Organic or Conventional – Why the Choice Matters

How important is it to buy and eat organic food?

If given the choice (and if it’s affordable), then I always recommend eating organic. Here’s why:

1. Conventionally grown produce (much of which is genetically modified, or GMO) can be subjected to the chemical herbicide glyphosate (Roundup). In fact, GMO foods are specifically designed to tolerate glyphosate so that farmers can spray more and get better yields. What you might not know is that glyphosate is a known carcinogen according to the World Health Organization. So by buying organic, you can avoid exposure to this potentially harmful chemical.

2. Organic produce has been shown to contain more phytonutrients than conventionally grown produce- between 19-60% more. Phytonutrients give the plant its distinctive color and flavor, but also convey antioxidant activity. And, if you’ve listened to my podcast or read my book, you know that antioxidants are our body’s way of protecting itself against free radicals. Because organic produce has more phytonutrients than conventionally-grown produce, it’s believed to be 20-40% more nutritious.

3. Organic foods have lower amounts of pesticides and pesticide residues than conventional foods. These pesticides have been shown to be detrimental to our health. In fact, one study found an increased risk of hypospadias (a penile disorder) in the children of women who ate conventional dairy products over organic.

So although organic foods are always more expensive than conventional, I recommend choosing organic when possible, especially those foods considered “the Dirty Dozen” by the Environmental Working Group. You can learn more about the Dirty Dozen by going to my recent blog post HERE.


Dr. Youn’s Recommendation of the Week:

Do you exfoliate your skin regularly? If not, then you should! Gently exfoliating your skin is a great way to remove the upper layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling fresher, smoother, and rejuvenated. Plus, exfoliating sends a signal to the deeper skin cells to turn over more quickly, causing it to look and feel younger.

If you have “normal” skin, aim to exfoliate two or three times per week. For those with sensitive skin, once a week is usually sufficient.

I highly recommend the YOUN Beauty Advanced Exfoliating Cream. Made with natural ingredients, including Vitamin E and avocado oil, it’s my favorite method of exfoliation.

Cost: $48

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Here are the latest episodes of my new podcast, The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show. Please SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss a single information-packed show!

Episode #85– What To Eat To Look Younger and Heal Better with Dr. Gregory Buford – What you eat can have a profound effect on your appearance and how you heal from surgery. On this episode, I’m joined by a plastic surgeon and expert in anti-aging and restorative medicine. In his practice, he has successfully combined plastic surgery with holistic nutrition. We’ll tackle the question, “What should I eat to look younger and heal faster?”

Should you consider nutraceuticals – foods that claim to turn back the clock? How about collagen drinks and bone broth? Which supplements should you take to heal better after going under the knife? We have the answers!

Listen HERE with Apple devices or HERE with Android phones.


Episode #84 – Energy and Biofield Healing: A Paradigm Shift in Treating Chronic Conditions with Debora Wayne – Have you heard of energy healing? This is one of the most fascinating emerging treatments in holistic health today. It involves altering the body’s energy fields to reduce chronic pain, improve anxiety, lessen tension and stress, and enhance a person’s overall health. So how does it work?

On this episode I get to the bottom of this. I’m joined by one of the country’s foremost energy healers. We’ll reveal how and why energy healing works, the difference between Biofield Healing and reiki, and she’ll share many success stories of this emerging treatment. And we end this episode with a treat. My guest will walk us through a deeply relaxing breathwork technique to reduce stress and anxiety, raise your vibration, and center yourself. It only takes a few minutes, but you just may feel better and different afterwards. You don’t want to miss it.

Listen HERE on Apple devices or HERE on Android.

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