By Helen Sanders
The word organic is perhaps the word of the decade in regards to the evolving world of food. What does it mean? Why is it important? Why is it more expensive than non-organic food?
“Organic” is the word used to describe plants that have been grown free of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals and genetic manipulation. As big-box companies have been increasingly greedy, these practices has become less popular with mainstream brands and food corporations because they require more diligent care and money by farmers.
These large corporations and brands pay farmers to grow in soil that has been prepped with powerful weed killers, and plants that have been coated with insect/bug resistant toxic agents. All of these things are done in an effort to maximize the size of their harvest.
What they neglect to make a priority is what these practices mean for the health of those that consume them. These greed monsters have put health on the back burner and have focused their attention on profit margins. They spending as little as possible to grow and produce these fruits and vegetables and then charging the masses for their contaminated plants.
What we’re left with is large harvests of fruits and vegetables that, while they might look perfectly healthy, pose a risk to our health through their pesticide content. These agents are used to kill insects–they are powerful substances; substances that should not be consumed by humans.
All of these truths can be hard to digest and can be immensely unnerving. Fortunately, you can take positive action that isn’t so negative and overwhelming. Seek brands that are on a mission to provide high-quality, organic products and invest in them.
When you grocery shop, aim to buy and support those brands. When you put your money into organic products and organic produce, you’re supporting those farmers who are doing the right thing for the greater good. Their interests are not in simply filling their wallets, but being proud of what they grow. Those brands deserve to be in your shopping car.
The prominent threat of consuming plants that are not organic is that they introduce an exposure to pesticides. Pesticides and herbicides, though seen used for their effectiveness on crops to fend off insects and maximize the crop yield, pose a health threat.
These chemicals are seen as foreign to your body, thus causing an expansive range of illnesses and disease. Heavy pesticide exposure can contribute to neurological issues, malfunctions, impairments, as well as creating toxicity within your body.
A high level of toxins in the body essentially hinders every single process that the body facilitates. Your body’s health becomes compromised because it abandons its normal daily tasks in order to make detoxification a priority.
In this state, your digestive system struggles to adequately absorb nutrients from the food you eat. Eating organic produce on a regular basis helps to minimize these negative effects and optimize your absorption of nutrients. A detoxified body is a body that is functioning at a high and healthy level.
Provides Natural Weight Loss
Without these hefty doses of toxic chemicals in your system, your metabolism is cranking and converting food into energy–which is the way your body is meant to operate. Having it bogged down my these toxins prevents it from looking like and performing like a healthy and functional machine.
Furthermore, this toxic build up accumulates significantly in regards to weight. Toxic waste in the body can often compile and form 5-10 pounds of weight on the average body. Since this “waste weight” is primarily the product of chemicals and toxins that you ingest through food, the remedy is eating organic food.
Weight loss is just one of the many organic food benefits. Losing weight does not always mean that you’re gaining health. However, in this case, you are certainly lightening your toxic load and making your body more capable of doing it’s daily “housework.”
For many, vanity is a significant goal when seeking about the benefits of organic food. It’s important and perhaps most helpful to realize that you become what many consider to be desirable when you forget aesthetics. Instead, focus on health. Health is beautiful. Thus, focusing on rejuvenation and health as two organic food benefits will lead you down the road of becoming your most beautiful and vibrant self.
Improved Energy Levels
One of the most noticeable and palpable benefits of organic food is its ability to amplify your energy. From the moment you get up in the morning until the moment you go to sleep, your metabolism will be operating at a high rate, as will your energy levels.
This increase in energy is due to several factors:
Reduced levels of toxins
Healthy weight loss due to detoxification
More efficient digestion and absorption; the more nutrient fortified your body is, the healthier and more revitalized you feel
More balanced hormone levels
More uninterrupted & effective sleep patterns
It’s easy to get caught up in minutiae of healthy, organic eating. The ongoing confusion pertaining to food labeling can be consuming. Do yourself and your sanity a favor and keep it simple: eat organic as much as possible & make it a priority.
Know that eating organic ultimately does many positive things for your body. When you eat these pure, pesticide free foods, you’re ingesting what nature meant for you to, sans the toxic junk.
When shopping, look for the organic label–as well as simple and recognizable ingredients. Note that there are many brands out there that grow their foods using organic practices, but do not boast the certified organic label.
If you have a peaked curiosity in a brand that does not contain this label, you can gain some insight to the brand’s farming methods by contacting them directly. Companies who value organic practices will be eager to tell you so. Some brands simply do not seek organic certification because it is a lengthy and costly process–not because they do not grow organically. Every brand’s practices vary. Thus, it’s worth inquiring if you have a specific product you’re curious about.
About the Author
Helen Sanders is the Chief Editor at Health Ambition, where she dishes out No Nonsense Health Advice.