Is Organic Really Important?

Why Go Organic?

Conventional farming operations commonly use pesticides on the foods they produce hoping for greater yields,  but these pesticides are toxic to humans and particularly children.  Studies show farm workers and communities in close proximity to pesticide application are at greater risk and over-spray can get on clothes and be carried home, endangering families.

Apple and Vegetables
Apple and Vegetables-Organic Foods

What Does Organic Mean?

Organic agriculture is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility, prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and promotes biodiversity.  Certified organic means that the farmer has undergone a regular inspection of farm, facilities, ingredients and practices by an independent third party certifier, accredited by the USDA National Organic Program.

Are Organic Foods Really Better?

If you’ve ever wondered if there are real health benefits to eating organic foods consider this: Organic produce is always non-GMO!  In a study comparing conventional vs Organic green vegetables: spinach, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, scallions and green pepper all had significantly higher antioxidants.  Organic tomatoes are richer in lycopene 20% and vitamin C 30%.  Conventional growers use synthetic pesticides to protect their crops from molds, insects and diseases.  This can leave a residue on the produce. In 2014 the USDA’s strawberry tests found that 98 percent of strawberries sampled had residues of at least one pesticide.  The dirtiest strawberry sample had 17 different pesticides.  Organic apples have higher levels of antioxidants such as quercetin and other flavonoids.  Even ketchup made from organic tomatoes has a higher antioxidant content than conventional ketchup.

The ” Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” List

These are the most important foods to buy ORGANIC FOOD:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes

These foods are generally the lowest amount of pesticide spray residue.  These are the Clean 15

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (other than GMO)
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Eggplant
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Cabbage
  • Papaya

Organic food is fresher, more filling and free of additives that could keep nutrients from being absorbed by your body.

Organic food tastes better because it’s real.  Conventional growing methods often produce tough, mealy and/or tasteless fruits and vegetables, compared to organic.  So, is organic food really important?  I believe so.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

 

 

 

Is Salt Really Bad For You?

Is Salt Really Bad For You?

Refined table salt has gotten a justly deserved bad reputation because of concern about hypertension and heart disease.  Having the correct potassium to sodium balance influences the risk for hypertension and heart disease much more than high sodium alone.  Most Western diets are lacking in potassium.

Salt Shaker
Is Salt Bad For You?

Potassium Level Impacts High Blood Pressure More than Sodium

To be healthy, the nutrients in cells must be in proper balance.  Our diets have changed dramatically increasing the amount of sodium and decreasing the amount of potassium in our diet, therefore reversing the natural balance.  Modern food manufacturers add lots of salt (sodium chloride) to their products, while modern diets do not include enough potassium-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.  Eating an apple a day provides only 1 mg of sodium and 80 mg of potassium.

Sodium/Potassium Balance is Necessary for Strong Muscles and Relaxed Arteries

Salt-rich diets force excess sodium into cells, disturbing the healthy sodium/potassium balance.  Excess sodium interferes with cellular energy production, causing fatigue.  Sodium attaches itself to water molecules, so when more sodium goes into the cells, so does more water.  Water retention elevates blood pressure and cases weight gain.  dietary salt contributes to higher risk for cancer, cardiac disease, stroke, kidney disease, bronchial problems and kidney stones.  By avoiding processed and packaged foods, dietary sodium can be avoided.

When Using Salt Make Sure it is Unrefined

A diet that uses mineral-rich sea salt medicinally will help restore the body’s balance.  Small amounts of sea salt with help alkalize the body.  Sea salt should be added to grains and grain-like seeds to make them less acid-forming.  When cooked for 10 minutes or more, salt chelates, blending with other foods and does not cause such a “salty” reaction to our body.  Celtic sea salt is great for cooking, while Hawaiian sea salt is excellent to sprinkle over your food at the table.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.