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Why organic?

Yes. You can control the amount and kind of chemicals you expose your children to

One of the most frequent questions I get is if going organic is really worth it. Yes, it’s worth it. For me, it is even an essential—for food and products. If you read this column, my blog, www.glamomamas.com, or follow me on Instagram, then you know that I’m an advocate of a greener, more natural way of life. Let’s clarify what “organic” actually means in terms of products and food. Organic products are made from raw materials that are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, bleaches, and other harmful chemicals. They are processed in a way that reduces environmental impact. Organic produce must be grown in soil devoid of pesticides, GMOs, and petroleum-based fertilizers. These farms also need to be far enough away from any conventional farms to avoid cross contamination from wind and water.

In this 'age of pollution,' we need to make sure our babies are chemical-free, inside and out. In this photo: Amanda's daughter Lila

In this ‘age of pollution,’ we need to make sure our babies are chemical-free, inside and out. In this photo: Amanda’s daughter Lila

In this day and age, I always tell people that we don’t have control over much (environmental factors such as the air we breathe and the water we shower with). What we can control, however, is what we put in and on our (and our children’s) bodies. All the products we use, for hygiene, for cleaning, for clothing, have chemicals that seep into our bodies because we have prolonged contact with them. This accumulation of chemical exposure over the years is unhealthy. These days, most mainstream products are laden with chemicals because doing so makes products cheaper to produce and prolongs their shelf life. This is why I believe it is crucial to live as naturally as you can, consuming products that have as little of these chemicals in them as possible. My life philosophy is to always educate yourself so that you are aware. Knowledge is power. Ignorance is a poor excuse.

For example, I believe organic clothing is a necessity for your newborn baby because the last thing you want to expose a newborn to are clothes and blankets that have chemicals. I’m sure you don’t want any harmful residue seeping into your baby’s skin. Same goes for the products you use to clean and diaper him with.

Babies and children are growing and developing. There have been many studies that confirm the harmful effects of chemicals on children and their development. You know that you don’t want your children to be eating food that were grown with harmful pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, or growth hormones. Yet, most produce and food products available would have varying degrees of one or more of those chemicals in them. Children are very susceptible to the harmful effects of pesticide exposure because of a number of factors including less-developed immune systems, smaller bodies, and the fact that they are still developing. Pesticide exposure at an early age can cause developmental delays, behavioral disorders, and motor dysfunction.

I have only cited a few reasons why organic is the way to go, focusing on children. But it does apply to us adults, too. As always, I urge you to learn more about this topic yourself so that you can make informed decisions. For me, going organic—as much as you can—is one of the most important things you would do for yourself and your family.

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