Is Organic Food Better?

by Karen Brooks on November 15, 2012

There is much debate on whether organic food is  better than conventionally purchased foods. One of the major objectives is the higher cost of organic vs. tradition grocery store purchases. Another point of contention is the organic food standards.

I can empathize on both sides. When I hear someone criticizing organic food, I cringe! Personally I consume as much organically grown as possible. I personally have seen some of the smaller organic family farms where it is raised. It means something to them to produce the finest, unadulterated products available. The majority of my purchases are from local farmers and smaller independent food stores.  It means something to me for the following reasons:

1. No harsh pesticides or fertilizers are used.

2. No genetically engineered seeds are planted. This is necessary for the USDA certified organic seal.  Outcomes of studies are being released regularly demonstrating the long term effects of GE modified grain and corn on animals. Are we kidding ourselves to think that is doesn’t effects humans as well?

3. No irradiation is performed on certified organic foods.

4. No sewage sludge is used for fertilizer.  Also referred to as biosolids, this sludge may contain heavy metals, lawn pesticides, various chemicals, gas, oil, etc. This does not go away when composting.

In my opinion, nothing beats the taste and nutritional  value of organic foods. When I eat organic, I feel full and satisfied. No more between meal snacks or looking for something else an hour or so after I eat.  I challenge you to give organic foods a try and tell me what you think!

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Can Food Affect Antibiotics?

by Karen Brooks on May 28, 2012

Ever wonder why an antibiotic just doesn’t seem to work as effectively as it should?

We try to make the proper food choices that support our bodies immune system, especially when we aren’t feeling well. Sometimes these choices can affect  the efficacy of an antibiotic we are taking.

While antibiotics can work on killing bacteria that causes illness, it can also kill beneficial microbes that keep our bodies in balance with absorbing the nutrients that we need for nutrition and healing.

Make sure that you read the instructions and take the proper dosage as instructed by your doctor. Are antibiotics really needed? They aren’t effective against viruses, only bacteria. The common cold, flu, most runny noses, and coughs won’t respond to antibiotics.

Watch your eating patterns. Foods rich in calcium and iron, such as dairy products, hot dogs, and iron fortified cereals, can interfere with  your bodies ability to absorb certain antibiotics.

Watch your vitamin and antacid intake as well.  Many multi vitamins contain iron and calcium. Make sure you take them at least three hours before or after taking antibiotics.

We have spent time talking about what not to do, now lets discuss some ideas of what you should eat.  Remember grandma’s chicken soup? Eating nutrient dense chicken soup or broths are the best choices to eat while taking antibiotics.  Avoid high acid foods such as citrus, carbonated beverages, tomato based products, and sugar (including sugar).

Supplement your foods with probiotics. They can be found in yogurt, miso, and other fermented types of foods.

Your body needs time to heal itself. Make sure that you get enough of rest and drink plenty of pure water. With a few simple dietary changes your recovery time will be increased dramatically.

What helpful hints do you have? Drop me a line below.