Are you looking to create an Epic Sexy Life that you absolutely love living? A piece of that is looking and, even more importantly, feeling sexy. It is impossible to feel energized, alive, and sexy when you are fatigued, bloated, experiencing dry or itchy skin, dry eyes, burning eyes, feeling under the weather, feelings of depression, can’t breathe, sneezing, itching, etc.
Please note – Question everything! One study proves something to be true, and another study proves the complete opposite to be true. Right? WTF nutrition?! Get your sh*t together. How infuriating! It’s because of bio-individuality – one person’s medicinal miracle is another person’s poison. That being said, try things, experiment and play, test what works for you.
You are the scientist in the laboratory that is your own life.
Your body is your guide to your optimal peak performance. Stop navigating your body’s health with the shoulds of the nutritional world. Learn about things, and then test them yourself to see what works for you.
This is all about connecting with your body, learning to listen to it, and hearing what it is trying to tell you so that your body can guide you to what is right for you.
The whole purpose of this is to learn what your body is saying.
Learn to speak the same language as your body so that you are on the same page, and learn how to listen to yourself above all else. You’ll learn that you can have a built-in system that will guide you to your optimal sustainable health once and for all.
Pesticides and Your Health
Today’s Fun Fact: People don’t always realize the role pesticides play on their health. Pesticides can wreak havoc on your health – body and mind.
Pesticides, insecticides, pyrethroids, herbicides, organophosphates, and carbamates are all options of chemicals used to grow our food “conventionally.” As defined by Wikipedia:
Conventionally grown is an agriculture term referring to a method of growing edible plants (such as fruits and vegetables) and other products. Conventionally grown products often use fertilizers and pesticides which allow for higher yield, out of season growth, greater resistance, greater longevity, and a generally greater mass. [While Organic] excludes or strictly limits the use of various methods (including synthetic petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides;  plant growth regulators such as hormones; antibiotic use in livestock; genetically modified organisms; human sewage sludge; and nanomaterials for reasons including sustainability, openness, independence, health, and safety).
Here is a list of common symptoms/side effects that are said to be related to digesting conventionally grown food. Experiencing these types of symptoms will hold you back from looking and feel the way that you want to as you create a life that you love living and a you that you love being.
Toxipedia reports that unconventionally grown food can cause many issues:
A range of neurological health effects such as memory loss, loss of coordination, reduced speed of response to stimuli, reduced visual ability, altered or uncontrollable mood and general behavior, and reduced motor skills. Asthma, allergies and hypersensitivity, and pesticide exposure is also linked with cancer, hormone disruption, and problems with reproduction and fetal development. Increased salivation and perspiration, narrowing of the pupils, nausea, diarrhea, decrease in blood pressure, muscle weakness, fatigue, delayed neurological reaction characterized by muscle weakness in the legs and arms. Hyper-excitation, aggressiveness, incoordination, whole-body tremors, and seizures. Can cause allergic skin response, and some pyrethroids may cause cancer, reproductive or developmental effects, or endocrine system effects. Reported birth defects, cancers, liver disease, and other illness. (toxipedia.)
It’s not just the body and brain that are attacked, your emotions can go haywire as well. Chemical ingestion has been related to mood disorders and feelings of depression, too.
Fruits and Veggies
Here is a list of the Dirty Dozen. It is recommended to buy these fruits and vegetables as organic instead of conventional. Also, there is a list of the Clean Fifteen which you can buy conventional as they have lower, less toxic levels of pesticides and chemicals after being washed and prepped for consumption!
The Dirty Dozen
Recommended buying organic. The following “Dirty Dozen Plus” had the highest pesticide load when grown conventionally – i.e. these are the most important to buy organic versions of, or grow them organically yourself.
- Sweet bell peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas (imported)
Plus these which may contain organophosphate insecticides which EWG characterizes as “highly toxic” and of special concern:
- Hot peppers
- Blueberries (domestic)
The Clean Fifteen
These are foods you don’t have to buy organic. Of the fruit and vegetable categories tested, the following “Clean Fifteen” foods had the lowest pesticide load, and consequently, are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from the standpoint of pesticide contamination.
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet potatoes
Wikipedia provides a little telltale to make sure you know which category you are purchasing from a grocery store:
Conventionally grown fruit: PLU code consists of 4 numbers (e.g. 4012). Organically grown fruit: PLU code consists of 5 numbers and begins with a 9 (e.g. 94012). Genetically engineered fruit: PLU code consists of 5 numbers and begins with an 8 (e.g. 84012).
Additionally, animals used to produce organic products such as eggs, cheeses, meats, etc., are raised on organic feeds without the use of antibiotics (except in certain atypical circumstances), growth-enhancing substances and other various artificial substances and modification methods. In the end, all of these things mean that, in theory, organic products contain, if any, far fewer artificial ingredients (e.g., preservatives and pesticide and/or antibiotic residues, etc.) than their non-organic counterparts.
So when buying meat, think about this: If you purchase meat that has been fed food that “contains animal byproducts, antibiotics or genetically engineered grains and cannot be grown using persistent pesticides or chemical fertilizers,“ then you are eating all of the said things.
Just put these new insights onto your awareness radar so that you can start to experiment with organic versus conventional in your own food choices, and listen to how your body responds to each. This is all about you listening to your body so that it can be your guide to optimal health to create a life that you love living, which includes looking and feeling amazing.
- Pesticide Exposure and Depression among Male Private Pesticide Applicators in the Agricultural Health Study
- Dr. Weil’s Top Picks
- Organic Meat: What Does Organic Really Mean?
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