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ink about buying organic and take an honest look at what you have in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator that could be sabotaging your health and vitality (and even your attempts to lose weight). Eating organic foods offer two benefits: it will help you to reduce your toxin intake, and because organic foods tend to score higher on the nutrient meter, they will support the health of your body's biomechanics and innate detoxification capacity. It's a win-win with organic foods. e importance of eating organic is gaining momentum. As demand rises, the pricing of organic foods is coming down now into the affordable range. You have the convenience of a health food store with a good produce section near you, utilize it. Eat organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible to avoid the chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides generally found in produce. When you do buy conventionally grown produce, peel away the outer skin first. For produce you can't peel, like broccoli, boiling or cooking it will take care of removing most chemicals, but don't forget to discard the water. Choose organic meats and dairy to avoid hormones and antibiotics. Opt for wild-caught fish and cut down on albacore ("white") tuna and swordfish. Select unprocessed food to avoid the preservatives, dyes, nitrates, and nitrites. Going organic will also help you limit your consumption of processed and refined foods – most of which are packed with excess sodium, unhealthy fats, and sugar. You will also reap the benefits of the natural chemicals that plants have originally made for their own protection. In their own survival efforts, plants use phytonutrients to protect themselves from disease and to boost their own immunity. at's one reason researchers believe organic fruits and vegetables are healthier – they are raised without pesticides, forcing them to produce more of their own protective chemicals. Tip: Switch from processed peanut butter to raw almond butter or organic peanut butter. Most commercially manufactured nut butters add sugar, oils, preservatives, and other additives to the mix. Read the ingredients and make sure you don't see anything but 100 percent nuts. Keep organic fresh fruit and veggies cut up in the fridge, and make smoothies using fresh fruits such as bananas, berries, and orange juice. Stock Up on Organic Herbs and Spices When it comes to condiments and spices, we oen resort to items that are full of preservatives, additives, and refined sugars. I challenge you to explore your pantry or the door to your refrigerator and see just how many odd-sounding ingredients you find on bottles, jars, and shakers. For example, regular ketchup and BBQ sauce can be loaded with additives, especially high-fructose corn syrup. You can do so much better with just natural, organic spices and herbs. Organic sauces and condiments can be found in your health food store. Eat Organic Whenever Possible Abby's Magazine - Volume 4 Issue 1 | Page 43

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