Friday, June 18, 2010

Does Consuming "Clean" Foods Really Make You Feel Better?....

This may be the easiest question to answer, but I believe there is more to it than just a simple yes. I do think in some cases the placebo, or psychological effect can happen when you think something you take or something you eat is going to benefit your body for the good - when it may not be capable of doing so. However, in the case of "clean" food or organics, the fact that your body is not getting a dose of pesticides with every meal may actually have a quicker turn-around effect in the way the body feels than one would think. The saying, "you are what you eat" actually holds water.

At the farm, one of the more important things we do is foliar spray with trace minerals (derived from the ocean some 70 miles out in unpolluted Pacific waters). This provides our plants with a balance of minerals that are not present in the soil but are vital for plant and human development. These minerals are absorbed through the leaves and used throughout the plant, eventually being stored in the roots, leaves and fruits. As we consume a part of that plant, we are getting those minerals in a form that the body can process and use. This is much better than a vitamin or mineral supplement which has a high percentage of waste due to a low absorption rate.

These same trace minerals are also given to our livestock. This helps us have healthy animals, lessening the chances of disease or damage caused by parasites. These trace minerals will be deposited in the eggs that are being laid. This increases what is already an egg loaded with nutrients. Again, healthy eggs with no hormones, antibiotics or trace levels of pesticides. The way God intended!

Just the other day we received an email from one of our customers. She had just given birth to her third child and was telling us about how much better she feels since eating our vegetables. She said in her email that this was the easiest recovery of the three and believes it has a lot to do with the food. My first thought was WOW. Thank you Lord! How wonderful it is for Nicole and I to grow healthy, untainted, good food for our CSA members and customers. The fact that she could tell a difference in the way her body felt was even better.

On another, yet related, note...

More evidence suggests that ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is now caused by organophosphate (OP) insecticides. 4.5 million children in the US have ADHD and fruits and vegetables are the primary source of OP exposures among these children. According to The Organic Center, "Pregnant women and American children are exposed to two to four OP insecticides during an average day, increasing the risk of neurological, behavioral, reproductive, and immune system health problems, especially exposures during critical stages of development."

"The damage does not end in childhood. Exposures to OP insecticides can impair a person's immune system, increasing the risk of cancer and other health problems later in life, as stressed in the recent President's Cancer Panel report. Several OP insecticides also trigger changes during fetal development that are consistent with pre-diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, as discussed in detail in our 2009 report 'That First Step: Organic Food and a Healthier Future.' Other studies show that OP exposures during pregnancy reduce birth weights and can lead to changes in the size and architecture of an infant's brain."

Hopefully, the information above inspires you to agree that "clean" food does make the body feel better.

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