Island Gazette

The Wellness Column: Shopping for Organic Food

Presented by R. Todd Shaver, D.C., D.I.C.C.P.
Certified Chiropractic Wellness Specialist

Organic foods are free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones. And their availability is at an all-time high due to rapidly increasing demand.  Even Wal-Mart now carries a decent offering of organic produce and meats. Despite the fact that a product may be categorized as organic, it is still important to read all of a label’s “fine print” — some prepackaged organic products may also contain high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artery-clogging saturated fats.
When making the switch from nonorganic to organic foods, the produce aisle is a good place to start. It is especially important to focus on organic fruits and vegetables.  When grown non-organically, fruits and vegetables tend to have high levels of chemical residue. For instance, nectarines often have the highest level of pesticide residue, according to researchers at Consumer Reports.
Safe and nutrient-rich food is an important part of the chiropractic lifestyle: a way of life that promotes the prevention of illness and disease through nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and regular chiropractic care.
Dr. Shaver is a certified chiropractic wellness specialist.  Call Shaver Chiropractic & Natural Medicine to learn more about organic foods and a highly effective natural approach to health care.  Visit the office or our website for information about our unique comprehensive wellness program, 8 Weeks to Wellness.  The team of professionals at Shaver Chiropractic & Natural Medicine is eager to help you achieve and maintain your best health.  Call the office at (910) 452-5555, visit our Monkey Junction location at 4421 Junction Park Drive, or visit our website at www.Shaver NaturalMedicine.com.

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