The importance of eating organic food.

  • Jan 10, 2020

Dr. Wdowin’s dream is to have a self-sustaining ranch where she knows exactly where her food comes from and that all the plants and animals had happy lives and lots of friends. (Anyone seen that episode of Portlandia?) If you aren’t living on your own ranch or farm and growing all your own food, here are some recommendations to ensure you’re getting the highest quality food possible. You can listen to “The Bad Girls’ Guide to Living Well” podcast about environmental medicine and learn more about the importance of eating organic food and detoxification on iTunes and Spotify.

We recommend that you eat as organically as possible for the rest of your life because it decreases your exposure to dangerous pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics. For more information, read this article.

If it isn’t possible for you to eat entirely organic, here are some good guidelines to follow concerning produce:

Fruits and Vegetables

Dirty Dozen – These are the 12 most toxic fruits and vegetables that you should ALWAYS buy organically. These are also the ones you do not want to eat when dining out at a restaurant unless you know they are organically sourced.

Topping the list of foods with the most pesticide residues, the Dirty Dozen for 2019 are:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes 
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes 

The following “Clean Fifteen” are the crops exposed to the least pesticide residues. They are still likely to be less nutritious than organic.

  1. Avocados.
  2. Sweet corn (we still recommend organic corn because of the high likelihood non-organic corn has to be genetically modified)
  3. Pineapples
  4. Sweet peas (frozen)
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas 
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cabbage
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms (they may not have pesticide residue, but always get organic mushrooms because they are high in PCBs and heavy metals)
  15. Honeydew Melon

You can find more information and an updated list in the future at


For your meat and poultry sources, you ultimately you want

  1. Organic, 100% grass fed beef
    1. Organic Free-Range Chicken and Eggs (“cage free” doesn’t mean they get to go outside)
    1. Organic, nitrate-free pork products
    1. Organic, free range turkey

Fish is a complicated subject where you need to look at toxicity levels in the fish, along with the likelihood that they are being sustainably harvested. The cleanest, most responsibly fished sources of seafood are the following:

  1. Wild Alaskan Salmon
  2. Mussels
  3. Sardines
  4. Wild Rainbow Trout
  5. Atlantic Mackerel
  6. Dover sole
  7. Squid
  8. Sole
  9. Crab

Fish to NEVER eat.

Or contact us to buy a supplement packet protocol to take when you do eat spicy tuna sushi you don’t poison yourself with PCBs and heavy metals. These toxins increase your likelihood of getting cancer, autoimmunity and nervous system disorders. The list is not in order of toxicity.

  1. Atlantic Salmon
  2. Tuna
  3. Shark
  4. Swordfish
  5. King Mackerel
  6. Orange Roughy
  7. Marlin
  8. Tilapia
  9. Sea bass

The importance of eating organic dairy and eggs.

For dairy like yogurt, milk products and cheese, be sure to choose organic EVERY time. If you have the option for grass fed organic, that is even better!

For eggs, choose free range organic for the healthiest, best tasting eggs available.

Obviously, you won’t be eating many of these during the detox, but be sure to make good choices after to decrease the speed at which you will get re-toxified.

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