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The lifestyle benefits of organics.

The lifestyle benefits of organics.

Over recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of people around the world opting for a more natural, cleaner, healthier and more sustainable way of life.

The organic movement is making huge waves as more people publicly vouch for and confirm their first-hand experiences with the profound health benefits they report - from their organic lifestyle resolving food allergies, intolerances, migraines, skin sensitivities and even improving behavioural issues amongst children.

Celebrities, nutritionists and dieticians around the world are publicly vouching for and endorsing their favouring of the raw, wholefoods and organic approach which extends far beyond the organic food element.  It includes skincare, household products, pet food, baby products and clothing.

With the glaringly absent “scientific proof” around the formal nutritional benefits (apart from the improved nutritional content and pesticide-free produce)- it has been largely an examination of the toxic analysis of conventional products that the majority of the population have based their consumer knowledge on.

Combined with the increase in obesity, disease and health-related issues, people around the world are becoming more aware of the necessity of a healthy lifestyle.  For some this may simply involve eating less processed foods, increasing their vegetable intake and exercising a few times a week.

For others the decision to move to an organic lifestyle comes with higher stakes and often more impressive success stories.  You only need to have a five minute browse on the internet to be inundated with first-hand accounts how an organic lifestyle has improved the lives of people around the world.

Even those who aren’t actively choosing organic are aware of the high levels of synthetic compounds, chemicals, pesticides and toxins in our food and products in everyday life.  You only need to look at labels in the supermarkets to be reminded of the fact that many of the foods, cosmetics, cleaners and drinks we consume on a daily basis are filled with chemicals that we can’t even pronounce, let alone know much about.

Organic comes with a higher price-tag, which can make it a “luxury” that many people can’t afford - or perhaps don’t think is worth the extra cost.  Either way, knowledge is power.  Read about the differences in organic food here. (link)

What are the key benefits of an organic lifestyle?  These vary from person to person however it is certainly safe to say that they below benefits are universal:

  1. An organic lifestyle makes you more conscious and aware of the products you use and consume.  This mindfulness can help to make you more discerning and more likely to have a higher level of self-care.  Simply by virtue of a lower consumption of processed foods means a higher consumption of organic, natural and chemical free foods that are healthier, on average lower in calories and of more nutritional value.
  2. Organic means fewer chemicals, synthetic compounds, additives and pesticides entering your body through your food, cosmetics and even fabric, meaning that your body’s toxic load is reduced.  Your body is able to function at an improved capacity, with healthier cells, reduced free radicals and the added nutritional value (through both quantity and quality) improve your immunity and overall health.
  3. You may notice profound benefits surrounding the improvements of health and skin conditions that you have previously suffered from and considered “annoying” - things like migraines, skin conditions, hormone imbalances, behavioural issues, tiredness and insomnia.  Additives, processed compounds and various chemicals found in our everyday products can have varying effects on each of us, with some being far more sensitive than others.  In combination with other factors and other products these sensitivities can be exacerbated.  Removal of all exposure to non-organic products could be a helpful initial test.
  4. Organic is better for the Earth.  Organic means growth and production methods that promote sustainable farming methods and those communities that support them.  Cleaner air, healthier soils, unpolluted groundwater and more ethical livestock rearing.  You can’t help but see the benefit in that.

A healthier you means a happier you.  More energised, more positively geared in terms of health and nutrition, and also more likely to continue on the wellbeing path. 

It’s about mindful care of yourself and those you love.