Health benefits of organic food and why it is important to buy it

Over the last 25 years I have been asked thousands and thousands of fitness related questions. Invariably, the foremost question is, hand stroking her tummy, how do I lose this? My answer is the same every time. Eat less (serving size at each setting), eat more often with protein and carbs combined, and eat higher quality, less processed foods.

Eating higher quality foods on the surface seems easy. No junk food, right. That is not enough anymore, we must have more information because the quality of the food we eat is at its lowest point. The big food companies have mixed everything with chemicals and preservatives to make it last longer and they can make more money. God did not intend for all these altered substances to be in our bodies. Therefore, we are seeing many new diseases that seem to have no cause. I will tell you what is the cause; it’s the artificial sweeteners, artificial fats, chemicals, and preservatives we put in our mouths. We are what we eat.

When you understand that your body is in a constant state of regeneration, then the term “you are what you eat” takes on a completely different meaning.

Bear with me if this is old information, but it is very important. Every cell in your body will be dead and gone in about a year. Your skin, your bones, your muscles, your organs, and even the atoms and cells that make up your DNA are in a constant state of degeneration and regeneration. Common sense will tell you that when we add higher quality nutrients, the byproduct will be higher quality regenerative cells.

It has even been shown that the cells that make up a diseased part of the body, such as a tumor or cancer, are totally dead and gone within 14 months. So if we can ingest very high quality nutrition, reduce our stress levels, and envision healing, there is a chance of regenerating healthy cells to replace diseased cells. This is a very poignant topic, as I believe there is a time and place for Western medicine that tends to use pharmaceuticals as a Band-Aid to cover up symptoms of disease or illness. But I think they should be used as a last resort only after more holistic approaches have been exhausted. If you find yourself at this crossroads, I suggest you consult with a specialist like Deepak Chopra in Toronto (1.800.333.4453)

Is expensive organic food worth it? At first glance, it doesn’t seem like it’s worth the added cost and inconvenience to shop more frequently (because quality organic foods spoil faster). But I ask you, how much does it cost to have cancer, or to have a heart attack?
It totally amazes me that we are so motivated that we lose our health to make money and then turn around and spend all our money trying to get our health back. It does not have to be this way.

Some of the latest groundbreaking medical information from some of the world’s leading holistic practitioners is realizing that traditional Western medical professionals have totally missed the boat. And I strongly agree with this new information that has all kinds of evidence that shows us that 95% of all diseases and illnesses are environmental. We cause it by lowering our immune system with an unhealthy lifestyle.

Even the American Cancer Society (ACS) finally admits that 60% of cancer is caused by the environment. Which means it’s our lifestyle. This is important because cancer has recently overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 85.

This is surprising information considering that ACS’s ties to the pharmaceutical industry run deep. Obviously, there is more money in treating cancer than in preventing it. But even the ACS can’t ignore the obvious.

Modern medicine is a platform for profit, not for health. I know I could get in trouble on this issue (and I have in our local papers), but this is an issue close to my heart. I know there are a lot of well meaning doctors out there, but for the most part, your hands are tied. Corruption occurs much higher.

Example: Diabetes is such a profitable business that doctors recommend diabetes drugs to pre-diabetic patients with only marginally high blood sugar, even before trying weight loss and exercise. As discussed in Chapter 1, adult-onset type II diabetes is one of the easiest diseases to cure when the individual is given the correct information.

The most recent press release from the American Cancer Institute (November 2007) reports clear evidence that excess body weight dramatically increases the risk of most cancers.
The report also found that there are certain lifestyle changes that will reduce the risk of getting cancer. Some of the health benefits of organic food are below:

o Be as thin as possible within the normal range of body weight

o Be physically active as part of everyday life.

o Limit consumption of “energy-dense foods,” foods that are high in calories, fat, and sugar. Avoid sugary drinks

o Eat mostly plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

o Limit consumption of red meat and avoid ALL processed meat

o Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone, without dietary supplements.

Please read the last line again.

YES, ORGANIC FOOD IS WORTH IT! LOOK AT IT AS AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR VITALITY.

When you eat food that is not organic, what you are eating is loaded with poisons and chemicals. Companies that produce food for the masses have one thing in mind: quantity, not quality. They will do whatever they have to to get as much food as possible from point A (the land that has run out) to point B (your mouth). They are trying to extend the shelf life of natural foods so you have a chance to buy them.

The longer the shelf life of the food you eat, the shorter its shelf life. If it came out of the ground and rots, it’s good for you!

These companies are loading there food with toxins and poisons, it has been sprayed with pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. Most of the food on the shelves of a traditional grocery store has been injected with chemicals. The fertilizers your farmers use are all poisons and chemicals. Fertilizers get into the roots of plants and end up inside the fruit, and the fruit itself can’t even bear fruit. Most of the fruit today is made from hybrid seeds that produce fruit that cannot even germinate and reproduce its own kind. He can’t even support himself, how is he going to support you in the long run? Simply put, when you eat the cheapest foods that are produced for the masses, it’s like eating an apple that has been doused with Raid. And no, washing it doesn’t help because it’s inside the apple and on the skin. The chemicals and preservatives used by national food companies are 100 times more powerful than Raid.

IS ORGANIC FOOD REALLY BETTER?

Yes! I’m not going to bore you with the details of the latest evidence that is coming (but coming) showing that genuinely grown organic foods have 50% more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods produced for the masses. You should buy organic food!

I realize that it may not be realistic to eat organic food 100% of the time. But at least now you have something to think about (J). My experience is that it’s something you have to grow into. What has worked for my family is a commitment to organic food 25% of the time. Once you can prove to yourself that you can feel the difference, you will be able to grow up and eat organic food more often.

The organic food industry is now a $14 billion a year business in the United States, so big companies are getting more involved. The quality and significance of the organic label is experiencing a rapid decline. Companies like Wal-Mart are pushing the boundaries of what can be called organic and are even trying to fool people with organic signs and stickers in their stores.

SHOP LOCAL! If you want the freshest, most nutrient-dense foods available, shop close to home. Farmers markets, community supported agricultural programs, food co-ops are your best options. I suggest you google “high quality organic food/farmers market/your city and state” and visit these farms or markets. Some of these farmers may not be able to afford or want to be certified to sell organic products, but just because they are not certified does not mean that their products are not of the highest quality. With a little legwork, you’ll soon be able to find high-quality organic food close to home. As I’ve done, you may be able to set up drop off points with a couple of farmers to add a bit of convenience.

Finding high-quality organic food close to home isn’t as hard as it sounds. The bottom line is to look for farmers who practice sound organic farming principles and produce small amounts of food.

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