We all know this famous quote by Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Could this actually be the holy grail of health?
There have been hundreds of different diets over the years claiming health benefits, weight loss, and increased energy, but how many of these are actually using food as medicine?
What Is Clean Eating?Clean eating is a way of life-based on the belief that eating whole foods in their most natural state and avoiding processed foods such as refined sugar offers certain health benefits. Variations on the clean eating diet may also exclude gluten, grains, and dairy products and advocate the consumption of raw food. The idea of “clean eating” has been criticized as lacking in scientific evidence and potentially posing health risks. (8) The funny thing is that these studies have not actually analyzed any health effects and simply make unsubstantiated statements themselves. For example, one study found that clean recipes had exactly the same fat/carb/protein ratios as normal recipes and therefore could make no difference to a person’s health. (9) What they have failed to notice here is that the most powerful health benefits of food do not come from the ratio of the macronutrients fat/carb/protein ratios at all, but rather from a vast array of micronutrients, including 800 different antioxidants, enzymes, polysaccharides, oils, vitamins, minerals and dozens of other phytonutrients and medicinal compounds. Read more on this subject Clean eating has also been coined an ‘eating disorder’ by the National Eating Disorder Association, called ‘orthorexia’ (10) and a couple of their red flags are:
- The avoidance and ultimately the elimination of certain types of food that the sufferer may not view as “pure” such as artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, and foods that may have been genetically or chemically modified or treated with pesticides
- The avoidance of certain food groups that society has deemed “unhealthy” (10)
What is an Organic diet?Organic food is food produced by methods that comply with the standards of organic farming. Standards vary worldwide, but organic farming features practices that cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Organizations regulating organic products may restrict the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers in the farming methods used to produce such products. Organic foods typically are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives. (14)
Some Benefits of an Organic Diet
The secret is getting extra high quality healthy nutritious food and this can be tough in today’s profit-driven supermarkets. The reason the food growing industry commercially spray and fertilize foods is to make them grow bigger and to poison the insects and deter birds so they don’t eat it, maximizing yield and profitability. In the process, we are poisoning our population and actually consuming hollow, artificially enhanced, nutrient-devoid food.Everyone is becoming more conscious of how food affects their health and awareness of the negative aspects of industrial farming is increasing.
Detoxification and Healing If you want to allow your body its full potential to grow, heal and tap into life energy then going organic makes perfect sense. Using organic produce alongside a Herbal DETOX program is the ideal combination to get a quality natural internal body cleanse. By using herbs to enhance your body’s natural detox processes and by eating organic produce alongside you can potentially double the healing micronutrient levels in your body. This can encourage rapid healing and cleansing simultaneously.
We highly recommend going organic if you want the best health results from a detox or weight loss products like those in the Ultimate Herbal Health Program.
Commercial Foods Full of Poisons Pesticides, due to their intensive use and their peculiar chemical features, can persist in the environment and enter the food chain, thus representing an environmental risk for the ecosystems and human health. (7)
Over 66% of commercially sprayed produce has pesticides present when they sit on the supermarket shelves. Tests were performed on the produce available on the American market and the results were staggering. Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues – a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals.Examples:
- Apples: 98% of conventional apples had pesticides
- Celery: tested positive for 57 different pesticides
- Capsicum: up to 15 pesticides on a single sample
- Peaches: More than 60 pesticides have been found on peaches
- Grapes: Grapes have more types of pesticides than any other produce, with 64 different pesticides
- Lettuce: 78 different pesticides were found on lettuce samples
- Cucumbers: 81 different pesticide residues were found on cucumbers
See just two examples of this study below.
Here’s one shocking outcome of this study – in all 5 of the tested vegetables: snap beans, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, and spinach the organic vegetables, all contained healthy levels of cobalt, an essential trace mineral compared to the commercial vegetables which contain none. (3)
According to one study when considering the consumption pattern of organic consumers, an increase in intake of a selected set of nutrients and contaminants was observed. (6) People who eat organic are therefore better nourished in general. Not only do they tend to eat more vegetables and fruit, but this produce is of higher nutritional value. On the flip side, the combination of ingesting pesticides and chemicals while eating mineral deficient food must certainly lead to an unhealthy state in the rest of the population over time.
Cardiovascular Diseases Reduced Another study compared Non-Organic Food Consumers with Organic Food Consumers and found those who ate organic had a lower risk of type II diabetes, hypertension, and Cardio Vascular Disease. This effect was significant for men. (1)Birth Defects Reduced One study analyzed 35,107 women and their male infants who participated in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. About 48% of the women reported eating at least one of the organic food groups “often/mostly” or “sometimes.” The women in these two groups gave birth to 22 infants with hypospadias (a penis deformation). The other half of the women reported “never/seldom” eating organic foods, and 52 cases of hypospadias occurred in these mothers. Of all the food groups, organic vegetables had the strongest association with a lower prevalence of hypospadias. (15)
Is it any wonder when you consider what all these chemicals must be doing once they enter our bodies. Going organic where possible definitely seems the logical choice.