EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2018

fruit_brighterThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put out its 2018 report of the most pesticide ridden produce on the market, the Dirty Dozen™. They also have a Clean Fifteen™ list with fruits and vegetables considered to contain the least amounts of pesticide residue.

Strawberries nabbed the top spot on the Dirty Dozen list, for the third year in a row. USDA tests found that strawberries are the fresh produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating. They found that a single sample of strawberries showed 20 different pesticides. Continue reading “EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2018”

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Load

clean-foodThere is something about spring that often makes people want to detox. Perhaps it’s the desire to reboot or recharge after a long, sluggish winter. While doing a detox can feel like a fresh start, we don’t need a particular time of year to help our bodies clear toxins. In fact, it is very important that we are detoxifying on a regular basis, and that we are continually making dietary and lifestyle choices that reduce our toxin load.

Sadly, toxins are everywhere and they cause cumulative damage. Every source of exposure adds up and can harm every aspect of our health. Continue reading “5 Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Load”

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EWG’s Healthy Home Guide

healthy-homeRecently, I wrote about my home renovation, as well as tips to make your home healthier. Well, the renovation is done, and we are happy that the chaos, noise and dust is over with. Before starting the whole process we did some research on how to make our house more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. And although we think we did a pretty good job at sourcing locally made cabinets, local hardwood, and choosing low VOC paints and stains, I wish we had come across this excellent resource from the Environmental Working Group, EWG’s Healthy Living: Home Guide. Continue reading “EWG’s Healthy Home Guide”

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EWG’s 2017 Guide to Sunscreens

sunblockThis is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 11th annual guide to sunscreens, to help you choose safe and effective sun protection for you and your loved ones. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

Since starting the guide in 2007, there has been good progress. Continue reading “EWG’s 2017 Guide to Sunscreens”

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EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2017

ewg-dirty-dozenIt’s that time of year again, when the Environmental Working Group (EWG) comes out with a list of the most pesticide ridden produce on the market, the Dirty Dozen™. They also have a Clean Fifteen™ list with fruits and vegetables considered to contain the least amount of pesticide residue.

This year, strawberries claimed the top spot on the Dirty Dozen list, for the second year in a row. USDA tests found that strawberries are the fresh produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating. According to the EWG, Americans eat nearly 8 pounds of fresh strawberries a year, which means also eating dozens of pesticides, Continue reading “EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2017”

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