Wait! Before you eat those fruits and veggies, did you thoroughly wash them? Not just rinsing, but cleaning. Most people don't really know how important it is to thoroughly wash and clean all of your fresh produce. This goes especially for those who rely on organic products who may think the higher quality means a pass on a bath.
A comprehensive report from the USDA on fresh produce in the US reported that conventional foods on store shelves had on average of 3.2 different pesticides that could be identified as present on the outside of the skin. In high contrast, organic produce was found to have on average 0.8 different pesticides per product. The 400% difference is huge and solidifies beliefs that organic produce is cleaner and healthier, but far from perfect.
To reiterate, organic produce was not found to be clean from pesticides. Research as to why is inconclusive and are likely to be related to cross-contamination but the findings are clear. All produce should be thoroughly cleaned prior to consuming.
Lettuce go over a few tips:
🚿 Never use cleansers to clean produce, unless they are specifically designed for fruits and vegetables.
🚿 Use only cold clean water.
🚿 For produce with thick skin, use a vegetable brush.
🚿 Soak for at least 2 minutes, drain and soak a 2nd time.
🚿 Pat dry with a clean towel or paper towel as rubbing dry damages skin.
🚿 Using 5% white vinegar in your soak will remove all microbes as compared to between 2 & 13% with plain water.
🚿 Using salt water removes significantly more pesticides than plain water.
🚿 Baking soda solutions are highly effective at removing pesticides even from below the skin.
🚿 Never wash mushrooms, pat clean with a lightly damp towel or use a mushroom brush to avoid damaging your fungi.
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Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.
He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.
In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.
The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.
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