5 Organic Food Health Benefits

What are the advantages of eating organic food?

Author: Christin Sander, Health Writer

Organic foods are growing in popularity as people become more health conscious and concerned about what they are putting into their bodies. Organic foods provide a variety of health benefits including increased energy and better brain function, particularly in toddlers.  

Organic foods protect the brain and nervous system from exposure to toxins. Organophosphates are a widely used class of pesticides shown to cause damage to brain and nerve cells. According to the EPA, these pesticides disrupt the enzyme acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter. Pesticide residues are absorbed by regular produce, leading to exposure to these neurotoxins when they are eaten. Organic foods are herbicide and pesticide free, preventing exposure.

Eating organic foods reduces the risk of developing cancer and other diseases that have been linked to genetically modified foods. GMO seeds are genetically altered to be herbicide and pesticide resistant. According to the USDA, up to 96% of corn produced in the USA is genetically modified. Widely used corn products, like high fructose corn syrup, are nearly all from GMO sources. A French study, published in the September 2012 Food and Chemical Toxicology, showed mice that ate GMO corn were more likely to develop tumors and organ damage and face premature death. According to US law, organic foods are not allowed to be genetically altered

Organic food for pregnant women and children may prevent the development of learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Organic food is imperative for peak brain performance, especially in the developing brains of young children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends organic foods to avoid exposure to pesticide residues that disrupt neurochemical activity in the brain and have been linked to learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Studies have shown many pesticide residues are able to cross the placenta and affect the developing fetus as well. 

Organic dairy and meat can help promote a stronger immune system. Organic animal products do not contain antibiotics and growth hormones commonly administered to other animals. Over time, exposure to antibiotics in milk and meat products can reduce resistance to disease. Over-prescription of antibiotics has lead to a dramatic increase in drug-resistant bacteria, resulting in illnesses that no longer respond to traditional treatment. A study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases states half of supermarket meat contains drug-resistant staph bacteria. Avoiding chronic overexposure to antibiotics in your food supply can ensure your immune system is strong enough to ward off potential infectious diseases. 

Organic foods are a 100% natural, stimulant free way to increase energy. When you eat organic foods, the body does not have to work as hard to process and filter out hormones, antibiotics, herbicide and pesticide residues found in non-organic foods. Increased energy is the natural result of a body that is not overwhelmed with toxins. When the liver, kidneys and other organs are not burdened, they are able to function efficiently and effectively, leading to natural, sustained energy.

Organic foods are a great way to nourish the body without taxing the immune system. It may not always be possible to eat 100% organic foods all the time, but there are natural remedies that can be used to provide additional support to the immune system and boost energy levels naturally. ImmunityPlus is a natural herbal preparation used to support and maintain the immune system. Fatigue Fighter contains all-natural herbs that support natural energy levels, stamina and endurance without stimulants.

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