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Ideally, you should always buy organic, but that isn’t always realistic

Is organic really worth the extra cost?

Is there really that big of a difference?

Does it really matter in the end?

Well today is your lucky day because we’re going to help you decide once and for all whether or not spending more for organic is actually worth it in the long run.

How Does Eating Organic Help Your Body?

To begin uncovering the truth about organics, let’s first take a look at how organic foods can actually help your body.

Organics are:

  1. Free of neurotoxins. Non-organic foods can contain a lot of pesticides, many of which are considered to be neurotoxins. And neurotoxins can do serious damage to brain and nerve cells. Organic foods however are free from these harmful neurotoxins.
  2. Conducive to energy. When the foods you eat contain fewer chemicals, pesticides and additives, you’re going to feel a lot better and have much more energy to conquer your day-to-day tasks.
  3. More nutritive. It may sound crazy, but it’s true: organic foods have higher levels of many vitamins and minerals, and have greater antioxidant values than similar non-organic foods.
  4. Free of pesticides. You don’t want pesticides in your food. Among a host of issues, consuming high levels of pesticides can increase your risk for developing an autoimmune disease.
  5. Known to make you feel better. Because of the higher levels of nutrients in organic foods, consuming them regularly will help to strengthen your immune system causing you to feel healthier overall.
  6. Protective against sun damage. Certain organic foods can work to help protect your skin from damaging UV radiation, including sweet potatoes, pomegranates, cherries and tomatoes.

It’s clear that choosing to consume organic foods on a regular basis can be very beneficial to your overall health and wellness, but what are some other reasons to go organic?

Does Eating Organic Lower Your Risk of Disease?

We’ve seen how eating organic can be very good for your body, but what are the long term effects? Is eating this way worth it in the long run?

Eating organic can…

  1. Help reduce your risk of cancer. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that 30% of insecticides, 60% of herbicides and 90% of fungicides can potentially lead to cancer in the body. And where are most of those pesticides found? Non-organic foods. Eating organic food that is free from pesticides can play a large part in reducing your risk for developing cancer.
  2. Help fight heart disease. Besides just being generally healthier for your body, organic foods can contain higher levels of flavonoids than non-organic, giving you antioxidants known to protect against cardiovascular disease.
  3. Help prevent cognitive breakdown. Lower levels of neurotoxins and higher levels of nutrients help to keep your brain sharp and cognitive levels functioning well, even into old age. One study showed eating antioxidant-rich berries daily can delay the onset of cognitive decline by up to 2.5 years.

Before and After Organics

In case you still aren’t convinced that organic foods are much better for you than non-organic foods, take a look at this before and after organics case study…

To prove the harmful effects of non-organic foods on the body, Swedish grocery store chain Coop decided to perform a simple study with a local Swedish family.

For three weeks, the family’s diet would be strictly monitored. During the first week they would eat only non-organic foods, followed by completely organic foods in week two and three. At the end of week one and three, the family would provide urine samples to test for the presence of harmful chemicals and pesticides.

The results? The high levels of pesticides present after week one were essentially non-existent by the end of week three. Eating organic had changed the state of their overall health dramatically.

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What is the Overall Organic Effect?

There’s no denying that organic foods are much healthier for your body than non-organics. From disease prevention and lower pesticide levels to protection from sun damage and overall increased energy levels, the overall organic effect is nothing but positive.

Make the switch and start consuming more organic products today!

While organic choices can be more expensive, you can balance out the cost by eating non-organic from the “Clean 15” list. That’s a list of 15 fruits and veggies grown conventionally but with far fewer (if any) pesticides.

On the Clean 15 you’ll find avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, sweet peas (frozen), onions, asparagus, mangos, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, honeydew melon, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and cauliflower.

And to help you along choose Touchstone Essentials’ organic whole food supplements to get nutritional peace of mind.

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