**Hey lovelies! This week on the blog, I've been lucky enough to have the amazing Johanna Cider contribute a post to the site. Johanna is a New Zealand based Blogger with a serious love os staying fit and healthy. I thought this piece might help those of you with questions around the whole organic conversation. This is some great info on that debate PLUS it highlights some of the reasons eating the right foods in general (organic or not) can be hugely helpful when it comes to dealing with stress and well being. As always - buy the best quality of food you can afford and know that non organic fresh food is still healthy and a good choice**
What Is Organic?
Generally categorized by minimal or negligible use of pesticides, livestock feed additives, and genetically modified organisms, organic food has recently enjoyed a steady rise in popularity. Much to the delight of those who will pay eye-watering prices for anything with an organic label, the demand for organic products has grown, and there are now more options than ever when choosing organic products, restaurants, and stores.
Even living an organic lifestyle is somewhat cheaper than it used to be. Consumers who choose to live an organic lifestyle can easily find everything from skincare, bath products, and clothing. If you’re thinking about living a much more organic lifestyle, know that it’s possible to undertake a spring cleaning of your household and switch to organic products of all kinds.
We’ve all heard about the environmental benefits of going organic, but what can organic food do for our health? Excess stress can be detrimental to our health and our daily lives, but organic food or other fresh good quality products can help soothe this problem.
There are many foods, drinks, and natural products that have been proven to help people de-stress, but organic versions of these can be even better for your body. Even traces of the heavy metals, synthetic pesticides, and growth hormones can interfere with how your body combats sickness and digests food. To keep yourself healthy and calm during everyday life, especially during challenging times, try these organic products:
Although broccoli is abhorred by children the world over, its poor reputation is exceptionally unfair. The iconic green vegetable contains folic acid, a B vitamin that has been shown to contribute to stress reduction. Choose organic broccoli for a tasty snack that’s healthy, low in calories, and, of course, void of pesticides.
After your healthy meal of organic broccoli, you can indulge in a few squares of dark chocolate. It sounds too good to be true, but dark chocolate has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone – and that’s just one of its many health benefits. Pure dark chocolate with a high amount of natural cocoa solids contains a compound called anandamide, which is naturally present in the human brain and is released when we feel happy. Two other chemicals that help to slow the absorption of anandamide are also found in chocolate, making the good feeling last for longer. Just a few squares are all you need to help yourself feel less stressed.
Essential oils – oils derived from plants – are often touted as being able to cure all kinds of ailments and illness. While this unfortunately isn’t the case, essential oils can certainly help you to relax. Adding a few drops of organic lavender oil to a diffuser will help send you straight to sleep on restless nights, while a dab of rose oil will help you to feel calmer as you go about your tasks during your day.
Next time you can’t sleep or relax, brew yourself a comforting cup of organic tea – in particular, chamomile tea can work well as a mild sedative. Catnip might seem like something more suited to your favourite feline friend, but it can help to decrease feelings of restlessness. If you want to stay alert and ease anxiety, try lemon balm tea, which is both delicious and soothing.
There are plenty of benefits to choosing a natural, organic lifestyle. In particular, choosing to use organic products will help you to be aware of what you’re using to nourish your body, and if you’re a meat-eater, switching to organic meats means you won’t be ingesting potentially harmful growth hormones. Organic food is also more likely to be fresh, as it hasn’t been treated with the chemicals that give other food such a long shelf life. Why not make the switch today and enjoy all of the benefits that organic food may be able to bring you?
More On The Author
Johanna Cider is a New Zealand-based writer who is committed to living a healthy lifestyle. She loves trying fun new exercise routines and activities to stay fit and happy and has written for sites such as Jumpflex AU. Find more of Johanna’s work here.