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Beyond Organic

The growing desire for organic options in food and other product categories can be viewed as part of a larger health movement. Consumers are more easily able to educate themselves regarding the benefits and hazards of organic and non-organic choices. Thanks to the work of health advocates and consumers those option are more widely available than ever. Conventional supermarkets and natural food store chains make 94 percent of organic sales.

Along with organics, consumers are seeking more options regarding healthcare and exercise. Alternative and complementary therapies and medicines continue to grow in popularity. Tai chi, yoga, Pilates, and other mind body exercise modalities also continue to gain followers annually.

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Best Organic Buys

If you’re still on the fence about transitioning to an organic lifestyle, you can still make immediate changes to benefit your health. Eating certain fruits and vegetables increases your pesticide exposure. Certain produce items receive more pesticide treatment than others causing them to have higher levels of pesticide residues. Others are thin skinned and absorb more of the chemicals.

The Environmental Working Group offers an annual list of produce, The Dirty Dozen, which should be eaten as organics, to reduce pesticide exposure up to 80 percent. Some favorites including celery, strawberries, and potatoes are among The Dirty Dozen. EWG offers a second list of produce, The Clean Fifteen; it includes produce which when tested showed little to no pesticide residue. A few of the Clean Fifteen are avocados, cantaloupe, and onions. If budgeting for organics poses a challenge, these two lists can help you make choices that are more healthful and remain within budget.

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Organic And Vegan Are Not Synonyms

Adopting an organic lifestyle does not require you to abandon your knife and fork in favour of spoons and finger foods. While the USDA'S current, dietary findings indicate a plant-based diet brings better health outcomes; their current recommendations still include options for meat eaters. For clarity, a plant based diet's calories are mostly sourced from fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains and healthy plant based fats-like those found in nuts. Meat and low fat dairy are optional sources of protein.

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Organic Cleaning: The Second Key To Wellness

You may be familiar with the ancient proverb, “Let food be thy medicine," credited to Hippocrates, the ancient Greek father of medicine. Essentially, wholesome and nutrient rich foods provide the body’s first line of defence against illness and disease. The second line of defence lies in a person's environment. For ideal health, a person needs to live in clean spaces free of physical hazards and full of positive stimuli and relationships.

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How Do You Know If Something Is Organic?

If you’re a health conscious consumer in search of organic products, foods, cosmetics, produce or household supplies, locating valid options may sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. Many products carry labels describing them as organic, green, or natural. On face value, you may assume those products are the same as certified organic products. This is not the case.

Only products meeting guidelines defined and implemented by National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and the National Organic Program (NOP) can carry the USDA organic label or the seals of USDA organic certifying agencies. USDA certified agencies monitor producers and distributors for compliance with the guidelines.

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Five Tips to Keep Organic Food Fresher Longer

You already know that organic food is better for you and your healthy lifestyle, but there can be some drawbacks to switching to an all-organic diet. Processed foods come with a number of disadvantages, but they are known to last longer than organic food as they are filled with shelf life extending preservatives and additives. Of course, many want to get away from eating these unnatural chemicals and since organic foods do not have the preservatives found in most other foods, they tend to spoil much faster, meaning you can lose a lot of food and money if you don’t eat them right away.

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Organic Clothes 101

Organic clothing is now prevalent in the shopping industry, and has become more affordable for everyone. Organic items have become increasingly available in recent years, with most coming from India. There are many organic items available, including blankets, clothes, towels, sheets and underwear.

The Organic Trade Association reports landmark revenue from organic products in 2014 with $35.9 billion coming in in the US alone.

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Organic Personal Hygiene 101

Few things are more important than what we not only put in but also on our bodies. Everything we eat and every product we use has the potential to cause harm if we’re not careful. When deciding to move toward a more natural hygienic routine, it may become a bit overwhelming.

Literature abounds on the internet. There are hundreds of claims about practically every ingredient in your favorite drugstore products. How do you know where to start? The simplest thing to do is start with the basics.

What do you use every day of your life that could easily be swapped out for something more organic?

The range of choices is astounding.

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Pesticides In Baby Food And Going Organic

The thought of pesticides in our children’s food is not a nice thought for anyone. It is important to get a thorough understanding of the extent of pesticides in baby food, so an informed decision can be made.

This is particularly relevant as babies and young children are much more susceptible to the effects of pesticides than adults are. It may be decided the best solution is to solely provide your baby with organic food to ensure there are little or no pesticides present.

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