Posted on Jul 27, 2009 | Comments 4
——–Embark on an organic journey towards healthy living
As a consequence of industrial revolution dated long back and still going on, human life has been constantly dependent on several artificial products. Nature almost took a back seat. However, one cannot ignore nature and all the organic products coming from it in the face of problems created by artificial products.
Right from foods till the mattresses we sleep on, everything was made of artificial products and intermediates. However, today people swear by the benefits of organic products and the way they have changed their lives.
In today’s world, adopting organic products in daily routine is the magic mantra to health living. If you are still thinking about buying organic products then here are the 10 reasons to buy organic products for your home right away.
1. Higher antioxidant levels
Do you know that most of the artificial food stuff that you have just bought from the super market contains oxidative materials that are harmful to your health?
If no, then you must choose for organic food stuff rather than the artificial counterparts. Organic food stuff contains several anti-oxidants (almost 30%) that keep you healthy and fight all the oxidative species in your body that endanger your health.
2. Organic products do not endanger your health
In the conventional farming techniques, the fruits and vegetables are exposed to several pesticides and chemicals in order to avoid insect manifestations and damage to the plants.
However, most of these pesticides are recalcitrant and non-volatile due to which they linger in the vegetables and fruits for a long time.
When such food stuff is consumed by would-be mothers, it surely affects the neuronal development of the baby thereby causing many undue health problems.
The health of normal people is also affected. Hence, you should go for vegetables, fruits and food stuffs produced organically since they are not exposed to pesticides or chemicals.
3. Absence of Growth Hormones
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In order to increase the amount of meat and milk, many people indulge in feeding or injecting their cattle and live stocks with external growth hormones. These growth hormones can prove to have adverse effect on your health if taken in excess quantities.
Moreover, most of these growth hormones are animal based and therefore cause irritation when such meat or milk is consumed. However, no such growth hormones are used when it comes to organic products.
4. Increased nutritional value
In normal farming procedures, the plants are exposed to higher levels of chemical and pesticides due to which the produce, i.e.; vegetables and fruits have lower nutritive value (just around 83%).
However, the vegetables and fruits that are grown and produced organically have higher amounts of elements like magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins and salicylic acid.
The nutritive value of organic products is very high and they successfully prevent the hardening of arteries and also play an important role in preventing cancer.
5. Healthy soil
When it comes to organic farming, people believe in the importance of soil and hence refrain from using pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Soil is the main component of nature that helps us to get nutritive food.
In conventional farming, the soil is literally stripped off its fertility due to constant exposure to inadequate conditions, excess pesticides, chemicals and sewage water that is highly toxic.
Moreover, the natural microflora of soil that contains innumerable micro-organisms is washed off. This weakens the soil all the more as it loses its capacity to retain water and tolerate highly saline conditions.
The weakened soil needs larger amounts of fertilizers to produce plants and subsequently the food stuff. However, the soil on which organic products are grown is highly fertile and brings a promise of a good supply of healthy food in any weather.
6. Excellent taste
Every supporter of organic food stuff swears by their excellent taste. While buying particular fruits or vegetables, you must have taken the ones that grow slowly so that they remain fresh for longer time. However, the vegetables and fruits obtained by conventional farming have fastidious growth.
Moreover, they tend to ripen very soon and also spoil very soon. However, the organic products have low water quantity and hence ripen and grow slowly. The organic fruits and vegetables appear fresh and remain so for a long time.
Due to low water content, the organic products taste and smell very good and fresh and have high amounts of nutrients. The organic food stuffs available in the market do not have any kind of additives or flavors and hence they taste awesome naturally.
The organic vegetables and fruits are more firm when compared to their conventional counterparts. Moreover, the organic apples are sweeter than the conventional ones.
7. Organic products do not risk the health of farm workers
Due to the constant use of pesticides and several other harmful chemicals, farmers and other farm workers are on a constant health risk. Many of the pesticides and chemicals tend to have materials that form poisonous aerosols that affect the health of these farmers.
Moreover, long term exposure to pesticides can lead to cancer due to the presence of carcinogens in them. Long term exposure to pesticides also leads to neuronal damage, birth defects and several genetic mutations that will haunt the future generations.
8. Organic products are GM free
Although genetically modified (GM) products are thought to be harmless, no one yet knows their full impact after a certain time lapse. Several GM products can prove to be irritable to your palate and health.
Several conventional farmers feed their live stock with GM products so that they can get higher amounts of meat and milk. However, the resulting products also contains high amount to GM ingredients which makes it harmful and indigestible most of the times.
The use of genetically modified seeds or live stock is strictly prohibited in organic farming. Hence, the organic products are truly natural.
9. Absence of antibiotics and other drugs
To obtain a healthy product several farmers inject or feed animals antibiotics and other drugs that keep the animals healthy. To think that the meat and milk obtained from these animals should be healthy and disease free is truly ridiculous.
Instead feeding antibiotics to live stock is harmful as it leads to the evolution of antibiotic resistant species of micro organisms that present in the live stock.
These resistant micro organisms may linger in the food stuff and affect the health of people who consume the products. Treating people in case they fall ill will be difficult as the antibiotics would not work to get rid of these resistant micro organisms.
10. Ecological balance and energy savings
As the adage goes “As you sow, so shall you reap”, you reap the benefits of whatever you have planted. Planting organics seems like the best option that it does not include any use of pesticides and harmful chemicals.
Even the use of genetically modified seeds and live stock is restricted. These factors keep the ecology balanced as everything is natural and remains unaffected.
Moreover, since there is no need of pesticides or fertilizers, a lot of energy would be saved by the chemical industries. This saved energy would surely contribute in reducing the much dreaded global warming.
All the above reasons would surely make you think twice before you plan to buy an artificial product from the market.
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