Wellness Wednesday!

Hiya sweet friend,

Do you want to have that healthy glow from the inside out?

I am sure you already know how important it is to feed yourself and your loved ones the best quality food available. Are you aware, however that certain fruits and vegetables are better for you when purchased organically?  There are so many toxins in our environment and pesticides and chemicals on our food. I wanted to give you a handy tool to help you make the best decisions possible while taking a trip to your local market.  Below is the “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” list of foods. The Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables that contain the most amount of pesticides. Even when you wash the fruits and vegetables, the pesticides that were sprayed onto the plants and on the ground get into the root system of the plant.  You sure don’t want to ingest these toxic chemicals.  Try to purchase these foods labeled organic as much as possible. This is really important!  The Clean Fifteen are those that can be purchased conventionally when organic, is not an option.  They are the fruits and vegetables that have been shown to contain the least amount of pesticides.

Dirty Dozen:

Apples
Celery
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Nectarines
Peaches
Potatoes
Snap Peas
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet Bell Pepper
Plus Hot Peppers and Kale and Collard Greens

Clean Fifteen:

Asparagus
Avocados
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangoes
Onions
Papayas
Pineapples
Sweet Corn
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
Sweet Potatoes
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 care and hair care products that 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

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

 

Abby xo

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