Going green seems to be all the rage right now. People are driving electric cars, using solar panels on their homes and eating a diet rich in green vegetables. Juice Bars and smoothie shops have been popping up for a few years now. So just what IS the buzz about? Green seems to be the color people are pursuing now more than ever, but why?
Many people believe that we are leaving a monstrous carbon footprint on Earth that is causing an increase in Global Warming. While that may or may not be the truth, doing what we can to preserve our environment makes a lot of sense. I mean if you really think about it, this IS the only planet we have to live on. But, going green goes much deeper than just helping the environment and preserving our planet. It’s about health, inside and out. It’s more than driving an electric car. It’s more than composting and recycling. It’s more than reducing our dependence on plastics and crude oil.
It’s about living a life worth living in a way that promotes life itself. When we make a conscious effort to Go Green we are working to make life better, for everyone on this amazing planet. Going green doesn’t have to be complicated it’s exactly what you make it. Some people choose to make their very existence revolve around living a green life. While others choose to only do certain things like recycling, or using glass instead of plastic. It’s a highly personal and individual choice.
So Going Green is good for the environment but what does it have to do with my health? By reducing your family’s exposure to caustic chemicals, you are enhancing and supporting health in your home. Household cleaners are laced with chemicals that can be harmful or fatal if swallowed or cause skin irritation on contact. There are dozens of wonderful alternatives such as using Hydrogen Peroxide for cleaning surfaces instead of bleach.
Eating organic, locally grown food reduces your exposure to chemicals including growth hormones, pesticides and genetically modified Monsanto seeds. Monsanto is best known for producing Genetically Modified Crops (GMO). They are the world’s largest controller of GMO seeds and control OVER 90% of the world’s seeds. In addition to producing GMO seeds, Monsanto is also known for creating biotechnology, genomics and herbicides for farming production.
As if that weren’t enough, Monsanto has genetically engineered seeds to withstand climate change and the famous herbicide, Roundup. We are just starting to see the negative effects of GMO’s, especially those in the treated Roundup Ready group. A new organism has evolved that is causing miscarriages in animals. The organism evolved as a direct result of genetic engineering.
So, buying organic is important when you GO Green because not only are you preventing your body from being contaminated with genetically modified foods, you are also promoting the continued existence of farm grown untreated fruits and vegetables the way nature intended. The health benefits go much deeper though than anything discussed thus far. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables will take years off you! Your skin will glow. Your nails will grow longer and stronger. Your hair will shine and your teeth will get whiter. You will also experience an overall sense of well being that cannot be obtained eating a Standard American Diet (SAD).
Hypertension, Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, vision problems, obesity and many more illnesses/diseases can be cured with a nutrient rich diet comprised of green leafy vegetables. And, by eliminating harmful substances such as additives, preservatives, artificial dyes/flavors, hormones and genetically modified food products you continue to reap the benefits. Going Green by eating a colorful diet rich in green leafy vegetables is one of the best health choices you can make and the results are almost instantaneous. Going Green for health doesn’t have to be extreme or difficult. You can get started by visiting your local Farmers Markets where you can find natural, healthy, chemical free products that are fresh, inexpensive and support your local community.