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)
- Bell pepper
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.
Kids’ products: The EWG recommends avoiding these products for children
- Avoid boric acid and sodium borate in diaper cream
- Avoid 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol in baby wipes
- Avoid toothpaste with fluoride for children under 2
- 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.