You would have to be living under a rock to not know that consuming more fruits and vegetables (heavy on the vegetables) is a cornerstone of good health and well-being.

Does your skin glow? Is your digestion running smoothly?

Do you have unstoppable energy and a vibrancy about your every step? Is your sleep restful and uninterrupted?

Is your belly area strong and not protruding over your belt-line?

If you find yourself off in any of these areas you might consider adding more vegetables and moderate to minimal amounts of fruit (low sugar ones, especially berries) to your daily diet.

Fruits and vegetables are known for their powerful antioxidant qualities and longevity properties that help reduce your risk for cancer, diabetes, obesity, chronic pain and many other conditions.

However, these healthy choices can come with harmful pesticides, bacteria like salmonella, toxins and yes, the dreaded parasites.

Even organic food can harbor undesirable contaminates.

In today’s Rise Up Well, I want to provide you with my easy and inexpensive way to make sure what you are eating is safe and retaining all those wonderful nutritional benefits.

Most people wash their produce. But the problem here is that they just use water.  

This does not remove the harmful contaminants. You wash with water, you eat…you eat what’s still on the produce. Get it?

Now that you understand that regular water is a poor choice for washing, you could do what I do and have a water purification system installed, but not everyone can do this.

So what I have found to be most effective is to soak your produce in some natural and inexpensive solutions.

Be very careful of the store bought eco-friendly produce wash by the way. Many of them contain CITRIC ACID.

Citric acid is most often a derivative of corn and is highly contaminated with mold and fungus.

Companies use this because they still believe it can clean. They do not take into account the mold factor.

In fact you should read all of your labels to check for citric acid. It happens to be a highly used additive.

If all you have is regular water, then you must go with this.

Fill up a salad spinner or large (non-plastic) bowl with your items to be washed. Get a clean spray bottle and fil it with 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (a powerful natural cleanser that can zap pesticides as well as one of my top antibacterial and antifungal agents), 1 tbsp of baking soda, 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water.

Spray your fruits and vegetables and let them sit for ten minutes. Use your clean hands to toss them around to make sure they are covered.

Now rinse thoroughly. Dry off and enjoy knowing that you eating much more than just delicious healthy food, you are eating smart and safe.

With Love and Hope,