Organic your September with VOYA12/09/2016
Good things happen when you ‘Go Organic’ and here at VOYA we want to raise awareness about the benefits of enjoying all things organic in your lifestyle.
What’s it All About?
Organic September is all about encouraging people to consider buying and using organic products in order to support organic producers, treating wildlife in a sustainable manner and cutting down on the number or harmful pesticides entering your system. Even if its just one small change to your usual routine or habits.
You’ve no doubt heard the following phrases before: ‘Your health is your wealth’, ‘you are what are you eat’ and ‘what you put in is what you get out’. Well, when it comes to doing what’s best for your body every single one of them is true.
Organic On the Inside
When you choose to incorporate more organic foods into your diet you are exposing your body to a number of positive health benefits. These include:
Nutrient-Rich Meat and Dairy
Cattle that are raised with organic practices have been shown to produce better quality meat and dairy that can be up to 50% richer in nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acid.
We all of course wash our vegetables before we cook with them, but sometimes vegetables can soak up these poisons through their roots. As organic foods are grown without the support of these harmful chemicals, this risk is removed.
The First Steps
Start with One Organic Meal
One of the easiest ways to go organic is with your shopping list. To start, first pick out one of the many tasty organic recipes on The Soil Association website. Go with something like this Squash and Black Bean Chilli for lunch or dinner. Mark the organic ingredients that you need separately on your shopping list and be sure to look out for the soil association logo on any ingredients packaging and only buy certified organic produce.
If you’re happy with how your first organic dish turns out, plan to have two in your meal plan for the following week.
Switch to Organic Meat
A great way to make a big impact with a little organic change, is to source the best quality organic meat and dairy products. This will benefit both your own body and the welfare of farmed animals.
Organic meat and dairy comes from livestock that enjoy the very highest welfare standards of any farmed animals. They are fed a GM free diet and graze on organic pasture where pesticides are severely restricted.
Research suggests that organic milk and dairy contains 40% more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – CLA has been linked to a range of health benefits including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and obesity, but evidence is mainly from animal studies.
When it comes to cosmetics, there are a number of benefits to be reaped by choosing organic. Such as:
Sensitive Skin Appreciates Organic
The fewer chemicals you’re putting on your skin, the happier it will be, particularly if you have sensitive skin. This is because the active ingredients in organic cosmetics have been proven to help to give the skin the strength to heal itself.
Let Natural Ingredients Do Their Thing
As you know seaweed plays a big part in VOYA’s range of natural cosmetics. When you use cosmetics that put such a versatile organic ingredient to work such as seaweed, it can naturally moisturise and smooth the skin.
The active and natural ingredients in our products also have anti-cellulite properties and can improve the suppleness and elasticity of the skin.
VOYA’s Organic Story
We are focused on creating genuinely organic, seaweed-based products and spa treatments, all of which are achieved by combining pure ingredients, ancient traditions and sustainable processes to create a range of products and treatments that achieve exceptional results.
Not only does September celebrate ‘Going Organic’, it also encourages the practice of organic harvesting. At VOYA our wild seaweed which is sustainably hand-harvested. This means that from sea to skin, we go to great lengths to maintain the unique purity of our seaweed.
One of the biggest advocates for going organic is The Soil Association. The Soil Association is the UK’s a membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, and farming and land and have certified all of VOYA’s products organic. You’ll find the Soil Association certification mark on all our products. This September the Soil association are encouraging all organic brands, producers and consumers to spread their organic message for the good of the planet.
When is Organic Not Organic?
According to the soil association, a product must have a minimum of 70% organic ingredients to be certified ‘organic’. Also, 10% of the ingredients (by weight) must come from organic farming. If these standards aren’t met, then you don’t have an organic product in your hand.
Look out for more organic-themed blog posts in the VOYA Blog this September.