Clear Choice Natural Healthcare Blog

2021 Clean Fifteen List

  Whether organic or conventionally grown, fruits and vegetables are critical components of a healthy diet. However, many crops contain potentially harmful pesticides, even after washing, peeling or scrubbing, which the USDA does before testing each item. Since pesticide contamination varies by crop, it is important to understand which items are most or least contaminated. Tests from the Environmental Working Group determined the following items … [Read More...]

2021 Dirty Dozen List

  Nearly 70 percent of the non-organic fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) analysis of the latest test data from the federal Department of Agriculture.   Kale remains in the third spot on the Dirty Dozen list, now joined by collard and mustard greens as being among the produce items with the highest pesticide load. After being tested for … [Read More...]

Your Guide to Toxin Free Spring Cleaning

  How to select safe household cleaners   Many cleansers labeled natural or green do not completely disclose their ingredients. Sometimes even going to the manufacturer's website can leave you clueless. Take that as a bad sign and don't use it.   Environmental Working Group (EWG), the producers of annual Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists to help consumers avoid produce that is grown with too much toxic material, also has a section in its website to … [Read More...]

BPA: Does Calling it Safe Make it So?

  Bisphenol A (BPA): Other than a good if not suggestive acronym, what is it?   If you’re someone who has children or reheats leftovers in Tupperware, then you may be familiar with this synthetic material, as it is widely available and in common use today. For most of us, though, we are only vaguely aware of it as something having to do with plastic, and you probably have an inkling that it is harmful to us in some form or fashion, but that the … [Read More...]

Microbiome, Sugar, and Your Immune System

  Today’s blog post covers the importance of a healthy microbiome, how dietary guidelines have (and have not) changed, and the special way that the immune system adapts to threats.   A Healthy Microbiome Builds a Strong Immune System   The type of bacteria that live in the gut can regulate the body’s inflammation levels. In some cases, a lack of certain strains of “good” bacteria can result in greater susceptibility to infection, … [Read More...]