It’s no secret that we all live in a toxic world. It’s sometimes overwhelming to think that almost every compound we touch, eat, drink, or breathe is creating an extra burden to the body. In light of this, many of us attempt a cleansing regimen a couple times a year to help expel these toxins from our bodies. Here are a few suggestions from our supplement experts- from products available at The Turnip Truck to simple adjustments in your diet that can be done on a daily basis- to help you feel cleansed. Cleansing doesn’t have to be complicated. In this fast paced world keeping cleansing simple can help us maintain a healthy balanced life.
Start each day with one fresh squeezed organic lemon in warm water. It can help jump-start your metabolism. Lemons have been extensively researched for their ability to help balance the body’s PH. Maintaining our body’s PH balance while in a stressful, acid-forming environment can be important for healthy aging and detoxification.
#2 Fresh Juices & Smoothies
Fresh juices and healthy fruit smoothies are a great way to daily detox as well as maximize dietary intake of berries and high anti-oxidant fruits. Berries are rich in soluble fiber and help keep the body’s blood sugar levels stable and also help maintain daily regularity. Both Turnip Truck locations now have a juice bar and serve fresh juices and smoothies.
#3 Fermented Foods
Fermented food is the main dietary source of probiotics, the good bacteria, that maintain healthy digestive function, detoxification, and good immune health. Fermented foods include foods such as- yogurt, kefir, tempeh, and sauerkraut. In our country, many people find it difficult to consume several fermented foods each day. In instances like this, a whole-food probiotic supplement can be highly beneficial. One of The Turnip Truck’s most popular brands of probiotics is All-Flora, made by New Chapter. All-Flora provides the benefits of fermented food in the convenience of a capsule for less than $1 per day.
New to The Turnip Truck, we also now sell MegaFood’s MegaFlora Probiotics. Also made from real food, MegaFlora was developed to support intestinal health, bowel regularity and immunity. It contains 20 billion active 14 life-enhancing probiotics. MegaFlora is formulated to repopulate and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the small and large intestine.
Greens can help keep our blood purified and our bodies energized. Consuming chlorophyll-rich green foods like wheatgrass juice, chlorella, Kale, parsley, etc. have the ability to help with this. Chlorophyll is often referred to as the blood of plants. This deep green substance has been researched for its ability to oxygenate the blood and bind to toxins for their safe removal from the body. Another way to add more greens into your diet everyday is with Garden of Life Perfect Food or Wheat Grass Juice Powder.
#5 Liver Support / Cruciferous Vegetables
The liver is the hardest working detoxification organ in the body, filtering the entire blood supply every few minutes. The liver is also responsible for hormonal balance and fat metabolism. Even if you consume a diet of mostly organic produce, we are all exposed to many environmental toxins every day. Car exhaust, cleaning chemicals, and industrial plant emissions are everywhere. Eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cauliflower, all of which contain key nutrients for liver support, can be beneficial. A good supplement for liver support is New Chapter’s Liver Take Care. Liver Take Care has been researched for supporting the elimination of those “everyday toxins” that we all encounter. Even environmental metals are addressed by this supplement. One of its ingredients, Wasabi, is ranked highest of all cruciferous vegetables for liver support. This supplement is concentrated and effective yet gentle enough for year-round use.
Another great product for the liver is Himalaya’s LiverCare. This supplement was formulated to support the liver’s capacity for cellular regeneration and production of glutathione, an intracellular antioxidant vital to detoxification. It helps promote normal production of key antioxidant enzymes used to assist in the removal of toxins and protects cells.
#6 Exercise / Sweat
Exercising can make one feel great. Working up a good sweat helps the body release toxins. Embrace the new year with some new habits.
We also have several really great, easy to use detox kits available at The Turnip Truck. Renew Life makes some great products. They have a large variety available. Any of our supplement experts can guide you through which products will be best for you.
Also, Flora has developed a wonderful prepared tea called Flor-essence which is a gentle, deep, whole body, 7-day cleanse. For a total cleanse, this tea is often used with a fiber supplement and Pro-essence for kidney and urinary track support.
Just because we rang in a new year doesn’t mean our bodies have to feel rung out! Whatever your new year’s resolutions are, be good to your bodies and let The Turnip Truck help provide you with nourishing food and healthy vitamins and supplements.
THE PRICE OF ORGANIC PRODUCE
Perhaps the question that we all hear most often in the Natural Food Industry is, "why do organic foods typically cost more than their conventional counterparts?" This is a very legitimate question, especially in today’s economic environment. One of our organic suppliers, Albert’s Organics breaks it down in an easy to understand way. We thought we’d share it with you.
Organic Greens from Eaton Creek Organics. Photo by D.A. D’Elia.
- Cost factors such as growing, harvesting, storage and transportation are generally higher for organically produced foods, as farmers must meet stricter regulations governing all of the mandatory steps. As a result, the process of organic farming is more labor and management- intensive, which results in higher costs.
- Because organic growers do not use toxic chemicals, more labor (and thus a higher cost) is required to deal with weeds and pests in their fields. Organic agriculture tends to be on a smaller scale than conventional farming and thus organic farmers tend to pay more per acre to produce their crops - this according to Dave Decou of Organically Grown Company.
- Because of their size, organic farmers can often face added distribution costs. There are typically many more stops and deliveries in the distribution of organic food than with conventional.
- Historically, organic farmers have not received federal subsidies or price supports for their crops.
- If organic farmers dropped their prices across the board to match conventional products, we would run the risk that some of the steps taken to nurture the soil may be side-stepped. If this happens, their farms will not remain sustainable in the long run.
Organic Kolrabi and Turnips from Delvin Farms. Photo by D.A. D’Elia.
It is very important to think of the long-term impacts of choosing organics. There is mounting evidence that if all of the indirect costs of conventional agricultural production over time, including clean up costs due to pesticides in our water and soil, loss of soil and medical costs due to illness from pesticides were factored in, that organic foods would actually cost less.