Glyphosate & Gut Microbiome

A Direct Reflection

The soil on the earth and the bacteria in your body. One harbors sustenance for all plants and the other harbors sustenance for what makes you a living human being. When it comes to our planet, a healthy ecosystem is built upon healthy thriving soil. Our body’s health can also be measured on its own soil known as the microbiome

A wise farmer doesn’t wait for the insects to devour the crops. They offer their invaders something more tantalizing by planting a weed that bugs prefer, sparing the prized crop. Or in an alternate, all too common world, the farmer would spray insecticides to remedy the issue. Sound familiar? When I have a headache, take a pill or have an upset stomach? Take an antacid.  Instead of figuring out WHY and HOW to prevent these symptoms, we wait and REACT.  When we treat the symptom the root cause just sinks its hook deeper. Poisoning us. What you can do is take charge. Take charge of what you put into your body and find that source of pain rather than just slapping a bandaid its symptom. 

What is a Microbiome?

Let’s talk about your “internal soil”, more specifically your microbiome. It is a bacterial network of “intelligent beings” that coexist in our bodies and are vital for life: we would never be able to evolve and therefore succumb to every germ. 

A healthy microbiome requires active participation and awareness to maintain homeostasis. Instead, we are destroying the community of microorganisms which are responsible for our well being. Maybe not directly or on purpose. This level of self-harm is actually going unnoticed for the most part because we are trusting and accepting in the food offered at grocery stores and believe what is printed on labels.  Little do we know but what’s on the label does not generally reflect how it is grown, produced and/or processed.  A label that says “non-GMO,” “Gluten Free,” or “Vegan” does not necessarily mean it is “healthy” and is not a superhero shield to toxins.  

We inoculate our guts with bacteria sterilizers: pesticides, herbicides, fungicides.  It’s in your food, water, cosmetics, soil and much more around you. If you are aware of this infiltration, you may still be at a loss as to what to do. Let’s change that and shift the focus to what you CAN do.

  1. Increase awareness
  2. Establish new routines
  3. Reverse the trauma to your internal system

Things to Know

WHAT IS GLYPHOSATE?

 
  • Glyphosate is the world’s commonly used herbicide (a substance that is toxic to plants, used to destroy unwanted vegetation)
  • Bayer/Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is the world’s top-selling weed killer
  • In 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC declared that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
  • Glyphosate is found regularly in food and water.
  • There is no safe level of glyphosate according to independent science.
  • Glyphosate is known as a “hormone hacker” (endocrine disruptor) according to independent science.

 

  • Exposure to glyphosate extremely damages or even destroys gut bacteria. Gut bacteria helps the body to produce two commonly known neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, our ‘feel good’ hormones. Low levels of these neurotransmitters have been directly linked to depression.
  • 95% of serotonin is produced within the gut, therefore your wellbeing and mood depend on a healthy population of gut bacteria.
  • Glyphosate has been shown to be 10x more powerful than gluten at permeating the cell wall within your gut.

Build a Routine

To reestablish a healthy bio-terrain we strongly recommend our 60-day Tummy Polish Protocol. It is our specialized tool to address pesticide damage in your microbiome and provide the body with the healthy bacterial strains and nutrients needed to repair the gut lining.

 

1. pre/probiotics 

Full Human Strain Probiotics to repopulate the gut lining with the essential microorganisms that are ravaged by the introduction of pesticides and harmful chemicals. Also support the growth of probiotic population within the gut.  Prebiotic support is the soluble fiber that is needed for the beneficial bacterial growth within the gut.

2. The Tummy polish kit

Our signature collection of powerful adaptogenic herbs, clays, and flavonoids all coming together to gently but efficiently flush out the nasty biofilm and overgrowth material while rebuilding the good bacteria in your microbiome. 

3. Metamorphosis superfood

Green powder spirulina and chlorella based superfood formulated with mushroom micelle technology, this product aims to address everything from gut health and hormonal support, to increased energy, memory, and focus. Hemp protein means easy absorption. Not only are you getting 10 varieties of nature’s potent superfoods, but also full spectrum plant based digestive enzymes for further digestive health. Combine fulvic and humic acid minerals for fortifying your internal systems with all the tools to maintain cellular integrity, pH balance and gut lining health.

Reduce Glyphosate Exposure

1. Eat Organic

  • Buy produce at farmer’s markets with Certified Organic Farmers seal
  • Grow your own! Easy with Lettuce Grow
  • Check out: “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” food list. This is a list published every spring by the Environmental Working Group that shows the fruits and veggies that contain the highest levels of harmful pesticides. Therefore, which ones to buy organic.
      •  EWG’S Dirty Dozen for 2020: strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes
      • EWG’S Clean Fifteen for 2020: avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, onions, papaya, sweet peas (frozen), eggplants, asparagus, cauliflower, cantaloupe, broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, honeydew melon, kiwi
      • Dirtiest Produce Commodity: RAISINS  with 99% of non-organic samples testing positive for at least 2 pesticides (not typically tested because it is not a “fresh” produce).
      • Note for kale eaters: Environmental Protection Agency classifies DCPA (a type of pesticide used on non organic kale) as a possible human carcinogen and was banned by the European Union in 2009.

