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Learn What Going ORGANIC Really Means to YOU – And Look & Feel Great Doing It!
For those of us dedicated to making healthy choices, and making the lovely leap into an organic lifestyle, it’s tough out there! With an overload of (most often inaccurate) information, and those oh-so crafty advertising folks, it is hard to determine what is truly an organic choice. And with a tunnel-vision focus on weight loss at times, especially in the media, it is even harder to understand the long-term benefits of a lifestyle change.
With a tendency to lump all that is “healthy” into one category, consumers are beginning to associate murky words like “natural”, “green”, “free-range”, “local”, “pro-biotic”, “clean” and even ingredient-driven phrases like “gluten-free” or “sugar free” with organic products. While these terms are certainly not mutually exclusive, they do not in most cases mean the same thing.
Plain and simple, true organic foods and products are fully grown and sold without the use of pesticides, and they need to be certified through a rigorous testing process from the USDA. Not worthy of their stamp of approval? Not worth your time. Without the seal seen here, the product is likely “FAUXganic” at best.
If you think going organic is all about fluff, fancy words, and Facebook posts to your friends about your awesome new garden, then let’s get serious for a second. Pesticides can cause birth defects, cancer, nerve damage, and other extremely serious health issues. They can be washed off certain types of produce, but even trace amounts of this treacherous treatment are extremely dangerous.
However, positivity prevails! Modern research has led to a proven collection of health benefits from this lifestyle. Just as a handful of almonds is enough for you to get a nutritious and delicious snack, a handful of benefits, seen below, should be enough to get you out the door and to the store (or Farmer’s Market!) immediately:
Nutrients + Taste = Winning Choices for All! Organic foods have shown in studies to contain a higher level of antioxidants than those produced from conventional or harmful methods. They have also been consistently found to taste better through consumer research.
“Extras” For Long Term Health! Some organic produce, like milk and meat especially, have a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – both heart-healthy elements that can balance out the right types of cholesterol in your system.
Immune System Strength! Foods with chemicals and pesticides leave you more susceptible to illness and even some forms of cancer. You can boost your body’s ability to fight back with the right choices.
Help For YOUR Healthy Weight! While not the most important reason to go organic, some agricultural chemicals can mess with your hormone level and cause weight retention or gain. Help stay at YOUR healthy weight with organic meal choices.
GMO Rhymes With “I Don’t Know”! Since the full harmful effects of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s) are still not comprehensively known, the fact that organic products are not genetically tested make them the easy choice.
All of these benefits go hand-in-hand with a dedicated change in lifestyle, not just by what goes in our mouths, but also with the products we use and the daily choices we make. To obtain the long-lasting effects from making the change, always take the time to think outside the box. Stumped on other areas in life to go organic? Not a problem – take a look at how easy (and rewarding) it is to get creative in taking care of yourself, your family, and your environment:
Choose – or make! – organic cleaning products.
- Select organic paints for your home and office – amazing color choices!
- Seek out cool and custom organically made children’s toys.
- Pamper yourself with luxurious feeling organic bed linens and pillows (even mattresses!).
- Purchase organically made and sourced jewelry as gifts.
- Set style trends with organic clothing; you won’t believe the coolness of comfy organic cotton.
- Donate to organizations dedicated towards the proper certification of organic products or organic farming co-ops.
Notice something missing from the list that is near and dear to Purely You Spa’s holistic hearts? That’s right – organic health and beauty products! To get the most out of your skin, and look and feel your best, you need to use what is from the earth, and from the earth only. Most of the products we use at Purely You Spa are even natural enough to EAT outside of being truly 100% organic.
Our full line of Organic Products, and our status as the only CERTIFIED Organic spa in Naples are the basis of our vision, and our success as well – our clients see results, love the way they feel, and are proud to know they are supporting organic missions. For those looking for long-term results, we also offer Organic Lifestyle Planning customized to your individual needs, and Anti-Aging Seminars with an organic focus (October 28th!).
If you still aren’t 100% convinced on what an organic lifestyle can mean for YOU, consider this. Most of the modern material written focuses on why it is good for YOU, but we also need to understand, as a global community, why it is good for the environment. If we expect our planet to produce agricultural gems for our own energy, we must in turn make educated choices to give right back. Here are just a few of the ways going organic can lead to a healthier planet:
Sustainability: Organic farmers focus on the big picture, using their land and resources responsibly without focusing on short-term yields.
Soil Building: Organic farming practices like cover crops, special fertilizers, and rotation lead to increased soil quality. This ensures longer production and even a more robust abundance of vitamins and minerals in what is produced.
Biodiversity: When they rely on plants that adapt to their environment and weather without using unnatural pesticides, organic farmers increase the strength of certain produce to survive in the long run. No pesticides also mean a healthier ecosystem in surrounding areas for other plants and wildlife.
Cleaner Water Tables: Since they ditch chemicals to the curb, organic farmers keep nearby water sources clean; certainly a win-win for everyone, no matter if you have 2 legs, 4 legs, wings, or gills!
So, the reasons behind any of us going organic will be of course subjective – we might be searching for more balance, a better diet, a solution to world conservation, or a way to protect wildlife. But keep in mind, after we are truly educated on what the lifestyle is all about, the benefits we receive and the standards we need to hold our choices to are universal.
For ANY questions you may have about an organic lifestyle, email us via email@example.com, or leave your queries on Facebook! To book an appointment and experience our amazing organic products, call our Spa Concierge today at 239-331-8266.