7. Eat Organic
Pesticides are everywhere, from supermarket fruit and vegetables to the lawns in our gardens – but as these substances are designed to be toxic to repel weeds and pests, they can also be hazardous to human health.
Though you can get short term pesticide poisoning or suffer a topical reaction, such as a skin rash or blistering, the effects of continual, long-term exposure don’t typically show up straight away – but they are extremely serious. Research has found that repeated exposure to pesticides, even in small doses, can be linked with the development of serious conditions such as Parkinson’s and cancer, and additionally, they can cause infertility and developmental disorders.
As pesticides are used so commonly, unless you go all organic, it will be impossible to avoid them but some products contain more pesticides than others. If you can only choose to buy some pesticide-free produce, then you should definitely avoid purchasing the dirty dozen – that’s non-organic potatoes, apples, strawberries, nectarines, spinach, peaches, cherries, grapes, celery, pears, sweet bell peppers, and tomatoes.