These days, buying organic food has become a lot more mainstream than it was, and it is easier to buy organic produce than ever before. The availability of organic markets and organic farms are making organic food accessible and affordable.
However, despite that I still get asked a lot by my clients whether eating organic really is necessary and whether it will make a difference to their health. My answer is always a resounding YES. Whenever possible, we should eat organic food.
In conventional produce, farmers use hundreds of different kind of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides which remain as residues on your food, and in most cases are also inside the food. Even if you wash your food, these residues will not come off. About 20% of the 17,000 pesticides in use today are known as systemic pesticides, meaning they make their way into the plant via the roots of the plant and no amount of washing can remove their presence. This means you are being potentially exposed to a lot of chemicals that add to your toxic load when you eat conventional produce.
This is undesirable, because many of these chemical residues mess with our hormonal system. Due to the body’s hormonal system being responsible for the regulation of almost all bodily functions, including metabolism, these small amounts of chemicals when consumed can influence weight and are also linked to neurological problems, reproductive problems and even cancers.
Organic foods that are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals or petrochemicals really are vastly better for our bodies. It is not a fad or a way for supermarkets to make more money, the risks of eating conventional grown foods are real. The problem is that many of the threats that regularly grown produce brings to us are not immediately obvious. But, the risks are there, silently causing toxins to enter our bodies which will manifest in a variety of symptoms in decades to come.
For some people, the extra cost of buying organic is prohibitive, but the way I see it, spending a few extra dollars on my health now makes it completely worth the money. If money is truly a concern, then I recommend people try to eat organic versions of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, and use their Clean 15 for all the conventional produce. By eating the Dirty Dozen as organic rather than conventional, it is possible to reduce overall pesticide levels in the body by 80% in just 4-5 days!
Toxins aside, another reason to go organic is that organics taste better and are more nutritious than their conventional counterparts. This is because organically grown plants are able to produce their own natural defenses against pests, and these natural defenses are the exact compounds that we should try to include in our own diet. These antioxidant compounds are needed by our body to help release the toxic load that we get from exposure through the environment and foods.
Do it for yourself, do it for your children, I can honestly say that you will never regret going organic and that the benefits to your health of doing so far outweigh the extra expense.
Do you eat organic food? Why or why not?
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