My family owns a farm in our hometown. Before, it used to be a sugarcane farm and you won’t see any other plant except for some few palm trees lining the roads. We used to go there just to take a breather from the city life and we would buy food and fruits that we see along the way. After a few years, that farm is now transformed into a beautiful plantation of fruit trees and root crops and a generous land spared to grow organically fed pigs and chickens.
Growing and eating organic was initially a fad for those who were following strict diets and living with healthy principles. However, as the number of benefits of organic food has become more evident through research and personal experiences, organic living has become a part of the general options for maintaining and improving mental, physical and emotional wellness.
There has been much talk about the perks of going organic. It’s one of the biggest additions now of the most popular ways to treat depression and other mental health illnesses.
The Benefits of Organic Living
So what’s this ‘going organic’ thing about? Does the difference really show compared to when you’re eating pork and poultry that are fed non-organically? Does eating organic fruits really matter much? Are you one of those who have changed their lives and switched to organic living?
Here is a list of the most important benefits of consuming organic food.
- Organic food is definitely less harmful. When you say organic, the fruits are grown without the spraying of pesticides, artificial chemicals, and other dangerous substances that can eventually destroy one’s health. If there are, studies prove that organically grown fruits and vegetables only contain 30% of the pesticides seen in non-organically grown foods.
Pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables such as apples, strawberries, potatoes, spinach, nectarine, and tomatoes have been found to cause severe illnesses in children.
- Consuming organic foods may have better health benefits. Research performed at the Newcastle University in UK produced results proving that organic foods have far more antioxidants than those that are conventionally grown. Also, the research suggested that converting to organic eating would tremendously increase your antioxidant consumption to 2 extra portions daily.
Organic pork and poultry reportedly have more omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent heart disease and reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms. They also help decrease the incidence of Alzheimer’s and other geriatric diseases.
- Organic growing benefits the environment – and us. Farmers till and improve soil quality by using organic fertilizers and residue from their own crops, which help maintain a healthy farmland and consequently a healthy environment. Without artificial chemicals in farms, farmers are encouraging the plants and animals to grow independently, making them more resistant to erratic weather conditions.
Additionally, engaging in organic practices helps keep the farm water clean, unlike using pesticides and chemicals where the water is at risk of getting polluted.
- Organic fruits, vegetables and meat taste better than non-organic food. When we feed apples to our kids, we usually peel them for fear that they might consume harmful chemicals. But when our fruits are organic, we can leave the skin or peel on because they have as much vitamins and minerals as the inner part. And it actually tastes much better.
Buying and growing organic gives you the confidence that what you’re feeding your family is clean, delicious, and healthy. It’s actually a win-win situation all the way. Ultimately, it adds more life to your years.