Archive for June, 2011

Benefits of eating organic

Why bother eating organic? Is it really worth it? Here are my thoughts on the subject, and why I choose to eat organic whenever possible.

– It reduces the amount of chemicals you are exposed to. Pesticides in particular are made to kill, and although we are far bigger than the insects they were designed for, if they build up in our body over time they can affect us negatively. Pesticide exposure has been linked to all kinds of illnesses from autism to cancer. In fact, any illness you may experience has probably been linked to a type of chemical exposure at some point.

– It reduces the amount of chemicals the workers are exposed to. I read an article in the National Geographic a few years back showing the impact of these chemicals on the workers. I remember pictures of people walking through enclosed greenhouses and breathing in all the fumes, and reading about the terrible health implications of this type of production. By buying organic, you are encouraging the food industry to tackle this problem, because at the end of the day they just want your money. Put your money in the industries you want to increase.

– It reduces the amount of chemicals that seep into the environment. The environment and wildlife suffers terribly from the use of chemicals and pesticides, which have been blamed for the decline of many species, from fish to honeybees. Of course, this is a chain reaction- for instance, if honeybees decrease in number, it will be more difficult for plants to reproduce, which can have devastating effects on our food supply in the future. We live off the environment, even in this modern age, and it’s in our best interests to look after it.

– When on the subject of organic meat, it shows the industry there are customers. It’s such a sad sight to see organic meat reduced or called off because no one will buy it. Invest in organic food near you and you will help keep it alive. There’s also a good arguement for eating organic meat over cutting out meat when it comes to animal welfare- that way, those who care about the animals are actively selecting an alternative, rather than leaving the entire meat industry to those who aren’t concerned about intensive, cruel and poor quality farming methods.

– Organic food is claimed to have more nutrients in it. Just look at this article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article2753446.ece It’s an investment in your health and gives a boost to everything you eat.

Do you eat organic? Do you think it is important?

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Miranda Kerr and Kora products

Here is another company you may be interested in. I find it really exciting when people introduce natural, healthy products into the global market, and this range of beauty products is surely one to recommend.

The model Miranda Kerr, who has a particular passion for all things organic and natural, has been working with a team of experts to create cosmetics from organic, plant-derived ingredients. There is also a great blog on the Kora site that you might be interested in if you’re into a natural, healthy lifestyle.

Check the website out here: http://www.koraorganics.com/

Have you tried any of the Kora products? What did you think?

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El Naturalista

I get excited whenever I find a company that cares about ethics and the environment, and takes inspiration from nature for its products. That’s the plan of Nemki, and its great that there are others who share my ideals.

I’d like to share with you some of these organisations. El Naturalista is one of them.

One day in winter, a few years ago, I was in Cornwall and saw some wonderful boots in a shop. I tried them on and they were perfect. I bought them, and still wear them today (they’re in great shape). I noticed the name on the box- El Naturalista- and wanted to find out more.

As it turns out, El Naturalista, a Spanish footwear company, places a great deal of importance in the natural world. The designs for everything they make are inspired by nature and our relationship with it. They focus on using natural, non-toxic and recycled material and consider their impact on the environment, encouraging more traditional and less harmful production methods, recycled and biodegradable materials.

Check out their site here and have a look at some of the great things they sell: http://www.elnaturalista.com/index.php/en/

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Sprouting

If you are interested having in a healthy, natural diet, you’ll really benefit from learning about sprouts. Sprouting is a really easy, quick and cheap way to get extremely nutritious raw food.

You just take some seeds or beans, soak them for the required time, empty out the water then rinse them every few hours to keep them clean. After a day or two they’ll start to grow. With beans, you can eat them at the first sign of a root, with seeds it’s best to wait until the very first leaves appear. Eating these newborn plants gives you a massive dose of vitamins, enzymes and a whole load of good stuff, more than an older plant, as this is the stage where it needs the maximum amount of energy and nutrients to start growing. It hardly takes any time or effort at all, buying these seeds and beans is very cheap, and it adds variety and colour to your diet. There are so many to choose from. Here are some you may be interested in.

– Broccoli. Broccoli sprouts are amazing for the immune system with really high levels of antioxidants. They have even been shown in scientific studies to shrink cancer tumours!

– Mung beans. These have potassium, iron and amino acids plus are rich in vitamins A, C and E. They are cleansing and have a fresh, delicate taste.

– White radish seeds. They help to clear congestion and help the digestive system and the kidneys. They are also rich in potassium, vitamin C and chorophyll.

I really recommend checking out my personal favourite sprouting company here: https://www.livingfood.co.uk You will find more information on their website and you can order sprouting kits and organic seeds and beans from them. It’s where I get my sprouts from and I’m very happy with the quality and service.

Let me know if you grow your own sprouts! What do you like to grow, and what do you eat them with?

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