Most of us want to be healthier, and we also want to live a more eco-friendly sustainable lifestyle. What a lot of people don’t realize is that these two concepts are closely intertwined and often go hand-in-hand.
There are changes, many of which are simple and inexpensive, that you can make in your life that will not just help you enjoy better health and wellness, but will also improve how you do your part to take care of the environment.
Some of the best ways to be healthy and also eco-conscious are below.
Choose Organic Skincare Products (Or Make Your Own)
So many of the products we put on our skin and our hair on a daily basis are made from chemicals that are toxic to the environment and also can be toxic to our bodies. You want to work on ridding your body and the environment of toxins, so think about choosing only organic beauty and skincare products.
You can also make your own with products you have around your kitchen.
You already know smoking is bad for your health, but it’s also bad for the environment, which is a key reason so many people have stopped or have started vaping instead. Cigarettes create waste from the butts people leave lying around, and the manufacturing of cigarettes is associated with deforestation and harmful environmental run-off.
Cigarettes also contain chemicals that are extremely detrimental to the environment, including methane and carbon dioxide. Smoking releases around 2.6 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide each year, and around 5.2 billion kilograms of methane annually.
Walk or Cycle More Often
Whenever possible, try to walk or cycle to your destination. When you choose these options, you’re not only burning calories and getting exercise, but of course, you’re also lowering how much toxicity you’re responsible for emitting into the environment.
Eat Unprocessed, Local Foods
Try to visit farmer’s markets and grocery stores that stock local foods. From a health standpoint, this will help you avoid processed foods which lack much nutritional value, are usually packed with calories and lead to weight gain.
It’s also better to choose unprocessed local foods because you’re eliminating the waste that comes from production and also from shipping these items. If you can choose locally grown food, you don’t have to think about the harm inflicted on the environment from shipping items around the world.
You should also try to avoid fast food restaurants because they tend to pollute the environment, have loads of unnecessary packaging that comes with their food, and of course, their items are usually full of sodium, fat and other things that are bad for your health.
Wear Clothes Made From Natural Fibers
Finally, a lot of designers and retailers are starting to see the value of creating items from natural, organic materials and fabrics. It’s good for your health because you’re not being exposed to the chemicals that are often present in synthetic fabrics, and they tend to be more breathable and comfortable.
You’re also helping protect against the use of manufacturing processes that are detrimental to the environment.
What are some of your healthy habits that are also eco-friendly?
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