Organic foods can prevent disease

I don't know about you, but my grocery bill is rising so fast that sometimes I wonder just how many people I'm feeding.

So believe me, I know how tempting it is to pass on pricey organics and stick to whatever's cheap and on sale.

But don't do it.

There may be some places where you can cut corners and save a few pennies. But your fruits, vegetables and meats aren't among them -- because going organic might cost you some extra cash today, but it could save your life tomorrow.

And if you're not eating organics yet, make the switch now and you could see measurable changes inside your body by the end of the week.

For example, the levels of organophosphate pesticide in your urine could drop by 89 percent in seven days, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research.

I can't emphasize how important this is, because organophosphate pesticides are known to cause damage in the brain. In studies on insects and even humans, these dangerous chemicals have been shown to block critical enzymes and disrupt the nervous system.

One of those enzymes is ALDH, or aldehyde dehydrogenase, which clears the brain of a toxin called DOPAL. When your ALDH is blocked, the DOPAL builds up -- and higher levels of DOPAL can lead to Parkinson's disease.

That's why studies have shown that exposure to common pesticides can increase your risk of Parkinson's -- and if you have a gene variant that makes you susceptible to the disease, that risk skyrockets by 600 percent if you're exposed to organophosphate pesticides.

You can read more about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.

Pesticide exposure has also been linked to cancer, memory loss, dementia and more. If going organic could help prevent all that, then already it's worth the extra money -- but the benefits don't end there.

You might say those are only the beginning.

Organic foods also contain higher levels of key nutrients, especially antioxidants such as vitamin C. In some cases, they could have as much as 40 percent more of those immune-boosting vitamins. Studies have also shown that organics contain higher levels of essential minerals such as zinc.

I happen to think that organic foods taste better, too, but I suppose that's a matter of opinion.

What's not a matter of opinion is that fresh organic foods contain fewer other dangerous chemicals, too, especially the gender-bending hormone-like chemical BPA and the dangerous phthalate DHEP used to transport and package conventional foods.

They contain so much less that one study found an organic diet combined with storing food in stainless steel instead of plastics slashed BPA levels by 60 percent and cut DEHP levels in half -- and it did it in just three days.

Since these chemicals have been linked to everything from developmental problems in kids to sexual problems, cancer and diabetes in adults, avoiding them should be a top priority for you and your family.

So go organic and be prepared to pay a little more at the supermarket. Just think of it as an investment in your health.