Did you know that our technology driven lives, and all those electrical labour saving devices that are suppose to make life easily and therefore less tiring, could in fact be stealing your energy and affecting your health?
Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) emitted by mobile phones, wireless networks, laptops & tablets, electrical equipment, overhead power cables and nearby phone masts can all be detrimental.
So what is eSmog?
Well as noted above electronic smog, or eSmog as it is more commonly know, is the accumulation of electromagnetic fields emitted by electrical appliances, wiring, mobile phones, cordless phones, wireless networks and computers, for example. Described as smog, these fields create a blanket effect around us which, if visible, would look like a fog over almost everything, with particularly dense patches around the key sources as identified above.
Like chemicals on our environment the presence of eSmog impacts on your energy levels and your overall health. An increasing number of medical conditions, for example, such as Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Fatigue, for instance, are beginning to be attributed to electromagnetic exposure.
So how does eSmog make you tired and sick?
The strong and weak electromagnetic fields emitted from any electrical or electronic equipment will interact with and affect the body’s own weak electromagnetic fields, therefore interfering with the natural balance and processes within the body. As such the cells of the body become disordered and incoherent, cell membranes become more porous allowing increased amounts of toxins in whilst the electromagnetic fields can lead to break up of key molecules in the body. As your system struggles to deal with this disturbance it uses vital energy leading to tiredness, exhaustion and ill health.
As a result addressing the impact of eSmog is a key part of regaining your energy levels and improving your health.
For more information about eSmog read ‘The Facts You Should Know About eSmog And Your Health’.
Completing An Energy Clean Up
The levels of eSmog in our environment are increasing rapidly as more and more technology becomes an everyday part of our lives. Avoiding the effects of EMFs is therefore almost impossible, and as technology forms such a huge part of day to day life not interacting with it at all can leave you very isolated from society which in itself is not good for your health. However there is always something you can do! Dealing with eSmog is all about limiting your exposure as much as possible and taking protective measures when you can’t avoid contact.
The best place to start in order to improve your health is your home. This is one area where you spend a significant part of your day, and over which you have some control as to what is present and how it’s used!
Firstly you need to carry out an audit of your home environment for potential sources of EMFs.
Take a look at the worksheet and make a note of those eSmog sources you have in your home.
Protecting yourself against eSmog can be relatively straightforward – it’s simply a matter of being aware of the sources then making some simple changes to how you use the technology. Some ideas for preventative measures are noted above but essentially you need to do one (or more) of the following:
- Try and move sources of eSmog away from areas where you spend a lot of your time, e.g. where you sleep, where you sit to watch tell television or do a hobby, where you work, or where children play. You are aiming for about a 3-4 metre radius around you which is as free from eSmog sources as possible. Do remember what may be above, behind or below you as EMFs are not stopped by walls, floors and ceilings!
- Switch off sources of eSmog when not in use and, if possible, unplug them. Even electrical equipment that is switched off but still plugged in will emit harmful frequencies.
- If a piece of technology or electrical equipment can be charged try, wherever possible, to charge it away from you and use it off battery. You will have some impact from EMFs whilst using it off battery but charging at the same time doubles the disturbance. Never charge anything in your bedroom whist you are asleep.
- Where sources of eSmog cannot be moved or switched off consider some sort of shielding. Whilst not a complete protection from EMFs these devices do reduce its impact on your body’s delicate energy balance. These are especially useful for mobile phones, computers, wireless routers and tablets.
Look at the list of eSmog sources that are in your home as you identified on your worksheet For each one consider which of these preventative measures you can take and make a note.
Now work your way through implementing them. To avoid overwhelm tackle one room at a time.
Hint: start with your bedroom as this is where you spend the greatest part of your day!
If you do nothing else with regards to eSmog then do stop using electric blankets, cordless phones and wireless baby monitors immediately. These are the most disturbing sources of eSmog that you can have in your home!
A Chemical Clean Up
Whilst tiredness is often put down to our overall health, lifestyles and diet, many people who suffer from a lack of energy are in fact toxic, overloaded by environmental pollution, chemicals and other toxins which lurk in our homes and the products that we use on a daily basis.
Over the last 50 years we have become exposed to a dramatically increasing cocktail of different chemicals. Our lives are full of them from the furniture, paint and carpets we use to enhance our personal space to the products we use to clean our homes and ourselves – a problem that is only made worse by the drive to greater energy efficiency which leads us to ‘seal’ our homes and offices to keep the warmth in but which also prevents these toxins from escaping.
Our bodies are designed to deal with toxins however the mechanisms it uses are complex and delicately balanced. Over exposure to chemicals and toxins, which is more and more likely in modern day life, overwhelms that balance leaving the body unable to cope. Unwanted substances are left to roam free in your body robbing your system of vital energy and leaving you with ever growing levels of deliberating tiredness, tiredness which in itself affects how well the body can detox resulting in a vicious circle of decreasing energy levels, increasing toxins and deteriorating health.
As such a key aspect of regaining your energy levels, wellbeing and general feeling of fabulousness is to carry out a chemical clean up of your environment.
So download your action sheet and follow the directions below to complete your chemical clean up.
Your Chemical Clean Up
Take a look at the 5 key sources of chemicals and toxic overload affecting our lives listed on your action sheet. Which ones could you be exposed to? Make a note of your potential sources.
Now look at the possible remedies to reduce your chemical exposure from these listed below. Which could you implement? Make a note on your action sheet.
Household Cleaning Products, cosmetics and personal hygiene products –
• Use Natural based products as much as possible. Many supermarkets now stock chemical free or anti allergic based cleaning products whilst independent health food stores and chemists also stock products together with natural based cosmetics and personal hygiene products.
• Investigate some of the old fashioned cleaning techniques. There are many uses of Bicarbonate Of Soda, for instance, that are as effective as modern cleaning products and much kinder to you.
• Try making your own soap, face products and bathing products using natural ingredients. This has become increasingly popular in recent years as awareness of the damaging nature of chemicals has risen. There are many courses, books and websites providing information and showing you how to do this. Neal’s Yard, for instance, have produced a lovely book on this subject with many of their ‘recipes’ well worth a try.
Artificial air fresheners
Replace these chemical based products with a more natural alternative. Essential oils are ideal. See the Additional Help section for ideas on how to use essential oils and ones that are particularly useful for boosting energy and overcoming tiredness.
Furnishings, carpets and paints
• Replace furnishings with healthier alternatives. Choose materials such as cotton or wool, and sourced from organic and untreated is possible.
• Choose paint that is VOC free.
• Consider alternative floor coverings such as wood.
• Open you Windows!
Completing Your Chemical Clean Up
Now you have some ideas to action. Pick one or two of the areas of potential chemical overload, and look at your notes as to how you could address them. Now commit to taking action.
Gradually work your way through all the areas you identified as problematic for you to complete your chemical clean up. Revisit this exercise on a regular basis to ensure your environment continues to remain ‘clean’ and supporting your health.