30 days of Hormone Balancing (20) – Organic food

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No 20 – Eat organic food

Modern methods of food production and in particular intensive non-organic farming results in foods which contain chemicals harmful to your health and in particular to your hormonal system. Several of the pesticides commonly detected in foods are ‘endocrine disruptors’ upsetting humane hormone mechanisms. This is associated with falling sperm counts in males, early puberty in girls, and hormone related female conditions.

Many fruit and vegetable crops are still sprayed with organophosphates for their insecticide and herbicide properties. Fungicides are commonly used. There are several thousand brands of insecticide, herbicide and fungicide approved for use in the UK. Supermarket produce is often treated to prolong shelf life.

Non organic meat and dairy products are full of growth hormones, anti-biotics and other undesirable chemicals which all have the potential to disrupt your hormonal system

So in order to protect your hormonal balance consume organically produced food whenever possible. If you do buy non-organic fruit and vegetables then wash with a special product which removes farm chemicals and waxes. Try and buy meat and produce from local suppliers and farmers markets, and avoid supermarket foods.

Celery - high amounts of pesticides

Celery – high amounts of pesticides

Bell Pepper - high amounts of pesticide residue

Bell Pepper – high amounts of pesticide residue

The table below illustrates which fruit and vegetables tend to have the highest concentration of pesticides, and will help you determine which fruits and vegetables are the most important to buy organic. So if your budget is limited try and buy organic versions of those which are generally associated with highest concentrations of pesticides. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

Highest amounts of  Pesticide residue
(buy   these organic)
Lowest in Pesticide
1      Apples
2      Celery
3      Sweet bell   peppers
4      Peaches
5      Strawberries
6      Nectarines
7      Grapes
8      Spinach
9      Lettuce
10      Cucumbers
11      Blueberries
12      Potatoes
13      Green beans
14      Kale/Greens
1      Onions
2      Sweet Corn
3      Pineapples
4      Avocado
5      Cabbage
6      Sweet peas
7      Asparagus
8      Mangoes
9      Eggplant
10      Kiwi
11      Cantaloupe
12      Sweet   potatoes
13      Grapefruit
14      Watermelon
15      Mushrooms

Data provided by Environmental Working Group (EWG) – Shopper’s guide to pesticide in produce 2012.

ACTION: Identify where and how you can introduce more organic and clean food into your diet.

 

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