A new study from Pediatrics found that children with higher levels of pesticides in their urine had more ADHD symptoms compared to children with less pesticides in their urine. This shows some relationship between pesticides, used to keep pests off produce, and ADHD, great news for parents looking for natural ways of handling their children’s ADHD.
To avoid pesticides you can buy organic fruits and vegetables, which are grown without the use of pesticides. But buying all organic can be expensive. So, do what I do, I buy organic of the foods I eat the most. For example, we have salad almost every night in my house, so I buy organic lettuce. I also eat a lot of fruit, especially berries, so whenever I can I buy organic berries. I don’t buy much organic cantaloupe or bananas because I figure the skin is so thick I don’t get much of the pesticide. I also thoroughly wash all of my fruits and vegetables. Or you can just buy organic for your children, even though adults are exposed to pesticides too, the effects seem to be worse in children. Another way to reduce your families pesticide exposure is to eat locally grown produce, although usually not certified organic, many small local farms do not spray their produce.