By Dipti

The best way to stay healthy and lead a healthy life is to eat proper and nutritious food.

Organic farming is an integrated farming system that strives for sustainability, the enhancement of soil fertility, biological diversity whilst, with rare exceptions prohibiting synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers , genetically modified organisms and growth hormones.  Pesticides are poisonous and can harm more than just “pests” at which they are targeted. They are toxic and exposure to pesticides can cause a number of health diseases.

If the credits of pesticides include enhanced economic potential in terms if increased production of food and fiber, and amelioration of vector borne diseases, then their debits have resulted in serious health implication to human and his environment. There is a overwhelming evidence that some of these chemicals do pose a potential risk to humans and other life forms and unwanted side effects to the environment.

Benefits of organic foods

Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.

Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms

Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts

Organic foods contain less pesticides and insecticides

Nutritious foods

 Grapes: Heart healthy

As one of the world’s oldest and most abundant fruit crops, grapes have been proven to ward off heart disease and high cholesterol with high level of the antioxidants quercetin and resveratrol.

 

Kiwi: loaded with vitamins

Beneath its fuzzy skin is a sweet fruit loaded with vitamins C and E, both strong antioxidants that protect against cancer and promote eye health. Kiwis are also low in  calories and high in fiber, making them ideal for weight loss.

 

Mangoes: immunity booster

Mangoes are becoming increasingly popular among nutritionists due to their exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A to promote bone growth and a healthy immune system.

 

Apples:  Brain and Heart health

One medium apple is low on calories  but heavy on quertecin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cell degeneration, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Adults who eat apples are less likely to develop high blood pressure, according to one study. Apples can also lower cholesterol and prevent colon cancer, as well as promote healthy teeth and weight loss

Pomegranates: More antioxidants than red wine or green tea

Pomegranate juice has two to three times the antioxidant capacity of red wine or green tea, and is also a great source of potassium, which sustains energy and controls high blood pressure. Research shows that drinking ¼ cup of pomegranate juice daily could improve cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol, and help with erectile dysfunction.

Broccoli: Queen of all

When one talks about vegetables which can fight diseases effectively, broccoli ranks amongst the highest. They are a storehouse of antioxidants which help in fighting rectal, lungs and stomach cancers. They are also rich in folate, Vitamin C and beta-carotene which help in boosting your immunity to fight against colds and flus.

Carrots: For eyes.

Carrots are full of nourishing properties for eyes, hair and skin. They are the best source of pro-vitamin and A carotenes. Known for improving night vision, carrots are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A which helps in regulating healthy blood sugar levels – good for the heart.

8 Sweet Potatoes: For digestion.

Grown under earth, sweet potatoes are full of ant-defending qualities as they are rich in manganese, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Good for our digestive system, they are full of iron and fiber which helps in giving us good amounts of energy.

Eggplants: Unique antioxidant.

Eggplants have a unique antioxidant in them like nasunin (a complex compound which defends your brain cells against damage). Many studies have proved that they are good for lessening your risk of stroke and dementia as they are packed with fiber and potassium. The best quality about eggplants is that they are pretty low in calories, thus they have a positive effect on one’s heart health.

Spinach: For cancer and heart diseases

Popeye the sailor was quite right when crediting his muscle power to this green leafy vegetable. It is believed that spinach contains around 13 flavonoid compounds which keep us away from cancer, heart diseases and osteoporosis.

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