Genetically modified organisms are found in an estimated 80% of grocery store foods. In all reality, it’s extremely difficult to avoid them. And while we are very much in favor of sustainable, organic, non-GMO agriculture, we know eating completely non-GMO can be difficult. This difficult endeavor may be just what the naturopath ordered for the many people suffering from digestive ailments, however. Evidence exists that could tie the growing prevalence of GMO foods to the growing prevalence of digestive problems like leaky gut syndrome, IBS, and even chronic fatigue.
As reported by GreenMedInfo, leaky gut syndrome is a relatively new phenomena that affects an increasing number of people. It occurs when valves or barriers within the digestive system leak slightly due to damage. This can allow food, waste, and toxins to enter the bloodstream, triggering an immune response. While it is only partially understood at this point, there are indications that our growing dependence on processed and even GMO foods could have created the illness and be perpetuating it.
Though research linking digestive ailments to GMO consumption is limited, anecdotal case studies are many.
“One of the many toxins we find that are negatively impacting people’s health are Genetically Modified Organisms”, says Dr. David Hartz of the North Florida Spine and Wellness Institute. “Many people have no idea how GMOs negatively affect their health until they remove those foods from their diet and until they deal with the toxins accumulated in the body–in tissues, organs, cellular and intracellular levels–and positive changes begin to occur.”
Perhaps you are experiencing digestive problems or suffering from leaky gut syndrome. There is no way to be certain that GMOs are causing your ailment unless you eliminate them completely from your diet. This can be extremely difficult or, unfortunately, nearly impossible.
GMO elimination is not easy, particularly if you are accustomed to processed foods or fruits and vegetables imported from across the country and globe. The first step is in eliminating these. Those products that are certified organic are non-GMO. Give yourself 30 days of a complete GMO-free lifestyle and note the changes.
Attempting to detox GMOs from your body before you start your 30-day trial will ensure you are getting a “blank slate” for your little trial.
Because GMO foods are so often processed, nonorganic foods, you will no doubt see some benefits from eliminating GMOs. These benefits could mean the difference between vitality and illness, making all the effort worthwhile.