to successfully manage and work through in an integrative program.
During my daughter’s integrative oral immune therapy program, we first healed her gut and then started introducing foods she was once allergic to in small increasing amounts. I’m making a complex process sound simple, but one of the things we did after her immune system was in balance was to start feeding her allergens from organic foods. Eventually we continued introducing foods that were either non organic or contained chemicals.
Yes, that’s right, synthetic chemicals are not meant to be in our gut. We are learning more and more about the link between synthetic chemicals in our foods, our immune systems and the rampant rise in food allergies. Here are some things I recently learned that I would like to share with you.
What are these chemicals?
Pesticides are not only in our foods; they are also elsewhere in our environment and can damage our immune system which reside mostly in our gut. According to the National Resources Defense Council, the FDA allows unsafe chemicals in foods.
It was determined by the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, that streptomycin used as a pesticide in fruit to combat the growth of bacteria, fungi, and algae, caused a 10-year-old girl who consumed streptomycin in a blueberry pie to have an anaphylactic reaction.
Another ACAAI study suggests that dichlorophenols, a kind of chlorine in certain pesticides that are known to kill bacteria, could be killing the naturally occurring bacteria in our digestive systems, and could subsequently be causing food allergies. Therefore it’s possible that pesticides in tap water may be linked to food allergies. Dichlorophenols also known as 2,4-D (which was an ingredient in Agent Orange) is also linked to lymphoma, cell damage, hormonal disruption, and reproductive problems.
How else are these chemicals doing us harm?
Chemicals such as glyphosate which are found in Monsanto’s Roundup are used in growing conventional items and are most likely causing issues in our food supply. This article states that Roundup could be the cause of gluten intolerance.
What can we do?
Several studies have found that pesticide levels in children dropped to low or undetectable levels when test subjects consumed an organic diet. Here’s a list of things you can do to reduce pesticides in your food:
- Eat organic
- Invest in a good water filtration system
- Grow your own
- Eat locally (ask the farmer directly about pest control methods)
- Look for fair trade certification
- Speak up to corporations
- Include fermented foods in your diet
- Wash fruits and veggies (some pesticides are not removed by washing)
- Peal fruits and veggies
- Eat meat and dairy products that contain less fat (pesticides accumulate in the fatty tissue)
Want to Get Healthier?
Do you want to learn more about eating healthier foods, balancing your gut, and enhancing your health? Let’s talk! As a Health Coach, I work with families to help them integrate healthier eating options into their lives. Ready to get started? Contact me today to schedule a complimentary 50 minute health consultation, or pass this offer on to someone you care about!
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. In my “Balance Your Gut” program, I will help you create a completely personalized “road-map to health” that suits your unique lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
I look forward to hearing from you!