We have every intention to live a healthier lifestyle. We workout, eat a balanced diet, but there other factors to consider for optimum health. Do you know what is truly in the food you purchase? Where it came from? Listed below are some topics to think about and tips to improve what you put on your plate.
- Pesticides – Nearly, one billion pounds of pesticides are used every day on crops throughout the United States. These toxic chemicals aren’t just affecting the foods we eat. They negatively impact our environment; remain in the soil, flow into our lakes, rivers and even the ocean. Pesticides also disrupt the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Unfortunately the US is behind other developed countries, like Europe in banning the use of such toxins. These chemicals find their way into our bodies and lead to many health issues such as, cancer, autism, diabetes.
- Processed Ingredients & Preservatives – Processed Ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrated oils, and other preservatives are simply fillers that offer no nutritional value. They may help enhance the taste of food, extend the shelf life but in the end, you may end up with unwanted pounds. This is because you tend to eat more as a result of your body starving for the true nutrition it needs. A contributing factor to the “over-weight” issue in this country? Just something to ponder on.
- Artificial Hormones - Ahh yes, now our meat and dairy supply. For starters, it is estimated that nearly two-thirds of our cattle raised for meat are injected with hormones. In addition, rBGH, a genetically engineered hormone is used to increase milk production in dairy cows. Some believe these types of hormones cause early puberty and other health issues.
Consuming food free from toxins and other “non-nutritional” ingredients not only will give your body the health benefits it naturally needs but you will consume less food. The benefits of eating natural, better yet, organic food, along with meats and dairy products free from added hormones, far out way all the rest.
Organic food can be costly, but there are ways to still eat healthy and stay within budget. Purchase natural meat and dairy products with labels stating animals are not treated with rBGH and other hormones. Visit the local farmers market. By purchasing produce locally, not only helps the local economy but doesn’t contain many contaminates from fuel exhaust during shipment. The following lists are foods with the highest exposure to pesticides. It is recommended that these are purchased organic. By doing so, we can reduce our pesticide exposure by nearly 80 percent, according to The Environmental Working Group.
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Kale Collard Greens
There is vast of information out there. Eating foods naturally intended for us to consume will make you feel better and become healthier. Do you want to have the body full toxins, chemicals which may contribute to health issues and negatively affect your quality of life? Do your research. Here are some websites where you can “dig” a little more.
Organic Authority an online resource for delicious organic food – http://www.organicauthority.com/
The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) website focusing the toxins used in our industrialized agriculture www.whatsonmyfood.org/index.jsp
Earth Justice a non-profit interest law firm whose mission is protecting everything Mother Earth as to offer from preserving our natural resources to protecting wildlife along with defending the human right to a healthy environment. www.earthjustice.org