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September 15, 2009
Eating Organic To Lose Weight?
For those out there who think organic and conventional foods are equally healthy aren't looking at the big picture. Some conventional foods may have the same nutritional value within them as their organic counterpart. However, what does your body have to go through to get to those nutrients? And what else are you getting that you didn't intend?
I found this amazing article on how the human overweight body can naturally lose weight simply by switching to organic. Here's an excerpt:
"If you feed your body with too much fat, additives, chemicals, and toxins then they cannot be properly disposed of. The result of this is that these toxins, poisons, and fats are stored in your body until your body can actually get around to getting rid of them. These fat deposits throughout your body can lead to a condition known as 'fatty liver,' which will significantly impair your weight loss efforts.
Eating healthy food that is high in fiber, low in fat, and free of chemicals and toxins is one way to cleanse the body of this condition. Organic food is an excellent choice because it often meets all of the above criteria."
Read the entire article, and tell me what you think.
If you're still not convinced of the health benefits of organic foods, check out what Dr Weil has to say on the subject:
For beef - " If you have to eat beef, try to get organic varieties. Organically raised animals are not fed the dreadful feeds responsible for transmitting BSE" (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy/"mad cow disease").
For chicken and turkey - "Buy organically grown chicken and turkey if you can, to minimize consumption of antibiotic residues and other toxins found in conventionally raised birds."
For eggs - "Eat organically produced eggs from free-range chickens when possible. They taste better, are more nutritious and are less likely to have residues of antibiotics and other undesirable compounds."
For fruits and vegetables - "Try to eat organic produce whenever possible. Organic produce is grown without the use of toxic agrichemicals."
Our bodies are meant to digest only what nature produces. Feeding it chemicals and toxins causes your body to either not know what to do with it (therefore possibly storing it for later), or makes it work harder to get rid of it. This can prevent your body from performing at optimum levels like burning fat, fighting infection, preventing disease, etc.
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.
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