Organic produce and other products are called as such, because they are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs and other dairy products do not consume antibiotics and growth hormones as well. Choosing organic is a healthier way to live because of these reasons, despite the added costs. Here are 7 tips to live healthier this summer.
Grow your own food
By planting your own fruits and vegetables, you are sure that they do not contain harmful pesticides and chemical-made fertilizers. This is a better option than buying commercially-farmed vegetables and fruits that may contain pesticide residue that can be harmful to you and your family. Unprocessed foods also promote dental health. So, you won’t have to worry about teeth straightening and whitening at all.
Always eat fresh
When you consume organic food, you are assured of its freshness and quality. When buying organic poultry, you are assured that it does not contain antibiotics, growth hormones and have not been fed commercial feeds. Looking forward to seasonal fruits and vegetables is another way to eat healthier because they are fresh from the picking and are much cheaper too.
Choose organic dairy products
When choosing organic dairy products, choose organic whole milk products because they have healthier omega-3 fats than conventional dairy. Also, choose dairy products that are rGBH-free. rGBH, or recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, is a hormone used to increase milk production. It can be dangerous once ingested. Lastly, choose grass-fed dairy, preferably from local family farms, because they are great sources of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants and it’s a great way to help the local economy too.
Switch to fruit juices and fresh fruits
Organic fruits are beneficial, especially the vitamins and minerals they provide. They are also abundant in antioxidants, which keeps the body healthy and young. Antioxidants also help fight off diseases and cancers. Organic fruit juices also help stabilize blood sugar, which makes it perfect for diabetics. They do not contain preservatives and high amounts of sugar, which is a healthier version.
Try Pesticide-free foods
Pesticides can be categorized as fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. These chemicals are widely used in conventional farming and could leave some residue on the food that we consume. Once these kinds of food are eliminated from the diet, you are freeing yourself and your family from the threat of diseases and certain types of cancers. So, stop buying non-organic produce and dairy products now.
Avoid organic junk food
Even though they are labelled as organic, these junk foods are still unhealthy. They contain high amounts of calories that will make you put on the unwanted weight. They are also quite expensive. So, go for minimally-processed foods that still look similar to their natural form.
Reducing food waste can greatly benefit the whole planet and the community as well. Plan your meals ahead to avoid overspending in supermarkets for food items you do not plan on cooking or eating. Practice the “First In, First Out” method in unpacking groceries. Move the older products to the front of the pantry, freezer or refrigerator and putting the newer ones at the back. This way, you will have used up all items by the time they expire, without putting anything to waste. And lastly, food scraps can be made into compost to make good soil for planting.
Investing in organic produce will yield great results for you and your family’s health. You may not see it now, but you will in the future.