Green Living Can Also Be Good For Your Health: Three Tips for Being Green and Healthy

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Green living is being embraced by increasing numbers of people. Saving energy at home, using less gasoline, conserving fresh water and recycling paper, plastic and glass products all contribute to a greener lifestyle and a lower carbon footprint.

But there is another reason for going green: green living is also healthy.

Here are three tips for living a green and healthy lifestyle.

1. Start an organic garden at home. In addition to some exercise, gardening offers health benefits by allowing you to make sure that your homegrown fruit and vegetables are chemical and toxin free. And by growing some of your food at home, you reduce pollution and save fuel by not having that food shipped to you from across the country, or even from half way around the world. You also avoid the expense and pollution resulting from driving your car to a local store to buy it.

2. Make sure your television and other electronics are plugged into switchable power strips, and switch them off. The amount of electricity lost each year due to the vampire energy drain of most electronics is shocking. Your television uses more power when turned off than when turned on over its lifetime due to the vampire energy used to keep it constantly warmed up. Similarly, your computer, video game players, and chargers are all pulling a little bit of power, even when they are not in use. The health benefit will come if you further reduce your time spent sitting in front of those electronic devices. Spend time with your family and friends instead. Healthier relationships lead to a happier, less stressful life.

3. Eat less meat. Meat requires more water, land and energy to produce than vegetables. Eating less meat while increasing your intake of fresh vegetables is widely viewed by medical authorities as healthier for your heart.

Bonus Tip. Discover solar cooking. Whether you cook on an electric stove, gas range, gas grill or charcoal grill, traditional cooking consumes fossil fuel. Consider buying a solar cooker and swap out propane and charcoal grills for sustainable solar energy. Solar energy is carbon neutral and ultra clean.

Many green lifestyle choices are also healthier. By going green you can gain the benefit of a healthier life as you help the environment.

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