With toxins and chemicals overwhelmingly present in our water and food, avoiding them is very difficult these days. Although it may appear as just another diet trend, the benefits of clean eating are worth the hype.
Freeing your body of excess toxins is critical for your overall health and wellness. Eating clean reduces our exposure to excess toxins that interfere with the function of our hormones, which surprisingly influence many aspects of our health including:
- Immune strength
- Sex drive
Chemicals interfere with the natural power of our body to take care of itself and function properly. Eating whole foods and drinking pure water allows your body to thrive the way it was meant to. With so many foods that can be detrimental to our health, the facts and rules can get overwhelming. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know in order to eat clean and feel good, without having to turn your life upside down.
What clean eating means
Clean eating means eating foods and products that are low in or totally free of chemicals. The most common place to find chemicals and preservatives is in processed foods. If you look at the ingredients on many packaged foods, you will realize you do not recognize most of them and their names are hard to pronounce. This is a hint that they are probably not food at all, but most likely chemicals.
The best way to avoid chemicals in foods is to avoid much of what is on the shelf. Most shelf foods are made to last by using chemicals to preserve flavor and texture. Other foods to avoid are ones that advertise “Low Calorie” or “Sugar Free”. These snacks use chemicals as well to achieve their low sugar and calorie content. Its simple: eating clean means eating whole foods grown from the ground.
Organic is best
Organic produce means that it has been grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or irradiation and it relies on natural or mechanical methods rather than prohibited chemicals for pest control. It also means it has not been genetically engineered. To be labeled as organic a product has to be certified by the USDA, or another certifying organization, that verifies it has been grown without the use of extreme measures to protect it from pests or make it grow faster and larger than it naturally would.
What’s the deal with pesticides and synthetic fertilizers anyway? Well, not only can pesticides negatively affect our bodies by harming our organs and fertility, pesticides also strip soil of its inherent nutrients, which is where produce derives its nutrient content. For example, if you’re looking at nutrient content of an organic cucumber versus a non-organic cucumber, the organic one is significantly higher in nutrients.
In addition, there are guidelines that define organic meat and dairy. To be labeled as organic, these animals must be raised without the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, fed with organic feed, and cared for under certain animal welfare guidelines.
When it comes to clean eating, finding meat, eggs and dairy ethically raised without the use of hormones and antibiotics can be difficult. But it is critical if you want to eat nourishing, quality animal products. Eating the meat or byproducts of fat and sick animals is potentially harmful to your health. It is also contributing to rapid growth of antibiotic resistance all over the world. Be a diligent shopper, and look for ethically raised animal products free of antibiotics and hormones.
Be wary of “natural”
The word ‘natural’ has almost no restrictions when it comes to labels. It refers to so much that it’s fair game to put on any package, and is not a particularly good indicator of a healthy product.
Drink pure water
Tap water is convenient and cheap; but unfortunately, there are certain health risks you take on by drinking it. There are hundreds of chemicals present in tap water including mercury, fluoride and chlorine. These chemicals have been linked directly to causing cancer. Bottled water is not exempt here either. There are many bottled waters that contain these chemicals too. This is why its critical we pay attention to the quality of the water we drink.
Choosing to drink ultra-purified water is an easy way to avoid lots of toxins and chemicals. Water is so important to our health and to a clean lifestyle. Being adequately hydrated with pure water enables all of our organs to thrive.
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Getting started with the clean eating regimen
Although it seems like a lot, staying committed to a clean eating diet is not as hard as it seems. Follow the tips below to clean up your regimen and get the most out of your diet.
For beginners, eating clean should be straightforward. Once you recognize where toxins come into your life, it becomes a lot easier to reduce and eventually eliminate them. Your diet plan should include:
- Reduction of packaged and processed foods
- Ultra-Purified water
- Organic produce from the grocery store or local co-opportunity – certain produce retains pesticides more than others, check the internet for what you definitely want to buy organic, and other things you can skimp on
- Farmers market shopping – although a lot of farmers market vendors aren’t certified organic (to do so can be an expensive process), they will not use sprays or pesticides on their produce. This is the best way to support local business and get clean, toxin free food. Through buying things primarily from farmers markets, your shopping list will be heavy on fresh, clean produce.
Clean eating grocery list
Fruit for breakfast and for snacking on – rich in fiber, antioxidants, micronutrients
Vegetables to roast or make chopped salads with – rich in iron, protein, calcium
- Bell peppers
- Mixed greens, kale, spinach
- Sweet potatoes
Meat organically and ethically raised, hormone and antibiotic free
- Local, wild caught fish
Foods & practices that help eliminate toxins in your body
- Clarified butter, or ghee
- Deep breathing
- Tai chi
- Mud bath
- Sweat lodge
Food can be the fastest form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. It all depends on which food you choose.
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