When the organic trend took over, many wondered how long the lifespan of this ‘fad’ will be. Years of benefits later, people are becoming increasingly aware that this is not a trend; it’s a genuine lifestyle that we should all jump on board with. Now, before we begin exploring the ever-expanding universe of the organic lifestyle, let’s look at some of the basics as to what actually constitutes organic. According to BBC GoodFood, organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation. Translation – all natural, grown on uncompromised soil and no chemicals involved. This alone is beneficial, but let us dive in and see what this means in terms of improving our everyday life.
MIND WHAT YOU EAT
Aside from knowing that what you put into your body is clean and untainted, there are numerous health benefits to going organic. Some people claim that switching to an organic diet has helped them cure various diseases. For instance, Carrie Vitt of DeliciouslyOrganic.net cured her recurring migraines through organic eating. Her family was also rid of severe asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, and eczema after following the same diet. Aside from helping eradicate certain conditions organic food can be a powerful illness repellent. It does wonders when it comes boosting immunity; the higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties found in organic food serve as your defence against diseases. Additionally, organic meat has lower fat content than meat from conventionally fed animals. On top of keeping you healthy, adopting this dietary lifestyle can actually help prolong that healthy life. Bernando LaPallo, who lived up to 114 years and claimed to never have been sick his entire life, attributed his long life to eating a lot of organic fruits and vegetables. These are definitely stories that give food for thought.
MATTERS OF THE SKIN
What we allow to enter our body is important; equally important are the products that surround us, especially those we let close to our skin. The main reason organic skincare, hair care and personal hygiene products absolutely trump synthetic ones lies in the ingredient list. The potentially toxic skincare ingredients found in ‘regular’ products are non-existent in organic ones. With organic, what you see is what you get. They are suitable for all skin types, they protect and nourish the skin and provide better results sans damage. The best part is, numerous indie manufacturers, as well as large cosmetics and skincare powerhouses, have acknowledged the benefits of going organic, and now we can find everything from organic body washes, regular and dry shampoo (hooray!), moisturizers, body scrubs and lotions to an effective natural mosquito repellent. Whatever you can think of, someone is one step ahead of you with a product that you need. Of course, you can always transform your kitchen into your own little organic workshop and concoct amazing products using the items you have in your very own home. Homemade coffee scrub – yes please! Nourishing and purifying face mask recipes – come on board.
A CLEAN HOME IS A HAPPY HOME
Just when you thought it couldn’t get better – here come the organic cleaning products! Drugstore cleaning products are harsh, they are full of powerful and potentially harmful chemicals – just think of all the products you have to wear gloves when using them so they come nowhere near your skin. Luckily, there are now numerous safe alternatives that can be found in brands such as Ecos, JR Watkins, and Mrs. Meyers. Of course, as with cosmetics, you can take to making your own. Everything from glass cleaner to all-purpose cleaner can be made from scratch. A clean home minus the toxins – it’s like having your cake and eating it too.
Keep your body safe and healthy, mind your gorgeous skin and keep your home safe and happy. Going organic is much easier than you think, and once you get the hang of things, you will never look back.
Author Bio – Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.