Would you eat out of your toilet? What about voluntarily consume arsenic?
That’s exactly what you’re doing when you eat conventionally farmed food according to Animal Feed. Animals raised to be eaten can be fed sewage sludge, arsenic-based drugs and the byproducts of other animals among other not so tasty meals.
Conventionally grown fruit and vegetables are also commonly exposed to highly toxic materials and can legally be genetically modified.
The best way to avoid these toxic factors is to buy organic food and beverages.
Because a product needs to have zero chemicals used in production to be certified as organic, limiting your purchasing to certified products is a good way to protect yourself and your family from the myriad of health issues that can arise from pro-longed exposure to commonly used chemicals.
There are also many other benefits to consuming organic products.
Organic milk and meat have been shown to have approximately 50% more omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind) than their conventionally produced counterparts.
They were also found to have lower levels of less desirable fatty acids and organic milk provides 40% more conjugated linoleic acid than its standard counterpart.
Higher Energy Levels
Not only are the chemicals used in the production of conventional produce toxic but they can also strip foods of their nutrients. Organic food, however, increases its levels of nutrients and flavonoids (those things that make food taste good) through deeper roots and longer ripening periods.
Because of the higher levels of essential vitamins and nutrients present in organic products, you will also see an increase in your energy levels.
Because it is easier for our bodies to process antioxidants from organic sources, and antioxidants support the immune system, an organic diet can improve your immunity to some diseases.
Genetically modified compounds have also been linked to greatly decreased immune system functionality in animals, which humans share a surprisingly large amount of DNA with, so the lack of genetic modification in organic products is also beneficial to consumers.
Reduced ‘toxic burden’
‘Toxic burden’ refers to the buildup of toxins your body can develop from years of consuming chemicals such as pesticides and antibiotics.
Switching to organic produce can help cleanse your body of these nasties and lower levels of poison in your body can only be a good thing.
Better for the environment.
Organic produce is also, by definition, better for the environment.
Because chemicals are a big no no in the organic realm, there’s nothing unnatural being added to soil or waterways through their growth.
Plants are also allowed to mature and “breed” naturally which is another benefit for the Earth.
This list is far from exhaustive but hopefully it has given you a good idea of what an organic diet can do to improve your quality of life.
If you’re interested in finding out more and/or switching to an organic lifestyle, the Organic Food and Beverage Exhibition can offer a wealth of resources. The event is co-hosted by Organic & Natural and will be held at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 18 - 20, 2018.Category : Natural and organic
We all understand the importance of looking after our skin. Most of us know to remove our cosmetics before we go to bed, throw out products that have been open for too long and to spot test new products to make sure we don’t have a reaction to any of the ingredients.
But not everyone has stopped to think about the harm that their beauty regime may be doing to their body. Just because we love the way a certain moisturiser makes us feel, doesn’t mean our skin loves the nasty chemicals hidden in a recipe designed for profit rather than health.
Once you actually look into what exactly goes into what you put on your body, it makes sense to switch to a natural alternative.
If that link scared you a little bit, you’re not alone. If you didn’t bother looking through the site, go here for a less comprehensive list of chemicals often referred to as the “dirty dozen”.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you to at least consider switching, here are some benefits of having a natural skincare routine:
Essentially the saying “you only get out what you put in” rings true with cosmetics and beauty products as much as it does with food.
As author and skincare line founder, Mutki told Insider a big pro of organic products is that you’re “Feeding and nurturing your skin with potent, plant-based ingredients that have an abundance of polyphenols, vitamins and antioxidants the body can use helps to promote a clear, glowing complexion”.
Not only are organic products better for your skin and health, they’re also far better for the environment than their chemically compounded counterparts.
Because their ingredients are natural, they will not cause harm to the environment when you wash them off or dispose of leftovers and certified organic products are generally created sustainably.
Did you know that a manufacturer can list literally anything as a fragrance and get away with it?
Because a product’s scent is considered a “trade secret” companies are not required to disclose what goes into their fragrances, even if they’re harmful to consumers or the environment.
This can have potentially deadly consequences for someone who is allergic to an undisclosed ‘fragrance’ ingredient.
Organic products, on the other hand, do not contain manufactured fragrances. Any scent that the product produces is just a bi-product of its natural ingredients and will be listed on the packaging.
Lowered risk of irritation and side effects:
Because traditional beauty products contain so many synthetic ingredients, many individuals have reactions to the formulas used. Reactions can span from mild to severe and the reason is often hard to pinpoint (thanks to the above mentioned fragrance loophole).
Another issue with traditional products is the common use of parabens as a preservative. Parabens are part of our “dirty dozen” and should be avoided at all costs due to their cancer causing properties.
Organic products will use natural preservatives such as grapeseed oil which are not only better for your body but also smell nicer.
Now you’ve seen the benefits for yourself, why not visit Natural Beauty 2018?
The exhibition is co-hosted by Organic & Natural at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre and brings premium organic suppliers from over 65 countries to your doorstep on November 18 - 20.Category : Natural cosmetics