Saturday, January 9, 2010

Things to do this New Year

Health is a personal issue that many of us never discuss, not even with our closest friends, but the affects of our zeitgeist have direct effects on our bodies, and our spiritual well-being. Just a few greener steps are not going to reverse the adverse effects of pollution and chemicals in our foods, on our internal organs and skin, but there are defensive measures we can each make to maintain a harmonious balance for our health.

Filters that require new parts every month can be expensive and annoying, and may lead us to become lazy and start drinking contaminants in our tap water, again. There are cheaper options that will never require new components, though. Campers know that silk filters are easiest to pack and clean, and they rarely if ever require new parts. Also, water distillers can be purchased and used at home, as many inhabitants of badly polluted developing nations are forced to use with regularity.

Something else we can learn from people who live in less developed nations is that home gardens can sustain us throughout winters, recessions, and Mad Cow scares. If you are willing to spend a few hours a week nurturing your own plot of vegetables, you can save money, and spare your body harsh chemicals and genetically engineered foods. Gardening is also a practical chore for kids to learn more about the world around them. But, if you don’t have enough time to get a Jeffersonian feel for the soil, there are farmers’ markets with locally grown produce that you can patronize rather than supermarkets that carry imported goods.

It’s difficult to change habits that are ingrained since childhood, but a fresh look at your lifestyle will reveal easy changes that can be made to protect your health from the worst aspects of your environment.

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