Roundup: Why it’s so bad for us

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What is Roundup?


 

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup - one of the world’s most widely used and potentially the most toxic herbicides. It’s used widely to get rid of unwanted vegetation.

In NZ it is used around play centres, schools, parks, food crops, gardens and any fencing edges or roadsides to name a few.

 

Why is Roundup so harmful?


 

Glyphosate is very effective at its job in killing weeds but also can affect bacteria, fungi and viruses.

 

Guess what we are?

 

Our bodies are made up of 10% human cells and 90% bacteria fungi and viruses…  That allows the Roundup to have an effect on 90% of what makes us function as a human!

 

We are directly affecting our body’s essential pathways at a microscopic level.

 

Therefore we don’t even realise what we are affecting until we get symptoms!

 

How does exposure to Roundup affect you?


 

The effects of exposure to glyphosate are limitless, since our body relies on these microorganisms to function.

 

Symptoms can include:

  • bloating
  • fatigue
  • running nose
  • fussy brain
  • skin problems
  • trouble concentrating
  • gut problems
  • allergies



Glyphosate is also now being identified as a probable carcinogen due to its link with lung cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

 

What you can do


 

So how can you keep yourself and your family safe from the effects of glyphosate?

 

  1. Eat as much organic food and vegetables as you can


  2. It’s a great idea to remove it completely from your home and any areas you can around your house


  3. Make sure our body is kept healthy! Since unfortunately we can’t remove it completely from our NZ environment (as of yet) we need to make sure our bodies are as healthy as can be in order to process the toxins surrounding us. Getting checked at the healing room regularly can help your body process the chemicals effectively and allow the body to function better in order to eliminate toxins. It's a great way to begin :)

 

References:

 

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