“It’s the whole being, we are considering
the whole person in their environment”
– Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP
Nowadays, we hear all about the environment, especially how, by being more conscious and mindful of our actions, we can better the overall health of our planet. However, what is uncommon to hear, is how our environment’s health affects our own personal health as well.
By taking care of Mother Earth, we take care of ourselves too. This is the message we wish to convey.
What happens to the environment affects us too
Being mindful of our actions towards the environment and, as a result, bettering our personal health as well.
Environment can be considered a broad word, commonly seen adjacent to words like “green” or “zero waste”.
All being words that convey a mindfulness with regards to the actions we take on a daily basis.
Being more inclined towards zero waste or becoming green, does not mean that, from one day to the next, we do not have one single kilogram of waste.
Taking care of our environment should become with a concept of taking care of our being as well.
Being mindful with the emissions we cause or the waste we produce starts from switching our mentality towards a healthier planet and a healthier self.
Making them march side by side.
Creating a relationship between our health and the environment’s health as well.
By reducing the harmful chemicals and substances released in our atmosphere, we clean the air we breathe in every single day.
Breathing in air that is not pure may go unnoticed to the naked eye. However, it is not unnoticed by our wellbeing and the health state we embody.
Maintaining a greener mentality can be hard!
Being mindful of our actions towards the planet does not mean we beat ourselves down if we fall down the horse or wish we could be doing more.
We do as much as we can, and no one should tell us otherwise.
Only the idea and the small actions we do everyday to better the environment and lives around us can have a major impact on our health.
By making sure that the environment around us is taken good care of, we can also look within ourselves and start taking care of ourselves too.
It can be difficult sometimes to not put a lot of pressure on ourselves. However, just the action of beginning something new and trying the best we can, is enough.
No matter the result.
The action and the concept of having tried the best possible is enough.
On topic such as a greener planet, a single individual cannot put too much pressure on her/himself.
It is a cumulative task, one that everyone should take apart on.
For the environment’s health, our personal health and the one of generations to come.
Nowadays, during the current pandemic we are living in, it can be simple to add pressure on ourselves for the goals we have not achieved yet. However, maintaining a greener mentality does not mean that, if one thing is done incorrectly or is overlooked, we destroy ourselves and think we are failures towards Earth’s health and our own.
We need to be aware of the fact that, nothing changes our mentality except ourselves.
If we believe that we are still trying our best, despite today’s struggles and pressures put on ourselves from outside sources, that is enough.
You don’t have to take our word for it…
This study by the WHO shows the correlation between greener spaces and the affects on personal health.
We believe that, like the WHO has mentioned, a “green space” can better the overall health of the individual, not only of the environment around us.
It can even better one’s immune system and improve the expression of anti-cancer proteins.
A ‘natural’ conclusion
While it may be easy, at times, to understand the benefits of exposure to the sun, the terpenes (molecules produced by trees) of nature or iodine from the sea..
.. it can be more difficult to understand how even the sight of a simple natural landscape can be an important positive factor for our life and for our health. The positive effects exerted by nature on human health, in this sense, take the name of biophilia: literally “love for nature”.
Just like in love, in fact, effective even if exercised at a distance..
.. contact with the natural environment that surrounds us can have important positive effects on us: the effects become more marked with the fading of the distance that separates us from the world of nature.
Hence, the practice of grounding, based on getting in direct contact with the natural environment, without any intervening means.
In fact, some studies have shown that, by connecting one’s bed with the ground (through an earth connection), it is possible to detect beneficial effects on human health such as an improvement in sleep, a decrease in cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and a regularization of the natural production rate of some hormones.
“Reducing harmful emissions, abating our dependence on foreign oil and developing alternative renewable energy sources
have benefits that go beyond environmental health, they improve personal health […]”
– Jim Clyburn
Obviously, the studies in this regard are still in their infancy, and it is too early to be able to talk about unquestionable scientific truths. Nonetheless, we would like to reiterate the importance of spending time in contact with nature and the need to be aware of its presence and the interconnection that inexorably binds us to the environment around us.