Why you should eat organic for hormone balance

I want to start off the Nutrition for Hormone Balance series with this lesson because nutritional deficiencies aren’t always caused by not ingesting the appropriate amounts of nutrients. Rather, the human body is a dynamic system in which multiple components affect each other. For example, let’s look at glyphosate, a pesticide that is commonly used in the food chain.

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There are numerous studies reporting on adverse health effects of glyphosate on Pubmed.

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Overall, evidence suggests that glyphosate is a xenoestrogen and may interfere with estrogen metabolism (ref  and ref).

In addition, I believe glyphosate on its own may contribute to the deficiencies of magnesium and many other important mineral deficiencies. Glyphosate works as an herbicide by chelating important minerals, which means that it binds to minerals very tightly and make it not available for the plant. NB: This mechanism remains a hypothesis as there is no direct evidence suggesting that this is true, but it totally makes sense.

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 6.32.37 PMThese evidences are sufficient for me to recommend avoiding consumption of foods that have high glyphosate content and to avoid glyphosate exposures by eating organic foods and not using these chemicals (or any dangerous pesticides for that matter) on your lawn.

From personal experience, I decided to go on an elimination diet with 100% organic foods in order to heal myself from an eczema breakout. Within 3-4 months, I no longer experienced premenstrual syndrome symptoms. I am not one to naturally not get PMS since I had been suffering very terrible stomach cramps and moodiness in the week before my period for years. It is also important to note that I didn’t get PMS until I moved to North America.

Organic foods may cost more than conventional foods, but not when you account for health risks and nutritional values, and give up the expensive processed foods that may only be valued at 1% of what you pay for. For example, a bushel of grains (e.g. 60 lbs of wheat) may cost around 12 cents wholesale. It might take 1 cup or around 125 grams (0.4% of a bushel) to make a $5 box of cereals, and really what you are paying for is the box, the shipping, TV commercials advertising and fortification of the product.

For tips on how to save thousands of dollars on organic, fresh and unprocessed whole foods, check out my blog post on ameerrosic.com here.

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