While a great majority of people believe in at least some form of higher power, this sometimes leads to making a false presumption that our choices do not matter.
Sure, even people who lead the healthiest lifestyles sometimes get sick and some people who ignore every rule in the book and still seem like there’s nothing wrong with their health.
Both of these groups, however, are the exception and are not something you should count on when making lifestyle choices.
Speaking of choices, the choice of going organic is one of the most important there are.
In this way, not only do you encourage/discourage people who produce these organic goods,
but also have a direct influence over your health and even that of your descendants.
With this in mind, here are five health benefits of leading an organic lifestyle.
1. Wearing Toxins
You need to realize that the food you ingest isn’t the only non-organic threat for your long-term health.
Synthetic clothing can be as dangerous since
a) it causes allergies
b) it exposes you to harmful chemicals on a daily basis.
Now, when it comes to the first issue allergies are a threat with the food as well.
As for the latter one.
There is an interesting stat that an average clothing manufacture sometimes works with up to 8000 chemicals.
They are mostly used to keep you clothes wrinkle free, water repellant and flame resistant (to a degree), but at what cost.
Formaldehyde, which is one of the compounds most commonly used is known to cause lung cancer is often used in clothing manufacture.
Other things that are used are sulfuric acid, urea resin, halogen and of course sodium hydroxide.
Needless to say.
These are not things you want touching your skin for the most part of the day and their effect over the course of years (or decades) can be catastrophic.
2. Organic Food for Longer Life
One of the first things that pops to mind when speaking about the advantages of organic food is that it helps you live longer.
Exposure to harmful substances in regular food is not something that causes immediate reaction, like the aforementioned allergies.
Namely, these harmful matters stockpile in your organism and in time diminish the health of your entire body.
Because of this, if your main aim is to be healthier overall, you may want to consider switching to organic food for good.
3. Looking Up to Ancestors
Long before there were huge cities and famous civilizations, people lived a life of foraging and gathering.
Now, while popular opinion often portrays these people as nothing but savages, there is one thing they usually don’t know.
Our distant ancestors were actually much healthier than we are.
Sure, they had no modern medicine to treat them or deadly weapons to keep them safe from predators.
But when it comes to their well-being in general, they had it much better.
According to some research, they even enjoyed a much more frequent and satisfying sex life than their contemporary counterparts.
Luckily, with the help of modern anthropology and archeology.
We have some ideas of their dietary habits and the superfoods they used to reach this physical excellence.
These are usually treats you can find in nature like seeds, blueberries and oatmeal.
All their necessary nutrients and vitamins came from nature, usually in raw form, instead through processed food.
Unsurprisingly, there are people even today who adhere to these dietary principles or the so called Paleolithic diet.
4. Better for Your Offspring
Being responsible for your own health can sometimes be too much pressure.
But imagine having a life of an innocent child in your hands as well.
Children aren’t familiar with the subtle differences between the organic and non-organic and therefore can’t be expected to make the right choice.
This is why, you need to do this for them and the earlier you start the better.
Start with buying natural baby products for your kid and carry on with similar practices through their young life.
In turn, this won’t only have a positive effect on their health, but on the health of your entire bloodline.
We are talking about generation after generation, living on the organic, earth-friendly principles you adopted.
In this way, you will get a chance to reshape a myriad of lives for the better.
5. Long Term Solution
A lot of people go to the supermarket and see a huge and shiny apple that costs next to nothing which makes them believe that modern agriculture is on the right path.
Things are unfortunately not as great.
Through the genetic modification and excessive use of pesticides.
We have seemingly triumphed against the forces of nature looking to restrain us, but in the long-term Mother Nature will have the last laugh.
You see, when all of these toxins enter the ground, it’s not easy to cleanse them from it.
This means that even if you decide to go full organic in the future your food won’t be completely toxin-free for years.
As a buyer, the only way to influence this is to keep purchasing organic foods, supplements and clothes in order to give this industry a boost.
Most food producers people turn to GMO out of desperation when they see they can’t make a living by growing organic.
By purchasing their goods, you are giving them a direct incentive to stay on the right track.
Now, some people have a false misconception that organic means 100 percent pesticides free, while this is not always the case.
Sometimes this only means that the use of chemicals in the process of growing food is reduced to bare minimum.
The worst thing about the hazards of leading a non-organic lifestyle is that in most cases it doesn’t cause any short-term damage (allergies being the exception) that you can observe.
When a smoker develops a lung cancer, they automatically blame the tobacco without even stopping to think twice if perhaps.
Something they ate or wore played its part as well.
On the other hand.
Living organic can help you on so many levels, seeing how it saves lives, generations and indirectly even the entire planet.
BONUS – 15 Foods to Buy Organic
Meat, Dairy, and Eggs:
Organic meat, milk, and eggs are free of antibiotics, added growth hormones, and pesticides. Unlike their conventional counterparts.
The animals used for organic products are raised without antibiotics or hormones.
Chemicals present in animal feed can end up in conventional meat, dairy, and eggs.
However, organically raised animals eat an organic diet that does not contain pesticides or fertilizers.
That’s why the top three items on our buy-organic list are:
- Meat including Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Turkey
- Milk and Dairy Products
Fruits and Vegetables:
The fruits and vegetables listed below have high levels of pesticides even after being washed, so these are a priority for buying organic.
Most are thin-skinned, making them very susceptible to contamination. In general, produce with thicker skins retain less pesticide residues.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the following items contain the highest concentration of pesticides.
- Peaches and Nectarines: Peaches require a large amount of pesticides to grow conventionally. Have extremely delicate skin, making them the top organic fruit pick – with nectarines not far behind.
- Apples: Apples are the second priority when choosing organic produce, as their pesticide loads consistently test high.
- Bell Peppers: Bell peppers are the number one vegetable to buy organic. They have thin skins and are heavily sprayed with insecticides.
- Celery: Celery lacks a protective outer layer and needs many different chemicals for conventional growth. Making it number two on the list of vegetables to buy organic.
- Strawberries: Strawberries rank high on the organic priority list. They are treated with very large amounts of pesticides, including fungicides. When purchased out-of-season, they probably come from a country with inadequate pesticide regulations.
- Cherries: Cherries continually rank high for pesticide contamination.
- Lettuce and Spinach: Lettuce and spinach are often found to have high levels of various pesticides – sometimes very potent types.
- Imported Grapes: Imported grapes are likely to have higher pesticide levels than domestic. Vineyards may be sprayed with a number of different pesticides throughout the growing season. Because grapes have a permeable skin, even peeling will not eliminate the residues.
- Pears: Pears consistently show high levels of pesticides when tested.
- Potatoes: Potatoes are at high risk for pesticide contamination and may also be affected by chemicals, such as fungicides, in the surrounding soil.
Other top buy-organic foods:
- Coffee: Conventional coffee farming depends heavily on pesticides and herbicides. Furthermore, coffee is typically grown in countries where these chemicals are not strictly regulated.
- Baby Foods and Juices: Whether you make your own baby food or buy commercial varieties. Organic is best for your little one – especially when you’re using the items listed above.