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Can going green improve your health?

Posted Apr 21 2010 7:27am

Health and global warming

A series of recent medical researches has shown that reducing our carbon footprint not only helps preventing sanitary catastrophe, but also to improve our general health.

We often hear the urgency of slowing the climate change addressed to our governments to prevent the spread of diseases during a natural catastrophe, the problem of desertification, the pathogen agents climbing farther north, the increased risks of malnutrition, etc.

Less research has been made concerning the beneficial effects on health of a drastic change in our modern lifestyle to achieve a cleaner, more natural lifestyle.  Because by going green and reducing our carbon footprint, we not only help the planet itself, but our own human health.

Fireplace and fire stove pollution

In India, pollution induced by fire stoves results in respiratory system infections in children, and cardiac chronic diseases in adults. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, created a plan to replace 150 millions of fire stoves by greener and more efficient ones on a ten years span. This program could save 240 000 children under 5 years old of premature death, and preserve the life of 2 millions of adults in India.

Healthier eating habits for a reduced carbon footprint

Eating less meat could result in less cattle breeding, which is one if the worst food source regarding environment.  And since it has been shown in recent research that people following a standard American diet would benefit from eating less meat, eating vegetarian/vegan meals even only once a week, could make a important impact one health and environment.

Greenest transportation methods to boost exercise

Whenever it’s possible, choosing to walk or to ride your bike instead of taking the car not only make a tremendous difference in your carbon footprint, but it’s also an excellent way to incorporate more exercise in your life.  And we often focus more on healthy eating than we do on exercise, but both are crucial for a healthy, natural lifestyle.

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