If eating healthy and avoiding pesticides is top priority for you, going organic is undoubtedly the first step. Opting for fruits, vegetables, and proteins that haven’t been treated with chemicals — and toxins that have been proven to carry carcinogenic properties and affect hormones, neurological diseases, and more — can be the key to greater health and fewer diseases.
And that’s exactly what a new study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco shows. Published in the journal Environmental Research, the study reveals that it takes just one week (or even less) of eating organic for the toxin levels in our bodies to significantly drop. And we mean significantly.
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Participants in this study included four families who were eating the standard, conventional diet. After six days of their regular routine, they consumed an organic diet for the following six days. After running urine tests, scientists found that the families had huge drops in the number of pesticides in their system.
Notably, the overall level of toxins dropped by a whopping 60.5 per cent after just those six days. “This study shows that organic works,” said study co-author Kendra Klein, PhD, senior staff scientist at Friends of the Earth. “We all have the right to food that is free of toxic pesticides. Farmers and farmworkers growing our nation’s food and the rural communities they live in have a right not to be exposed to chemicals linked to cancer, autism and infertility. And the way we grow food should protect, not harm, our environment.”
We’ve seen the report from the Environmental Working Group every year. Their Dirty Dozen list places some of our favorite fruits and vegetables as the biggest carriers of pesticides and is shocking enough to have us ditching our greens. But the solution (though at times far more pricey) is to shop from the organic section of the grocery store.
Not only is going organic healthier and better for the planet, it’s also the most natural way to health-ify our bodies, in even just a few short days.