Clean eating generally refers to eating foods in their most natural state, however, today I want to make a new case. It has always been my opinion that most cancers come from the buildup of toxins within our bodies left over from the foods we eat, the products we use, and the air we breathe. I’m an advocate for consistent detoxing, although my busy schedule doesn’t always allow me to do so. I found that there are other ways in which I can limit my risk of poisons and toxins. It’s simple – just thoroughly wash your produce. Even if you are trying to eat food in its natural state, the poisonous pesticides and protective waxes pretty much cancel out all of your efforts.
My immediate response was to start clean eating with organic foods since it has been linked to better reproductive health, longer life, and resistance to oxidative stress. However, eating organic doesn’t always provide the cleanest food. Some organic farms still use pesticides, however, they use natural pesticides instead of the chemical, synthetic ones we normally find on our foods. Most scientists say that the amount we consume is harmless. In the scientific world, the amount is called the dose and that is what determines if it is poisonous or not. There’s no way to 100% remove pesticides and waxes, so what happens to them once they are ingested? Yes, it is a very small amount, but does it buildup within our system or is it excreted? It’s my belief that it can and that some of that buildup causes even the healthiest of people to be susceptible to various forms of cancer.
“Some stores even wash and rinse their produce, like apples, with a bleach solution before placing them on the floor to sell. This is just to keep bacteria down, but it doesn’t help with pesticides.”
If that’s the truth, then what can we do to further prevent these issues? Well, my suggestion to start with washing your fruits and vegetables. You’re not clean eating if you don’t do this. It’s truly simple to do. I’ve read that rinsing produce with tap water can be just as good as using a vegetable cleanser, and that vegetable cleansers may leave chemical residues. However, rinsing with tap water is just the beginning. Based on my research, here’s what I found online that should help us all truly indulge in clean eating.
First, no matter what produce you bring home, you should immediately wash it. The pesticides have a way of seeping into the foods the longer it sits on food.
Water and Salt Rinse – Use one teaspoon of salt for every cup of water and let your produce soak for about five minutes.
White Vinegar and Water – Fill your sink with water and add one cup of white vinegar. Then let it soak for about an hour. You can use apple cider vinegar too, but use a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water.
Baking Soda and Water – Use one teaspoon of baking soda and two cups of water for at least two minutes. Some website suggests letting it soak for twelve to fifteen minutes.
Even after I do all of this, I still believe in the importance of regular detoxing. It helps rid the body of anything that didn’t leave the body on its own. More information about detoxing can be found here.