I am very aware of environmental pollution and how it's more of a challenge to live in a clean environment nowadays. Everything from the air we breath, to the water we drink and wash in, to the soil where our food is grown is more polluted than it's ever been.
But what if you are unwittingly making your very own home toxic?
Taking A Closer Look At 6 Toxic Products
You Very Likely Have In Your Home...
Over the next few days, I’m going to send some more, powerful emails exploring why I never bring any of these 6 items into my home - and why my clients don’t any more either - and I’ll give you my favourite healthy alternatives.
Some of these items might seem quite random and quite harmless to you, but many contain substances which have not been tested for safety, so we're going to dig deeper into the health consequences of having them in your home, and after this week you may think twice about buying them again too.
Energy saving light bulbs come in 2 forms: Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), both of which are well known for saving money. In fact energy efficiency increases by 90% to 95% compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.
But there is a huge part of the puzzle we’ve not been told.
Just as once upon a time the Government pointed us all towards buying ‘healthier for the environment’ diesel engines, (which we now discover are anything but and have had a cost to our own health) we are now being pointed (driven in fact) towards these new bulbs, again for the environment's sake, and once again we’re ignoring the massive impact they're having on our biological health.
Traditional incandescent light bulbs may use far more energy, but the energy is not ‘wasted’ as the extra wavelengths of light energy you get, (rather than the narrow band you get with LED’s) contribute massively to your health.
Light is such an important misunderstood part of the equation for energy production in the body. Exposure to good quality light with a broad spectrum of wavelengths is of vital importance to our health.
As a trained nutritionist this fact really surprised me...
Only one third of your body’s energy supply comes from food, the remaining two thirds comes from light exposure.
7 Reasons To Reconsider CFL & LED Light Bulbs
- They affect your hormone levels - Exposure to the blue light they give off reduces the melatonin production in the pineal gland, a vital hormone and gland that regulates our natural biorhythms.
- They affect your sleep & night-time repair - The melatonin reduction they cause not only deregulates your sleep but also affects eye re-generation at night too.
- Eye health & sight loss prevention - They contribute to age related macular degeneration, known to be the leading cause of blindness in adults, which is heading towards epidemic levels in the western world. One in five people in the UK aged 75 and over are living with sight loss, (a total of 2 million people) in the UK all together suffer the same problem.
- Energy production - Optical molecules are only able to receive the necessary healthy light emitting waves from wider spectrum incandescent bulbs, without which the body’s energy production is severely impaired.
- Build up of toxicity in the body - They impair the liver’s ability to help the body detox causing high risk of chronic illness.
- Stress & ageing - Their unnatural blue light causes oxidative stress in the body. In other words the body has to work A LOT harder to repair itself. The resulting poor mitochondrial (energy) production is directly linked to ageing of the body.
- Healthy metabolic rate - Your body’s ability to maintain a healthy temperature (around 36 to 37 degrees celsius) and have a good metabolism, is directly affected by the range of light wavelengths you are exposed to. Both sunlight and incandescent bulbs do this job very well, but energy saving bulbs do not.
6 Tips That Can Make An Immediate Difference To Your Health
- Swap to incandescent clear transparent bulbs or halogens (not the white coated bulb variety).
- As the sun goes down try and keep lights low and/or to a minimum in your home.
- Computer screens, tablets, phones e-readers are almost all LED based, so keep them to a minimum late in the day.
- Wear ‘blue light blocker’ glasses when the dusk arrives, especially when using electronic devices.
- Get yourself a blue light filter screen for your electronic devices
- Check your newer electronic devices for the built in 'warmer light' filter for sunset to sunrise. On MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 it can be found under 'System Preferences', 'Displays' and then the 'Night Shift' tab. On Windows 10 it can be found under 'All Settings', 'System' and then 'Display'.
There is no better time to make these simple changes with the clocks changing here in the UK at the end of this month and the longer, darker evenings ahead.