When shopping for groceries and beauty products, it's not always immediately obvious which items are organic among those that are not.
Yet, opting for food and formulas made with organic ingredients could potentially have a huge impact on your health, gut, and skin, let alone the climate and wildlife, so there's no time like the present to really take a closer look at what you buy.
"Organic products are those that have been farmed without the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides, growth regulators, or livestock feed additives. Sometimes people are put off buying organic because of the cost," explained natural skincare expert Lisa Harris (lisaharrisskincare.co.uk). "But if you eat vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides, those chemicals are killing your microbiome. An imbalance of the normal gut microbiota has been linked to gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. It can also play havoc with the skin, resulting in a number of skin complaints from acne to dry skin and premature ageing.
"Eating organic fruit and vegetables will allow you to reap the nutrients without taking the harmful pesticides into your gut and damaging your microbiome."
In addition to consuming organic products, Lisa recommended boosting gut health by eating more fibre, cutting out processed foods, as salt and sugar affect microbial diversity in the gut, eating more Omega-3, taking probiotic supplements or eating plant-based yoghurt, kefir, and fresh sauerkraut, as well as spending time outdoors.
"Walking in a natural environment or going to the seaside is important. When the body breathes in healthy fresh air it helps to keep the gut microbiome healthy. Relaxation and meditation are key to this too," she added.