Organic Living: How to Live an Organic Lifestyle
Just what is organic living? It is adhering to a lifestyle that promotes the health of the individual, while at the same time promoting the health of the environment. Life on Earth runs in cycles. Human beings are a natural part of what happens every day on the planet. By doing things responsibly we create and maintain a beautiful and rich place in which to live. This means living intelligently and naturally. For example, contrary to the belief of many, it is not bad to occasionally have a wood fire in the fire place. This is because it is one of the natural human functions to clear out the underbrush from the forest. This prevents forest fires and cycles carbons that would have gone into the atmosphere due to decay. In the atmosphere, they are available for plants to use in photosynthesis. At the same time, it would be irresponsible to denude the planet of its forests.
Living an organic lifestyle is living a balanced lifestyle. It begins with eating organic foods. Organic foods are fruits and vegetables grown without the use of chemicals, and meats processed without the introduction of hormones or closed factory environments. These are more healthy because chemical insecticides, herbicides, and fertilizers on vegetables and fruits have unknown effects on human health. They also can have a negative effect on the environment. Hormones in meats can and do survive the cooking process and can make a difference in the growth of children or the well-being of adults. (Read more InDepthInfo about Organic Foods.)
One of the best ways to ensure foods are organic is to grow them yourself. Organic gardening has been around a long time. In recent years it has grown in popularity. To do this properly organic seeds, which are readily available, should be used. Composting can provide all the nutrients a garden needs. The key to successful organic gardening is attention to soil conditions and the needs and requirements of individual plants. Organic growing on a large scale can be difficult as insect and weed control can be problematic. But new methods of mass control are constantly being researched. (Read more InDepthInfo about Organic Gardening.)
Organic living does not stop with food, but extends to the way the home is kept clean. Organic cleaning products can be made from natural products (vinegar, baking soda, borax, etc.) that are commonly found in the kitchen cupboard. To make it easier, a number of cleaners have been created from natural products that are easy on the environment as well as on the person using them. Organic products are available for washing dishes, clothes, and furniture. (Read more about Organic Housekeeping.)
Taking care of the body is an important way to stay healthy. Organic soaps and skin-care products can help maintain a rosy glow, keep a person clean and as germ free as possible. Going organic does not mean giving up makeup, perfumes, or moisturizers. All of these can be made to comply with organic specifications. Using organic products is safer and healthier in the long run. (Read more about Organic Skin Care.)
For those busy people on the go, there is sometimes not enough time to eat healthy and grow organic foods. For these people natural supplements can help maintain a busy lifestyle even while maintaining a healthy one. Organic supplements, though not a cure-all for every physical problem, can help prevent problems from developing while maintaining a high quality lifestyle in the face of the day-to-day grind of modern society. (Read more about Organic Supplements.)
An organic lifestyle does not have to be an all or nothing proposition. Take it a piece at a time and as quality of life improves so will attitude. Living healthy may just become a habit you won't want to break!
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