Why you should go organic today

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I admit that I am amazed every-time I walk down the supermarket aisle and see the prices of organic goods. So what. In my opinion, living organic IS more expensive than not in the same way that getting regular check ups is beneficial in the prevention and maintenance of good health. Pay a little more now for better health now and later. So why should you even bother to go organic? well, here is something to remember: the huge amount of additives used in non-organic goods were not made for human consumption . These pesticides, preservatives, fragrances and dyes  accumulate in our system over time and some have been shown to disrupt some of our biological functions  They then lead to  problems like allergies, hormonal imbalance, cancers, nervous system problems and thyroid dysfunction.  Still, I get that it might not be in your budget to drop a lot of cash on making your entire household organic. Lucky for you,  the Environmental Working Group has a list of the items you should begin with first.** Make sure to look for the USDA certified organic logo**

Eating Organic: EWG has published a “Dirty Dozen” list naming the top 12 produce items treated with the most pesticides (see below)

  1. Peach
  2. Apple
  3. Bell pepper
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarine
  6. Strawberries

Read the whole list…
Cosmetics: According to the EWG’s research, there are specific ingredients that cause the problems listed above. Be especially diligent with the products you use frequently  and that stay on your skin like face ad body lotions. Here is what to avoid:

  • Parabens because they disrupt hormones (especially in teen girls). They are found in almost every cosmetic out there especially lotions.
  • Triclosan  and triclocarbon because it can cause thyroid and environmental issues. Triclosan is found in many antibacterial items.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA) because it triggers allergies and is toxic
  • Sodium Lauryl or laureth sulfate because it causes skin damage and is toxic. It is found in lathering soaps and shampoos.
  • DMDM hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl because they are toxic contaminants
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone because they trigger allergies and affect your nervous systems.

Read more here…

Kids’ products: The EWG recommends avoiding these products for children

  1. Avoid boric acid and sodium borate in diaper cream
  2. Avoid 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol in baby wipes
  3. Avoid toothpaste with fluoride for children under 2
  4. Avoid play makeup like lipstick, perfume, and nail polish

See where this is going? This is all research based information! It just seems easier to go organic than have to remember all that, right? The good news is that most pharmacies and groceries offer organic options and sometimes even organic versions of their store brands at a lower price.

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4 thoughts on “Why you should go organic today

  1. Stopping by from SITS

    I try to cook organic when I can. Unfortunately, I live in a tiny town with very little selection. My best bet is summer farmers markets and CSAs, where at least I know the farmer and can ask about what chemicals they might use.

    Just a note though, even though eating organic has many benefits, the standards for USDA certification are becoming quite lax. Case in point – organic baby formula now can have synthetic additives. Why is this necessary nutritionally? It’s not. It’s all about money. Organic is a becoming a market trend, and producers are starting to take advantage of that and of USDA certification. Plus, most organic food travels much further to reach your table, so even though you may be doing your body good to eat organic, you may not be doing the environment as much good considering the “food miles” you’re consuming.

    I try to aim for a balance of organic and local…but if all else fails, I know that fresh foods will always be better than processed 🙂

    Thanks for your post – I’m going to take a look around your website!
    Jen

    • flowfusion

      Money is always the bottom line for gov’t and consumers alike so people definitely need to stay informed about what additives are in their food and what they do to them. You’re right that eating organic food that travels from far away defeats the purpose for the planet so my next blog post will be about the localvore movement 🙂

  2. Visiting from SITS! Great post..especially the beginning where you obviously state that eating organic might be expensive, but compared to healthcare costs??? I love when a paradigm is shifted!

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