2. Drink Organic

Glyphosate is found in most beers and wines sold in the U.S.

Glyphosate is not sprayed directly onto wine grapes as it would kill the vines. Instead it is usually sprayed on the ground on either side of the grapevine and then absorbed through the roots and bark. Often times, organic and biodynamic vineyards are contaminated when glyphosate spray drifts over from conventional vineyards nearby. Glyphosate can remain in the soil for up to 20 years, allowing contaminates to be left in the soil after a conventional farm is converted to an organic farm.

From a study conducted by CALPIRG in 2019:

Highest to lowest levels of the pesticide
Wines:
    • Sutter Home Merlot (2018), U.S. vineyard, 4-pack, 187-ml bottles, 51.4 ppb
    • Beringer’s Founders’ Estate Moscato (2018), U.S. vineyard, 750-ml bottles, 42.6 ppb
    • Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon (2018), U.S. vineyard, 4-pack, 187-ml bottles, 36.3 ppb
    • Inkarri Malbec: Certified Organic (2016), Argentina, 750-ml bottles, 5.3 ppb
    • Frey Organic Natural (2017), U.S. vineyard, 750-ml bottles, 4.8 ppb
Beers & Hard Ciders:
    • Tsingtao Beer (2017), Chinese beer, 4-pack, 640-ml (21.6-oz) bottles, 49.7 ppb
    • Coors Light (2018), U.S. beer, 6-pack, 500-ml (16.9-oz) cans, 31.1 ppb
    • Miller Lite (2018), U.S. beer, 6-pack, 375-ml (12.7-oz) bottles, 29.8 ppb
    • Budweiser (2018), U.S. beer, 6-pack, 440-ml (14.88-oz) bottles, 27 ppb.
    • Corona Extra (2017), Mexican beer, 6-pack, 355-ml (12-oz) bottles, 25.1 ppb
    • Heineken (2018), Dutch beer, 6-pack, 355-ml (12-oz) bottles, 20.9 ppb
    • Guinness Draught (2018), Irish beer, 4-pack, 440-ml (14.88-oz) bottles, 20.3 ppb
    • Stella Artois (2017), Belgian beer, 6-pack, 355-ml (12-oz) bottles, 18.7 ppb
    • Ace Perry Hard Cider (2018), U.S. cider, 6-pack, 650-ml (22-oz) bottles, 14.5 ppb
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (2018), U.S. beer, 6-pack, 350-ml (11.83-oz) cans, 11.8 ppb
    • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale (2018), U.S. beer, 6-pack, 350-ml (11.83-oz) bottles, 11.2 ppb
    • Sam Adams New England IPA (2018), U.S. beer, 4-pack, 475-ml (16-oz) cans, 11 ppb
    • Stella Artois Cidre (2018), Belgian cider, 6-pack, 355-ml (12-oz) bottles, 9.1 ppb
    • Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager (2017), U.K. beer, 550-ml (18.6-oz) bottle, 5.7 ppb
    • Peak Organic IPA (2018), U.S. beer, 350-ml (11.83-oz) bottle, no detected level
Some of our personal favorites:

“Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads.  How could we have believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons? “

Jane Goodall

3. Organic Out of Budget?

The slight increase in price for eating organic food often weighs on one’s bottom line.  The perspective we ask is: If we can shift our perspective to place a higher value on food, the more likely we are to avoid wasteful consumption.

The average American household wastes $1,866 of food per year. Average food per household of 2.5 people is $550 per month. Organic food averaging 17% higher versus conventional food is equivalent to approximately $93 more per month, or $1,116 annually. Focusing on food quality instead of waste, saves your wallet ~$750/year, and more importantly, your family’s health.

4. Define Types of Organic

    • USDA Organic seal and/or CCOF = 95% or more
    • Made with Organic (allowed processing aids but organic content) = 70% or more
    • No USDA or CCOF label but “organic” = less than 70%
    • If truly organic then it will have the auditor’s name on the back of the label

5. East Seasonably As Often As You Can

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are grown in accordance to geographical areas at optimal growing times.  Even organic produce can be produced year round in indoor growing facilities with altered biodiversity.  The biodiverse growing environment is what allows nature to do its “magic” within the plant.

6. Water Quality

There is A LOT of information on water and hydration, but we won’t cover that in this article. Simply put, the water that is pumped via municipality has contaminants in it.  Simple carbon filtration via refrigerator or Brita device is not enough to eliminate all the toxins. What we suggest: Berkey Water for a countertop device, Aqualiv for under the counter, VitaSalus for an entire house system, and BeLifeWater for structure and mineralization.

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