Health and a Low Carbon Footprint Go Hand-In-Hand
One of the collateral benefits of being conscientious about your impact on the environment is expanded rates of personal health. That is to say: when you are careful to respect the environment in your daily life, this tends to help protect your health as well. It can, anyway, if you pursue the right sustainable activities. In this article we’ll briefly explore five.
1. Eat Only Natural Foods
Natural foods that are organically sourced require natural husbandry. You’re not going to have a million chickens stacked like bricks in cages in a warehouse where they never move until they’re harvested after years of expurgating their digestive tracts on one another.
You’re not going to have a bunch of antibiotics and vaccines ruin the meat, and find its way into your body as trace elements. Instead, you’ll get the healthy benefit of protein from naturally-sourced and often cage-free meats. Even if you’re vegetarian, naturally-sourced organic foods will be best for you overall.
Preservatives, hormones, vaccines, antibiotics, synthetic foodstuffs, artificial sugars—these things cause medical side effects that are hard to pin down in the mainstream owing to the big companies involved. Eating natural avoids such negative side effects and as a bonus helps sustain the environment through more harmonious
production of such foods.
2. Water Purification
When you’ve got clean water devoid of chemicals, it’s better for your body. If you’ve got a water purifier at home, then the runoff that comes out of the faucet doesn’t circulate pollutants throughout the environment. It’s good for you, it’s good for the environment; ultimately you’re looking at a win-win over simply going with basic tap water.
3. Sustainable Hygiene
One of the biggest areas where unnecessary waste transpires is in the bathroom—especially regarding dental hygiene. When you approach ecologically sustainable living with a dental plan in mind, your mouth is healthier, and you need fewer dental products.
That’s going to cut down how much water you use unnecessarily, and overall, it should contribute to better dental hygiene. Additionally, bamboo toothbrushes, natural toothpaste, rinses that pull out oils, plastic-free tongue-cleaning options and dental floss, Vegan dental products—all are available and useful; but what has the most impact is your water usage.
Rinse the bristles, apply the toothpaste, spit, and rinse. Don’t leave that faucet on throughout the whole process. When you’re conscientious about sustainable dental care, you’ll tend to be more conscientious about how efficiently you clean your teeth, and this tends to help you do a better job, retaining strong dental health into advanced age.
4. Simple Bicycling
Cycling is exercise, but it’s not too strenuous even when you’re coming over a tough hill; just shift gears. A bicycle doesn’t cost you anything in gas, it keeps you in shape, and the production of such conveyances has a reduced impact on the overall environment—though it is to be admitted that the impact of bike production isn’t completely nil; there is some impact.
Also, bicycles are unrealistic conveyances if you’re traveling any more than about twenty miles in a day. So if you live too far from work, this may not be an option. However, if you’re within twenty miles, store your work clothes in a backpack and cruise to work on your cycle every day. Get to work early enough to spruce up in the bathroom.
A twenty-mile ride at twenty miles an hour is a two-hour journey round-trip. You can still have a car; just restrict its use until you really need it. It’s a win-win.
5. If You Can’t Bike, You Might Walk
Walking has the same health benefits as running; it just takes a bit longer. So walk everywhere. The average walking pace of an adult is between three and four miles an hour. This makes walking viable for a job up to four miles from where you live; and there’s no law that says you have to rush—especially if there are good shops or friends along the way.
Healthy Sustainability Isn’t Impossible, It Just Requires Effort
While these measures may be a bit different than your average expectations, they can be worthwhile to help you make the most out of your budget, save the environment, and retain health. Walking, biking, eating healthy, drinking properly filtered water, and exercising best practices in dental hygiene can all be healthy and environmentally friendly.
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