Ann Wigmore famously said, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
We talk a lot about food on the blog. We talk about how it effects your fitness, your beauty, your mood… The truth is, the earth we live on has all we need to sustain ourselves, to be thriving, healthy and fulfilled. However, as we know, modern society has changed that a bit. Harmful toxins and pesticides are sprayed onto food to feed large populations, food becomes artificial, processed and distorted to fill shelves and satisfy cravings. However, this consumption trends has come at a cost. Eating raw foods, produce, fruits and veggies is all important to achieve your health goals. Whether its energy, beauty, skincare, weight loss, or overall well-being, food can and will be your source of medicine if you consume it properly.
Consuming these powerfully healing foods properly means going organic. When produce ranges anywhere from a few cents more to a few dollars more, and it all looks the same on the shelves, it can be easy to just by the inorganic produce. However, there are many reasons why you go organic for your produce.
- For a Chemical & Pesticide- free diet
It doesn’t make much sense to spend all the time and money and sacrifices to consume healthy foods if that food is covered in toxic chemicals and pesticides. The only way to avoid the chemicals and poisons that are on inorganic foods is by growing it yourself, or by consuming what is certified organic. According to Prevention.com, “more than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, and the average application equates to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person every year.” Guys… 16 pounds of chemical pesticides, just for you. That’s insane! Ok, if that’s not reason enough (which is should be) here are a few more…
If you’ve checked out my simple antioxidant smoothie recipe and the top 10 staple foods to have in your beauty routine, thanks for taking the time to read, I hope they helped you! But the truth is, the information and facts shared about their health benefits of those foods are based on organic produce. When the soil of a food is chemically altered, so is the nutritional content of that food. Simply put, organically grown foods have more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients because of the soil. The distortion of the plant begins long before the surface has been sprayed with chemicals, it occurs in the soil where the seeds are planted.
3. To Say no to GMO
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMO foods are made of a “laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.” according to responsibletechnology.org. GMO foods are dishonest, inauthentic forms of food and the effects of GMO-effected foods have the potential to cause long-term issues that have not been tested.
Quick tip: When grocery shopping, be sure to look for the PLU code on produce. A PLU code starting with an “8” means it is GMO. A PLU code starting with a “9” means it is organic. So when you’re shopping, be sure to look for the “9”!