Purchasing organic food is the best way to get rid of the pesticides. But, the sad thing is that not many of us can afford buying organic food. The standard fruits and veggies are way cheaper than the organic foods.
Today the most of the food that we consume is sprayed with pesticides which contain poisonous substances that can harm our health.
Buying organic food for the people who live in big cities, where the most of the veggies and fruits are imported is a challenge.
The best option when buying organic are the consultations with the local farmers. You can find these people at the local street markets or farms.
Pesticides and Human Health
As we mentioned above, pesticides contain poisonous substances that are harmful to our health. Before we start with the cleansing method, we`ll explain how harmful pesticides could be.
Pesticides are linked to several diseases from short term impacts as headaches, vomiting, nausea to chronic and long term diseases such as cancer or the endocrine disruption.
The conditions like skin or eye irritation, or dizziness, headaches, fatigue, are the side effects of the constant use of pesticides and in many cases can be fatal.
Not always the effects of pesticides are instant, the worst part is that chronic health effects might occur years after you have been exposed to pesticides.
Many studies have shown that there is an increased risk factor for autism disorders in children if the mother was exposed to pesticides.
Another risk factor for children is that they can develop brain cancer if they live in environment that is full of pesticides.
Last, but not least, they have been known to cause cancer.
Some of the most common long term effects of pesticides include brain, bone, ovarian, prostate, testicular, liver, breast cancer, as well as diseases like leukemia, Hodgkins disease and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Now, after we mentioned their harmful effects above, it`s time for us to show you how to properly wash your veggies and fruits and make them pesticides free, even though they are not organic.
- one cup of apple cider vinegar,
- one tablespoon of baking soda,
- a bowl of water
- two tablespoons of lemon juice.
Put all the ingredients in a big bowl, and mix them. Once you have the mixture ready, put the fruits and veggies into the bowl and let them stay there for five minutes.
Afterwards, wash the fruits with water and let them dry. Now, they are ready for eating.