A six letter word we’ve all heard, but haven’t thought a lot about…Toxins.
Toxins, also known as environmental contaminants to Dr. Dan Rubin (ND and naturopathic oncologist), shared with survivors recently. He suggests that after we are cancer-free (or to prevent cancer from occurring in our bodies), we should focus on eliminating Toxins by healthy lifestyle choices.
What does this mean??? Since a toxin is basically something that is poisonous to the human body, we want to eliminate our exposure to them as much as possible. We will focus on lifestyle choices we can make in our daily lives. They are:
- Air quality
- Household cleaning products and personal hygiene items
- Toxic emotions, such as grief, anger, stress, and loneliness
- Spiritual disconnection
How Can I Detox?
Because daily life involves exposure to toxins on some level, and toxins can be stored in our body tissues, I recommend we adopt a cleansing lifestyle while eliminating as many toxins as we can.
Beginning with FOOD, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will help us on a daily basis. Fruits and vegetables contain an amazing variety of antioxidants, and these antioxidants help remove the toxins on a daily basis. Fruits and vegetables are also rich in fiber, and their fiber acts like tiny, gentle scrub brushes in our colons, moving toxins through quickly for eliminating.
Organic or Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables?
Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides. This eliminates a source of potent environmental toxins, which is a very good thing. However, usually organic produce of all types costs more. Here is what I tell my clients:
“Buy organic as much as you can. However, when you can’t locate quality organic produce or it’s too expensive for your budget, you can do several things. First, always keep in mind that ALL produce must be washed well. Every fruits and vegetables you would cut or peel, such as a melon.
To kill bacteria, use a vinegar/water spray all over the surface of the produce. Let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes, then rinse well under running water.
Next, refer to the EWG’s list of the “Dirty 12” and “Clean 15.” (See note below.) This is annual listing of the “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.” As you would guess, the Dirty 12 are the fruits and vegetables that are the most heavily contaminated with pesticides. The Clean 15 are the ones you can eat conventionally grown, as the amount of pesticide residue is minimal.
Having said this, I believe a high daily consumption of fruits and vegetables are so important to our health and cancer prevention (and research strongly supports this) that I would rather you eat conventionally grown produce washing well that not eat fruits and vegetables as half of your plate every meal.
I cannot emphasize this enough. I prefer to eat food that is grown in the US, because some of the most harmful pesticides are still in use in Mexico and Chile. (This is a fact, not a personal statement on a country or their people.)
How Do I Find the Free Information from EWG?
The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) puts out a huge amount of information for free on their website. Click here to go to the main site, or click on either of the two links below to view either listing. (I support this website with a small donation annually because their work is so important and I want to share it with you, but that is not required. If you give them your email on the pop-up box that appears, they will send you an email with the information I have for you below.)
Note: 3 separate links below: