How to Avoid the Tens of Thousands of Chemicals in Your Food!

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More than 10,000 chemicals in the form of emulsifiers, solvents, and preservatives are used in food processing and storage? 
Below are a few of the many produce and foods with high pesticide or chemical content.

 
Celery
Celery is one of the most pesticide-laden vegetables  with a high content of the pesticides chlorantraniliprole and spinosad, which are very high in its toxic effect.

Potatoes
Unfortunately for you potato lovers there is a very high pesticide content such as that of chlorpropham and o-phenylphenol  that can actually increase the toxic impact of potatoes as well as, disrupting the endocrine balance of your body.

Lettuce
Research shows that a typical lettuce produce has been treated with 9 different pesticides before actually reaching your supermarket store. Research reveals often lettuce is coated with some pesticides such as DDT and Lindane.

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When was the last time you saw Benzimadazol,  Dieldrin, Maleic Hydrazide Thiabendazole, Methylparaben, Dimethyl polysiloxane growing in a farm field or your back yard?

To help you avoid these dangerous chemicals, print and keep this handy list of high and low pesticide produce in your purse or wallet when you go grocery shopping!

Wash Away Pesticides, Waxes, and Chemicals – Naturally!
We know that it’s not always feasible to buy organic all the time, so here are 3 natural methods for properly wash produce to remove pesticides and waxes.


–  Soak 
produce in 1 part white distilled vinegar and 4 parts warm water for 30 to 60 minutes


–  Soak produce in a sink full of cold water and a few drops of essential oils (e.g. Lemon, Lime, or a germ-killing/purifying blend)

–  Spray a mixture of 1 TB lemon juice, 2 TB baking soda, and 1 cup water onto produce and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off and enjoy!  

Commercial fruit and vegetable washes can also be used, just make sure that the ingredients are all natural and free of harsh chemicals.

Counter Chemicals by Choice
Besides buying organic produce and carefully washing them, here are other ways you can avoid harmful chemicals from food in your life.
Perfluorooctanoic acid, aka “PFOA.”

The lining of microwave popcorn bags contain PFOAs.   The high heat created in the Microwave can convert this harmful chemical into vapors that spread throughout the popcorn. They steam given off as the bag is being opened immediately after heating can cause harmful fumes to the body as well.  PFOA toxicity has been linked to thyroid disease in humans. 
What to do?

Air pop non-GMO popcorn yourself.  If you don’t have an air popper you can use kernels in a paper bag in the microwave.  Simply add about 1/2 cup of popcorn to a brown paper bag, twist the top then microwave listening carefully for when it’s finished popping or snack on some healthy chopped vegetables or fruits.
Benzoate Preservatives, aka “BHT, BHA, TBHQ.”

A chemical are used to help keep fats from going rancid.  They’ve been linked with serious concerns like increasing asthma, hives, cancer risk, and disrupting estrogen balance.  Read your packages carefully – it’s often hidden in cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes.
What to do?

  • Use a dehydrator to make your own veggies and fruits!  So easy and inexpensive and chemical free!
  • Only chew gum from health food stores WITHOUT aspartame and other additives.
  • Mix your own nuts – get a variety of raw nuts and roast them with spices or raw. Remember nuts are a healthy fat but still a fat and will add weight especially to the waist line. No more than 6-8 per serving.
Bisphenol-A, aka “BPA.”This is one found in canned foods, such as tomatoes, beans, fruits and vegetables. It is an estrogen-like chemical that is pervasive in canned foods.  BPA has been linked to diabetes, ADHD, reproductive cancers, and thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism and obesity. The acidity in canned tomatoes can pull even more of this chemical into the food.
What to do?

  • Never heat or freeze plastic containers, including leaving them in your car during a hot day or at night.
  • Make big batches of fresh tomato sauce and freeze in glass containers.
  • Make beans from dried beans and store for later use.
  • Choose frozen fruits and veggies (not canned) when fresh is not available or in season.
  • Look for tomato and other packaged products in glass jars.
Top Signs Your Body is Toxic
Across the United States, the EPA took samples of people’s fat cells (adipose) and analyzed the samples for the presence of various toxins. In 98% of the samples they found many toxins, including benzene, PCBs, DDE (a metabolite of DDT pesticide), dioxins, toluene, and chlorobenzene, all of which are highly damaging to the immune system and compromise every tissue in the body. Once these chemicals and metals create a “home” for themselves in you fat and nerve cells, it can take years, if ever to have them removed on their own.

These are only a very few examples of the barrage of chemicals or bodies struggle to remove every day from typical foods that are eaten.  Our bodies are like any other machine you know of…if you don’t clean it, eventually it will break down in the form of autoimmune disease, cancers, arthritis you name!
Here is a brief list of known symptoms often related to toxicity:

• allergies
• acne
• anxiety
• burning skin
• brain fog
• chronic fatigue
• chemical sensitivities
• depression
• eczema
• frequent colds or flu
• feeling “sick all over”
• insomnia
• loss of dexterity
• low body temperature
• memory loss
• mood swings
• muscle and joint pains
• poor concentration
And the list goes on and on…..

When the amount of toxins exceed the body’s ability to excrete them, our body will begin to store these toxins. The accumulation of toxins can seriously impede our physiological health and lead to chronic disease.

If you identified having some of these health symptoms, consider detoxifying your body with help from us at Seleme Health Center.  We use 2, 4, or 6 week specific protocols to remove these harmful heavy metals and chemicals from your body using Frequency-modulated Low-Level Laser protocolsFar Infrared Saunas, nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies, just to name a few ways to help eliminate the toxic influences that block your body’s ability to completely heal.

 

Call us today at (703) 273-0573 for more information or to customize your detoxification protocol!

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  1. Wow !! Who knew that all of these substances were so pervasive in our ‘normal’ food chain found in your neighborhood grocery stores….pretty scary !!! Does bring to mind what we all need to do, in paying attention and doing what we can to be proactive an protect our own health. Starts with being better informed and making better decisions. Great article !

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