Worries, worries, everywhere and red flags being raised all of the time, especially where our children are concerned.
“Should I feed them __________?”
“Am I ruining their life by doing ________?”
“How much screen time is too much?”
“Do I let them _________?”
The list goes on and on, as does the recording inside our heads on repeat, questioning if we are doing the “right” thing as a parent. Not to scare you. Not to worry you. Not to say you must do this or that. Only to bring awareness, and then from there, you can make an informed decision if this is something you need to pay attention to or not.
Now that you’re interest is piqued…I’m talking about EMFs. E – M – what?!?! An EMF is an electromagnetic field. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences describes EMFs as invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting.
EMFs exist everywhere around us. If you have a cell phone, TV, microwave, use Wi-Fi, have had an x-ray, etc., then chances are you have been exposed to them. Actually, there is really no escaping them – power lines, UV rays, they are everywhere. Are they dangerous? Possibly. Some forms of EMFs can be more harmful than others, and it is not completely clear the possible side effects. The World Health Organization notes that low frequency and high frequency electromagnetic waves affect the human body in different ways.
Again, I am not suggesting you go live completely off the grid, never use a cell phone again, or stop microwaving your food. That would make me a hypocrite. However, there are ways you can minimize your exposure to EMFs and also things you can do to protect yourself.
When it comes to your cell phone, the hotter it is, the harder it is working, which means the more EMFs it is radiating. Instead of carrying your cell phone in your bra or next to your body, put it in a purse, so there is at least a buffer zone between you and your phone. Please note – research in this area is not conclusive that carrying your cell phone in your bra is directly related to breast cancer, but at the same time, err on the side of caution.
Some simple things you can do in your home to lower the exposure to EMFs – unplug items when you are not using them, replace halogen and fluorescent lighting with…, place Wi-Fi router in a more secluded spot, and keep your bedroom free of EMFs and unnecessary technology, which can disrupt your sleep anyway.
Other ways to counter the effects of EMFs –
- Eat a nutrient rich diet – think lots of green vegetables, nuts, and superfoods high in antioxidants.
- Try grounding or earthing – walking barefoot in the grass, on the beach, or simply allowing your bare feet to make contact with the earth and/or ground.
The bottom line is EMFs are everywhere and are unavoidable, so it means to be aware and mindful as to how we can reduce exposure, reduce risks associated with them, and exercise caution when possible.