EMF-Less your day
What is it, why we should be careful and what we can do to help reduce our exposure.
Let’s start with a bit of science. If you think it will make you sleepy then head straight to where we discuss what you can do about it!
So, Electric and magnetic fields are invisible areas of energy (also called radiation) that are produced by electricity, which is the movement of electrons, or current, through a wire.
Electric and magnetic fields together are referred to as electromagnetic fields, or EMFs. The electric and magnetic forces in EMFs are caused by electromagnetic radiation. There are two main categories of EMFs:
+ Higher-frequency EMFs, which include x-rays and gamma rays. These EMFs are in the ionizing radiation part of the electromagnetic spectrum and can damage DNA or cells directly.
+Low- to mid-frequency EMFs, which include static fields (electric or magnetic fields that do not vary with time), magnetic fields from electric power lines and appliances, radio waves, microwaves, infrared radiation, electric blankets, cell phones and visible light for example. These EMFs are in the non-ionizing radiation part of the electromagnetic spectrum and are said to not be known to damage DNA or cells directly.
So if non-ionizing radiation doesn’t damage the DNA or cells directly then it’s fine right?
We are exposed to low levels of non-ionizing radiation every day. Exposure to intense, direct amounts of non-ionizing radiation may result in damage to tissue due to heat but what exactly does define ‘intense’ and ‘direct’. If you imagine you’re in your home with the microwave turning, computer charging, wifi connected, radio talking, phone vibrating, smart meter counting…i could go on. Do we really know that the accumulation of all these devices is safe? -Let alone if we then go to an office workplace surrounded by technology for most of the day and then for those of us that live in apartment blocks-what about our neighbours?
There is evidence to show that non ionising EMF can effect the balance of electrolytes across the cell membrane such as calcium. When too much calcium enters the cell this has a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. The cell is less able to remove waste and toxins can build up in the cell which can lead to all sorts of illness and imbalances.
It is very difficult in the modern world that we live in to avoid it so we can focus on tools and practices that can help lower the potential risks and reduce our accumulative exposure.
Practices to reduce exposure:
+increase intake of magnesium rich foods and try and magnesium oil spray to help counteract the movement of calcium into the cell
+heat food using the stove instead of the microwave
+hold your phone further away from your head or put it on speaker when on calls
+try and keep your phone furtherest away from your body for the longest amount of time throughout the day
+use hot water bottles instead of electric blankets
+turn your wifi off when you don’t need it
+turn off mains switches that are rarely used until you use them
+put your phone on airplane mode when not in use such as when you sleep
+walk on the ground as much as possible, ideally barefoot to receive the benefits of the earth’s negative charge
+choose wired over wireless. Avoid wearables such as wireless watches, wireless sleep monitors, wireless headsets and fitness type devices.
+disable bluetooth devices when not needed
+use EMF blocking devices
It is worth looking up some more methods online if you are interested in how you can reduce your exposure further but my advice would be to not live in fear of it as without some drastic changes it is here to stay so we just need to be aware and try to reduce it where possible without becoming obsessive or worried about it too much!