We live in a time when avoiding GMOs is nearly, if not completely impossible. I’m no advocate for eating genetically modified food, but unless you are super strict and only cook at home and never drink alcohol, it’s pretty certain you’re touched by GMOs. So how do we live happily and as physically healthy as possible in the age of GMOs?
Hippocrates long ago said “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” This is the philosophy through which he considered appropriate remedies for all of peoples’ ills. Naturally for optimum physical health you need more than food, you need all the things that keep our bodies and minds at their best; fresh air, fresh pure water, activity and physical exercise, laughter, etc… But interestingly, as far as Hippocrates the Father of Medicine believed, through food and nutrition health can be restored.
GMOs: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), food grown with glyphosate, food altered with foreign protein and containing high levels of herbicides (notably glyphosate)
With food, I personally believe the idea that what we eat once in a while isn’t of great concern, it’s what we eat daily that makes a difference. So find your happy daily regimen. Daily I’d suggest drinking plenty of good water, eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in season, sprouts and leafy greens, and quality protein sources as well as good fats. With food at home, make it organic if you can (see why below), then when you do go out you can eat without anxiety.
A kombucha or organic whole milk yogurt or some quality source of probiotics every day, or at least every other day helps a lot. These are full of good bacteria that help cleanse and carry GMO toxins out of our body. Other probiotics include sauerkraut, pickles, or kefir (with dairy opt for brands free of rBGH/rBST).
Make herbs your friends. Fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, dill, dandelion, mint, rosemary are kitchen must-haves. Adding these to salads and water and recipes benefits the lungs as well as detoxes heavy metals and many other things. Organic herbal teas are helpful also. Add a cup here and there, don’t be shy.
- Eat a good diet more often than not
- Drink kombucha daily or other probiotic source
- Make herbs your friends
Make It Organic
What’s the difference between organic and GMO food? Compared to natural non-chemical food, GMO foods rank high in pesticides and low in nutrition; further it’s no lie that industrial farming methods are harming us and the planet. It’s no mistake organic and sustainable farming are synonymous. Shopping for nonGMO organic food is about wanting to gather food that is still as close to nature as it was when it was created in nature. There’s nothing wrong with that. And that may be the best way to fend off what effects could develop from GMO foods you will encounter. Think about it, biodynamic/organic foods have less or no pesticides at all, which means you ingest less toxins than you would with their conventional counterpart. Plus you’re getting a little more nutrition with each bite or sip. With this in mind, shouldn’t school lunches nationwide be organic? Are kids being compromised? Could it be possible: less chemicals in food = learning soars while violence and misbehavior subsides?
Making Organic Food Affordable
If you go looking for organic foods, you’ll find they can be expensive. Clearly this is really unfair for those in poverty, in school, or without work and without the means to afford quality food. Because of two things the cost of organic food remains higher than conventional, when really it should be the other way around. Look at the farm subsidies driven toward conventional, factory and GMO farms, and secondly the heavier regulation requirements placed upon organic farmers. For this reason lets hope that our government, our congress regardless of what party they’re in, they take the lead in transferring the bulk of agricultural subsidies to family and biodynamic farmers and away, far away from the industrial GMO farmers. If we try hard enough, together we can change and reverse the existing federal policies harming us. Labeling is another challenge we must press with determination, we’re so close to succeeding. If we can finally get GMO foods labeled and increase access to affordable organic food, might it be feasible to say that we as a nation could save billions in healthcare?
As shocking as it may be, this is the green reality!
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