Hello! Well, if you feel like what I’m
about to say you heard it a couple of days ago. Well you will be right. Your mind is
not playing tricks on you The initial video that I published, I
used the wrong product in the presentation and I felt I needed to fix
that. You see…as a medical doctor I owe you a duty of care and I feel that if
I’m recommending or suggesting any intervention especially if it is based
on research, then it’s got to be on point and if it isn’t then I’ve got to fix
that. So, where was I? Well, I was talking about the fact that I actually love fruits
and vegetables and that you too should actually love your fruits and vegetables.
So, if I love my fruits and vegetables what’s the problem? Well, the problem is
pesticide contamination of our fruits and vegetables. I sympathize with farmers.
They have to use pesticides to actually increase your yield at the end of the
season but that is not to say, pesticides are good for human consumption.
Pesticides have actually been linked to a host of medical conditions. Things like
neuro-degenerative diseases, birth defects, respiratory problems as well as cancers.
Hence my concern. Now one solution is for you to buy organic produce but even that
is not foolproof because organic farmers actually do use pesticides. It’s just
that they use a lot less than other farmers. So, what should you do? Well in
this video I’m going to show you four methods that you can actually use to
reduce your exposure to the pesticides in our fruits and vegetables. The first
method is the bare minimum you should do. The other three…well you should adopt
them and you should use them every now and again. So what am I talking about?
Well you stay tuned and I’ll see you in a couple of seconds. Now for today’s
20/20 idea to better health, please welcome on stage
Dr Joe Welcome back. I’m Dr Joe of TheDrJoe.com Now, if this is your first time on this channel can I extend a warm welcome to
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make. So, today’s video is about how we can actually reduce our exposure to
pesticides in our fruits and vegetables so I’m just going to give you 4
methods that you can use to reduce your exposure. Well you know you might be
asking well actually the fruits and vegetables I get from my supermarket
they look clean so why should I bother trying to clean them again? Well the
point is; for a start you cannot actually see the pesticides on the fruits and
vegetables and secondly your supermarket wash is really concerned with removing
dirt from the produce. So they’re not interested at all in getting rid of
pesticides so it’s your responsibility as an adult to actually get rid of the
pesticide residue in the fruits and vegetables that you buy. So, I’m gonna use
strawberries for this demonstration Why strawberries? Well, (A) I like
strawberries, one of my favorite fruits (B) strawberries have actually been
classified as the dirtiest fruit in the fruits and veg category when fruits and
vegetables have been tested, so it’s probably not a bad idea to use
strawberries as an example. So, method No. 1 is very simple. Method No. 1, this is the bare minimum that you should do. All you need to do is put your
strawberries in a strainer (very important) you should use a strainer and
then you simply run water over the strawberries and at the same time you
are washing the strawberries, just moving them around
okay. You do that and what you’re trying to do here you try to leech off the
pesticides of the produce. That’s what we need to do. So let it run and you do this
for about a minute and when you do that you’ll get rid of most
of the pesticides. Not all of it but most of it okay. So that’s the first method
Method No.1. Method No. 2, Method No 2 requires the use of alkaline
electrolyzed water. You may be asking yourself: What is alkaline electrolyzed
water? Well, essentially you’re gonna need a water ionizer to actually get your
alkaline electrolyzed water. Now, if you’ve got a water ionizer in your house
already. Great! If you’re looking to get one at the end of this video I’m going to
leave links down below if you want to get one for yourself. They don’t come
cheap though. Just something for you to be aware of. But what is clear is that
it’s been shown by research that the alkaline electrolyzed water is actually
very effective in cleaning produce. In getting rid of pesticides. The alkaline
electrolyzed water is actually a disinfectant as well as a cleanser. So,
you end up having two functions from one product. So, how do you make your alkaline electrolyzed water? We add salt into the water in the water ionizer and of course
you’ve run the current through the water ionizer and you end up with two products.
An acidic water in one chamber and alkaline water in the other chamber. What you need
for cleaning purposes is the alkaline water. That alkaline water is what’s
actually called alkaline electrolyzed water
(AEW) and that water contains sodium hydroxide and that is what’s going to do
the cleaning for you. So, all you need to do is add your strawberries or any
produce that you have into the alkaline water. Let it produce soak there for about
10 to 15 minutes and you’re good to go you’re gonna end up with very clean
products as shown in this research and this other research. That’s method
No. 2. Method No. 3 is… Before I talk about Method No. 3=>Note to
self… Use the right product. Because this was
where I used the wrong the last time in the demonstration. So what you
need is Baking soda. That’s what you need for Method No. 3. Now in the
initial video I used baking powder. It’s okay just that baking powder has less
sodium bicarbonate compared to baking soda. Baking soda is purely sodium
bicarbonate. So, that’s what you need and it’s based on this research that was
done a couple of years ago. That showed that baking soda is very effective in
cleaning produce. So, here’s a demonstration for you. You need…step 1
for method number 3, you need to add some water into a bowl and then you
open up your baking soda. Add about 2 tablespoon full of the
baking soda into the water that’s one there and that’s two. So
baking soda and I give it some time to dissolve. Let it dissolve. It’s almost
like salt really, just like table salt let it dissolve and what you do next? You
just add the produce into the baking soda water just like I’m doing here. So
you add the produce in this case I’ve got a strawberries in there and let it
soak for a good 15 minutes and then come back 15 minutes later and then
we’re gonna revert back to what we did in method No. 1. Pour the produce
with the Soda water there and then you have to rinse using a Strainer as
well okay Rinse. That way and just move the produce
around the strainer just to wash off everything. So you’re also leeching the
pesticides off the produce when you do this okay. So, that’s Method No. 3.
So, Method No. 4. Method No 4 requires using a vinegar solution
because you’ve got acetic acid here. It’s the acetic acid that’s going to do the
cleaning. Any vinegar solution will do I’ve got apple cider vinegar here. The
Bragg’s brand. You can use any vinegar It doesn’t have to be apple cider vinegar.
You can use red wine vinegar, white vinegar, rice vinegar. It doesn’t matter.
Any vinegar. So, all you need to do is just similar to Method No. 3.
You’re going to add about 1 part of the vinegar to 4 parts of water okay.
So here I’m just going to add the that’s one tablespoon full, two, three, four. So
you just have to estimate. Usually 4 parts to water to 1 part of the
vinegar solution. So it’s the acetic acid just mix it up. Make sure it’s thoroughly
mixed and then you add the produce just like we did for Method No. 3. You
just add the produce again and with the vinegar method you have to let it soak a
little bit longer. A minimum of 20 minutes
preferably 30 minutes okay. Let it soak for a good 30 minutes and
then you come back after 30 minutes and then you do as we did in step one.
Pour the produce and the vinegar solution with the produce
into a strainer and then you rinse again just like we did. Every time you do this,
you’re leaching the pesticides off the produce okay and you just wash them
again. You do that so once you do this; you know that your
produce is now safe to be eaten. There you go. 4 methods there for you to adopt to reduce your exposure to the pesticides in our fruits and vegetables.
Now, if you got some value from this video as usual give it a ‘Thumbs up’. If
you are using any other method that is actually working for you to reduce your
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