DO WE NEED TO BE FEEDING ORGANIC FRUITS AND GRASS-FED MEAT TO HEAL OUR COMPANIONS?
Often when I speak with people to troubleshoot feeding issues, I find that most problems fall into one of three areas: underfeeding, overfeeding, or over-complicating.
Among the issues with over-complicating is settling only for organic produce and organic meat.
In the mainstream, in the rare instances that the cause of disease is mentioned, it is nearly always blaming toxins for disease: air pollution, water pollution, food additives, mold exposure, and it is almost never talking about what the actual cause of disease is – overworking our cells. So it is completely understandable that when we are faced with all of this information about toxins we naturally continue to focus on that even after we have understood that the true cause of disease is the suitability of the food rather than toxins.
The reality is, even if you ate perfectly for your species, but you ate excessive amounts, gorging yourself till discomfort on salad and fruits, you will create disease. No toxins are needed. When we overwork the cells we create excess waste and cellular debris which clogs the interstitial spaces and keeps the cells from operating properly.
On the flip side, if we eat the foods suited to our physiology which are easy to digest and easy to assimilate, and we eat them moderately then we will not create excess waste. Our elimination channels will be free-flowing and our interstitial spaces (areas around the cells) will remain clean (clean terrain = happy cells) the cells will operate normally and no disease symptoms will be present.
When we look at the suitability of food, the level of toxins present should be a factor that we look at, but it should not be the foremost factor. When feeding fruits the first thing we need to be looking for is ripeness. It’s far more important for fruit to be ripe than it is for it to be organic. Ripe fruit is easily digested and easily assimilated. The unripe fruit is acidic and difficult for the body to digest. This means when we consume unripe fruits we are putting a large burden on the body to process fruit not ready to be processed and eliminate all of the unusable material. Non-organic fruits that are ripe may have trace amounts of pesticides or herbicides which can lead to a general burden on the body but they are not overworking the cells, so those minor burdens from toxins are simply filtered out in the stomach and eliminated in the stool. As long as the elimination channels are moving as designed the toxins are not sitting around inside the body long enough to do any damage. Even at that, when we look at pesticides and herbicides we find that most are either water-soluble meaning they wash off in the rain and when we rinse our produce, or they are fat-soluble, meaning they break down in the sun. This means the herbicides and pesticides do a lot of damage to farmers spraying them but are very minute by the time they actually reach our refrigerator.
It would be nice to be able to have good quality, affordable, and readily available RIPE organic fruits but the reality is that rarely exists. Unless you are growing your own, organic fruits are going to be picked unripe so they can ship long distances. It is very rare to find good ripe organic fruit in most places.
For this reason, I do NOT feed organic fruits to myself or my dogs. Ripe is much, much more important than organic and the availability and affordability of ripe fruits mean we are shopping in the conventional section of the store. If I find some organic fruit that is actually ripe I will buy it if the price is not absurd, but 95% of the fruit I eat is non-organic and all of my dogs have always eaten non-organic as well. I look for locally grown whenever possible because that means it is being picked ripe. I will get it from farmer’s markets when available. I will also grow a lot of my own fruit in the summer. But the bulk of what we eat ourselves and what we feed is conventional produce, bought at the local grocery and discount stores. All of my dogs with cancer, dementia, seizures, and every other health issue have always been fed conventional produce AND conventional meat and healed everything because disease is not about the toxins, it’s about the burden of digesting and assimilating inappropriate substances for our physiology.
If you are currently stressing out about getting organic produce or grass-fed, organic meat, or any other marketing label, please don’t. This is focusing energy on the 1% instead of focusing on the most suitable foods for their physiology. The body can easily eliminate any trace amounts of toxins in the fruits and the meat, as long as it is given ripe fruits and suitable proteins with the fat removed. But if the body has to break down unripe fruits it is going to be overworked and not get as much nutrition from the fruits.
If you have a great source for local, organic, and RIPE produce and you can afford it, then go for it. But it’s not needed. Conventional fruits from your local grocery store and regular meat from the local store are all you need. Keep it simple, don’t overcomplicate things, and make your life more difficult then it needs to be.
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