The year 2020 has begun with an unexpected pandemic that will change “life” as we know it. We are all witness to the new norms, such as wearing masks, social distancing, etc., required to be followed to protect ourselves and others from infection.
While these norms are important on a physical level to keep the infection at bay, it is equally important to strengthen ourselves internally so that we are better equipped to handle the disease.
We can strengthen ourselves internally by adopting healthy lifestyle changes such as physical exercise that can be done at home during the lockdown in our daily routine. In addition to exercising healthy eating is also an important aspect.
The food we eat has a vital role to play in our overall well-being. A healthy lifestyle protects us from several health conditions thereby reducing our vulnerability to infections.
This is the time to rethink if what you are eating is good for you or not? Eating food containing chemicals such as pesticides, nitrates, etc., is definitely not a very good option. It’s time to switch back to organic food which is nutrient-rich empowering us to become more resistant to infections.
Many theories have been cited regarding the cause of the COVID 19. But most of them agree on the fact that maybe we are bearing the consequences of the damage we have done to the planet. So, it is important now, more than ever, to take care of the planet!
Organic food is the best choice that addresses both issues. While it makes us healthy and strong to face the infection, it is also good for the health of the planet.
Most diseases that have occurred in the recent past such as MERS, SARS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, etc., and now COVID 19 have all originated from animals and birds. Hence, we must ensure that we consume meat that is safe. Livestock that is conventionally grown is given antibiotics, growth hormones, and fed animal byproducts. All these are harmful to human health. Organically-raised animals are not given any of these. Besides, they are given sufficient space for movement encouraging healthy growth. Studies have also shown that organic meat and milk are 50% higher in Omega-3 fatty acids when compared with their conventional counterparts.
Organic farming is a holistic approach that promotes and enhances the health of the ecosystem. Organic cultivation advocates crop rotation to encourage soil biodiversity. Besides, there are fewer greenhouse gas emissions with organic farming. Organic cultivation uses less water and reduces soil erosion. It also increases soil fertility and can be grown with minimal use of energy.