DOWN TO FARM
The Diamond Island Newsletter
**Nourishment is My Niche**
Greetings Growth Enthusiasts,
Welcome, back to the future… Seven is here.
The DTF Newsletter is getting back to the basics this week.
I wanna talk about organics…
Because nourishment is my niche!!
Running a small organic farm and remaining dedicated to the vision…
I am so proud of the work that I get to do on the Diamond Island Farm.
Living on the North Shore of Haleiwa, Oahu…
I am excited about every single day here!
My grateful reminder to you; do something that makes you feel connected to nature's rhythms.
The effort you take everyday will ensure that you are improving your surroundings for yourself and whoever comes after you...
Let's Get Growing! 🌱
Also, meet the US at the Market this Saturday...
Kaka‘ako Farmers Market
919 Ala Moana Blvd & 210 Ward Ave, Kaka’ako
(Park at the old lot at 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. or at Fisherman's Wharf)
Farmers Market Lineup:
purplette green onion
dragon fruit (white)
sunflowers (SPECIAL $2 each)
**Back to the Future**
Nourishing Your Mind and Body: The Science Behind the Benefits of Organics Introduction:
In today's fast-paced world, our dietary choices play a pivotal role in determining our overall health and well-being.
While the debate over organic versus conventionally grown produce rages on, the undeniable truth is that what we eat profoundly affects our mental and physical health.
In this article, we'll delve into the compelling science-backed reasons why choosing organic vegetables can be a powerful step toward nurturing a healthier mind and body.
Reduced Pesticide Exposure One of the primary reasons individuals opt for organic vegetables is to minimize exposure to pesticides. Conventionally grown produce often contains residues of synthetic pesticides, which have been associated with a range of health issues. A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that a diet high in organophosphates, a common class of pesticides, may be linked to cognitive deficits in children. Choosing organic helps reduce this risk, providing peace of mind for parents and supporting the cognitive development of the young ones.
Building and maintaining a small organic farm, I have embraced a peaceful coexistence with the natural elements that surround me.
I never use synthetic pesticides, and so I can walk through the fields, plucking veggies straight from the soil without any apprehension.
Higher Antioxidant Content Organic vegetables are often richer in antioxidants, which help protect our cells from oxidative stress. A comprehensive analysis of over 300 studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition revealed that organic crops have higher concentrations of beneficial antioxidants and lower levels of harmful heavy metals. Antioxidants play a crucial role in promoting brain health and reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
During my travels, I noticed that the organic vegetables I encountered tasted distinctly richer and more vibrant.
This prompted my research, leading me to a British Journal of Nutrition analysis. It confirmed what I'd suspected - organic crops boast higher concentrations of beneficial antioxidants.
The memory of those intensely flavorful organic tomatoes from a local farmer's market stayed with me.
Enhanced Nutrient Density A diet rich in nutrient-dense foods is essential for overall well-being. Research published in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that organic vegetables may have higher nutrient levels than their conventionally grown counterparts. This increase in nutrient density can lead to better mental clarity, improved mood, and heightened cognitive function.
My own organic farming has shown me the wonders of nutrient-dense produce. I have personally observed how my organic vegetables appeared more vibrant, and the flavors were unparalleled.
My research has supported my experience, suggesting that organic vegetables may indeed have higher nutrient levels.
The nutrient-packed meals from my garden seemed to lead to a better state of being all around.
Superior Soil Quality Organic farming practices prioritize the health of the soil, fostering an environment where vegetables can absorb essential nutrients more effectively. The soil's health directly correlates with the nutritional content of the crops it yields. Organic farming methods enrich the soil with organic matter, benefiting the overall quality of the produce. A study in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems highlights the positive effects of organic farming on soil quality and crop nutrition.
My farming background has made me appreciate the significance of soil health.
Organic farming practices prioritize enriching the soil with organic matter, which directly impacts the nutritional quality of the produce.
A study in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems validated what I'd seen on our family farm – organic farming enhances soil quality and crop nutrition.
The connection between healthy soil and healthy bodies is undeniable.
Reduced Glyphosate Exposure Glyphosate, a widely used herbicide in conventional agriculture, has been linked to various health concerns. Opting for organic vegetables can help limit exposure to this potentially harmful chemical. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that high glyphosate exposure may be associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Choosing organic offers a way to reduce this risk and support a healthier body.
My own health journey led me to explore the potential dangers of glyphosate, a common herbicide in conventional farming.
Research suggests that high glyphosate exposure may increase many health risks and my commitment to an organic lifestyle stemmed from a desire to minimize these risks and maintain my own well-being.
Balanced Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratio A balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids is essential for brain health. Organic vegetables, particularly those grown using traditional farming practices, tend to have a more favorable omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. An imbalanced ratio, as often found in processed foods, can contribute to inflammation and negatively impact cognitive function. Choosing organic helps maintain this balance, promoting a healthier brain.
Exploring the world of organic vegetables introduced me to the importance of a balanced and consistent omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.
The more traditional farming practices used applied to my own organic farming efforts, will likely result in a more favorable ratio.
I've personally experienced the benefits of this balance, from improved focus to enhanced cognitive function.
The research in the Nutrients Journal solidified my belief that an imbalanced ratio, found in processed foods, can indeed hinder cognitive function.
The benefits of consuming organic vegetables extend far beyond the realm of just a healthy body; they encompass a vibrant mind too. Scientific evidence supports the advantages of choosing organic produce, from reduced pesticide exposure to enhanced nutrient density.
By prioritizing organic vegetables in our diet, we nourish our minds and bodies, fostering a holistic sense of well-being that propels us toward a healthier and happier life.
So, let's make the conscious choice to embrace the organic path, where every bite is a step toward better brain and body health.
Thank you for joining us on another journey.
Cultivating knowledge and focusing our minds on what truly matters.
As we tend to our organic farms and embrace sustainable practices, let us also tend to our inner landscapes, nurturing a mindful approach to life and a deeper connection with the natural world.
Wishing you a mindful and purposeful journey,