Why should you eat organically grown foods?
Eating organically grown foods helps to reduce the total amount of toxins in your body. We are all exposed to toxins and pollutants every day. A quick internet search will show you that the top 3 polluted areas in our environment are the air, water, and the soil.
Pollutants in our air
Pollutants in the air are often caused by emissions of chemical gases. The most common pollutants in the air we breathe are carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and chlorofluorocarbons. These chemical gases can disturb the normal composition of the air in ways that cause an undesirable effect on the environment and living things.
This doesn’t just happen when we burn fossil fuels to drive our cars. It also includes spraying chemicals into the air when we use air fresheners, deodorants, hair sprays, and paints. All those aerosol spray cans require propellants to make them spray. While some of the pollutants in the air come from natural causes like forest fires and volcanic eruptions, most of them come from the activities of humans.
Burning petrol and diesel fuels to power our vehicles allows carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. The toxic fog that rises from industrial chimneys and vehicle exhaust pipes can overly saturate the air to the point of forming smog, potentially leading to cardio and respiratory ailments in humans.
Some possible solutions and off-sets are keeping your vehicle properly maintained, carpooling, and using more public transportation. Yes, you could also plant a tree, opt for renewable energy sources, and get involved in a green revolution, but even if you never drive a vehicle you will still be exposed to pollutants in the air.
Pollutants in our water
Water covers about 2/3 of the surface of the planet and its vital to our continued existence. Nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen are required to make things grow, both on land and in the water, but excessive amounts of them can promote a rapid growth of weeds and algae, which in turn, compete with other organisms in the water for the available oxygen.
Commercial industries generate chemical wastes that must be disposed of, sometimes being dumped directly into rivers and lakes. Chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides are carried by rain and runoff into the same rivers and lakes. Some bodies of water contain pollutants such as viruses, bacteria, and microorganisms that can cause diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, hepatitis and other human diseases when the contaminated water is ingested.
Pollutants in the soil
Soil pollution occurs when contaminants from various sources are disposed of improperly. Animal wastes, industrial wastes, and non-biodegradable substances like plastics leech chemicals into the soil over time. Electronics products containing lead and mercury are dumped into landfills and the harmful substances can find their way into the ground.
Toxic compounds, heavy metals, and radioactive materials in the soil cause a change in the soil’s structure and biological properties. Soil pollution can result in a disturbance of the ecological balance and alter the fertility of the soil. People living in close proximity to polluted soil report more headaches, nausea, fatigue, and skin disorders.
Can we survive these pollutants?
People have been searching for solutions to our pollution problems for decades. Some of the solutions are simple and easy to employ. We can reduce the pollution in the air by driving fewer cars, burning fewer fossil fuels, and inventing new greener technologies to power our world, but what are we to do about the pollutants that are already in the environment?
Eating a healthful diet of organically grown foods
We can choose to eat more foods that are grown organically and eat more foods in their “whole” condition to promote a healthful diet. That includes eating more of our fruits and vegetables raw. Instead of cooking the broccoli, serve it raw with some dip. Instead of baking a blueberry pie, try serving a side dish of raw blueberries.
Try getting the vitamins and minerals you need from your food intake. That means eating foods that contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals in their natural forms, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins. Your body will digest whole foods more slowly, allowing your body to gain more nutrition from the foods you eat, especially if they were grown organically.
But, aren’t all fruits and vegetables healthy and good for you? Yes, they are, but there are other factors to consider, as well. Is there a difference in the nutritional benefits of foods grown organically and foods grown conventionally? The research is showing that there are some minor differences in nutritional content, but the real concern is the residues of pesticides and fertilizers that have been found on fruits and vegetables, and antibiotics & hormones found in the blood streams of animals that are grown using industrial farming techniques. When we eat those fruits, vegetables and animal proteins, our bodies absorb those Agra-Chemicals.
Cleaning our food
We don’t want our diets to be rich in pesticides, fertilizers, synthetic agricultural chemicals and hormones. Are there chemical residues on the produce in the grocery store? The answer is yes. Many fruits and vegetables are picked by hand and only lightly washed before appearing on the shelves at the grocery store. Some fruits and vegetables are hard to wash even after we get them home, like berries, broccoli and grapes.
How can I protect my family from Toxic residues?
Changing your diet can be difficult because we all have our favorite foods, but ask yourself if you are getting what you need from your diet. Eating enough of the right things can protect you from diseases. If you would help protect your family against contaminants, ask these questions:
- Do you eat 4-5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day?
- Do you get enough calcium?
- Ever use broiling or baking instead of frying foods?
- Do you drink enough water?
If the answer is no, there are a few simple changes you can make.
Choose more organically grown foods, especially fruits and vegetables, and wash them well. If you can’t find a source for organic foods like animal proteins, you can still improve the nutritional benefits you get from your diet by broiling, baking, or steaming instead of frying.
Serve more raw fruits and vegetables instead of cooking them. When you serve your plate be aware of extra fats (like butter and cream) and control your portion size. And of course, drink plenty of water.