Advantages of Organic Products
Little bodies are growing and changing every day, which is why what we feed our children is so important. Nutrient-dense organic food isn’t just a building block for strong muscles and bright minds––what we feed our kids now lays the foundation for their future eating habits. When they’re in high school, will they get lunch from the vending machine or the salad bar? And when they’re in college and studying for an exam, will they grab a cup of coffee and a bag of candy or an apple and peanut butter? Teaching your children to nourish their bodies with healthy food choices now pays dividends in the future. At Dr. Simon’s Remedy, we’re big believers in the benefits of organic food for every age group, but particularly children. Here’s why:
Organic Products Are Free of Pesticides
Here’s a fact that may leave you feeling a little bit queasy: a quarter of the pesticides used in the United States are banned in the European Union. Even Brazil and China have stricter controls on pesticides than we do here. Why are American children being exposed to pesticides that are deemed unsafe in other parts of the world? Even more upsetting, previous bans on dangerous pesticides are being lifted by the Environmental Protection Agency all the time, making it even riskier to consume conventionally farmed fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Organic products are different. One of the primary advantages of organic products is that almost no synthetic pesticides are permitted to be used. While the USDA does allow a few safe synthetic pesticides for use on organic farms, almost all pesticides and insecticides are sourced from Mother Nature. Predatory insects and traps control pests; mulch controls weeds in the fields instead of chemicals.
Organic Food Is More Nutritious
Organic food prices may not be the best news for your grocery budget, but with organics, you’re getting more bang for your buck: organic products are more nutritious than their conventional counterparts.
Scientific consensus on this topic has shifted in the past few years; while it was originally believed that the nutrition profiles of conventional and organic products were the same, newer research shows that organic food is richer in antioxidants and lower in toxins like cadmium. Researchers postulate that because organic crops have to fight off pests naturally, without the aid of chemical pesticides, they develop a higher antioxidant content. Antioxidants are compounds that protect and repair damaged cells––they’re beneficial for plants, but these antioxidants are beneficial for us too.
Organic Food Is Better for the Environment
As parents, we want to do everything we can to ensure that the next generation inherits a world that is stable, safe, and healthy. Choosing organic products is one small action we can take that adds up over time.
The pesticides we discussed above aren’t just bad for the end-consumers ingesting them. They’re even worse news for farming communities. People who work on farms, and even people who live near farms, are exposed to large amounts of toxic pesticides that have been linked to cancer, respiratory disorders, reproductive issues, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Organic agriculture is often more sustainable, too. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature, fostering biodiversity and maintaining the quality of the soil naturally through crop rotation and composting. Runoff from organic farms does not contribute to algal blooms in local waterways and organic agriculture often uses less water than conventional as well.
We Believe Natural Matters
That’s why we make Dr. Simon’s Remedy with high-quality bay leaves, chamomile, and fennel––and without sugar, gluten, and artificial flavors or preservatives. If you’re looking for a natural colic remedy you can feel good about giving your little one, try our 14-Day Plan to Treat Colic.