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“Wild-crafted” or “Organic” is the word used to describe plants that have been grown free of chemicals, toxins, herbicides, pesticides and genetic manipulation. As large corporations and money hungry companies have become increasingly greedy, these practices have become less popular with mainstream brands. This is because they require more diligent care and money by farmers.
When you grocery shop, aim to purchase brands that support organic practices. When you put your money into organic products and organic produce, you’re supporting those farmers who are doing the right thing for the greater good. Not only is this practice better for the planet, but it’s nutritionally better for you.
Improved Detoxification Pathways
The primary threat of consuming plants that are not organic is that they introduce an exposure to pesticides. Pesticides and herbicides, though seen used for their effectiveness on crops to fend off insects and maximize the crop yield, pose a health threat. Consuming these chemicals has negative health implications on a multitude of levels. These include heavy metal toxicity, chronic illness, fertility and overall vitality.
Furthermore, plentiful pesticide exposure can contribute to neurological issues, malfunctions, impairments, as well as creating toxicity within your body. A high level of toxins in the body essentially hinders every single process that the body facilitates. Your body’s health becomes compromised because it abandons its normal daily tasks in order to make detoxification a priority.
In this state, your digestive system struggles to adequately absorb nutrients from the food you eat. Eating organic produce on a regular basis helps to minimize these negative effects and optimize your absorption of nutrients. A detoxified body is a body that is functioning at a high and healthy level.
Weight Loss Happens Naturally
Without these hefty doses of toxic chemicals in your system, your metabolism is cranking and converting food into energy–which is the way your body is meant to operate. Having it weighed down by these toxins prevents it from looking like and performing like a healthy and functional machine.
Furthermore, this toxic build-up accumulates significantly in regards to weight. Toxic waste in the body can often compile and form 5-10 pounds of weight on the average body. Toxins in the body are stored in adipose (fat) tissue. This is why fat loss happens when you minimize the toxic load placed on your system. This is your body’s defense mechanism and way of protecting your bloodstream and vital organs from being in constant contact with those chemicals.
Since this “waste weight” is primarily the product of chemicals and toxins that you ingest through food, the remedy is eating organic food. Weight loss is just one of the many organic food benefits. Losing weight does not always mean that you’re gaining health. However, in this case, you are certainly lightening your toxic load and making your body more capable of doing it’s daily “housework.”
For many, vanity is a significant goal when seeking the benefits of organic food. It’s important and perhaps most helpful to realize that you become what many consider to be desirable when you forget aesthetics. Instead, focus on health. Health is beautiful. Thus, focusing on rejuvenation and health as two organic food benefits will lead you down the road of becoming your most beautiful and vibrant self.
Higher Energy Levels
One of the most noticeable and palpable benefits of organic food is its ability to amplify your energy. From the moment you get up in the morning until the moment you go to sleep, your metabolism will be operating at a high rate, as will your energy levels. This increase in energy is due to several factors:
- Reduced levels of toxins
- Healthy weight loss due to detoxification
- Boosted metabolism
- More efficient digestion and absorption; the more nutrient fortified your body is, the healthier and more revitalized you feel
- More balanced hormone levels
- More uninterrupted & effective sleep patterns
A Word On Vanity
At the end of the day, some individuals are intrinsically motivated simply by the idea of looking good. The encouraging news is that even if the science and planetary impact of eating organic food doesn’t motivate you, there are still perks in it for you.
If you increase your intake of organic food and decrease your consumption of heavily processed, conventional food, you will likely experience many of these vanity-related benefits:
- Clearer, glowing skin
- Reduction in skin conditions like eczema, acne, and dryness
- Fuller, more vibrant hair
- A leaner physique and an overall reduction in body fat
It’s easy to get caught up in minutiae of healthy, organic eating. The ongoing confusion pertaining to food labeling can be consuming. Do yourself and your sanity a favor and keep it simple: eat organic as much as possible & make it a priority.
Know that eating organic ultimately does many positive things for your body. When you eat these pure, pesticide-free foods, you’re ingesting what nature meant for you to without all of the toxic junk.
Helen Sanders is the chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.