Healthy Tips that Help the Environment

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

By: Ashmar Mandou

Earth Day is approaching and did you know there are hundreds of ways you can help the environment and get healthier? Aside from the obvious ways of recycling, shopping with reusable grocery bags, and taking shorter showers, there are impactful choices in food and lifestyle that will help the environment.

Farmer’s Market
Buy local food from your farmer’s market to reduce oil consumption. Shipping food long distances requires a lot of oil, a quickly-diminishing nonrenewable resource that contributes to global warming.

Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food to reduce your carbon footprint. This isn’t practical for everyone, but even growing a few herbs on your fire escape or front porch contributes to the health of the environment by improving the quality of oxygen for everyone and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Eat Whole Grains
Eat whole grains to reduce pollution. Whole grains don’t require as much processing as refined grains, minimizing factory use and the fumes that impact human health, wildlife, the land, oceans, and so much more. Eating whole grains has a huge impact on your energy levels as they keep your blood sugar levels stable, rather that the spike and crash that refined grains cause.

Compost Food Scraps
Compost your food scraps to contribute to rich, nutrient-dense soil that will provide healthy food for people all over the world. Soil is the foundation of nutritious food, and the food is the foundation of healthy, vibrant body.

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