In addition to eating simple foods, and limiting refined products, I would suggest where possible to buy organic food. The cost of organic food is coming down, but the benefit for your body to not have to deal with a lifetime of accumulated toxins far outweighs the additional costs. The chemicals sprayed on non-organic crops are completely synthetic and developed recently. Within such as short period of time, our body’s have not had time to evolve to cope with these foreign substances and they often accumulate in the body, stored in the liver and fat cells. If you are on a budget then I would suggest that you most definitely buy organic for foods that you will eat raw, such as apples or those that you will not peel. Soaking vegetables in water with some white vinegar, then washing well will help to reduce the chemicals on the outside of the food. However this will not reduce the chemicals within the food what have been taken up during the growth of the product. Some vegetables have a better filtering system than others, so removing the outer layer reduces the toxin levels considerably, although if it is non-organic there is no way to completely avoid the chemicals taken up during the vegetable's growth.
There is even a list of foods called the DIRTY DOZEN, which lists items in order of the pesticide residue tested. I would strongly suggest that you buy at least these items in organic form.
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