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As information becomes more readily available about health and nutrition, a growing movement has begun to overtake the general sphere of knowledge around the world. People everywhere are switching to more health conscious, natural ways of eating and even sharing ideas on how to better accomplish their health goals, and one of these is the trend of eating clean. If you’ve been wanting to change a few habits and eat cleaner/healthier, you’re probably wondering where to start, so this article is going to share a few tips for eating clean and healthier.
Avoid Chemical Preservatives and Pesticides
One of the most important things about eating clean is that you try your best to avoid any processed foods. Processed foods are full of chemical preservatives that cause damage to your nervous system and cause weight gain. When ingested, some of these chemicals can build up in the body, and become stored in fats. This could put a strain on your organs as they break down and leave the body causing future complications. Choose to eat fresher natural foods instead. Preferably those that avoid the use of heavy pesticides. There is an annual list of The Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 that lists the fruits and veggies that use the most and least pesticides to help you choose which items you might want to purchase as an organic option.
Cut Back on Salt and Sugars
A lot of processed foods also employ the use of extremely high amounts of salt to preserve foods as well as sugars to hide the taste of chemical additives. These large doses of salt and sugar can manipulate your blood sugar drastically, which may cause high blood pressure or diabetes, putting a very heavy strain on your organs. Eating lower sodium versions of foods, or buying organic and plain version of foods will help you to avoid the extra need for the food to contain flavors used to cover chemical additives.
Make Your Food at Home
The absolute best way to eat clean is to simply make all of your food at home. When you use fresh produce, and limit your meat intake, you can avoid ingesting large percentages of preservatives, chemical additives of all types, and focus on absorbing untainted nutrition that you need for a healthy body. Even making a sugary dessert is healthier at home because when you make it yourself, you will not add preservatives that have been created for the sole purpose of keeping your food from perishing while it travels hundreds of miles to its next location.
So what will you put on your menu this week that has less packaging to start your journey of eating healthier?