You’ve decided to eat organic food only because you’ve decided you don’t want your family to ingest pesticides. And so you wonder:
“How long will it take for those chemicals to leave my body?”
Answer: Possibly as little as two weeks! Granted, the study referenced in the link watched just one family (in Sweden). But the results are promising, to say the least: just 14 days of eating only organic food considerably the amount of pesticides found the family members’ urine.
Another study took a look at the daily diets of almost 4,500 people who lived in six U.S. cities in order to assess the levels of exposure to organophosphates (OPs), a chemical that is a commonly used insecticide on U.S. farms.
Researchers found that people who ate produce that had been conventionally grown had high concentrations of OP metabolites while people who ate just organically grown produce had significantly lower levels, as much as 65 percent!
Still another study points to a significant reduction in pesticide levels in as little as one week! Researchers in Australia watched 13 people for two weeks. They ate a diet of conventionally grown food for one week and then switched to a diet of at least 80 percent organic food for the second week.
Researchers took samples of their urine each week and measured for the levels of six different pesticide metabolites. Results were little short of incredible: the amount of one metabolite, DAP, was 89 percent lower after just the week of eating organically. Total dimethyl DAP levels shot lower by 96 percent.
Another reason to eat organic food only to rid your body of pesticides:
A 20-year study completed in fall 2014 by the National Institute of Health found that seven widely used pesticides contribute to clinical depression in farmers. What’s more, just two types of pesticides were responsible for the big rise in depression: fumigants and organochlorine insecticides (which includes DDT, dieldrin, chlordane, mirex, lindane, benzene hexachloride, and others). Both fumigants and organochlorine insecticides increase the risk of depression by 90 and 80 percent, respectively!
So the choice is now up to you. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the level of pesticide residues on conventionally grown food is nothing to be concerned about, more than half of all foods tested in 2015 had “detectable levels” of pesticide residue.
Are you willing to take the risk?