We start out in the world as a clean slate, but it doesn't always stay that way. Over time toxins, both naturally occurring and man-made, can build up in our bodies. We can inhale, ingest, drink or even inherit them. 'Body burden' refers to the total amount of these chemicals and toxins in our bodies at any given time.
These substances come and go. Some pass through the body quickly and some long overstay their welcome. As Chemical Body Burden's website states, arsenic passes through in 72 hours, whereas chemicals like the pesticide DDT remains for years. While they're there, these toxins can effect our health significantly. They can kill cells and tissues, damage vital organs and weaken the immune system.
Of the many ways in which toxins can get into our bodies, our food is one of the most significant. Pesticides used to grow the food you eat may have come from spraying at a nearby farm or from your own garden, but most likely they were introduced at the production stage.
A primary reason to choose organic meat, vegetables and other products is that they are produced and processed without any chemicals. This is especially important for growing and developing kids, who need beneficial nutrients without any nasty extras. A study done by Chensheng Lu at the University of Washington looked at pesticide exposure in children. The results showed the pesticide levels in kids eating an organic diet were six times lower than those eating a conventional diet.
The fact that this topic is being studied and more openly talked about can be a good thing. For one, it means that the information and alternatives are more readily available. Certified organic products like grass-fed meat can be easily found in your local supermarket or butcher's. It's a good place to start when choosing a healthier life.