Organic Food for the Elderly — Beetnik

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Strengthens immune system

The aim of growing non-organic food is to increase the amount of produce in a short amount of time in order to cater to demands. However, the chemicals used for this production can increase the risk of immune systems becoming compromised. This can make non-organic food more dangerous to older adults as aging naturally makes our immune systems weaker. In fact, in our previous article ‘The Effects of Antibiotics in Meat’, we noted how eating meat that came from antibiotic-fed animals can increase a person’s antibiotic resistance. This makes it harder to be treated when sick. Eating organic foods reduces the risk of the immune system’s decline since they’re grown with no alterations, so they still contain all their vitamins and minerals while being free of chemicals.

Improves gut health

 It’s well known that eating fruits and vegetables raw, or boiled, if you choose to cook them, is the healthiest way to consume them. However, a study on bacteria from Frontiers in Microbiology explains that organic fruits and veggies are also better than non-organic. Aside from having food that is unaltered by chemicals, organic foods also have significantly more diverse and distinct microbiota, which is good for gut health. This means organic food can also help protect against digestive problems, such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

Offers a significant amount of antioxidants

 Non-organic farming often relies on chemical pesticides to protect plants from disease and pests, which organic farming doesn’t allow. Instead, organic farmers learn to rely on different methods which helps promote antioxidants in food. Organic farming methods can produce fruits and vegetables with antioxidant levels that are as much as 69% higher than non-organic foods. Antioxidants are very helpful in maintaining overall health, with various foods carrying different kinds of antioxidants. For example, organically grown blueberries can reduce inflammation and delay the decline of brain function that comes with age. Organic tomatoes help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

As we grow older, our ability to digest and absorb nutrients may decrease, so it’s all the more important to make sure that what we consume supports our nutritional needs. And switching to organic food is a great step to keep you healthy — it can help prevent illness and make your immune system much stronger.

Post solely for the use of beetnikfoods.com by Trix Herrera

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