Guest Post: Going Green in 2013 Can Make Your Health Better Too
As millions of people have gone or plan to go green in order to help better preserve the environment, there are other benefits they may not have considered that make the decision a smart one too.
Yes, going green can actually help your health to a degree, not just make the outside world cleaner and more enjoyable for everyone.
So, how you may ask would going greener help you in your individual pursuit of better health?
Among the areas to think about:
* The air you breathe – Whether it is the emissions coming from vehicles or the air that spews out of factories and other buildings, being outside for any prolonged amount of time can be hazardous to the health of millions of people, especially those who suffer from asthma, allergies, and other such conditions. It never hurts when you are deciding where to live and work to get a snapshot in your mind of your surroundings. Are you in the city for work or residency where there is a large population of vehicles? Does your neighborhood where you live have a factory or two nearby? Does the house you live in have an attachable garage, thereby sending fumes from vehicle right into your home on a daily basis? Oftentimes the things you overlook or take for granted could be harming your health on a daily basis;
* The foods you eat – As more studies come out about watching just about every food or beverage that you consume on a regular basis, have you thought about turning to more organic grown food in 2013? Considering all the preservatives, etc. that go into many foods and drinks you and your family have daily, do you ever wonder about how you could be polluting your body over time? By purchasing and consuming locally-grown organic food, you can avoid preservatives, exposure to pesticide, and other harmful chemicals that can compromise your health, especially when it comes to livestock and poultry. If you live in an environment that is friendly to growing your own produce, you can better ensure that the foods you and your family eat are void of harmful chemicals;
* Save on those electric bills – While no one should be dripping sweat in the summer or shivering at home in the winter, using the natural heat and cold from nature not only allows you to save on your electric bills, but also keep you from being exposed to unhealthy air from heaters and air conditioners. In the wintertime, open up those blinds and curtains to let the sunshine in, thereby lessening your heating bills. In the summertime, open windows in the early morning hours and evening hours to let fresh air in, while closing them and leaving blinds and curtains shut in the hottest part of the day. Also, be sure to get some sunshine in summer and winter, allowing to take in some vitamin E and calcium. Always remember, however, to protect yourself against too much sun by getting some shade or wearing the proper portion of sunblock;
* Cleaning and improving your surroundings – Just about no one enjoys cleaning, but it is one of those evil necessities in life. So, how can you clean and benefit from it besides just having less dirt around your home? The products you use to clean your home can be more hazardous to your health than you realize, so go green when cleaning. Keep in mind that a number of household cleaners you purchase include chemicals that can lead to health issues. If you have the time and desire, opt for homemade cleaners that not only prove safer to your health, but better for your wallet. Simple things like mixing water and vinegar can give you a solid cleaner at a much cheaper price than store-bought cleaners;
* Get out of that car or home and exercise - Finally, while it may be more convenient to hop in the car to drive down the street to the store or plant yourself in front of the television all day, you’re certainly not helping your body one iota. Get that bicycle out of storage, walk those sidewalks and trails around your residence, and don’t become a stranger with your local gym. Not only does leaving the car at home help the environment, but your health benefits too by working countless muscles in your body. Until they find something hazardous to your health regarding walking or cycling, get out there this year and do it.
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About the Author: With 23 years’ writing experience, Dave Thomas covers a variety of business and consumer topics, including physician reviews.