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Watch What You Eat if You're Trying to Conceive

January 10, 2018
Katie Visco

Science now suggests that eating organic and avoiding pesticides may result in a healthy pregnancy. If you're trying to get pregnant, you may want to think less about what you're doing in the bedroom and more about what you're doing in the kitchen. Recent scientific research suggests that a diet that favors organic foods over one's contaminated with pesticides may make a difference.

  • Studies have shown that women who consume organic foods have fewer fertility issues
  • Pesticides may be harming you in more ways than one
  • What we can do to protect ourselves and our family's health

It's Time to Shop Organic

An organic diet may truly be the way to go

It turns out, you should watch what you eat! A recent study by Harvard researchers have shown that women who consume organic foods have fewer fertility issues. Published in the Journals of the American Medical Association, these scientists looked at 325 women at a fertility clinic who regularly ate pesticide-infested foods. The results? Compared to the women who ate organically, the pesticide consumers experienced lower success rates with IVF treatments. The organic eaters found benefits of increased fertility overall and a lower risk of pregnancy loss. Pediatricians like Dr. Phillip Landrigan find this new research to be very helpful, insisting educating and taking political action is the necessary next step. "Encourage our patients to eat organic," Dr. Landrigan said, "and educate elected officials and other policymakers about the hazards of pesticides."    

The Dangers of Pesticides

Infertility, cancer, and more

As humans become more and more accustomed to various chemicals in their lives, scientists have begun to look into the effects they may be causing. Since the introduction of genetically modified organisms or GMOs, humans have been exposed to glyphosate (a chemical most commonly found in weed killers) by an increase of over 500%. What does this mean? A study in Time magazine linked glyphosate to liver disease in rats-- and people have over 100 times that amount in their own bloodstream. Unfortunately, that's not all. It is likely that glyphosate is a carcinogen, or at least the World Health Organization thinks so. Their International Agency for Research on Cancer recently found a link between advanced levels of glyphosate and acute myeloid leukemia.  

How to Protect the One's You Love

Put yourself and your family first

Now you know, but what can you do? The first step is to begin a diet of organic fruits and vegetables and turn it into a lifestyle. The second is to take steps towards a solution: demanding regulation of the pesticide industry and political representatives who agree. It is no secret that more regulation is needed to protect ourselves and our loved ones from potentially dangerous chemicals in our environment. Health comes first, and pesticides currently threaten that, thanks to these recent scientific discoveries. Whether you are only just finding out about the potential dangers of chemicals and pesticides or have known about them for awhile, science is helping us discover the truth about what we are actually putting into our bodies. The search doesn't stop here!

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