“We’ll just spray some Round Up on those pesky weeds!” How many times have I done this as I walked barefoot through my garden? In my quest to START SOMEWHERE making better choices for health, glyphosate, the main chemical in Round Up, has been eliminated from our garden and we are working to minimize it from our life. Glyphosate affects health in ways that we all need to be aware of. Today I’ll talk about how it affects your ability to absorb nutrients from your food.
Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum, systemic herbicide (organophosphate) used to kill broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. It was discovered by John Frantz, a Monsanto chemist, in 1970. While glyphosate does a wonderful job killing weeds and defoliating plants, it may be taking a toll on our general health in a serious way.
According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with the rise of several chronic diseases. It has been shown to severely damage the balance of healthy gut bacteria. When the flora of the digestive system is disrupted, essential vitamins and minerals can’t be adequately absorbed and used by the body to restore and repair.
Originally, I thought that the increase in gluten intolerance was because wheat was genetically modified. I was wrong. I’m learning that the problem likely stems from the use of glyphosate in the production of wheat to help increase the yield and control weeds. This reduces the amount of residue that needs to be cleared and saves the farming operation a lot of time. Wheat products are in many of our foods; it makes sense that so many people struggle with inflammatory problems when the digestive system is chronically affected. It also explains why so many people feel better generally on a quality digestive probiotic.
Since glyphosate can lead to gut inflammation and “leaky gut”/”increased intestinal permeability”, the biological pathway for the transport of sulfur is impaired. Sulfur is absolutely essential for optimal health. So how do you START SOMEWHERE today?
- One strategy suggested by Dr. Seneff is to soak in a magnesium sulfate – Epsom Salt – bath. This way, you can get sulfur into your system by bypassing your gut mucosa.
- Begin incorporating more organic foods into your routine.
- Consider a quality, pharmaceutical-grade digestive probiotic.
- Incorporate two to four cups of raw vegetables into your eating pattern to feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut.
- Read labels. In tomorrow’s Friday Food For Thought, I will include a list of food that surprisingly contain wheat.
Glyphosate affects health. LIVE YOUNGER by knowing what is in your food and how it affects your life. You can do it. I will help you.