Whether you are currently training to be a massage therapist, nutrition and wellness coach, or a professional in the healthcare sector, chances are, you are passionate about helping others lead a full life; one that encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual goals.
If so, your interest in the organic lifestyle may already have been piqued. We already know that organic food has important environmental benefits over factory farming in terms of waste management, pesticides etc., but it also has major benefits when it comes to looking and feeling young.
Organic Foods are Packed with Antioxidants
The largest scale study comparing the nutritional content of organic and conventionally grown produce found that organic fruits and vegetables (including carrots, broccoli, berries and apples) have a considerably higher antioxidant content. The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that organic produce also has lowers levels of heavy metal, cadmium.
Another study, also published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that organic meat and dairy contain around 50% more Omega-3 fatty acids, as a result of animals feeding on Omega-3 rich gas. These findings were based on over 200 studies, and research from the U.S. has backed these claims.
Omega-3s are vital for keeping heart disease at bay and promoting better immunity, neurological development, and function.
Organic makeup, creams, and serums are enjoying a big boost in the U.S. and elsewhere. Recent findings from Mintel’s Global New Products Database show a dramatically increased interest in these products.
Grand View Research also reported that the global organic beauty market was set to reach $15.98 billion by 2020, with consumers showing a strong interest in organic skincare, haircare and hair dyes.
The rising demand for organic products reflects the growing realization that what we use on our skin is absorbed into our body, and affects our health. As noted by Kim Erickson in Drop Dead Gorgeous, “Cosmetics seem a trivial pursuit to so many environmental health and consumer advocacy groups. But many of the same poisons that pollute our environment, from dioxins to petrochemicals, can be found in the jars that line our bathroom shelves.”
What Harmful Products are Contained in Conventional Skincare Products?
Makeup and skincare items commonly contain a number of harmful ingredients such as parabens (known to damage the DNA of skin cells), DEA MEA and TEA (hormone disrupting chemicals that are linked to cancer) and fragrances (many of which affect the central nervous system). These are just a handful of a plethora of chemicals in the perfumes, creams, serums and oils many people purchase on a regular basis.
The organic lifestyle is linked to our inner and outer health. By feeding our body antioxidant rich foods and keeping toxins levels in our personal care products to minimum, we stand a far stronger chance of our outer appearance mirroring our inner health and wellbeing.
Written by Sally Writes