I’m sure you’ve heard by now: You are what you eat. And, you are what you breathe. And, you are what you put on your skin! We live in some scary times; it seems there’s a new precaution at every turn. You may be asking yourself, how many preventative steps do we really need to take? Take a deep (cleansing) breath while I shed some light on some necessary tips to decrease your body burden.
1. Organic when you can. In your quest to consume the most perfect foods, you can breathe a sigh of relief that NOT everything needs to be organic. Adhere to the “Dirty Dozen” & “Clean 15” lists; According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), the foods on the Dirty Dozen list contain between 47 and 67 chemicals when grown conventionally. (The DD are: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, leafy greens like spinach, kale, collard greens and lettuce, green beans, cherries, potatoes and imported grapes.) The bright shining light in what seems like an endless tunnel of pesticides and other chemicals is the Clean 15. These fruits and veggies contain virtually no chemicals and pesticides when consumed conventionally. Tests show that 90 percent of these had one or fewer pesticides, and none had more than five types of pesticides. (The 15 are: onions, avocados, corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and mushrooms.)
2. Change a few key items. While most non-organic products contain a shocking amount of chemicals (see my blog on the “Dirty 30” chemicals in skincare, here are the products you should absolutely insist on being chemical free are: