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One week of organic produce could lower your child’s pesticide levels by 50 percent!

Lynn Griffith
One week of organic produce could lower your child’s pesticide levels by 50 percent!
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The U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study reported that eight out of ten American families bought organic products one or more times in the past two years.  The driving force behind the decision to buy organic was the parent’s concern for their children’s health.(1)

Additional findings of the survey reported that organic sales jumped to $35 billion dollars in 2013, and were expected to incline by 12 percent or more in the following year.(1)

Survey shows that parents are buying organic due to concerns for their children’s health!

Studies are linking early-life exposure to pesticides with adverse effects on neurodevelopment and behavior.  Increased pesticide levels are linked to poorer mental development, pervasive developmental disorder, inattention, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  Additional research has shown that their may also be a link between parental pesticide exposure and adverse birth outcomes such as birth defects, low birth weight, and fetal death.(2)

Studies show that pesticide levels in children are linked to poorer mental development, pervasive developmental disorder, inattention and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder!

A new study has shown that eating organic fruits and vegetables makes a tremendous difference in reducing the pesticide and herbicide level in children.  The study included 20 children in Oakland, California.  The children consumed conventional produce for four days, and organic produce for seven days, and then returned to conventional produce for another five days.(3)

New study shows that just 7 days of eating organic produce lowered pesticide levels in children by 50 percent and herbicide levels by 25 percent!

When the children were on the organic diet, their urine samples showed a 50 percent decline in pesticide levels and a 25 percent decline in herbicide levels.(3)

The author of the study is encouraging families to purchase organic food for your children in order to reduce pesticide exposure and to help protect your children’s health.(3)

Parents across the U.S. are struggling to curb their children’s behavior and struggling to manage diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  If you are one of these parents, first remember that you are not alone.  Now may be a good time to consider altering your child’s diet.  It may cost a bit more to buy organic, but it may save money in the long run, and is a great way to invest in your child’s health and development!

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.prnewswire.com
(2) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
(3) www.webmd.com

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