Living Green and Staying Healthy: Sustainability for You and the Environment

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These days, there’s no shortage of advice on how to make your lifestyle more green. In recent years, as concerns about environmental sustainability have grown, you might have heeded the calls to switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs, start recycling more often, or buy a car that gets better gas mileage. At this point, you might be thinking that there isn’t much more you can do–but you may want to consider some of the unique ways that you can integrate green living with your health and wellness goals. Read on for more strategies that simultaneously support your desire to live green while also staying healthy.


Walking and Biking to Get Around


Taking the time to walk or bike to your destination is one of the most common recommendations for reducing your carbon footprint. While it is true that walking or biking to work can seem like a hassle at first, it has both environmental and health benefits. Therefore, you may want to take advantage of the good summer weather to start making it a habit.


Of course, whenever you add a significant bike ride or walk to your daily routine, you have to be particularly careful to monitor its overall impact on your body so that you avoid muscle strains, stress fractures, and other overuse injuries. A regular massage or chiropractic adjustment can help you stay true to your commitment by keeping the pain away. However, if you find that your feet are really hurting from your daily walk to work, you may want to consider custom orthotics, which can help with inherent foot problems like pronation. That way, you won’t find yourself returning to your driving commute because of injury.


Assessing Injury with Computed Radiography


Still there, are always times in your life when you find yourself injured, no matter what precautions you take. When it comes to evaluating bony injuries like stress fractures, most doctors rely on traditional x-rays. However, improvements in medical technology have led to the development of an advanced digital x-ray alternative: computed radiography (CR). Not only does this technology expose the patient to less than half the radiation that a regular x-ray does, but it is also better for the environment. Because the CR imaging technique is entirely digital, there are no chemicals or films for the doctor to dispose of after evaluating your injury, which means less overall material waste. Therefore, if you want to support sustainability in healthcare, think about getting treatment from a provider who uses CR instead of a traditional x-ray.


Staying Hydrated Without a Plastic Water Bottle


During the hot Atlanta summer, it is essential to stay hydrated, so if you want to reduce water usage, you can consider watering your lawn less often, but don’t skimp on the amount of water you’re putting in your body! As we discussed in an earlier post, most experts recommend that the baseline number of ounces you drink per day should be equal to about half your body weight in pounds — and you should be drinking if you’re exercising regularly and losing lots of water when you sweat. What you can do to be more environmentally friendly about your water intake is to avoid bottled water. If you’re concerned about the water quality of your tap water, find a high-quality water filter. A good filter can make your water taste better, which can help motivate you to drink all the water you need!

Reducing Your Food Waste with Better Meal Planning


Another way to reduce the waste you generate when taking care of your health is to embrace smarter meal planning strategies. Often, when you change your diet to support your health and wellness goals, you end up throwing away a lot of food. For instance, you might find a healthy recipe online, only to realize that the recipe produced more than you need (or can store in your fridge or freezer)–and you end up throwing some away. Similarly, when you order a meal at a restaurant, you may end up eating only a small part of it, and it may not keep well in your fridge, so the doggie bag ends up in your trash can. As an environmentally-conscious consumer, these types of experiences can make you feel bad about the consequences of your health-focused meal plan. If that’s the case for you, consider seeking advice from a nutritional counselor like a chiropractor. Nutritional counseling can help you get a better handle on portion sizing, making it easier to avoid unnecessary food waste.


Choosing More Meat-Free Protein Sources


Raising animals for meat is a highly energy-intensive process, so you may be interested in going meatless at some of your meals–even if you’re not ready to become a full vegetarian. However, you may also be concerned about how this will impact your protein intake, since getting enough protein is essential for maintaining optimal health–whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, optimize your athletic performance, or just stay energized throughout the day. One way to cut out some of the meat you eat while still ensuring you’re getting enough protein is to add a functional food that contains whey protein to your diet a few times a week. That way, you’ll lower your carbon footprint without having to make concessions in your diet.


Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness is committed to help you maintain your health, even as you strive to make your lifestyle more green. Contact us today for more information about all of our products and services!

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