Why go organic? Nutrition in food is higher and ...
In going organic, nutrition in food is higher and you avoid a lot of dangerous chemicals.
An organic pregnancy is desirable, but you may wonder what kind of changes to implement in going organic. Depending on your resources, there are a number of practical steps you can take to go completely organic. If your resources are limited, there are still steps you can take to implement some of the most crucial.
When you are pregnant, everything affects the life and health of your unborn baby, which is why it is in pregnancy that many women decide to go organic. Nutrition in food, the air we breathe, and what comes in contact with our skin all affect the health of our unborn babies.
"By going organic you avoid exposing yourself to the antibiotics, artificial hormones, pesticides and genetically modified feed found in many non-organic meats, produce, grain and dairy products." asserts Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician and author of Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care.
Even if you desire to do so, it is expensive to go organic. Nutrition in foods that are organic though make it worth it if you can swing it. If you cannot afford to go completely organic, take comfort - you may still be able to change some of your food habits.
Known as the Dirty Dozen, the Environmental Working Group lists 12 commonly eaten fruits and vegetables that are the highest in pesticides. This list includes celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, collard greens, potatoes and imported grapes.
Interestingly, some produce may be higher in pesticides if they come from certain countries. For example pesticide residues on/in cantaloupes, cherries and grapes vary depending on which country they are from. Fungicides are the big culprit on grapes, since they tend to mold so quickly during transport. This is why imported grapes are more contaminated.
Another option to buying all your fruits and vegetables organic is to substitute them for other fruits and vegetables that have the lowest pesticide residues. Generally agreed on are: onions, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato, honeydew melon and bananas.
Dr. Alan Greene recommends organic milk as one of the most important changes in going organic during pregnancy. Organic milk does not contain "antibiotics, artificial hormones, or pesticides, and can also provide extra omega-3s and beta-carotene."
An inexpensive boost to your organic nutrition is growing your own sprouts. They are easy to grow and very nutritious.
In contrast to fermented soy which carries health benefits, most soy products are genetically modified. Genetically modified foods (GM) may trigger allergic reactions, and carry increased toxicity.
Deirdre Dolan is author of the book The Complete Organic Pregnancy and suggests you "avoid high-mercury fish and high-fat meats; toxins that have been linked to prenatal nervous-system and hormonal damage are stored in fatty tissue."
It is recommended we drink plenty of water each day but tap water contains toxic heavy metals, floride, chlorine and other chemicals. Using a filter on your tap or buying bottled water can help reduce chemical intake.
Becoming increasingly popular is the use of a shower head filter to help reduce the chemicals that absorb into your skin.
Cooking and Eating Equipment
Awareness has motivated many families to get away from using teflon coated cookware in favor of cast iron. Also, using glass and stainless steel doesn't carry the risks of leaching chemicals.
Grocery store cleaning products contain a long list of strong chemicals that you inhale as you use them and leave an odor trail after you use them. There are a lot of "green" cleaning products on the market that are considered safe - these are especially important during pregnancy.
From skin care to make-up, there are plenty of options. Remembering that what you apply topically absorbs into the skin, there are a lot of effective and inexpensive natural skin care products that you can make yourself. From making food masks (honey, avocado, etc.), to using an inexpensive, natural soap with no detergents or waxy fillers for your face and body.
Be aware of what your shower curtain is made of - if it is PVC, change it. Foam cushions contain fire retardants - if they are starting to crumble, replace them! Organic clothing and bed linens are available and becoming increasingly popular so as to avoid chemicals.
Going organic during your pregnancy is a gift to your baby since unborn babies are among the most vulnerable to pesticides and chemicals.
There are a lot of options in going organic. Nutrition in food boosted significantly and fewer chemical residues gives many pregnant mamas the motivation to "go green" and enjoy an organic pregnancy.
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