A Clean Body of Water
“The western approach is like trying to return a lake to purity once it’s been contaminated by toxic waste. You could try treat the lake by finding out what exactly the contaminants in the water are,then using different chemicals to neutralise their effect. But all you’d end up with is water with even more chemicals in it.
The eastern way to purify isn’t to add more chemicals,but to put more clean water into the lake. You can do that by making sure the streams feeding the lake are clean, healthy and flowing as freely as possible and that the old toxic water can flow out as new clean water flows in
Once the ecological balance has returned in the lake the entire lake will return to health and all the fish and animals that feed from the lake will thrive”- The Infertility Cure, Randine Lewis (Book)
Everything we allow into our bodies either contribute to the total toxin and chemical load or the cleansing and clearing of unwanted toxins and chemicals. We are the ones that are responsible for the balance in our bodies.
- The water we drink from the tap is most likely chlorinated in order to kill unwanted bacteria so we can use it, but that same chlorine also kills our healthy gut bacteria.
- BPA in plastic bottles and ESPECIALLY in plastic that is heated (starbucks? microwave meals? water bottles lying in the sun/hot car?)
- BPA in food cans
- Our cosmetics and bathroom products (post to follow)
- Hormones and mycotoxins from animal products that were not grass fed and were not free of hormone treatment
- And of course, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides from fresh produce:
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases the Dirty Dozen™ — a list of the 12 non-organic fruits and vegetables highest in pesticide residues.
EWG analyzes over 38,000 samples taken by the USDA and FDA to single out the fruit and vegetables that are highest on the pesticide list. Therefore the dirty dozen is a list of produce that we should always buy organic as these fruit and vegetables are most susceptible to being sprayed by pesticides and also absorb a lot of these toxins.
It is very important to take note that it is still more beneficial to eat these fruit and vegetables even if they are not organic from time to time. The benefits of fruit and vegetables should not be underestimated and the the USDA regulates pesticide amount very tightly so even if when not organic, they assure that pesticide levels found on 99.5% of conventional(non organic) produce are well below recommendations set by the Environmental Protection Agency
But as we know, even small amounts of toxins eventually build up in the system over time and therefore it is still best to buy organic when we can.
The clean 15 are fruit and vegetables which report the least likelihood to contain pesticide residue.
Take a screenshot of the following list and keep it on you when grocery shopping 🙂
TIP: Organic Produce Labeling In a perfect world, all food would say “USDA Organic” so you know it’s been through a particular stringent certification process. Unfortunately, that is not the case, but we do have one great tip for purchasing produce: All produce usually has a PLU (price look-up code) sticker. Produce that is organic will have a sticker number that starts with a 9. If it starts with a 4, it’s conventional.