• Sonia Magruder

POP QUIZ! What is glyphosate?!

Do you know what glyphosate is? Odds are you’re ingesting it on a daily basis!

When I was in health coaching school we were required to do health histories with other students that included an intake of their eating habits and health issues.

There were two common themes that kept popping up with every single one of the histories I studied: Digestive issues and lack of quality sleep.

Today I want to share some info about gut health and the likely culprit of these digestive issues (we’ll talk about sleep quality later!).

If you don’t already know this, a healthy gut microbiome is so important to your overall well being — 70% of our immune system is in our gut and 90%(!) of serotonin (the feel good hormone) is made in the gut.

The gut is commonly called our “second brain” because it has a direct connection to our first brain via the vagus nerve. You wouldn’t want any toxins attacking your brain - the first or the second one - right?

So, it’s vital to our health to understand that one of the worst aggressors to having a healthy gut microbiome is glyphosate.

What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate was originally patented as an antibiotic, and it’s the main chemical in the herbicide Roundup (and in most herbicides).The World Health Organization has classified it as a "probable human carcinogen." It’s even been ruled in court as a human carcinogen that causes Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Sadly, this nasty chemical is EVERYWHERE. It's sprayed on GMO crops (think soybeans, corn, canola, beets, to name a few).. It’s used on Non-GMO crops too, usually as a drying agent on wheat, barley and oats.

Basically, it’s found in 75% of our food supply. It gets in the cell of the plant and it can’t be rinsed off or cooked out.

Many products, especially cereals marketed to children have been found to contain unsafe levels of glyphosate. It is also sprayed on public spaces, like parks and playgrounds. That means our kids are playing in it and our furry family members and walking all over it! It’s in our food supply, air, water -- it's insidious, virtually impossible to avoid.

If you’ve experienced chronic issues with any of the below, it’s possible that glyphosate is part of the problem:

  • Inflammation

  • Chronic diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Gas

  • Bloating

  • Poor immune system

  • Fatigue

  • Skin rashes (especially acne, eczema, and rosacea)

  • Cravings for sugar and carbs

  • Arthritis and joint pain

  • Autoimmune disease

How do we reduce exposure to glyphosate?

Here are a few things you can start doing NOW to combat the effects of glyphosate and diminish future exposure:

  • Eat organic as much as possible

  • Avoid processed foods

  • Use filtered water that will remove this chemical (I love the Berkey filter system and it's not super expensive!)

  • Use the supplement that has been clinically proven to remove glyphosate from the body (If you want to add this into your daily regimen.

If you’re looking for more information on glyphosate and the supplements you can order ASAP to protect your gut from this aggressive toxin, shoot me an email. I can help!

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