Trying To Eat Healthy Food Goes Beyond Eating More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are inarguably a significant part of a healthy diet. However, fruits and vegetables will be tainted with chemical pesticides if they are not organically raised.
Other health foods are laden with these chemical pesticides as well.
Farmers spray their crops with chemical pesticides for ONE reason – to protect the plants from being killed or stunted by insects, diseases or weeds.
So farmers depend on chemical pesticides as their chosen tool of crop insurance.
However, for the consumer of these crops, you are assured to ingest toxic, life-threatening chemicals while eating your fruits and vegetables trying to eat healthy. These chemical pesticides are stored by the body in your colon and their they slowly leak into your bloodstream and poison your body.
Diseases that are linked to chemical pesticide poisoning include Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, birth defects, Autism, reproductive disorders, several types of cancers, Parkinson’s and ADHD.
Foods Heavy-Laden With Pesticides
zucchini, lettuce, strawberries, peaches, apples, carrots, kale, celery, sweet bell peppers, imported cherry tomatoes, spinach, collard greens,grapes, nectarines, apples, cucumbers, white potatoes, hot peppers, blueberries, wine, chocolate, fatty meats not lean, milk, coffee
Quick Wash for Non-systemic Pesticides
You can quickly wash off many chemical pesticides that stay on the surface of the produce. These are considered non-systemic pesticides. You make your own
produce wash with inexpensive ingredients without and it doesn’t include dish soap.
Produce Cleaner Recipe 1
Spray produce. Let sit 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly to wash away residue.
- New Spray Bottle
- 1 Tbsp White Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup Water
Produce Cleaner Recipe 2
FYI: baking soda and vinegar will foam when mixed together, so make sure you use a deep container and pour slowly when filling the spray bottle.
- New Spray Bottle
- 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 1 Cup White Vinegar
- 20 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (available at health food stores)
- 1 Cup Water
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Systemic Pesticides You Can’t Wash Off
These same foods contain systemic pesticides too that don’t wash off. Systemic pesticides are absorbed into the fibers of the food so cannot simply be washed off. They are applied to the seed itself, the soil the seed is planted in, or to the leaves of the plant. As the plant grows, the pesticide infiltrates the fruit and leaves of the plant.
The four main systemic pesticides that are increasing in use which farmers apply to their produce are from the nitroguanidine/neonicotinoid chemical group. They are:
Since these systemic pesticides have only been in use for the last 10 years, there is no credible research yet available to determine their long-term effects to the human body.
Taking Your Health In Your Own Hands
The best way to protect yourself against the damaging effects of chemical pesticides, known and unknown, is to take your health into your hands. You can:
- Grow your own food
- Know that the farmer who produces your food grows organically
- When buying the commonly heavy-laden chemical foods, buy them organic