Do You Know Nutrition: Cleanse body with fruits, vegetables

Phylis Canion

By Phylis Canion

What is a safe way to cleanse your body naturally?

Fruits and vegetables digest quicker than foods like meat, and in turn, allow the body to use its energy for detoxifying rather than digesting.

Foods that are high in water content are a great way to cleanse your body naturally. Hope this list helps.

Foods (fruits and vegetables) that contain approximately 96 percent water: cucumbers and iceberg lettuce. Ninety-five percent water: tomatoes, zucchini, radishes and celery. Ninety-two percent water: eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet peppers, spinach, strawberries and watermelon. Ninety-one percent water: grapefruit and broccoli.

I am an avid tea drinker and happy to say that I have switched to only naturally decaffeinated. I often wonder what the tea bag is made of and if the string is safe. Just wondering!

When I lived in China, I was told that tea was discovered in 2737 B.C. by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidently blew into a pot of boiling water.

The tea bag was introduced in 1904 at the World's Fair in St. Louis, after an accidental discovery. Thomas Sullivan, an enterprising merchant, wrapped samples of tea leaves in hand-sewn silk muslin bags and sent them to prospective customers, some of whom dipped the bags directly into boiling water.

While the tea bag was designed to be opened and the loose tea emptied into a cup, the practice of just dipping the bag into boiling water became popular.

Now, most tea bags are made of a paper fiber, a blend of wood and vegetable fibers. The problem with most tea bags, unless they state they are eco-friendly, are manufactured with a chemical known as epichlorohydrin, a compound used in the manufacture of plastics and used as an insecticide. When the chemical comes into contact with water, it forms a chemical called 3-MCPD, a known cancer-causing agent.

I recommend using a diffuser with loose tea - the taste is much better and much safer. And for the string, it is usually made of cotton. Avoid teas with colored strings as those have been dyed.

A new addition for the nutrition column is a thought for the week:

If we threw all of our problems into a pile, I am quite sure you would want your own back.

Next free nutrition class is Jan. 9 at Organic Emporium. Call today to sign up at 361-576-2100.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.