These days there are so many innovative and amazing ways that you can move forward when it comes to having a green and healthy lifestyle. You know, the kind of lifestyle that would make Mother Nature proud. Of course, it’s totally normal if the massive list of both common sense and creative ideas for greening up your life overwhelms you if you let yourself take the time to stop to think about it. Because the list of suggestions and ideas are nearly endless, here’s a quick look at just a few innovative green methods that will get you started.
1. Get Your Rest
Sleep is also important for a healthy body and most of us don’t get enough of it. If this is you, try to get a minimum of 7 hours each night. Darken your room, make sure you have a good mattress, and if you really need to, try some Melatonin supplements. Melatonin occurs naturally in your body, but sometimes you need a boost to help your body relax enough to get to sleep.
2. Use the Tap Water
While there are certainly parts of the country in which tap water isn’t safe to drink like Flint, Michigan. So for the rest, the myth that bottled water is somehow better than what comes out of your tap is pretentious at best. When water is stored in plastic, it’s a more excessive waste of resources and a waste of time and money. Aim for a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses each day and, unless you’ve been advised otherwise, the water from your tap will work just fine.
3. Clean Your Body
Toxins are no better in your body than they are for the earth. For a green and healthy lifestyle, if you’ve made a habit of drinking or using drugs, find a place like Windward Way — or a rehabilitation and treatment center in your local area. All to get those toxins out of your body. You’re no good for the earth if you aren’t good to yourself.
4. Grow and Eat Your Veggies
Having a vegetable garden is good for both you and the earth. You can create an organic plot off land to grow your own herbs and veggies. Not only will they taste amazing and be loaded with nutrients but you’ll also save money at the grocery store.
5. Think Biodegradable and Clean
Good cleaning habits for your household are a step in the right direction. Even better, for a green and healthy lifestyle, use cleaners that are biodegradable. That’s as opposed to detergents that have excessive chemicals in them and are foul-smelling.
6. Don’t Buy or Dump Plastic
This is a simple rule. The next time you’re at the store, don’t use the plastic bags. Instead, plan ahead for the trip and bring your own reusable ones. If you don’t have any use for the plastic bags that are already stored in your home, find a local recycling center and turn them in so they can be put to some use. Also, many grocery stores have bins for collecting bags you no longer have use for.
7. Reduce the Time Your Clothes Wash
When it comes to washing clothes, always use detergents that are eco-friendly. Also, try running the washer only when you have a load large enough to fill the machine to reduce any wasted water and energy. Additionally, take advantage of sunny days by hanging your clothes out to dry, as opposed to running the dryer. If you must wash clothes without a full load, try washing those items by hand, which will also give you a nice workout.
Please note that the list you’ve just read isn’t in any particular order, but by carefully going over it, you’ll quickly be able to prioritize a few of the suggestions that will mesh well with your lifestyle and can be implemented as soon as possible.
The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from:
# Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions)
# Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman
# Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel
# Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky
# Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley
# Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke
# Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley
# Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea
# and more green living books to follow.