In this day and age, it’s become almost as easy to choose organic and natural products as it always was to choose processed products that have been loaded with all sorts of other harmful ingredients. By now, most of us are starting to understand the benefit of going green, as more people turn to a healthier, greener way of life. Despite this, sometimes it can still be too easy to not think before we shop – especially when we have busy lives, with kids to feed, schedules to keep and things to do. As a result, our intentions to start going organic are often forgotten as we hurtle through the shops after a long day, grabbing the quickest and easiest things we see.
To help you think twice next time you’re doing your weekly shopping rounds, here are some very good (and surprisingly common sense) reasons to go organic:
1. It’s good for your health
More than anything else, organic and natural products are good for your health. Chemicals that are used in food, cleaning products, soaps, body lotions, skin products and almost everything else you use on a daily basis are harmful and bad for you. The process used to preserve food is especially harsh, and with genetically modified food, hormone loaded foods, battery chickens, factory farmed meat and so many other unnatural practices used in mass-produced foods, we can never be sure that what we are putting into our bodies is healthy in anyway. On the flipside, organic products are exactly as they are meant to be – pure and untouched, giving you all the benefit of natural nutrients and goodness, without all the bad stuff.
2. It’s good for the environment
If you think what chemically altered products do to our health, then just think what they do to our environment. Conventional farming uses pesticides, insecticides, forced growth conditions and many other environmentally harmful practices – as a result, water supplies are often contaminated, harmful chemicals are released into the air and many insects and small creatures that play an important role in the ecosystem are killed. In addition to this, issues like soil erosion, over-grazing and irresponsible agricultural practices are also rife. One of the biggest reasons for going organic is being able to trust that the food and products you buy are created the natural way, without harmful impact on our planet.
3. It’s good for your skin
With so many skin-friendly ingredients found naturally in plants and minerals, it is no surprise that natural skincare products are good for your skin. Organic skin products are equipped with all the goodness of nature, from Shea butter to tea tree, beeswax, vitamin E, jojoba oil, lavender, honey and many other nourishing, protecting, soothing and clarifying ingredients. This ensures that skin is given all the pampering it needs, without drying or damage from chemicals or harsh ingredients.
4. It’s good for animals
The next time you’re thinking of making a delicious omelette, stop to consider the eggs you buy – unless it says free range or free roaming on the box, you have no way of knowing if the eggs were laid by battery chickens. The same goes for the meat you buy – many farms still use outdated conventional farming methods that are more about the bottom line than anything else, meaning cramped conditions, lack of natural outdoor grazing and more often than not, hormone injected meat. Choosing organic and natural products is the compassionate thing to do.
5. It’s good for your well-being
Natural products are also good for your well-being from a holistic point of view – think about the goodness and healing properties of aromatherapy for instance, which uses the power of all natural ingredients to sooth, relax, revitalise and invigorate. Aside from over the counter prescriptions, no other man-made product is able to do what these essential oils are able to do, resulting in powerful remedies, straight from nature’s own source of goodness. This is the real benefit of going organic; giving us everything we need, without causing harm or damage.