Quick Tips For a Healthier Planet and a Healthier You

Organic Produce and A Green Lifestyle

It has been estimated that 40 per cent of the population in Australia suffer from allergic rhinitis (the medical term for hayfever and other similar symptoms).

Here are a few more ways that you can contribute to a healthier home and planet.

Organic produce is becoming increasingly popular as we become more concerned about health risks of chemical laden food. In contrast to non-organic farming, where nutrients are applied to the soil in a soluble form, organic farming focuses on the underlying health of the soil, with plants taking up nutrients released naturally from humus by microbes. The environmental dividend is greater biodiversity at all levels of food chain. Organic produce has been proved to contain higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals. Plus it usually tastes better.

The average home contains aerosols, paints, polish, glues, ammonia based cleaners, nail polish remover, oils and battery acid.

While the effect of the traces of up to 300 synthetic chemicals that have been found in humans is still unclear, for the environment they are a proven toxic cocktail. Check with your local council about its collection days for chemical nasties.

Look for natural furnishings that have been or can be recycled – tables made from reclaimed timber, organic cotton curtains, beeswax candles, bamboo, hemp bedding or jute flooring. Buy second hand furniture – old timber products are more durable than new furniture made from veneer covered particle board.

Conventional paints use fossil fuels as their basic ingredient, producing greenhouse gases, toxic waste and air pollutants. Organic and toxin-free brands are not only better for the environment but can also benefit natural asthma remedy, pregnant women and young children.

Source: True Green – 100 everyday ways you can contribute to a healthier planet. Published by ABC books

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