The boy has one yogurt, cookies and peanuts for breakfast and goes to school. The other children see him bloated and laugh but quickly realize that something is wrong. His face is too swollen. The teacher calls the ambulance and the school calls his mother. The boy had an allergic reaction to the peanuts he ate in the morning.
The food we eat every day has chemical compounds that we are not aware of. They are used to replace natural components -that have a shorter shelf life and are more expensive- or to keep products in stock for longer periods of time. The business model is based on the fact that the return on investment increases when costs are reduced with synthetic raw materials and logistics are safer.
Anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction, is just one of the consequences that arise from the synthetic chemicals in supermarket products. Others may be lack of nutrients, obesity, diabetes, cancer, or genetic modification.
One of the most used materials these days is cellulose, a fiber that comes from wood. It is not digested and does not provide nutrients but it makes the final product creamier, more airy and more durable. Other components are preservatives and stabilizers, those that you see with an E, a dash and 3 numbers: they are neurotoxins.
Allergic reactions affect children more than adults. In Spain, 7.5 to 10% of children suffer from food allergies, which is a highly prevalent and life-threatening clinical situation. This means that one child per classroom may have this pathology, which in addition to being on the rise, produces health costs and loss of productivity.
Another source of allergy is the one we have towards glyphosate. This can manifest itself in the skin on the sides of the arms that sometimes itches and makes the skin rough. Common symptoms are a scratchy throat, itching, or burning, especially when consuming products with soy, corn, or wheat.
We have not become allergic to food, we have created a defense against what has been done to it in the production process. The effects of synthetic chemicals may be unknown to our minds. However, the body knows very well what it needs and what it doesn’t. Our conscience must be responsible for identifying if there are toxins that can kill cells on the plastic packaging because once they are in the body, the substances act. It is our responsibility towards our own body to know what is in what we buy.
It is time to rethink our way of consuming. We have the power to change our destiny every day with what our fork touches. We have nearby farmers who have beautiful farms with crops that are friendly to the environment and your nutrition. Some of the foods that may help if you have allergies are raw local honey, hot spices, bone broth, probiotics, pineapple, apple cider vinegar, fresh organic vegetables, and protein without hormones or antibiotics. I made apple cider vinegar at home and it is efficient not only for prevention, but also for curing diseases.
We need to be informed about these issues and we need to study the techniques that allow us to live better. One of these tools is permaculture. Managing resources in a smarter way can give us superior returns in time, money and food productivity. We can see ourselves as ecologically healthy humans, capable of producing, maintaining and improving our land if we put our minds to it. The future of our children depends on the information we have and the quality of life that we can give them. Could it be that we can reject these products as quickly as we reject what we do not like?
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