Electromagnetic frequency (EMF) exposure can affect your health if left unchecked and unaddressed. Here are some solutions to minimize exposure, increase your awareness and create a healthier living space.
What are EMFs?
EMFs or electromagnetic frequencies are essentially electric and magnetic fields that radiate energy. The sun gives out EMFs as do power lines. Many appliances and systems that use electricity also emit EMFs. Low level EMF exposure is not believed to be dangerous and common in microwaves, cell phones, X-rays, MRIs, power lines and more. EMF exposure decreases as the distance between you and the object emitting EMF increases.
Today as high as 87 percent of the world’s population uses electricity daily and this number is expected to go up significantly in the near future, according to the World Bank.
What are Sources of EMF Exposure?
You can be exposed to electromagnetic field exposure daily through:
- Electric fields, which include anything electric that has a voltage. This includes the electrical outlets in your home, appliances, cell phones, WiFi and equipment.
- Magnetic fields, which include anything with an electric motor, such as refrigerators, power meters and even hair dryers.
Insufficient Research Has Led to No Action
There has not been sufficient research about the effects of prolonged low-level EMF exposure on human beings. Without sufficient research and supporting data, no government, national or international measures have been taken to address the growing exposure to EMFs through more electric-powered devices.
However, constant exposure is believed to be potentially carcinogenic to humans, according to 2011 research by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The IARC labeled magnetic radiation as a class 3 carcinogen. EMFs can layer upon each other and create toxic radiation
How Can EMF’s Impact Our Health?
Electrical devices produce frequencies that communicate with the electrons and atoms within our cellular structures. This can cause disruptions in the body chemistry.
Research conducted about EMF exposure has revealed that EMFs can reduce the pineal glands production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone necessary for sleep that also has the powerful ability to suppress cancer cells.
Sensitivity to EMF exposure can vary but symptoms include fatigue, poor sleep and a lower ability to handle stress than previously. Long-term exposure can result in foggy brain and has been linked to conditions ranging from chronic fatigue to mitochondrial issues, poor neurological health, anxiety and ADHD.
How Can You Reduce Your EMF Exposure?
Ideally when you use your laptop, put a little barrier between you and the device so that it is not touching your lap directly. You could use a pad or a pillow barrier or use your laptop on a desk.
Keep your cell phone away from your head. This can be initially a hard habit to change but you can plug in your headphones or use the phone speaker so you avoid holding it right up to your ear constantly. The National Toxicology Program discovered an increase in brain cancer from overexposure to cell phones. There has not yet been enough research about the long-term effects of cell phone usage. This will change in the years to come, but in the meantime, you can take some simple precautionary measures to minimize EMF exposure.
Keeping your cell phone, laptop, tablet and related devices at a distance from you when you sleep is paramount. Far too many people fall asleep with their cell phones next to their head. If you must have your cell phone nearby, put it in Airplane Mode and rely on your old-fashioned alarm clock to get you up in the morning instead. Aim to keep all the other devices out of your bedroom.
Unplug devices in your bedroom and move them to another part of your house, condo or apartment. At minimum aim to keep plugs 6-8 feet away from your bed. You can use power strips as well. You will discover that as you remove electrical devices from your bedroom space, you will sleep more soundly, wake up less frequently and have less anxiety, brain fog and reduced stress.
Minimize daily use of your blow dryer as a standard hair dryer can emit roughly 40 milligauss to 20,000 milligauss (mG) in EMFs, which is a lot considering that a microwave emits 100-500 milligauss (mG) in EMFs. Air dry your hair several times a week.
Smart meters are all the rage in many households today because they automatically record electrical energy usage for monitoring and proper billing. However, many people have also complained about the effects of smart meters such as dizzy spells, fatigue, ear ringing, anxiety, heart palpitations and disrupted sleep. You can request that your power company replace your smart meter with the prior analog meter that works well and does not emit any EMFs.
For a frame of reference, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you limit your exposure to 0.5 mG to 2.5 mG. For example, when you are three feet away from a microwave, you are exposed to up to 25 mG.
Based on their research cleaning the air in space stations, NASA researchers suggest having 15-18 plants per 1800 square foot house, condo or apartment to clear out the air. Plants absorb toxins through their leaves and can filter the air in your home naturally. Examples include peace lily, chrysanthemum, cactus and aloe. Cactus is known to reduce computer radiation and indoor pollution, absorbing EMFs along the way. Aloe is used medicinally for healing, minimizing scars and inflammation, detoxification and digestive health, but also is very helpful in reducing radiation and EMFs. If you do not have the space for larger houseplants, you can also create a living wall of plants.
Salt lamps ionize the atmosphere, neutralizing EMF radiation. You can place salt lamps anywhere in your home. Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants also helps in lowering the effects of EMF exposure. Finally, spending time in nature can help you renew naturally.
By minimizing EMF exposure in your home, being aware of what creates EMFs and creating healthy sleeping spaces in your bedrooms, you can protect and improve your health and the health of your loved ones without giving up the devices and conveniences you have grown accustomed to.
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