So I’ve been taking an Anatomy class at a local junior college and we are currently studying the Endocrine system. This lesson will primarily focus on hormones and their functions. A fellow student asked our professor a question about hormones added to our food supply, and the affects they have on our body. The conclusion to this question, from our highly educated professor’s perspective, is that because our food supply is regulated by the FDA, the amounts of added hormones are so miniscule, it really does not affect our hormone balance. Then, I inadvertently ran across this blog post by one of America’s favorite personal trainers, Jillian Michaels, from the T.V. show, “The Biggest Loser”. Here it is http://www.jillianmichaels.com/fitness-and-diet-tips/Finding-the-Estrogen-Progesterone-Balance .
It talks about the negative affects of hormones added to our food and definitely raises the debate over it. Although, I believe there are only good benefits to eating organic, since learning more about our bodies endocrine system, it is my opinion that it is not that important to increase your grocery budget just to buy organic. I do however, totally buy into the reasoning that added sugar and processed foods in our diets are devastatingly bad for you, and that more than anything else, the increased intake of these pollutants over the last few decades are the main culprits for this country’s spike in many cancers and ailments, not to mention weight gain.
If you are on a tight budget like so many of us are right now, it can be depressing to think you must join a gym and buy strictly organic. It doesn’t take too much imagination to come up with ways to exercise at home, walk, sprinting up and down stairs, and so on. If I can afford it, I like to buy organic simply because I think it tastes better. But remember, it doesn’t cost anything to cut down your sugar intake and stop buying processed foods. With cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, and so many other deadly health conditions on the rise, it is time to stop buying into the lies of convenience, take back our health, and pass something good on to our children.