The health risks of pesticides are impossible to ignore. Are you safe from the side-effects? Unfortunately, research shows that you’re not. Almost every food and crop grown in the U.S. gets doused with glyphosate and other pesticides, and it’s not just GMO crops; practically every plant or produce you can think of is exposed.
And the health effects can be serious and long-lasting. From neurological impacts to DNA damage, gut dysbiosis and much more, pesticide exposure is linked to some of our most dangerous issues.
For daily detox and defense against health-robbing pesticides—including highly toxic glyphosate—try these ten researched strategies to protect your health.
Expert Tips for Protection from Pesticides
1) Shop wisely: Choosing organic is essential for avoiding pesticides. If organic items are not available, the Annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Guide by the Environmental Working Group outlines which conventional items have the least pesticides (“Clean Fifteen”) and which items have the most (“Dirty Dozen”). If you must eat conventionally grown food, avoiding the most heavily sprayed items can help reduce your body burden.
2) Wash your produce with a pesticide rinse: Washing your produce is key to avoiding pesticide exposure, even for organic foods that can be cross-contaminated, or sprayed with less dangerous chemicals. It’s easy to make your own home-made pesticide wash. Simply mix 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and ½ organic lemon juice in a spray bottle. Spray produce and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
3) Peel your produce: Sprayed pesticides and other environmental chemicals accumulate on the outer skins, peels, and layers of fruits and vegetables. Besides rinsing, removing peels, cutting off the skins, and peeling off the outer layers of fruits and vegetables can help you avoid the parts of the produce that contain the most residual chemicals. Be sure to rinse your produce again after peeling.
4) Pre-soak, and rinse grains 5 times: Grains like wheat, rice, and oats often contain high levels of pesticides that are sprayed right up until harvest. Even organic grains can easily be cross-contaminated with such heavy pesticide use. Studies show that pre-soaking and then rinsing grains 5 times before cooking, can significantly reduce pesticide levels in non-organic grains.
5) Use an activated carbon water filter: Pesticides including glyphosate seep into groundwater and get into our water supplies. Even water used for baths and showers can expose us to pesticides through the skin. The risks of pesticide exposure through water is especially risky if you use well water near an agricultural area. Experts recommend using activated carbon filters to remove pesticides from household water supplies.
6) Use HEPA air filters in your home: Studies show that the average American home has up to 12 different pesticides circulating inside, detectable in indoor air samples. HEPA-rated air filters help remove these and other chemicals and microbes from indoor air, reducing your pesticide exposure and creating a safer, cleaner indoor home environment.
7) Wash new cotton clothing or bedding thoroughly: Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the US, and these pesticide residues can end up in new cotton clothing, bedding, and other textiles. Be sure to wash new cotton items at least twice to remove pesticides as well as other textile chemicals that can harm your health.
8) Avoid hidden sources in body products: Numerous body care products contain plant-based ingredients like herbs and botanicals, oils, grains, and other items that can be laced with pesticides that absorb into your skin. Look for certified organic body products, and avoid conventional formulas that contain significant amounts of conventionally-grown plant ingredients, like oatmeal.
9) Adopt a no shoes policy in your home: Studies show that pesticides tracked into your home on shoes from nearby lawns, gardens, and other sources can persist on floor surfaces for years—despite regular cleaning. Having a no-shoes policy at home protects your indoor environment and helps keep your home free of pesticides. This is especially important for anyone with babies or pets.
10) Try expert-recommended and physician-formulated pesticide detox formula GlyphoDetox into your daily supplement routine: This research-based pesticide detox formula is the first and only pesticide detox supplement formulated specifically to protect and defend against dangerous pesticides like glyphosate. GlyphoDetox is formulated with powerful detox binding ingredients that work together to help remove pesticides like glyphosate and others, prevent bioaccumulation, restore optimal gut health, and balance your microbiome.
The first supplement of its kind to actively detox and defend against pesticides, GlyphoDetox promotes gut health and nutrition with powerful antioxidants and essential detox nutrients.
GlyphoDetox offers a powerful solution to the ongoing issue of pesticide exposure.*
While we may not be able to completely avoid consuming pesticides like glyphosate, we can be proactive with practical solutions including targeted detoxification. Adding these ten steps into your routine can help keep you and your family protected.