This guest post is by Victor Daily of Ping Ming Health.
Economic reasons may be a factor when people choose a greener lifestyle, but for many it is an awakening to the benefits of living closer to Nature. Starting small by recycling and using cloth shopping bags can lead to choosing organic or locally grown foods as opposed to the chemical laden and over processed foods that are in the supermarket.
Reducing the amount of chemicals and artificial ingredients in your diet does not have to end with the foods you eat. Health care is another area of life that seems to be even more dependent on chemicals than even the food industry. While most natural or homeopathic remedies have not been approved by government agencies, eastern medicine and acupuncture have been used for centuries for all manner of treatments with success.
So what does that have to do with living green?
Herbal remedies are a renewable resource that does not rely on artificially created chemicals. The fact is that many prescription and over the counter remedies being sold today are based on plants, only the components are synthetically created. The natural alternatives do have side effects, but with the growing numbers of lawsuits dedicated to prescription medication, they do seem to be a more viable option.
Once you have adopted a greener lifestyle living in harmony with the world around you rather than trying to control it, you may also find your stress levels dropping. It is difficult to feel tense in a forest unless you are lost. Nature itself has a calming effect on many people, even if all they are doing is watering their houseplants.
Take steps toward a more sustainable future every day, such as recycling, composting and walking rather than driving. Even if the effect of humans on Global Warming has not been proven doing your part to use less of the non-renewable resources is still a good plan.
You don’t have to become a strict vegetarian to live a green life, just be aware of what is going into the foods you eat as well as the packaging and shipping involved to get t to the table. Buy locally grown whenever possible and when buying meat, stay away from the over processed heat and eat products.
One side effect of a healthier and greener diet is a noticeable increase in energy and a sense of wellness. This of course can’t be measured or proven scientifically, but many who have adopted this lifestyle have reported a rise in general wellness and energy. Caring about what you put in your body will grow to include caring about what is going on on the planet as a whole. Using recycled materials when rebuilding or remodeling your home is another great way to get started. Find ways to recycle the materials you are removing as well as buying recycled products.
Composting at home or through a neighborhood program is another way to reduce the amount of trash in landfills. Find out if there is a composting program in your area, and if not get one started if you can. If you are fortunate enough to be in an area where you can build and maintain a compost bin, share the results with your neighbors and invite them to contribute to the pile if they don’t have one of their own.
Everyone can make a difference by making one small change a day and sticking to it. The world did not become a disposable society overnight and the changes that need to be made won’t be either.
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