Living Clean and Green with Organic Foods

In our modern world, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals daily. Here are some tips on how to avoid exposure and detoxify naturally.

Living Clean and Green with Organic Foods

Buy organic when it counts

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) creates two lists each year to help us know when it’s essential to buy organic: the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. If you can’t always buy organic, make sure you’re at least buying organic versions of the foods listed on the Dirty Dozen, and know that you can get away with conventional versions for the Clean Fifteen.

This year’s Dirty Dozen list:

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Kale
4. Nectarines
5. Apples
6. Grapes
7. Peaches
8. Cherries
9. Pears
10. Tomatoes
11. Celery
12. Potatoes

This year’s Clean Fifteen list:

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapple
4. Onions
5. Papaya
6. Sweet peas (frozen)
7. Eggplants
8. Asparagus
9. Cauliflower
10. Cantaloupes
11. Broccoli
12. Mushrooms
13. Cabbage
14. Honeydew melon
15. Kiwifruit

Store your food safely

When you store your food in plastic containers, you’re letting hormone-disrupting chemicals like BPA seep into your food. To avoid this, use stainless steel or glass containers to store your food at home. Remember, even plastic containers that say “BPA-Free” contain other hormone-disrupting chemicals!

Use safe cleaning products
Why use conventional cleaning products full of chemicals when you can use gentler ones with the same effect? The EWG has tested over 2,000 household cleaners—check out their directory to ensure what you’re using is safe.

Clean up your personal care products
On average, we put over 125 unique chemical ingredients on our skin daily. Reduce that number and use safer products by checking out the EWG’s Skin Deep Guide to Cosmetics.

Below are some examples of harmful ingredients that should be avoided:
• Triclocarban and triclosan in soaps and toothpaste
Aluminum in deodorants/antiperspirants
Phthalates, parabens, and retinoids in moisturizers
Boric acid and BHA in diaper cream
PEGs, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and siloxanes in makeup/cosmetics
Formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in nail polish
Oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate in chemical-based sunscreens

Drink clean water

Ensuring you’re getting clean drinking water is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce toxin exposure. Use filters to keep your water free of contaminants such as nitrate, chlorine, chloramine, fluoride, lead, and other toxins. Effective water filter choices include countertop systems such as the Berkey with an additional fluoride filter; under-the-sink systems like the reverse osmosis Radiant Life 14-stage filter, and multistage carbon filters like CrystalQuest. In general, reverse osmosis systems are the most effective.

Eat and live clean for detox

Despite our best efforts, we’ll still be exposed to some harmful chemicals in our day-to-day life. Eating a diet consisting of real food, drinking enough clean water, sweating when you exercise, managing your stress, and sleeping enough all play a role in how well we detox these inevitable exposures. Living a healthy life provides the most potent buffer against environmental toxins. 

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