It’s no secret to anyone that going organic is of high importance when it comes to reaching amazing health. “Organic” refers to foods that have been grown, raised, harvested and packaged without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
Going organic is not only going to benefit your own body systems, biochemical pathways and immune system but also the health of our soils and our environment. Win win! Let’s delve in…
What to look out for:
Pesticides / Herbicides / Fungicides
Poor soil health = Poor plant health = Poor human health
In conventional farming, the same soil is often used time and time again without replenishment of nutrients. Every time a new crop of fruit or veg is grown, that food will draw as many nutrients from the soil as possible in order to grow and then we get the benefits of the nutrients from that food when we eat it. Therefore, if the nutrients in the soil are not replaced before a new crop is grown, the soil has no minerals to feed into the food. This is where farmers use fertilisers and other unnatural chemicals to boost the growth of that crop since it is not getting what it needs from the soil any longer. However unfortunately these fertilisers are seriously lacking in the huge range of nutrients essential for life. They may contain as little as three minerals versus the 52 that are essential for life.
With poor soil health comes poor plant health and this opens up the opportunity for pests to come and attack the produce as they have lost their ability to defend themselves due to lack of nutrients. Enter pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, utilised in conventional farming to keep pests away. These should be considered toxic substances that can be problematic to our own health.
Growth Hormones, Antibiotics & Genetic Modification
We should not focus our thinking solely on the toxins that our fruit and veggies are exposed to but also what we are ingesting when eating animal products. Growth hormones and antibiotics have been used for a long time in conventional farming to enhance the growth of livestock and this may muck up our natural hormonal balance which can lead to all sorts of health issues. People have also been manipulating the genetic make-up of plants and animals for countless years to select them for the most desirable characteristics e.g. large apples, disease resistance cows etc. Choosing organic meats can guarantee that they are free of all growth hormones, antibiotics and have not undergone genetic modification.
Easy tips to organic up your lifestyle:
1. Purchase your produce from your local farmers’ market or an online company that delivers organic straight to your doorstep. Or even better, grow it yourself! You may be surprised at some of the spray-free and organic food that can be purchased at the same price as conventional produce if you put a little effort into researching.
2. If purchasing organic produce is not an option for you, washing everything before eating is crucial. Unfortunately water itself does not get rid of some chemicals, however washing your fruit and veg with water and vinegar then rinsing in fresh water will get rid of dirt and germs efficiently.
3. Look at not only organic produce and meat but also organic self-care and home cleaning products. After all, our health does not simply depend on what goes into our body but also what goes on it and what we are exposed to in our surrounding environment.
4. Don’t stress about going 100% organic! This can be difficult (and often expensive) to achieve so introducing organic products into your lifestyle where possible is a great start.
The more of us who choose organic the cheaper it will become because for higher demand, the more organics will have to be supplied. So let’s all try and make that small change towards organic even if it just begins with one simple product. Think about yourself, and think about our environment! Check out the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists over here to help you understand what foods are best to choose organic.