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Strawberries remain #1 on the list of produce with most pesticides



Who doesn’t love strawberries during these hot summer months! But be aware that this year, strawberries remained at the top of the list of produce with the highest concentration of pesticides!  Other fruits and produce also contain pesticides but not as much as strawberries, Pesticides are widely used to control pests such as insects, rodents, weeds, bacteria, mold, and fungus. However, they are potentially toxic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. They may have negative effects on reproduction, and immune or nervous systems, cause cancer, and lead to other problems. Have no fear there are  three ways to help lower the number of pesticides you consume: 1) Buy ORGANIC strawberries 2) Properly clean your produce and 3) protect and cleanse your body of toxins



1. Fill a large bowl with 4 parts water to 1 part plain white vinegar.
2. Soak strawberries for 20 minutes.
3. Rinse well with water and your strawberries are ready to eat!

Once you bring your fresh berries home, the key to keeping them fresh is to kill any spores on the fruit. The pH of vinegar does that job.
That’s why you should place the berries in a large bowl and wash them in a vinegar-water bath: 1 cup of white vinegar and 8 cups of water.
Letting the berries sit in the vinegar-water bath and gently moving them helps dislodge any dirt, grime and lets the vinegar kill bacteria.

Thicker-skinned fruit (like strawberries or blueberries) can be dried in a salad spinner but delicate berries such as raspberries and blackberries should be dried on a towel, patting them with paper or cloth towels.

Store the washed and dried fruit in a sealed container that has been lined with paper towels if you’re using an air-tight container, leave the lid slightly open to avoid any natural moisture build-up.

With so much produce out there with potentially harmful chemicals on them, it is important to of course wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly.  Cleansing and detoxing are great ways to protect our bodies daily. An easy way to do so is by adding natural products such as GreenMed and Detox Rx to your daily routine.

GreenMed contains a wide variety of healthy greens, plant extracts, and nutrients that support detoxification, cell health, metabolism, gut health, digestion, and energy levels. It contains five grams of glutamine which is an essential nutrient needed to maintain and restore normal gut microvilli function. Glutamine also stimulates liver detoxification, and the removal of ammonia and supports a healthy acid-base ratio. NAC (n-acetylcysteine) helps to replenish intracellular levels of glutathione, an antioxidant while helping to restore the cell’s ability to fight damage from free radicals. MSM (methyl-sulfonyl- methyl) increases the cell’s capability to push out excess fluids and toxins. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant included which improves the immune system, protects the liver from damage, and aids in liver detoxification. GreenMed protects your body from potential toxins like those found on strawberries and supports optimum health. GreenMed is available for purchase by clicking this link today. 

Detox Rx is a liver supplement that consists of a blend of dandelion root, artichoke leaf extract, broccoli seed extract, sulforaphane, di-indolyl methane, goldenseal root, watercress, milk thistle, methyl-sulfonyl-methane, burdock root, yellow dock, beet powder, bentonite clay, Bioperine and digestive enzymes, that may help protect and support liver health while improving phase 1, 2 and 3 detoxification pathways.

Be sure to ask your holistic doctor about the benefits of detoxification at your next visit! 

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 Ava Bell-Taylor, M.D

Ava Bell-Taylor, M.D

Ava Bell-Taylor, M.D., originally from Atlanta, Georgia, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Spelman College. She later received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her Family Practice training at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia and her psychiatry residency at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Bell-Taylor has extensive post-graduate medical training in Functional, Integrative, and Anti-Aging Medicine. She is certified in Functional Medicine. Ava Bell-Taylor, M.D. is a holistic doctor with a focus on functional and integrative medicine. Combining functional medicine with her knowledge of conventional medicine has enabled Dr. Bell-Taylor to help many patients suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia, attention-deficient, dementia, and eating disorders. Dr. Bell-Taylor specializes in functional medicine with a special emphasis on how hormone disorders, environmental factors, lifestyle choices, and nutritional deficiencies contribute to brain dysfunction, like depression, attention deficiency, anxiety, insomnia, dementia, and other chronic medical illnesses. Dr. Ava Bell- Taylor is the co-author with her husband, Eldred B, Taylor, M.D, of two must-read books, Are Your Hormone Making You Sick? and The Stress Connection: How Adrenal Gland Dysfunction Effects Your Health.

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