Shopping Guide

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There are so many toxins in our environment and pesticides and chemicals in and on our food.  Below is the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 list of “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” produce.  The Dirty Dozen list contains the fruits and vegetables that have been exposed to the most amounts of pesticides, insecticides, chemicals, etc.  These foods should be purchased organic.  The Clean Fifteen list shows the produce that can be purchased conventionally when buying organic is not an option.

Dirty Dozen:                                                                                                   

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Bell Peppers
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

Clean Fifteen:

  1. Avocados
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Honeydew
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Cantaloupe
  15. Cauliflower

Source – ewg.org

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It’s not just about what you put in your body, but also what you put on your body.  Below is the list of ingredients found in so many beauty, skin and hair care products, which are toxic and harmful to your body.  Your skin is your largest organ.  What you put on it gets absorbed into the bloodstream.  When you buy products that contain these ingredients, you are exposing your body to chemicals, which can cause birth defects, cancer, infertility, learning disabilities, reproductive problems and skin allergies.  These ingredients should be avoided!

  1. Benzoyl Peroxide (found in acne products)
  2. BHA/BHT
  3. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine) (a foam booster)
  4. Dioxin (often found in antibacterial ingredients such as triclosan, emulsifiers, ethoxylated cleansers and PEGs)
  5. DMDM & Urea (Imidazolidinyl) (2 formaldehyde releasing preservatives)
  6. FD&C Color and Pigments (synthetic colors)
  7. Hydroquinone
  8. Isopropyl Alcohol (found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions and aftershave lotions)
  9. Lead
  10. Mineral Oil
  11. Nanoparticles
  12. Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) (Used as preservatives)
  13. PEG (Polyethylene glycol) (found in baby care, personal care and sunscreens)
  14. Petrolatum
  15. Phthalates (often in most products)
  16. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol (petroleum plastics)
  17. Quaternium-15 (a preservative in many haircare and skincare products)
  18. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) (found in 90% of personal care products which foam)
  19. Sunscreen Chemicals (avobenzone, benzphenone, ethoxycinnamate, and PABA are some of the common used ingredients)
  20. Sulfates
  21. Synthetic Fragrance
  22. Talc (found in makeup, adult and children’s powders, foundations)
  23. Triclosan (a synthetic antibacterial ingredient)

Sources: healinglifestyles.com, mindbodygreen.com, healthychild.org, drfranklipman.com, ewg.org/skindeep/

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