Despite not getting as much media coverage as it should, the fact is that glyphosate exposure has become a widespread issue due to its prevalence in humanity and its potential impact on human health and wellness. The long-term health effects of this chemical are still being debated in the scientific community.
Glyphosate has been under the spotlight since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the herbicide as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant (drying agent). It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate, which acts by inhibiting the plant enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase. It’s the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, the world’s top selling weed killer.
Humans can be exposed to glyphosate by consuming glyphosate-contaminated food or water, or by absorption through the skin. This exposure can have certain affects on the human body, according to a number of studies on the subject. In addition to being associated with the development of certain types of cancer, these effects can include:
• acts as an antibiotic
• decimates the microflora and its ability to produce essential amino acids like tryptophan that converts to serotonin
• inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes
• disrupts sulfate synthesis and sulfate transport
• disrupts the microbiome in the intestine, by disrupting the shikimate pathway, causing a decrease in the ratio of beneficial to harmful bacteria
• leads to excessive extracellular glutamate levels and consequently to glutamate excitotoxicity and oxidative stress
• impairs methylation pathways
• inhibition of pituitary release of thyroid stimulating hormone
• toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines
There are reports (PDF) that the herbicide residues were found in cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals and chips commonly consumed by children and adults.
How Can Ionic Foot Detox Help Reduce Health Risks of Glyphosate Exposure?
As is the case with a number of chemicals that find its way into the body, preliminary studies have shown that Ionic Foot Detox can actually help reduce levels of Glyphosate in the system.
While more study is needed, these preliminary results hint that the effects of glyphosate on the human body should be quite a bit less severe and could help prevent certain health problems from forming, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, renal tubule carcinoma, and others.