Can you believe how fast 2021 went by? And now we are retiring the 2021/2022 winter season! So, that being said, spring is once again right around the corner or even here already (fingers crossed). I am so looking forward to preparing my tiny condo-sized garden with fresh organic soil, weeding, re-arranging the garden beds a bit, and learning how and what to plant in my new vertical planting contraption that I decided to try out this year. Does it sound like I’m going overboard? You betcha!!! But I’m loving it. There’s something special about putting your hands in the dirt, feeling the earth, and putting in plants which will produce beautiful flowers and delicious, healthy fruits veggies. Yum!
Okay, enough of that! When we say spring cleaning, we usually mean giving our homes a thorough deep cleaning. That’s always a good thing, although I like to keep my place clean ongoing since deep cleaning is lots easier that way. Plus, I painfully realized over the years that it’s so much easier to pick up after myself – that way cleaning is a breeze … almost. (Do you get the idea I don’t really like to clean? But I do like to live in a clean place.)
Since we’re living in this time of a “pandemic,” spring cleaning can be considered even more important than simply decluttering and overall cleaning. Some advantages of cleaning and organizing the area you spend most of your time in – and most of us are doing more of that these days – are that it helps keep your immune system strong and can help put you in a good mood. This can help you focus better and enhance your times of reflecting on life in general.
We know that plants start blooming soon as springtime is almost here, and that means seasonal allergies for many of us. A clean house helps you breathe better and help prevent more serious respiratory system. Getting rid of dust, mold, mildew, pet dancer, etc. help in this regard. Pollutants like these can amass during the winter months, so it’s a great idea to clean them out. This can help put less stress on your immune system and give you more fighting power for other health challenges.
Our moods can improve by keeping our environment in good operating condition. Many people (although not everyone) get a good mood boost from this spring cleaning process. Spring is an environmental time of renewal and maybe that’s why it feels so good to do this at this time of year, helping our inner sense of renewal. With a clean a tidy physical environment, it’s easier to focus and get things done.
We’re living in a time of unprecedented electromagnetic radiation, and 5G uses higher frequencies than other wireless networks which is great because it is faster and more efficient. So, these frequencies create electromagnetic fields (EMF), which may have negative health effects. Although we are still researching this, we know that tissue heating can occur with effects that need to be studied more deeply and over time. There has been some research on how mobile phone use affects cognitive function, and in one study, being on the phone for at least 90 minutes a day was associated with attention problems…as if we need more of that! And of course, EMFs can possibly be carcinogenic to people, according to 30 scientists who researched from 14 different countries. 5G may also be linked to animal damage as well, which makes sense since they are so similar in so many ways to humans.
Let’s find out how to give ourselves better protection from these EMFs using nutrition and supplements. Increasing numbers of studies are being conducted on this topic every year. Some symptoms of EMF exposure are fatigue, depression, sleep issues, weight gain, thyroid issues, blood pressure issues, fertility problems, headaches, nausea, anxiety – and more!
Magnesium is something that needs to be in greater supply inside our bodies! Most of us run low on this all important mineral. Magnesium can be found in legumes, nuts, dark chocolate (over 70% cacao), and other leafy green veggies. It can be found in supplement form as well – make sure you purchase one which has good absorbability, and if you muscle-test, even better – you can tell which brand your body likes more!
Since EMF exposure is responsible for lipid peroxidation (free radicals steal electrons from lipids in cell membranes), and long-term exposure can increase this bad process especially in the brain, you may be helped by taking zinc. Again, choose a more absorbable one and get muscle-tested! You can find zinc in pumpkin seeds, turkey, lentils, cashews, seafood like oysters and crab, and grass-fed beef.
Kombucha tea, a fizzy fermented drink made from green and black tea, naturally contains a type of gut-friendly bacteria called lactobacillus, and this helps reduce adverse effects of EMFs.
Glutathione, the master antioxidant, is a molecule found in all human tissue. It plays a critical role in detoxification. So, keeping up all antioxidant levels up helps in this battle against the adverse effects of EMFs. Some foods containing glutathione are onions, garlic, cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and cabbage. If you take selenium with glutathione, it helps to build more.
Are you getting the idea that having a healthy, balanced diet, going low on the unhealthy fast foods (you can always make or buy them in a healthy form), goes a long way to fighting internally, helping to make you healthier and feel in a better mood, think better, make better behavioral choices, etc.? Yes – I know – I keep harping on this but it’s really the best way to be living your life, maintaining your inner garden, like the all-important gut which feeds the rest of your body! What you do for the inside of your body helps everything you do on the outside.
This is perhaps one of the most opportune times of the year to start on spring cleaning both of your external living environment as well as your internal one. Together they are stronger, leading to a happier, healthier you. And don’t forget to include healthy, healing movement as part of your spring cleaning efforts. You may end up feeling so good that you want to celebrate. Hey, how about a spring cleaning jamboree?
As always, please have a happy, holistically healthy day!
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