Whether it’s the air you breathe, the water that you drink or the stresses of everyday life, these environmental factors will naturally have an impact on your health and well-being. Of course, there are plenty of amazing things in our environment that are really good for us, like vitamin D from the sun, but what about the ones that can cause damage to your health in the long term?
Obviously, you can’t wrap yourself in cotton wool and I don’t want to be accused of scaremongering – you have to live your life, otherwise, what’s the point! However, we can lessen some of these environmental insults to help improve the quality and longevity of our life and do our bit to protect the environment too. I’ve already written about ways to create an eco-friendly home and I strongly believe that the personal environment and the life choices we make can have a tremendous impact on our health and wellbeing.
You will be amazed by how many simple and what may seem like insignificant things that you may have not even cared to think about can actually become an issue for your health in the long term. So, today I’m sharing a few environmental factors both indirect and personal that you may not have thought about and could be life enhancing if there are less of them in our lives.
Quality and Source of the Food You Eat
It’s so convenient and easy to just pop to the shops and pick up something for dinner isn’t it, but have you ever thought about where the food you’re about to cook comes from? Some foods are grown with the use of chemicals and pesticides and some fish like tuna can contain high levels of mercury. The distance that your food has to travel to reach the stores can create air pollution that can also be potentially harmful.
Second Hand Smoke
You may have never smoked in your entire life, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to the health risks. Nearly 50 of the chemicals found in second-hand smoke have been proven to contribute to the development of cancer.
Quality of Water In Your Homes
We all know that we’re supposed to be drinking 2-litres of water a day and to achieve this we regularly drink the water from the taps in our homes. This is great because buying bottled water can cause serious environmental issues for the wildlife and where they live. Often, tap water will sometimes contain pesticides and other nasties, so it’s definitely worth investing in a water filter to limit the harmful contaminants it contains.
Personal Environmental Stress
Believe it or not, the sounds and sights of our everyday life, depending on how we respond to them, can have a stressful impact on our bodies. Loud noises, upsetting work and home life and even the foods that we eat can affect the way that we feel and ultimately our quality of life. Creating a calming and a stress-free environment as possible can really benefit your mental and physical health.
Chemicals in the Products That You Use
There are so many innocent looking products that we will regularly buy and they contain harmful ingredients that we may not know about. Medicines, cleaning products, weed-killers and batteries all contain chemicals that could be potentially harmful to our health.
As I already mentioned, you can’t protect yourself from every environmental insult out there. Life is for living after all and you have to enjoy it! But, what you can do is try and limit some of these physical stresses in your life to make it a more healing and happier place to be for your health.
Sunlife has created a fun clock that you can check out to estimate the impact of the little things in your life can have on your health.
How does your personal environment impact your health and wellbeing? Have you tried to improve these environmental stresses for a better quality of life?
*Post commissioned by Sunlife, but all opinions are my own.