If we lived in a perfect world, every single one of us would shop for our food at the local farmer’s market, buy whole cows that were 100% grass fed, and share freshly grown and hand-picked produce with our neighbors every night for dinner.
This ideal picture of a healthy lifestyle may sound wonderful in theory, but the truth is, this is not realistic for many people living today’s modern world.
And honestly, I really doubt many people would want to even if it was possible.
With so many of us being able to enjoy the luxury of picking up ready-made meals down at the local restaurant or fast food chain whenever we want, I find it hard to envision people would give that up to spend the day farming, gardening, or hunting for food.
While it is possible that most of us are not prepared to give up the convenience of meals-on-the-go that we have grown so accustomed to over the years, I can tell you for sure that we still want to eat as healthy as possible. However, most people want to make sure that the foods they buy provide the most health benefit for the money they shell out.
To get you started on your journey to eating healthier and becoming healthier, I have listed the three types of foods I recommend every single person should buy organic.
Full Fat Dairy
Most people consume some form of dairy on a regular basis like butter, yogurt, milk, or cream. Therefore, if you like to enjoy dairy several times a week, I recommend you buy organic dairy products where the cows were 100% grass fed.
The reason why I recommend going organic when it comes to dairy is because dairy cows are customarily fed hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, and other unnatural products that can end up in your milk and into your body.
To guarantee consumers are really buying organic, the government has passed legislation that requires all organic dairy farmers to allow their cows to consume fresh grass for the entire grazing season. The good news is, local grazing seasons last for approximately 120 days, if not more.
On top of that, organic dairy farmers must ensure that at the very minimum, their cows get at least 30% of their total calories from fresh grass.
So, the next time you buy organic dairy products, you can feel good knowing that it actually came from a cow that was eating a good amount of fresh grass.
When it comes to eggs, the rules are extremely simple.
You should buy eggs that have been produced by pastured chickens. However, if you’re not able to find these types of eggs, it’s best to go with the organic variety and avoid purchasing the standard eggs you find everywhere.
The reason why you should avoid the standard eggs is because the feed that these chickens are fed are completely covered with pesticides. As a result, these pesticides are passed into the eggs that these chickens lay.
Hence, the main reason why I recommend you should only buy organic eggs or at the very least, eggs that have been produced by pastured chickens.
Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards typically have large surface areas compared to other kinds of vegetables. However, the problem with having a large surface area means that you can pretty much guarantee that the entire vegetable will get covered with pesticide spray.
Believe me, this is really tough to remove!
Yes, vegetables like carrots and cucumbers are easy to clean because you can scrub them hard under running tap water without causing any sort of damage. On the other hand, if you do the same thing to leafy vegetables, you’ll just end up with a pile of mush!
If this has not convinced you to go organic when it comes to leafy vegetables, then note that as you begin practicing the habit of eating healthier, you will be consuming a lot more vegetables and whole foods.
That said, you should consider going organic because if you don’t, you will seriously be putting a lot of pesticides into your body which is not a great idea if you want to be healthy in the long run.
I hope you’re now motivated to get out there and really start to eat more organic foods. Nevertheless, don’t think of this list to be the end of your journey to becoming healthy. Instead, look at it as the starting point on your life-long quest to living a healthier lifestyle!
Always continue to improve what you’re doing and trust me, in the long run you’ll end up being extremely healthy!
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