Go organic, enhance health

As more information becomes available regarding the health of our food supply, it seems there is are many positive reasons to buy and eat organic foods.

Once pesticides and synthetic herbicides come in contact with soil, they become part of the planted food that is ultimately grown in that soil.

Similarly, animals treated with antibiotics and growth hormones will ultimately contain these toxic materials.

Choosing foods grown and raised organically reduces the load of toxic chemicals that can ultimately impact the environment and burden the body – most notably the liver, fatty breast tissue, the brain, and the nervous system. There is also more of more evidence indicating that crops grown in rich, organic soils also appear to have higher nutrient values than non-organic produce.

Compared to conventionally grown foods, mineral levels are markedly higher in organic produce, as well as vitamins, most notably vitamin C as ascorbic acid. Plant-protective compounds such as carotenoids and flavonoids are also far superior in organically grown foods.

Reduced risk of disease

As a more wholesome food supply that is free of chemicals, organics support and enhance overall health. The risk of degenerative disease and chronic conditions such as cancer, liver disease, infertility and allergies is reduced as a result.

Choosing organic also supports the preservation and protection of our planet. By avoiding pesticides and other chemical sprays there is no chemical runoff to surrounding lands, the local water supply, and less air pollution.

Organic isn’t always healthy

When buying foods labelled organic, we can be assured that they have met certain standards. However, it is also important to remember that even though a food is labelled “organic”, it does not necessarily mean it is good for you.

Junk foods like organic baked goods, desserts, potato chips, and other refined snacks can just as easily be made using organic ingredients. These types of foods – organic or not – are usually still very high in sugar, salt, fat, and calories, so be a smart shopper. Remember, the best, most nutritious foods are the whole, unprocessed versions.

Healthy eating tips

We indeed are what we eat. If we eat foods devoid of nutrients that are loaded with additives there is not much left in that food to support the health of our bodies.

Consider the following tips as your guide to healthy eating (and healthy living).

Minimise white, refined foods such as white rice, white bread, white flour, sugar, low-fibre cereals, potato chips, and white pasta. Make the switch to nutrient-rich and fibre-rich whole grains, such as raw oats, whole millet, quinoa, and brown rice.

Eat more whole, fresh fruits and vegetables as they are rich in health-supporting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Choose your foods based on the colours of the rainbow: red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange, and blue.

Minimise your intake of processed foods as this will reduce chemical insults that can affect the body over time. This includes sugary breakfast cereals, canned foods (not including canned tomatoes), frozen dinners, and packaged lunch meats.

Eat organic foods as they supply the best nutrition with the least impact on the environment. Can’t afford organic? Head to the local farmers market where prices are very fair and the foods are fresh and seasonal.

Also, consider changing your spending habits by eliminating low-quality snack foods from your shopping list and by eating out less often – you will free up plenty of extra dollars to put towards organic groceries while still being able to occasionally enjoy a favourite treat and restaurant meal.

Keep adequately hydrated by drinking the healthiest beverages: pure water, fermented drinks like Kefir and herbal teas. Many people do not often associate that cup of coffee, can of diet soda, or fruit-flavoured juice drink with ill health effects.

Caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and sugary syrups will leave you nutritionally-depleted and lagging in energy. Choose healthy beverages that will hydrate and support your health without the compromise of toxic chemicals and sugar.

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