Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Should you use a microwave?

In an effort to improve the health of our family, I am always examining our food system and environment.  I rarely used the microwave my husband had when we got married.  As we continued to create a healthy home, I came across an experiment involving a microwave, where the person had two plants, one of which was watered with microwaved water and one with tap water.  The plant given the microwaved water died very quickly, but there was much criticism to the validity of this crude experiment.  So, I decided to try it for myself. 

First, I took two clippings off of the same wandering purple jew ( Tradescantia pallid, which is notoriously difficult to kill in my experience) and placed them in identical mason jars on the same kitchen windowsill.  One was watered only with cooled tap water that had been boiled in the microwave.  The second one was watered only with cooled tap water that had boiled on the stove.   I continued this for 90 days.  I am only posting the beginning and final pictures, but it was clearly evident within one week how this was going to turn out.

Dried leaves, minimal color, little growth

Large leaves, deep, rich purple leaves with lengthy growth

Small pale roots

Large, colorful root system

The pictures speak for themselves.  It was as if the water that had been microwaved was void of the necessary nutrients for the plant to grow and flourish.  What is it doing to our food that already does not have the same nutrients it did years before due to altered soil composition?  Do your vegetables have any value after they have been microwaved?  One of my goals as a mom is to feed my children nutrient dense foods and eliminating the microwave was a step in the right direction for us.
Dr Mercola states in this article that microwaves deplete the nutritional value of food; leak radiation that the FDA considers "insignificant"; can affect your heart; leak carcinogenic toxins from the plastic or paper used to cover or cook your food; or leave hormone disrupting chemicals behind.  Read full article here:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx
Dr Josh Axe has a quick informative 4 minute video discussing the cumulative effects of long term, low dose radiation, such as from microwaves. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx
Many blessings,