Skip 4-aminopyridine, beflubutamid-M, and d-camphor. Eat These Organic Foods Instead

A lot of people struggle with their health.

U.S. healthcare spending in the United States during the year of 2018 increased to a whopping $3.5 trillion.

That's a lot of zero's if you look at the number all written out.

With health care costs growing every year, it's tempting to have a pessimistic outlook about the future of health in the United States.

But fortunately, there are little things that each and every one of us can do to improve our health every single day.

One of the most important of those is actually quite simple, although I admit that it can be a little bit more expensive.

And that is... eating organic.

According to the USDA, organic food can cost anywhere from 10 to 30 percent more than conventional food.

That means that if you usually spend 100 dollars on conventional groceries each week, you'll have to hand over an additional 10 to 30 dollars.

In my experience, the latter is more likely.

But today, I want to give you a handful of reasons why eating organic is totally worth it.

If you aren't already eating organic, than you may be surprised to know that everyday you're consuming things that you cannot even pronounce...

Things like 4-aminopyridine, beflubutamid-M, and d-camphor. And that's just the beginning...

I also want to tell you which foods are most/least important to buy organic if you cannot afford to buy absolutely everything organic.

Skip the Bad Stuff, Keep All the Good, With Organic Foods

Not only is eating organic a way to prevent the consumption of things that harm our health, it's a way to increase the consumption fo things that promote it.

Let's look at some of those...

1. Organic foods are more nutritious

Research shows that organic foods are higher in vitamins and minerals than conventional foods. According to a large meta-analysis in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in contrast to conventional foods, organic foods have...

a. 21.1% more iron

b. 27% more vitamin c

c. 29.3% more magnesium

d. 13.6% more phosphorous

2. Organic foods are not grown with pesticides

Farmers grow foods with pesticides to prevent pests from eating the foods. Unfortunately, this pesticides are made of chemicals that get absorbed by the foods. 600 chemicals are registered for use in the United States. Billions of pounds of those chemicals are sprayed each years, and that equates to about 16 pounds of chemicals per person. Those chemicals are toxic and harmful to our health.

3. Organic foods lack additives

Many companies add artificial ingredients to foods including colorings, sweeteners, and flavorings. These additives can cause allergic reactions, even disease.

4. Organic foods are free of antibiotic

Antibiotics are artificial hormones that are placed in our foods, especially animal products, in order to accelerate growth. Antibiotics are very harmful to our health.

5. Organic foods taste better

When the foods are not grown alongside lots of harmful substances, they taste fresher and more flavorful.

If You Can't Buy All Organic, Here's What to Do

Some foods are more important to buy organic than others.

So I want to give you a list of the most highly contaminated fruits and vegetables that you definitely want to avoid.

The "Dirty Dozen":

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Nectarines

4. Apples

5. Grapes

6. Peaches

7. Cherries

8. Pears

9. Tomatoes

10. Celery

11. Potatoes

12. Sweet bell peppers

Now, let's look at the fruits and vegetables that are least contaminated.

The "Clean Fifteen":

1. Avocados

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapples

4. Cabbage

5. Onions

6. Sweet frozen peas

7. Papayas

8. Asparagus

9. Mangos

10. Eggplant

11. Honeydew melon

12. Kiwi

13. Cantaloupe

14. Cauliflower

15. Broccoli

How to Establish a Setting for Your Meditation Practice

Setting is an important aspect of meditation practice because creating the right atmosphere can help establish consistency in the practice. 

When you constantly sit down at the same place everyday, you are helping solidify the daily habit of meditation.   

While you can meditate anywhere, even next to a busy highway, it's ideal to practice somewhere that is quiet. 

A sunlit room on an above ground floor of the house or building is optimal. 

For many people, a bedroom works just fine.

Once you establish the actual location of your practice, you want to cultivate the space. 

You want to make sure that the space is clean and organized. 

Minimalism is key here. 

See if you can limit the number of objects in the room, so that you have plenty of space. 

Maybe your space has...

  • A couple pieces of furniture

  • A rug

  • A bookshelf

  • A table

  • A lamp

Make sure that loose papers, dishes, clothing, and other things are not strewn around. 

Most importantly, we want the room to appeal to all of our senses...

Sight

You may consider decorating your space a little bit to create an atmosphere of calm. 

These decorations could be spiritual, or they may be totally secular.

Decorations could include...

  • Photographs/ illustrations

  • Plants 

  • An alter 

  • A statue 

  • A tapestry 

  • A gong

All of this helps improve the visual appeal of the room. 

You may consider visiting dharmacrafts.com, a great resource for purchasing all these decorative items. 

But we also want to consider how the room engages our other senses, not just sight. 

Smell

The smell of the room is important. 

We can use a variety of aromas to engage the sense of smell, including...

  • Essential oils 

  • Incense 

  • Herbs (sage/cedar)

The use of essential oils have a vast number of health benefits, and they can be used to uplift or calm the mind. 

You can diffuse essential oils into the air with an essential oil diffuser. 

The use of incense or herbs also has a number of benefits, as we can also use them them to trigger a certain response in the body and mind. 

We can burn incense and herbs, and they come in bundles or sticks that we can place on plates or pads. 

Burning sage or cedar is a practice referred to as smudging, and indigenous people have used this practice for centuries to clear spiritual energy in a room. 

Sound

While many people prefer to practice meditation in complete silence, others enjoy playing some form of background music throughout their practice. 

The following sounds can be very peaceful and help enhance concentration and awareness during the practice...

  • Wind chimes

  • Water flowing (from streams, rain, waves, waterfalls, etc)

  • Birds chirping 

  • Flutes

  • Gongs 

  • Pianos 

You can even purchase some music that has been enhanced through brainwave entrainment or shakti. 

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson and Kip Mazuay are my favorite producers of such music. 

Touch

Perhaps most importantly, you want to determine where you will sit within you meditation space. 

You may choose to sit on a chair or couch in your space, or you may choose to sit directly on the floor. 

If you choose to sit on the floor, you will need a meditation mat and cushion. 

Meditation mats and cushions come are refereed to often as zabatons and zafus, and you will want to have access to both of them.

You can choose your mat and cushion with a variety of colors and textures. 

Hone Your Focus with these 6 meditation objects

The way in which someone meditate depends much less on the two different styles —concentration and awareness — and much more on the object upon which someone meditates. 

Therefore, I want to outline the six basic objects of meditation.

Keep in mind that when practicing awareness meditation, you expand your attention to include all six objects at once — or as many of them as you possibly can. When practicing concentration meditation, you isolate your attention to include only one of the six basic objects. 

Here are the six basic objects of meditation:

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