8 Healthy Habits That Are Good For You and the Environment

by Gordo

Going green is not just about buying the latest eco-friendly car or switching to a trendy, reusable shopping bag; it’s a way of life. Every time you make a choice, you have to think about what impact your decisions will have on our planet and your health.

There are several little things you can do right now to green your lifestyle. As an added perk, many of the habits that are good for the earth are also good for you. Start implementing the 8 healthy habits below to help save the environment while improving your overall sense of well-being.

1. Go vegetarian

Meat is high in saturated fat and our bodies have a hard time digesting it. And owing to factory farming practices, today’s farm animals are bred in cramped quarters, fed questionable food, and injected with hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. If you’d rather not put all of that into your body, consider going vegetarian. A vegetarian diet is lower in fat and helps to prevent obesity and a variety of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Furthermore, eliminating red meat from your diet significantly reduces greenhouse gas emission.

2. Avoid processed foods and eat whole foods

Processed foods, or foods that contain additives and preservatives, require lots of fuel to produce since the ingredients used to make them have to be transported to the manufacturer from various locations. You can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding processed foods and eating whole foods instead. In addition, whole foods contain more fiber and nutrients than processed foods, so they’re better for you.

3. Eat organic

Organic produce is packed with nutrients and isn’t grown with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. By eating organic, you’ll avoid putting harmful toxins into your body and you’ll prevent those chemicals from eroding the soil, seeping into groundwater, and depleting the soil of its nutrients.

4. Walk or ride a bike instead or driving

Want to lower your carbon footprint while getting some exercise and improving your health? Consider walking or riding a bike instead of driving during your commutes. It will have payoffs for the environment, your wallet, and your waistline.

5. Wear clothing made of natural, organic fabrics

Avoid wearing clothing made with man-made materials, such as polyester, which contain harmful toxins and don’t allow our skin to “breathe.” By wearing clothing made of natural, organic fabrics, you can prevent pesticide use, protect water quality, and prevent soil erosion. As an added perk, wearing natural fabrics will save you money in the long run because they are sturdy and long-lasting, so you don’t have to buy clothing as often.

6. Use natural cleaning products

Using non-toxic, all natural cleaning products is safer for the environment and your family. Many commercial cleaners contain harmful toxins that eventually go onto pollute our groundwater, lakes, river, and oceans. All-natural cleaning products, such as vinegar and baking soda, will keep your home squeaky clean without putting your health or the environment in jeopardy. They’re also cheaper than commercial cleaning products.

7. Grow your own food

Another one of the healthy habits you can take up that will benefit you and the environment is organic gardening. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is not only fun, it also helps you grow a greater appreciation for the earth. It’s the most eco-friendly way to eat because the food doesn’t have to be transported or grown in greenhouses. Fresh garden produce is also better for your health because it contains more nutrients.

8. Buy local

Buy local foods to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by transporting food in boats, trucks, and planes. However, make sure that you buy and eat only fresh, local ingredients because they’re packed with nutrients and don’t contain preservatives. Eating local won’t make much of a difference if you have to use up a lot of energy in order to store the food in your refrigerator/freezer for long periods.

 

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3 Responses to “8 Healthy Habits That Are Good For You and the Environment”

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    November 11th, 2011

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  3. Ali
    January 18th, 2012

    How about using natural products, both house cleaners and personal care items? Crystal deodorant is a new personal favorite along with safe household cleaners.

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