All parents want to protect their children and give them the best things in life. Food of course, is at the top of the list when giving children the best the world has to offer. It’s the very nourishment they need to grow up strong and healthy.
Unfortunately, not all food is created equal, and when it comes to nourishing children, a little extra thought and label reading is needed to make an educated choice. It’s not as simple as getting a bag of spinach off the shelf or picking out the most perfect looking green apples. When it comes to food choices, we need to be extra vigilant for our children in order to avoid feeding them toxins that we may unknowingly buy.
Chemicals sprayed on fruits and vegetables are everywhere and the norm selection in most markets and grocery stores. When looking at how you can reduce your exposure to pesticides, the simple answer is to choose organic. Organically grown produce is not pesticide free, but the pesticides used to grow organic fruits and vegetables are natural and not synthetic. The pesticides used to grow conventional produce on the other hand are what we need to watch out for because they contain health harming synthetic chemicals.
Pesticides and Child Development
Unlike adults, children are more susceptible to toxins from pesticides because their immature livers and kidneys cannot filter out toxins the way adults do. Paired with their faster metabolic rates for food, air and water, to scale they consume more pesticides while detoxifying of it less efficiently. Even fetuses, safely in their mother’s womb aren’t exempt from the effects of pesticides.
The list outlines how pesticides affect children:
- Linked to lower IQ
- Increases chance of birth defects and developmental delays
- Higher risk of Autism, ADHD and cancer
- Impaired brain and nervous system functions
The scary thing about pesticides is that they’re everywhere. Not just in the food we buy. When it comes to protecting our children from the health harming effects of pesticides, adopting an organic lifestyle is best. Not just with the food they eat, but the everyday things they interact with.
When considering from what sources might children be exposed to pesticides in their homes, look at surfaces that have been cleaned with chemical-based cleaning products. The residue can still linger on surfaces, and children, who like to touch and put their hands in their mouths, get even more exposure to pesticides. The trick is to stick with green natural-based non-toxic cleaners to keep children away from pesticide exposure in their homes.
From organic food to green all-natural cleaners, children can be kept safe from pesticides. While pesticides are everywhere, it’s our job as parents to keep it a minimum to ensure they get the best start to life by growing up healthy.