One of the first things I always ask my clients is, “What kinds of foods are you eating?”

Now, of course I am thrilled when vegetables and fruits are a large part of anyone’s diet but then I always ask, “Are you buying organic?”

Though it can involve a little more work and, yes, more money, going organic with your produce is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your body in the long run.

The food we eat is like messages we send our genes. It’s how we communicate with our genes and our bodies, and those factors work together to determine the quality of our life and how long we will live. When the food we eat is rich in quality, we can have a richer quality of life and a longer one too.

Organic foods are foods that must be grown on lands that are free of prohibited substances, such as conventional pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers and sewage sludge-based fertilizers for at least three years. Organic meats and animal products must be raised on organic feed without the use of added hormones or antibiotics.

Eating pesticides, fertilizers, and sewage doesn’t sound like a good way to guarantee yourself a long, rich life does it?

Organic food is also rich with phytonutrients that communicate an anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation is the cause of many diseases, illnesses, and overall pain and aches in people. Non-organic and processed food does not contain the proper levels of phytonutrients, or they are removed altogether.

To get the most from an organic diet, follow these tips:

  • Look for a “USDA Organic” seal on foods, not just the word “Organic”
  • If something is “Made with organic ingredients” it still might not be 100% organic. You’re better off buying all organic ingredients yourself.
  • The process of being certified organic is a bit tedious, so oftentimes smaller farms don’t do it. Dont be afraid to ask about farming processes at your local farmer’s market!

Remember your Dirty Dozen. These 12 fruits and vegetables are the most often sprayed with pesticide. ALWAYS buy these organic.

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers