The most important foods to buy organic for improved fertility and a healthy baby
I used to shrug off warnings about things like chemicals in plastics and non-organic food.
I assumed that those warnings were all overly alarmist. I mean, women all over the world eat out of plastic and buy conventional produce and they seem fine... right? Furthermore, I'm such a "healthy" person - I eat lots of kale, I run... I assumed that was enough.
Unfortunately, I was wrong.
My eyes were forced wide open when diving into the research for our Prepare for Pregnancy Program.
It's nice to trust that 'they' would not let us eat anything unsafe. The sad reality, however, is that whoever 'they' are, they're not doing their due diligence to monitor our food supply.
Pesticides (aka chemicals applied to food crops to kill the weeds & bugs) are considered innocent by the EPA, FDA and USDA until proven guilty. It's the responsibility of the manufacturer to test the safety of their products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not step in until until a case has been raised.
Why is this a problem?
This means that pesticides can impair normal hormone function. The potential consequences for your reproductive health are not to be dismissed lightly.
Recent research concludes that women exposed to more pesticide residues on their food are more likely to struggle with infertility.
Unfortunately, the scary possibilities do not stop at fertility.
These warnings are not even controversial.
Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns against exposure to pesticides during pregnancy due to risks of miscarriages and birth defects.
To be clear, this is not a direct cause-and-effect relationship. No one is saying that if you're exposed to pesticide residues that all these terrible things will definitely happen. We are saying that purchasing conventional produce rather than organic does increase risks for you and baby-to-be.
Some level of risk is an unavoidable part of life.
However, our objective is to arm you with the information to fully understand the risks behind the choices you make.
With the power of this knowledge, you can protect your own health and that of baby-to-be.
This information was enough to kick my own ass into action.
For myself, my family and the women I coach, I recommend spending the extra $ for pesticide-free produce. It is so worth the peace of mind you get from reducing your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. Especially if you're going to eat the skin (think apples, bell peppers, strawberries).
So, which foods are MOST IMPORTANT to buy organic? Check out the Environmental Working Group's: Dirty Dozen.
You were made for this!
Want to learn more about how to protect your hormone function and the health of your baby-to-be? We cover it all in the Prepare for Pregnancy Program.