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Glyphosate: What is it and why do you need to be aware?

Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide that is used in many agricultural settings to control various weeds and pests. Although it has been found to be an effective herbicide, there are concerns about its safety and its impact on human health.

Glyphosate works by inhibiting an enzyme that is found in plants, which results in the death of the plant. This makes it an effective tool for farmers and growers to control various weeds and pests.

However, studies have shown that glyphosate can be harmful to humans. It has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, and there are concerns that it can disrupt the hormonal system and cause other health problems. Emerging science shows that glyphosate can destroy the tight junctions of the gut lining, therefore, causing the problems of leaky gut, IBS, and GERD just to name a few of the gastral-intestinal issues of which glyphosate is the root cause.

What can you do to reduce your exposure to Glyphosate

Choose Organic

Choose organic produce whenever possible. Organic farming practices typically do not use glyphosate or other synthetic pesticides, which can help reduce your exposure.

Avoid Processed foods

Avoid processed foods. Processed foods are more likely to contain glyphosate, as it is often used as a desiccant to dry out crops like wheat and oats before harvesting.

What's in your water?

Be mindful of your water. Glyphosate can get into our water sources and end up in our drinking water. If you are concerned about your water source, consider investing in a high-quality water filter.

Know your high risk foods

Avoid high-risk foods. Some foods are more likely to contain glyphosate, including non-organic soy, corn, wheat, and oats.

Your shopping dollars are important

Awareness is key, taking the time to look for and source out products that are glyphosate-free means that you are speaking with your shopping dollars, and in the end, this is the greatest impact that we can have on changes in legislation. Many countries around the world have banned any pesticide that contains glyphosate, however, that is not the case in North America, therefore, we, the consumer need to be more diligent. By being diligent about your food and water choices, you can help reduce your exposure to glyphosate and potentially protect your health.

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