Growing up my mum always told me to never stand in front of the microwave while it was on! I never really understood why….and I don’t know if she did either. She seemed to think that the microwave emitted something that was not good for us.
I have previously written (here) about the concept of detoxing through reducing the amount of exposure to toxins rather then a process to constantly (and sometimes drastically) remove toxins from the body.
What if the way we are cooking is adding to the problem? We want to eat foods which are organic and free from toxins but is the simple activity of microwaving impacting the quality of what we eat and actually causing toxic change? Maybe my mum was right in some way.
Looking through some of the research it appears that the results show that there is minimal impact to the macro and micro nutrients in the food.
“Overall, the nutritional effects of microwaves on protein, lipid, and minerals appear minimal. There is no report on the effects of microwaves on carbohydrate fraction in foods. A large amount of data is available on the effects of microwaves on vitamins. It is concluded that there are only slight differences between microwave and conventional cooking on vitamin retention in foods. In conclusion, no significant nutritional differences exist between foods prepared by conventional and microwave methods. Any differences reported in the literature are minimal.” Source: The effect of microwaves on nutrient value of foods. Cross GA, Fung GY (PubMed)
However, one simple experiment by a high school student seems to have demonstrated a different result. More info here
Of course simple experiments such as these are possibly full of errors and variables which have not been considered. But it does make you stop and wonder what those waves are doing to our food…..
I tend to err on the side of caution….not really one to take a lot of risks….so I wonder how I would go not using a microwave…at all?! When I get home from being out and I’m starving and want to quickly zap my dinner in the microwave I won’t be able to. I’ll have to be patient and wait until it heats in the oven! I’m up for the challenge though!
One week. One week of not using my microwave…at all! With a 10 week old baby it’s going to be interesting. Wish me luck!
Detoxing doesn’t need to be a week of hell trying to overhaul your body! To maintain long-term health you should be supporting your body to eliminate wastes and toxins daily in a way that promotes health and well-being and leaves you feeling great!
Here are some simple ways you can reduce the amount of toxins entering your body and support your body to eliminate the ones that do.
There are a range of indoor plants which eliminate toxins from the air-many of which have been researched and proven by NASA to work!
1. Bamboo Palm
2. Snake Plant
3. Areca Palm
4. Spider Plant
5. Peace Lily
6. Gerbera Daisy
Read the label! You should be looking for products which don’t contain parabens, sulphates, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances.
60-80% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream.
There are so many beautiful natural and organic cosmetics on the market to choose from. My tried and tested recommendations are Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr and Sukin. Coconut oil is by far my favourite-pure and simple and leaves your skin full of moisture!
Eat organic! Enough said!
If you do need to buy produce from the supermarket then fill a bucket with water and half a cup of apple cider vinegar, soak the fruit and veg for 10minutes and then give it a good scrub.
Don’t eat processed foods-the majority of foods on the supermarket shelf are genetically modified. There is no law which forces companies to state that their product or any of its ingredients are genetically modified! Scary!
Include foods such as lemons, organic grapes and green juices in your diet which have detoxifying properties.
Getting your body moving will get your insides moving and help to movement of waste and toxins out of the body. Yoga is a great low impact exercise for this.
Spend time in the fresh air
In the country or at the beach. The increased number of positive ions in the air found near flowing water is believed to have a positive impact on the body and the elimination of nasties.
Using a dry body brush prior to showering. Make sure you start at your feet and always brush towards your heart.
Chlorophyll, Spirulina, milk thistle etc will support toxin elimination from the body.
Ensure you are drinking enough filtered water.
There is now scientific research which proves that the induction of sweat results in certain toxins being eliminated from the body through sweat.
‘Toxin Toxout’ Bruce Lourie & Rick Smith
‘A to Z of Health Tips’ Alan Hayes