Friday, August 28, 2015

How Healthy Is Organic Food?





Ever since I can remember, we have always had a garden in my family. So I have continued the time-honored practice with my own family.

I enjoy everything from getting the garden ready and being outside on a daily basis to harvesting the food and collecting the seeds for next year. 

Recently, my brother and I were having a discussion about organic products. As we began debating the subject, we both begin to realize that we had different ideas on what we thought made a product organic.

So what is the definition of organic? 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines organic as “grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals.”

Simple right? Not quite.
Take me for example. I grow my own vegetable and herb garden and do my best to make it as organic as possible. 
  1. I purchase seeds from a certified organic seed company. 
  2. I don’t use fertilizer on the grass in our backyard where my garden is located.
  3. Since chemicals are used to purify our tap water, I have a rain barrel connected to the drain spout of my house to capture rainwater.
  4. After our lawn is mowed, I spread the grass clippings for mulch. This is a great way to keep weeds at a minimum as well as provide nutrients back to the soil.  Honestly, I just hate weeding!
  5. To help feed my garden, I use Fish Fertilizer. The Wampanoag tribe taught the Pilgrims to bury fish in the soil when planting crops. That’s about as traditional as you can get!

So that’s the steps I take that are under my control. Unfortunately, there are other variables that can’t be controlled.

Let’s look at my list again.
  1. Seeds - How much of a control enviroment are the seeds grown in?
  2. Fertilizer - Even though I don’t use fertilizer or chemicals on my yard…I can’t prevent my neighbors from using them. Any product used in my surrounding area can be absorbed into my garden through soil, water runoff from the streets or air.
  3. Rain Barrel - Blowing winds and rainfall clean the air from debris and toxic chemicals. All of which lands on the roof of my house and is collected into the rain barrel. I clean the barrel each year with vinegar and water as well as the gutters of the house. This is the best I can do without using additional chemicals.
  4. Grass Clippings - Again, I can’t guarantee what is on my grass.
  5. Fish Fertilizer - The brand I buy claims to provide a rich source of organic matter as nutrients. What is the water source of the fish? The water that the fish swam in could be polluted.
So try as much as we can, there are still toxins in our foods that are absorbed by our bodies. 

There are a few ways you can take action with this knowledge.

  • Do nothing. 
  • Try to make the best choices with food sources that you can.
  • Add supplements with your meals.

By adding vitamin and mineral supplements, this will provide nutrients that your body needs to help fight toxins, pollution and chemicals and purify your body. 

If you choose supplements, I would suggest taking a high quality product. Read the label and know what’s in the supplement. Many people make the mistake of choosing the cheapest or the brand that’s on sale. My choice and recommendation would be USANA's Essentials Multivitamin & BiOmega Fish oil

To your creatively healthy life!

2 comments:

  1. Excellent article! Very balanced approach to the subject. You managed to give some cool gardening tips as well as health tips. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Sam! I enjoy combining two of my passions.

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