When you were a kid, your mom probably told you not to stand too close to the microwave while it was in use. While you probably didn’t believe her (and felt like she was just nagging), it turns out there’s a good reason for this.
Microwaves can be dangerous because they emit EMFs, or electromagnetic fields. EMFs are essentially radiation, which can damage DNA and other cellular structures in our body. EMFs have also been linked to a laundry list of health problems including anxiety, depression, fatigue, reproductive issues (which is why the technician asks if you are pregnant when you get an x-ray), inflammation, joint pain, stress, a weakened immune system, brain fog, breast cancer, and more.
EMFs are essentially radiation, which can damage DNA and other cellular structures in our body.
EMFs Are Everywhere
EMFs are unavoidable because they aren’t just found in manmade things, but they're also found in nature. Even the sun emits them. But we also have lots of things in our homes that put them out, including power strips, power and extension cords, and most electric appliances.
Smartphones, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, as well as most cell phone networks also create EMFs. And if you've been thinking about buying a fancy electric car, you might want to reconsider because they are a huge source. Magnetic fields put out EMFs too. So if you live near high voltage power lines or close to a cell phone tower, you may want to consider moving.
If you've been thinking about buying a fancy electric car, you might want to reconsider because they are a huge source of EMFs.
Then there are the things that we believe are better for the environment and our bodies, but they are additional sources of EMFs: solar panels, smart appliances, and fluorescent light bulbs.
While all of this sounds scary, it shouldn’t be. Our bodies have adapted over the years to handle the additional radiation. It’s also easy to avoid excess exposure by changing the way you handle your electronic devices. For example, it’s best to unplug your Wi-Fi and modem when you aren’t using them. While this sounds inconvenient, it's very easy to unplug before bed every night. Or, more ideally (but perhaps a little more difficult), use hardwired Internet when possible.
You should stop using your laptop or tablet directly on your body. Keep them up on a table instead. If you must—invest in a lap desk designed to shield from EMFs. And keep it charged! It’s not a good idea to use any device while it’s plugged in and charging.
Then clear your bedroom of all electronics. Get a battery-powered alarm clock, instead of using the one on your phone. This will also help you sleep better. Like your devices, your body also needs to recharge.
Like your devices, your body also needs to recharge.
And stop using those Bluetooth devices, smart watches, and step counters. Switch to speakerphone or regular headphones when making calls to keep your phone as far away from your body as often as possible.
Bring Nature Home
Another great way to deflect EMFs is with plants. NASA suggests using 12 to 15 plants per 1000 square feet of your home. So don’t feel guilty about treating yourself to a little refresh at Home Depot or Terrain. The best plants to cleanse the air are spider plants, cacti, aloe, and peace lilies.
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