January 10

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WEEK 1 UNLOAD: WASH IT OFF

Good morning Challengers!

You’ve made it through the first week, and we hope you are enjoying the challenge so far.

The day 5 challenge is really here to open your eyes to how many of the things you come into contact with on a day-to-day basis can be contributing to an ill state of health. Some sneaky chemicals associated with agriculture and farming, could be creating may of the problems you’re suffering with, and you don’t even realize it. 

The most likely of places these chemicals are lurking is on your fruit and vegetables, and you’re unknowingly ingesting them when you eat. 

Today’s challenge is to make every effort to:

Wash all of your fresh produce

To succeed in this challenge, you’re going to:

  • Buy organic produce where possible
  • Wash your fresh produce in a rinse of warm water and lemon juice or white vinegar
  • Avoid processed and packaged foods as they may be contaminated with pesticides or herbicides

It’s likely that you know that fresh produce is contaminated by herbicides and pesticides, and you’ll also possibly know that these chemicals they use in agriculture aren’t very good for your health. The problem is, that you may not know just how bad they can be.

You see, these chemicals, when you’re exposed to them on a day-to-day basis, for weeks, months and years, can begin to slowly chip away at your health and compound any health problems you develop. 

The risks of high and consistent exposure to herbicides and pesticides in humans has been suggested as being endocrine disruptors, which can impact the production and management of hormones and body chemicals. Additionally, they have been found to disrupt the composition of the bacterial colonies that live in your gut as well as placing increased pressure on the liver detoxification mechanisms, both of which may have widespread effects on health. 

Because of the use in agriculture, fresh produce is typically the place where we would find the highest exposure, however, because animals also eat these plants and the grass around the fields that are sprayed, the meat we eat also has a potential to carry risk of exposure. Baked and packaged goods, made with the dried and processed varieties of crops may contain traces of chemicals, too. 

It’s for this reason that we should make an effort to decrease our exposure to these chemicals by thoroughly washing our fruit and vegetables before preparing and cooking them. 

BONUS RECIPE:

In a spray bottle, add the following:

  • 1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
  • 10 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ¾ cup white vinegar

Spray directly onto your fruit and vegetables (except for mushrooms) and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing them well in running water. 

Feel free to find out what other people in your facebook community group and youtube channel are doing and how they are addressing the challenge. 

To your good health, 

Team Aches Away

PS) if you haven’t managed to do any of the challenges for this week, use the two ‘free’ days over the weekend to get them done. You’ll be thankful you did!

This Challenge has been prepared by our Toronto Nutritional Therapist Vanessa Phillips. Video courtesy of Sara Hodgkinson: Our Acupuncturist for Digestion, Cosmetics, Pain and Anxiety

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