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We all know that choosing non-toxic household products, reducing energy consumption, buying whole foods and changing transportation methods are good for the environment. All of these sustainable lifestyle choices can also be good for your health.
Avoiding Toxins in Your Household Products
We’ve talked before about the benefits of cleaning your house with non-toxic or homemade cleaners. You avoid the chemicals in commercial cleaners which can cause breathing issues, headaches and other health problems. You should also avoid toxic fertilizers and insecticides, which can impact your health, the health of your children and the health of your pets.
Reducing Energy Usage
Doing things like going to bed early has proven health benefits and reduces energy consumption (lights, computers, TV, etc. are off for the night). Studies have shown a correlation between not enough sleep and being overweight and reducing your overall energy consumption can help reduce pollution, which in turn can help you breathe easier — cutting down on allergies, asthma and other breathing problems. “Increasing natural sunlight in your home and workplace saves energy and a whole lot more. Using natural light rather than relying entirely on artificial light can be beneficial to your health too. Sunlight helps calcium absorption, improves your mood and increases concentration.” Source: SheKnows.com
Buy Local, Buy Organic
When you choose organically grown local foods, you avoid the pesticides that can cause health issues. Organic produce is also high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. By choosing wild-caught and free-range fish and grass-fed beef and lamb, you can avoid foods that are injected with hormones and other chemicals. Eating whole food and avoiding processed foods can reduce your intake of fat, sodium and sugar — which can cause obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic health conditions.
To help you make more sustainable seafood choices, visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx and download their free Seafood Watch Pocket Guide.
Changing the Way You Get Around
Walk or bike to work. Combining exercise and a commute builds healthful activity into your day and reduces fuel use and vehicle emissions. Being outdoors allows you to enjoy nature, which benefits your emotional and mental health. If you live too far from your office to bike or walk, take public transportation.
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
The Institute for Responsible Technology is a leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. They investigate and report the risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.
Founded in 2003 by international bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, IRT has worked in more than 30 countries on 6 continents, and is credited with improving government policies and influencing consumer-buying habits.