Mitochondria generate energy which facilitates every function of your body. Pesticides are chemicals designed to harm or kill pests. Pesticides kill insects and herbicides kill weeds. These pesticides may be harmful to the people ingesting it as well. Some studies show that pesticides can damage your mitochondria, which will lower energy production of the body and cause cell death. Over time this can lead to disease and aging. Here are some pesticides to be aware of.
1. Glyphosate. The most common weed killer in the world. Roundup, a popular wed killer you can find in home improvement stores contains glyphosate. Scientists have developed GMO plants that withstand glyphosate. That is why the GMO debate on whether or not GMOs are inherently bad is redundant, because regardless GMOs are sprayed with more and stronger herbicides. Regular crops would die if they were sprayed with all that junk. Many counties are restricting glyphosate use, some are banning it entirely. There are concerns that glyphosate is cancer causing. There have actually been lawsuits in the US about this recently. Another problem with glyphosate is that its hard to get rid of. It can linger in the soil for quite a while. Food can contain glyphosate residue. Beware of glyphosate when eating barley, wheat corn, canola, cottonseed oil, sugar beets and oats. Some research dictates that glyphosate can trigger the collapse of mitochondrial membranes. Other studies show that it can disrupt mitochondrial function by stopping the electron transport chain. Either way it is something to be cautious of.
2. Paraquat. Highly toxic, so a licence is required to use paraquat in the US. It was banned of use in the EU and South Korea. It is used at times for glyphosate resistant weeds. It is used to grow soybeans, corn, cotton, palm oil, bananas and coffee. These products may contain residues of this chemical. It is easily absorbed in skin and makes it more permeable, making it even more toxic to you. Paraquat can also affect your mitochondrial function and cause cell die off. Animal research found that it reduced mitochondria’s ability to use oxygen by up to 70%.
3. Chlorpyrifos. Its been in use in the USA since 1965. It is a pesticide used to kill termites and roaches. It overstimulates the pests nervous system, killing the bug. It can interfere humans brain and nervous system as well. The EPA already banned it for household use. It has not been banned for commercial use yet. It can be found in meat and dairy products, as well as corn, nuts, broccoli and soybeans. Chlorpyrifos can break apart your mitochondria.
There are lots of other toxic pesticides out there, so eating organic or simply rinsing and cleaning your fruits and veggies with baking soda and water or similar might be advisable. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to alzheimer’s, parkinsons, cancer, skin disorders, gut issues, diabetes and more. Even if you are eating conventional produce, try to at least avoid GMO food. Corn, soybeans, canola oil ans sugar beets are most of the time GMO. GMO food was probably doused with lots of herbicides. Avoid using bug poison in your home. Use a natural alternative like eucalyptus oil and cinnamon oil. Aunt Fannies makes great natural ant sprays from essential oils. There are lots on the market.
Every so often give your body detox support by taking NAC and sweating it out in a sauna. Here at Natures Arena we offer a world leading top of the line infrared sauna collection. We carry Jacuzzi® infrared saunas. You can check them out in our sauna collection. Good Luck.