Organic living can be quite overwhelming due to being thought of as expensive, and inconvenient, living in this modern and hectic world. However it doesn't have to be that way if it's done intuitively. Going organic is not only good for our health, but also hugely beneficial for the environment. Read on to find out ways to at least bring more of an organic way of living into your home.
It is a world known fact that most fresh produce has travelled thousands of miles, been sprayed with chemicals and touched by hundreds of hands before reaching your plate. However, most of the population choose to ignore this. Buying fresh local produce is not only so much better for us but also tastes so much better. Organic foods are actually higher in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. For example, organic milk has 40 per cent higher levels of conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) which promotes weight loss, and is protective against heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 60 percent more antioxidants leading to better gut health, which is crucial for our overall wellbeing. Trust me, once you start going organic, you'll never want to go back. Source out local farmer's markets, veg box deliveries or even better get growing your favourite veg in your own back garden! If money is an issue, shop around, an organic chicken can cost anything from £8 to £16. Be creative and use all of what you buy, including bones to make broth, left over veg to make loaves, etc.
Organic Beauty Products
Our skin is our biggest organ, and as a protector of our internal body, we want to look after it as best we can. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your favourite lipstick, and the foundation you rely on so much, are probably both crawling with harmful toxins and chemicals. These are hormone disruptive and can be the cause of skin irritations and allergies.
Don't panic, swopping to organic products isn't as painful as you may think, take a look at these suggestions from Madeleine Shaw's blog.
These products will not only help keep your skin clear of breakouts and give you a healthy glow, but also haven't been tested on animals, keeping more living beings happy and healthy!
Organic Cleaning Products
When cleaning, the main aim is to get rid of that stain, dirt, or bacteria, so we reach for the strong chemicals that will do the job the fastest, and easiest way. However, most of these products are so harmful for us, and can even lead to cancer. We are smearing these toxins on to all surfaces that our hands and feet touch every single day. Not to mention our pets rolling around and licking the floors... These harmful chemicals can cause skin irritation and even be cancerous. Swop your usual products for brands such as Ecover or even better go completely natural - a total of lemon water, vinegar, and bicarbonate of soda are all you need to keep your home clean and organic!
Changing to a more organic environment can be done step-by step, so use 'Organic September' to really start to be mindful of living organically. Bring fresh air and plants into the house, be mindful of where everything you buy comes from and source everything as sustainably as possible. Just switching one thing makes a difference to you, your loved ones, and Mother Earth itself.