By Meghan Trompetter
It is no doubt going organic is over being a fad or a trend, it is simply a way of life. The benefits are incomparable and endless. We are on the cusp of a societal transformation towards greater holistic living and the foundation of living in tune with our body starts with food.
Let us not forget that our great-grandparents farming practices did not include the use of genetically modified organisms, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, they simply did not exist back then. Since then modern farming has evolved drastically, however our bodies and genetics have not.
You cannot expect your body to run optimally by eating food laced with toxic chemicals that your body doesn’t even recognize. Let thy body thrive and take it back to basics, like our ancestors, and adopt an organic diet for the 3 solid reasons, listed below.
1. Eating organic reduces your toxic load on the body
When you choose “organic”, the crops and animals have not been treated with:
Fertilizers from synthetic ingredients
Pesticides and herbicides are harmful and the body already works so hard to rid itself of these toxins, but sometimes it cannot keep up. The National Research Council claims that, in children especially, dietary intake of pesticides accounts for most pesticide exposure (1).
The same goes for animal products, whose feed are a combination of corn and soy, 90% of which is GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) (2). On top of that their feed is laced with hormones and antibiotics.
Doesn't this make you want to say: “No thank you”?
2. Organic crops are more nutritious
Many question whether or not conventional or organic crops have a nutritional benefit. Well yes, a large meta-analysis published in 2014 by the British Journal of Nutrition, found that organic crops have substantially higher concentrations of a range of antioxidants and cancer-fighting compounds than non-organic crops (3).
I know it may seem daunting to go 100% organic right away, so the Environmental Working Group has created 2 lists that are easy to follow in regard to choosing organic/non-organic food.
The "Clean 15" list below shows fruits and vegetables that contain the lowest amount of pesticides.
Some fruits and vegetables have more pesticide residue than others and are therefore more important to buy organic. These are listed below on the "Dirty 12" list.
You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by buying the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables organic-only and eating the least contaminated produce.
3. You boost your immune system
The immune system is one of the most important parts of human health, mainly because it is responsible for keeping our bodies healthy! Our bodies are constantly under attack by environmental, biological, psychological, physical, bacterial, fungal and viral agents that are trying to make us feel our best. Our immune systems deserve more credit and the right tools to replenish and rejuvenate from putting up such a good fight!
Some of the best choices we can make that benefit our immunity, aside from lifestyle choices, are the foods we put into our body. A balanced diet with the proper vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds can make a huge difference between constantly feeling under the weather and protecting your vitals.
Now let’s touch on antioxidants - the powerhouses that work with our immune system. Antioxidants are substances or nutrients found in our bodies that help stop or slow down oxidative damage. Our bodies use oxygen to function and as a result, free radicals are produced. These little negative charged molecules bounce around in the body causing all sorts of damage to our cells.
This is, however, a natural process and antioxidants clear up the free radicals, helping to reduce the damage. The greatest source of antioxidants in our diet are fruits and veggies (4). Unfortunately, nowadays too many people are not eating enough of these and due to the toxicity of our environments it’s hard to live 'radical free'.
If you’re looking to increase your overall well-being and feel more energized, simply increase your antioxidant intake and give your body a helping hand by eating more fruits and veggies.
Simply put, one of the greatest reasons to choose organic is prevention. If we offer the body the necessary tools to thrive then we will flourish! Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of therapy”. With the scary rise of disease and cancer, it has never been more important to take this advice to heart.
By choosing nutrient-dense food we are contributing to not only our own health but our family, friends, farmers, the environment, and generations to come. Restructuring our food consumption and eating habits to incorporate organic foods can and will result in a fuller life, one that your body deserves.
Let us be the change we wish to see in the world - and let us not forget that eating healthy, natural food tastes AMAZING!!
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Meghan Trompetter was born by the sea in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Inspired by the natural beauty around her, it was inevitable the healing ways of forests and mountains moved her into a career of Holistic Health. A dedicated yogi, Kombucha brewer, plant-based enthusiast and born world traveller, Meghan can tell you a thing or two about keeping balanced. Graduating with a diploma in Natural Nutrition and a Yoga Alliance 200hr certified yoga instructor, Meghan can be found writing and inspiring the holistic lifestyle she lives through her Health and Wellness blog.