Seven days on an organic diet eliminates 90 percent of pesticide accumulation

Once people fully understand just how toxic pesticides truly are, their first thought is usually, "How can I get these deadly chemicals out of my body?" Pesticide use is so prevalent that it might seem impossible to avoid it entirely upon first glance, particularly when you take the concept of pesticide drift into account. In addition, some people shrug off the evidence of pesticide toxicity, figuring it's already in their body and it's too late to do anything about it.

The good news is that this is not the losing proposition that it might initially appear to be. In fact, a 2014 study published in Environmental Research showed that eating an organic diet for just one week reduces the amount of pesticide poisoning in the body by 90 percent. That kind of reduction is nothing to scoff at, and the fact that it can happen so quickly and easily is icing on the cake.

The study, which was carried out by researchers from Australia's RMIT University, found that people who switched to a mostly – but not entirely – organic diet noted this tremendous reduction. In the study, 13 adults were randomly assigned to eat a diet of at least 80 percent organic food or at least 80 percent conventional food. The diets were switched after a week, with urine samples taken for analysis the day after each diet concluded.

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