Organic soil is a mirror of what our gut health should be. Soil is made up of many different organisms (both living and diseased), decaying plant matter, trace elements and other macromolecules and amino acids. We can draw a direct parallel between the biodiversity of soil and our own intestines. In non-organic chemically managed soils, that biodiversity is far more limited, due to pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. The job that many of these agra-chemicals have is quite similar to that of antibiotics: to selectively kill off certain undesirable organisms in favor of needed ones. However, we all know what happens when we swallow too many antibiotics. Our gut health and digestion suffer greatly, and our immunity to disease is less. Soil is actually very similar to our gut wall. When it gets over-medicated, its biodiversity plummets, and the crops that come out of it will be less nutritious, in addition to being coated with those chemical residues.
Although many orthodox authorities claim that the concentration of these chemicals on your vegetables and fruit are negligible, they actually have a higher endocrine disrupting potential at a lower concentration. In addition, most of todays modern industrial diet centers around processed corn, wheat, soy and sugar as dietary staples. Unfortunately, these substances are typically produced as genetically modified, meaning that these crops get paired with their signature herbicide glyphosate. Not only does glyphosate lower the biodiversity in soils, but also in our intestines, as its residue is present on these staple foods we consume in abundance.
That brings us to the intervention. Whenever possible, always opt for local, non-GMO, organic veggies, fruits and staple grains. By doing so, you will dramatically lower the concentration of these chemicals that upset your intestinal flora balance, and you will be healthier as a consequence.
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