While there have always been people who choose to use only natural products no matter the cost or effort involved, this idea has become much more mainstream in recent years. All-natural products, whether household items (like dish sponges or cleansers), personal care items (like soaps or arnica products), or food, are the best items you can choose to use for a number of reasons. Choosing natural products that are housed in as little single-use packaging as possible like plastic and aluminum foil is good for the planet but also for your health! Let’s take a look at why it’s best to use all-natural products.
1. Improved immune system/bodily functions
Your body needs all the help it can get to fight off harmful germs. Eating natural foods is a surefire way to improve the functionality of your immune system. Natural compounds work with your body’s chemistry to boost your immune system and ward off disease. Non-organic foods can fill you up, but the best way to give your body the nourishment it really needs is to use natural food products, and the best way to boost your immune system is through natural food. Natural foods that support immune function include citrus fruits, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, and yogurt.
If you don’t want to swallow chemicals or synthetic compounds in the form of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory pills, natural foods are the best way to reduce inflammation and increase your mobility. Natural compounds like zinc and turmeric are particularly good at reducing inflammation, so stock up on foods or natural supplements that contain these compounds.
2. Skin improvement
Eating natural foods and using natural skin care products will give you healthy, smooth and glowing skin. As we mentioned before, when your body gets what it needs, it performs well. The absence of artificial or excessive sugars means less oily skin and pimples. Oily fish provide omega acids that make your skin glow. Avocados keep your skin supple and hydrated from within. Nuts contain fats that minimize inflammation and can help with conditions like psoriasis.
Natural skin care contains natural products which, as we have concluded, are more easily processed by your body. These products work in harmony with your skin’s natural oils and processes to give you the best skin you’ve had in your life.
When you choose natural products, you put natural substances into your body and into your life. Even the most harmless synthetic products can eventually lead to harmful side effects or imbalances in your body. Shower gel or natural moisturizer and natural foods are in balance with your body. It naturally understands how to absorb and manage them, which means nothing in your body will go haywire. Your body was created to exist entirely on natural products, so while we understand the urge to have a good junk food binge once in a while, your body will function at its highest potential if fed regularly with natural foods.
Not only does it keep your body in balance, it keeps you in balance with the earth and the earth balanced within itself. Dishwashing liquids, shampoos and foods packaged in non-recyclable, single-use packaging damage the land and oceans with every use. Currently, 380 million tons of plastic are produced annually, not counting the plastic that already exists and will take 450 years to decompose. Microplastics in exfoliating treatments contribute to the death of marine life, 16 billion take-out coffee cups are used and thrown away each year, foil food wrappers and mesh vegetable bags end up on the streets, in landfills and in the mouths of wild animals. Going natural (and using reusable coffee mugs and shopping bags) means you take responsibility for your impact on the earth and do your best to maintain the natural balance.
4. No pesticides
If you eat all-natural foods, that means you’ve chosen organic products that are never sprayed with chemical pesticides. Pesticides are incredibly harmful to soil and can impact its viability for future crops. These pesticides also harm the health of communities that use potentially contaminated water sources near farms. Producing agriculture without chemical pesticides is best for the earth, but it’s also better for you. The effects of pesticides on the human body can range from rashes, blisters, nausea, blindness and diarrhea to cancer, birth defects, reproductive defects, neurological toxicity and worse. The young and the elderly or infirm are particularly susceptible to these and other side effects of pesticide poisoning, whether from ingesting sprayed food or living in an area adjacent to sprayed fields or contaminated water sources. Choose health for yourself and for farm workers and their communities by choosing all-natural foods.
Choosing all-natural foods and products is better for your health, the health of others, and the health of the planet. Seen in this light, there is no doubt that natural products are better.