Eating clean, nutrient rich food is no easy task these days. Our foods have been genetically engineered and chemically altered to such a degree that our bodies literally cannot recognize, process, absorb, and convert many foods to useful nutrients. The result of toxic food is multitudinous in its effects on health, and it is my personal opinion that nutrient depleted, toxic food is responsible for many modern day illnesses, such as autoimmune disease, chronic illness, and food allergies. I could go on about the state of food in America and it’s effect on health, but instead, I thought it would be more beneficial to share some simple tips for selecting clean, nourishing items. I’ll also mention three wonderful products that I’ve been enjoying over the past couple of months.
Let’s start with a few simple, clean rules to live by:
1.) Buy/Eat as many fresh, organic, whole foods as possible.
2.) If you buy any food that comes in packaging, make sure that the ingredient list is short (think five ingredients or less). Also, make sure that there are no ingredients that you cannot pronounce.
3.) If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your body. The skin absorbs nutrients too, and it’s just as important to consider what you are applying to your skin as it is what you eat. For instance, try to use organic oils instead of paraben/chemical packed lotions and moisturizers, my personal favorite is organic, extra virgin coconut oil.
Now for what you’ve been waiting for. Following are three of my favorite healthy & healing items at the moment.
Favorite #1: Raw Cacao
Cacao is packed with antioxidants as well as other helpful vitamins and nutrients. Rich in iron and magnesium, cacao powder can be used in baking, as an addition to smoothies, or can be mixed into almond or coconut milk with a dash of stevia to create the perfect cup of hot chocolate. The possibilities are endless with this superfood. Personally, I don’t need any extra persuading when it comes to chocolate, but if you’re interested in learning more about the extensive health benefits of raw cacao, check out this article.
Favorite #2: Pink Himalayan Salt
Salt is an amazing healer. Unfortunately, what is most commonly used as table salt (NaCl) is hardly reminiscent of real, naturally milled salt. NaCl is a stripped down and chemically processed compound that has sadly replaced natural, real salt in the modern American diet. Nowadays, as people have wisened up, most have replaced their table salt with with sea salt. The trouble is that many sea salts have been processed with other chemicals under high heat, which as you guessed, depletes the salt of its healthful effects. My suggestion when looking for salt is to look for a salt with color. The more chemicals are added, the whiter in color and the more nutrient poor the salt becomes. There are many wonderful types of pure salts, but one of the best salts on the earth today comes from the Himalayas, where exposure to toxins and modern day pollutants is virtually non-existent. The salt milled there is pure, just the way God intended, and is packed full with trace minerals. The taste will win you over, and even though it may cost more than your table salt, it will go further because the saltiness is more salty. Plus, you’ll have the added satisfaction of knowing you are doing your body good.
Favorite #3: 100% Pure Lavender Body Wash
As mentioned above, many lotions, body washes, face moisturizers, and hand soaps contain chemicals and parabens, which have been proven to cause cancer. After much searching, I have discovered an absolutely delightful body wash in one of my favorite, relaxing scents, lavender. 100% Pure makes many other lovely items and even some products for kids. Their products are made with all natural ingredients (no gimmicks here!) and are scented with essential oils to leave you feeling clean and refreshed. I am in love.
One of the best things about the three products mentioned above is that they can all be purchased online on Amazon. You may not consider Amazon to be a trusty source for healthy items such as vitamins, supplements, and other clean products, but let me assure you that it is a wonderful resource. I have found that the prices are comparable to those you would find in a brick and mortar establishment, plus you won’t have to spend time searching many different locations to find the more exotic items you may be looking for.
Lastly, if you have any favorite products that you think I should know about, please feel free to share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!
Take good care,