A few years ago it was almost prohibitive for average income earners to switch to organic foods; lately more and more stores offer organic food for similar prices as the rest, so it is mostly a matter of changing habits.
There are still foods, especially fruit, where buying organic is more expensive, but here is where quality vs. quantity matters. Eating less is not bad when you get older, your body won’t have to process a large quantity of food and spend too much energy for digestion. That being said, you do not have to buy only organic food, just buy organic where it really makes a difference. I researched a bit to find which organic foods we should buy and below are the results:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
These are called “the dirty dozen” because they seem to absorb and retain pesticides and chemicals more than others.
If you cannot buy organic, your should NOT stop eating fruit and vegetable, they are essential to your health.
Another huge benefit of eating healthy is maintaining your body in an alkaline state, meaning that what you eat and drink is not increasing the acidity in you. The body can only survive at a certain PH blood level which MUST be maintained always in order for you to live and function. When we eat acidic foods, the body must do whatever it can to change the acidity to the slightly alkaline PH level required for survival, spending more energy, taking calcium from somewhere else inside us, work extra to change the harm into good . If we feed ourselves food that is alkaline we can save the energy, calcium and everything else spent just to keep us alive and use it where it matters most: to have the energy that supports an active lifestyle, to keep our bones strong, to feel good every moment of every day.
Another recommendation I can make is to drink alkaline water; there are machines you can buy that filter and change the alkalinity of your drinking water or, in some places, you can buy bottled alkaline water. I have been drinking alkaline water between meals for years and I can honestly state that it matters. If you want to read more about the science and benefits of the alkaline water, here is a good place to start: http://www.astinternational.com/hydrationwaterresearch.html
Whatever you eat or drink, always remember that food is for our bodies what the gas octane level is to an expensive car motor; if you drive a BMW you always need to fill up with higher octane so your car works perfectly, why not be as careful what you put in your body, it is way more valuable than any expensive car!