Today was Earth Day. Here are a few suggestions for helping and loving Earth while taking care of yourself in better ways.
1. Eat healthfully. Choose foods that are grown sustainably and preferably locally. When foods are grown with commercial pesticides and fertilizers, the process pollutes the earth and the chemical residues end up in your body. Foods that are grown far away and shipped long distances lack optimal vitamin and mineral content as they are picked before ripe and lose nutrition as they age. They also use precious fuel resources when trucked long distances. Choose locally or regionally grown food from reputable growers. Farmers markets and CSA (community supported agriculture) deliveries are great choices. Locally owned and managed markets often carry healthfully-sourced veggies and fruits.
2. Avoid chemicals whenever possible. Chemicals in our cleaning products, garden and lawn care products, and personal care products not only negatively impact us, but they pollute the earth. Fragrance chemicals found in cleaning and personal care products, for example, take many years to degrade in the environment, polluting ground water, and sickening animals. They accumulate in our bodies and lead to all kinds of health problems such as allergies, hormone imbalances, and cancer. Make simple choices such as cleaning with vinegar and baking soda; using organic lawn care; choosing natural bar soaps and shampoos instead of liquid versions; and moisturizing with coconut oil and shea butter.
3. Walk or bike if you can. Whenever possible, avoid using your car. Not only does this cut down on pollution, it’s also good exercise.
4. Green your medicine. Too many Americans are taking too many pharmaceuticals. Most chronic illnesses are lifestyle illnesses, meaning they can be reversed or healed with proper diet, nutritional supplements, and use of herbs and homeopathic remedies, acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy healing to assist the body in healing itself.