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Human beings are a natural part of what happens every day on the planet. By doing things responsibly we create and maintain a beautiful and rich place to live.
When people think of living organic they think of food. This means that you buy foods that are free of fertilizers and pesticides. Eating organic and unrefined food is good for your health and well being.
Living organically means paying attention to consumerists messages and rejecting them if it’s not good for you and your loved ones’ health.
Organic foods may be more expensive but there are hidden costs in conventional food – the cost to our health and environment and much more.
An incredible amount of artificial chemicals end up on conventional food. Avoid these fruit and vegetables: peaches, apples, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, potatoes, sweet bell peppers, and celery.
Children are four times more susceptible than adults to the pesticides that reside in our foods so feed them organic food because the pesticides in our conventional food can harm them.
Farmers should work with each other to find ways, fund research and share their information on how to produce natural or organic food without using pesticides.
Environmental Safe crops are rotated so the soil will not be stripped of natural nutrients. To keep the vegetable garden healthy, avoid repeating the same planting plan in the same spot. Crop rotation is really important to prevent crop-specific pests and diseases from building up and carrying over from one season to the next in the soil.
Organic food is much richer in vitamins, minerals, and fiber and retains the levels of nutrients for longer.
Switching to organic food will enable your body to be more resistant to disease as it will have higher levels of the essential nutrients it needs to fight off infection.
- Organic foods, especially raw or non-processed, contain higher levels of beta-carotene, vitamins C, D and E, health-promoting polyphenols, cancer-fighting antioxidants and bioflavonoids that help ward off heart disease.
- On the average, organic food is 25% more nutritious in terms of vitamins and minerals than products derived from industrial agriculture. Since on the average, organic food’s shelf price is only 20% higher than chemical food, this makes it actually cheaper, gram for gram than the chemical food of industrial food production. Levels of antioxidants in milk from organic cattle are between 50% and 80% higher than normal milk. Organic wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions, and lettuce have between 20% and 40% more nutrients than non-organic foods.
- Organic food contains qualitatively higher levels of essential minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and chromium), that are severely depleted in chemical foods grown on pesticide and nitrate fertilizer-abused soil. UK and US government statistics indicate that levels of trace minerals in (non-organic) fruit and vegetables fell by up to 76% between 1940 and 1991.
If you have not decided whether an organic food and lifestyle is something you would benefit from, consider this, you will not only improve your health but also enhance your energy and help yourself to feel young.
- Grow organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, and
- Drink water or make your own juice.
- Prepare food in a way that doesn’t “kill” the food.
- Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
- Spend more time outside, and live in harmony with nature.
- Use natural organic remedies alternatives to medicines when possible.
Some people think that organic food is expensive. You can eat organic, healthier food and can save money at the same time. Here are some tips:
Do a search about your local organic food
You may have a lot more choices for organic food in your community than you realize. All it takes is a little research to find out. Organic associations and organizations in your area are good places to start. Just type the name of your area and the word “organic” into a search engine and see what pops up.
Offordable Organic Food
Local farmers’ markets are great sources of offordable organic fresh local produce. A just-picked tomato from a local farm tastes better than a tomato that’s travelled thousands of miles before reaching a supermarket shelf. If you don’t see a sign saying the produce is organic, be sure to ask. Some farmers may be making the transition to organic farming, however, have not got the full certified approval yet. The key to landing good deals at farmers’ markets is to ask lots of questions. Ask about misshapen produce that you may be able to buy at a discount, ask about discounts for buying in bulk and always ask what tastes the best. They know, they’ll tell you. Buying at farmers’ markets is actually one of the best-kept secrets to buying affordable, organic food. Top chefs in both Europe and America’s have been doing it for years!
A USDA study in 2002 found that about 40 percent of farmers’ market farmers don’t charge a premium. Cities now list their local farmers’ markets online, so simply search for the one closest to you.
Buy big in-season
The best time to buy an organic fruit or vegetable is at the peak of its growing season and also it’s the best time to buy big. Load up on all your favorite organic fruits and veggies at dirt-cheap prices. This is also a great time to bargain at a local farmers’ market. You may be able to nudge prices down even further by buying in bulk from a local farmer. It never hurts to ask. If they have to move produce that day, you might get bulk orders at a discount. You can either share your bounty with friends and family or keep it all and freeze your leftovers.
Save for your future
Remember spending a little more now on organic will mean saving more on healthcare later. Don’t forget the deep impact living organic has on your long-term health. It’s preventive medicine.
Check out the organic food sections of your market to get to know which products you’ll be buying on a regular basis.