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How To Ensure Your Organic Foods Aren’t Killing You

How To Ensure Your Organic Foods Aren’t Killing You

If you’re like most people, when you hear the phrase ‘organic foods,’ it brings to mind wholesome goodness. No chemicals, no genetic modifications, just food, straight from nature. It’s a fair assumption. The problem is, sometimes it’s not correct. In fact, a recent study done by scientists at Stanford University found that organic food is not necessarily more nutritious, however it does reduce your overall exposure to pesticides.

“The study did look at one study which found that children who switched to an organic diet for five days had lower levels of pesticides in their urine, but whether the levels have a direct impact on human health is “unclear.””

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Mike Adams, AKA “The Health Ranger,” owns and operates the website, Natural News. He has built his own lab, follows strict EPA testing protocols, modified for food testing, and tests supposedly safe foods. In many cases, he’s found exactly what you’d expect to find in organic foods. Nothing. In some cases, however, he has found high levels of toxic heavy metals contaminating our organic food supply.

Recently, he appeared on the Dr. Oz show to sound the alarm. He took his lab results to the companies found to have toxic levels of heavy metal contaminants, and asked them to make changes. Many did. Some did not, refusing to make any changes at all. That’s dangerous for you, because you may unwittingly go to the store to buy some of this supposedly wholesome organic produce, not realizing that it contains toxic metals, and feed it to your family. You could endanger your health by doing the very thing you thought was going to improve your health, so the question is, what to do about it? How can you know if the food you’re feeding your kids is actually safe?

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A two pronged assault on the problem is the best, most effective option available to you.

First, head over to Natural News. The government isn’t reporting on, or even doing anything about this problem, but Mike Adams is, and you can get a list of the companies who failed the test, and are refusing to do anything about it. That’s the all important first step, simply because it enables you to avoid doing business with people who have been presented with irrefutable evidence that they’re poisoning you, then continue to do it anyway.

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Grow your own food

The second step is to grow at least some of your own food, and no, you don’t have to quit your day job and trade in your trendy clothes for a straw hat and a pair of overalls. There are a number of hugely effective ultra high yield micro-farming techniques that don’t take a lot of your time, and produce an amazing amount of food on very small plots of land. Some of these, you can even make use of if you live in an apartment or condo and have no yard space at all. If you do have some yard space, you can grow a significant percentage of your family’s vegetables in a single 10-foot by 20-foot greenhouse.

By combining the two approaches, looking at the hard data Mike Adams has been able to put together to allow you to steer clear of companies selling toxic products, and taking at least a measure of control over your own food supply, you put yourself in a really strong position to ensure not only your own personal health, but the long term health of your family. Not to mention the fact that it is immensely satisfying to go into your own garden and grab something wholesome and delicious to eat.

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Action Steps – Things you can do to help keep your family and your food supply safe:

Featured photo credit: Organic Foods via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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