Part of healing my body from Autoimmune disease has been to change the way I eat. In our household we have come to practice clean eating and that starts from buying fresh organic produce to cooking a delicious homecooked meal and eliminating processed foods from our plates.
Detoxing my life from the food I eat to the stuff I use on my skin has made a big difference in my health. Our body is constantly detoxing all the toxins, chemicals, carbon fumes and xenoestrogens from the food we eat to the air we breathe.
In our modern world, especially if you are like me living in a large city surrounded by pollution, these toxins are becoming more and more part of our daily lives. There are also an increasing amount of toxins and chemicals used in products that we use daily e.g. cleaning liquids and cosmetics. Many of these products also contain xenoestrogens which I consider the worse of the lot. They are synthetic chemicals which disrupt our endocrine system from functioning properly and bring an imbalance to the hormones in our body. These xenoestrogens can also cause infertility and estrogen related diseases & cancer. Another rich source of xenoestrogens are pesticides and fungicides.
Thus, it is not surprising that more of us are getting sick and developing health issues like autoimmune diseases, cancer and other chronic illnesses. Although genetics play a role in illness, it is not the be all and end all, epigenetics e.g. food, environment, toxins and stress etc play a much bigger role in whether the genetic expression of a particular gene is switched on or off. Simply put just because you have a particular gene doesn’t mean that you will develop the illness related to that gene. Studies have found that epigenetics may greatly influence that.
In an ideal world, it would be fantastic to get to know your local organic farmer and their farming practices and even if they are not certified organic you know that their produce is organically grown. This way we can support the local organic farmers while getting quality produce closer to our doorstep.
Unfortunately though this is not the case for many of us who live in large cities and have to make do with organic produce that is being shipped or flown in. Just be aware when buying organic produce and foods, where the organic produce is coming from and should you really buy them for example if the organic apples are coming from China you are better off not buying them and instead buy the apples that come from New Zealand or Australia which have better regulations in their organic farming practices.
Most of the organic produce I buy are grown in Malaysia which is about 45 minutes drive from Singapore. Since Singapore is a large city with land scarcity that is the best I can get to buying locally in Singapore – Malaysian grown organic produce. There are some local organic farms in Singapore which do online sales from which I order from but the variety is not plenty and I just can’t buy everything I want organic from a local farm in Singapore. Apples don’t grow in tropical countries like Malaysia or Singapore so I have no choice but to buy organic apples that come from New Zealand or Australia.
EWG (Environmental Working Group) has 2 different list of foods on their website – one with foods that are the most contaminated with pesticides called the dirty dozen plus and the second list with the foods least contaminated with pesticides called clean fifteen respectively.
If you are keen to make the change to organic food but are worried about the cost, this would be a good reference to what is most important for you to buy organic. This way you would minimise your pesticide consumption and at the same time minimise your expense by buying only foods that are the most contaminated with pesticides. Every amount of toxic pesticides that we do not consume counts.
I have put together the Dirty dozen plus and Clean fifteen lists below which you can right click, save, print and stick on your fridge for easy reference 🙂
Foods to buy organic – Dirty Dozen Plus & Clean Fifteen List
I hope in the future eating organic will be the normal thing to do and organic foods will be cheaper as more farmers switch to organic farming instead of the chemical filled conventional farming. Change happens with us. If we support organic farming, farmers will see the demand for it and produce more and more farmers will perhaps make the switch to organic farming as well. If more farmers make the switch then the cost of organic produce may also become more affordable. Supply meets demand = lower cost to consumers.
For me and my husband it is a no brainer, for us health is important and the latest tech gadget or designer labels are not. Although, buying organic foods can be expensive, we know that we are doing the right thing by mother earth and our body by going organic where we can.
Eating clean, real, whole and organic produce is part of our lives now.
So would you make the switch to buy organic for you and your family? If so what impact do you think it will have on you & your family’s health? Leave me your comments below….I would love to hear what you think!