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The Importance of Washing Your Food

1247pmNot long ago I had a conversation with a friend about the importance of washing our food. She was surprised to learn I wash my raw meats – not just rinse them off. I explained to her that I don’t know where the meat really came from, who handled it in its packaging, did the wrapper have a cold, not wash hands after visiting the bathroom, drop it on the floor and then wrap it up.   While foods look pretty under grocery store lights, I don’t know who previously fingered through the bins with germy hands touching any selection I might make. . I feel soap and water at least lessens any potential contamination.

Many processes preparing our foods today are different from past practices. Animals prepared for commercially processed meat products today are housed in CAFOs – contained animal feeding operations – or huge warehouses, fed grains and fillers unnatural to their native diet of grasses and weeds, are injected with growth hormones for rapid weight gain, and given antibiotics to ward off disease easily contracted from close contact and ruminating in such a crowded environments in fecal and urine deposition.

Many fruits and vegetables are heavily pesticided to protect crops and insure maximum harvests. As consumers, we need to be much more diligent about our food sources and make conscientious choices about our daily food ingestion.

From my research on the devastating brain dysfunction arising from high levels of toxins we ingest daily from processed food products, food not really food, environmental exposures to metals and gases like mercury, arsenic, cadmium, toluene, biphenols, and estrogen mimickers from plastics, it becomes a staggering recognition of the cautions we ned to take to become proactive about our health today and its effects on our aging and well-being.

We must address our present day disorders of fatigue, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders (our bodies attacking ourselves), depression, diabetes, and obesity. We must look at the underlying causes of health dysfunction and not just presenting symptoms.

True health will come from each of us taking personal responsibility to get well and stay well. So back to washing our food. Clean food means fewer germs and toxins. Plus clean food smells like food and invites the senses to partake. Clean whole foods hold more of their healthy nutrient values in vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Natural ingredients support health, normal weight, and energetic vitality.

Join me in the practice of scrubbing our food. I hope you are encouraged to begin really washing your food and experience the benefits of lowered germ exposures that can lead to unwanted illnesses hard to trace to source.

Krystle Shapiro owns NewTritionally Yours! offering nutrition education classes and Touchstone Massage Therapies. She can be reached at (208) 290-6760.

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