Health & Harmony of Mother Earth & Us

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.”

-The Dalai Lama

By Jion Sommer, Nutritionist, Reiki Master and Meditation Teacher, Owner, Living Proof Naturally

This month we celebrate Earth Day, and there is no better time to pause and think about how our daily decisions can impact Mother Nature. Making Earth-conscious choices helps the environment and also benefits your health.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day by improving our health and the health of the earth.

Here are a few things that you can do:

Bike or walk instead of driving: Now that spring is here let’s take the opportunity to get outdoors more by walking or biking to a nearby coffee shop or restaurant. This will cut back on emissions, which is better for the Earth, and help you burn extra calories, which is better for you!

Plant a garden: Why not plant some foods that you enjoy and grow them yourself. Growing herbs in a sunny window is so easy and delicious for seasoning your meals with vibrant flavors. Gardening is a great way for us to connect with the Earth, which is also a form of earthing (grounding).

Research shows a promising connection between earthing and measurable improvements in reducing anxiety or depression, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular disease, PTSD, pain and inflammation. It also shows great improvement of overall mental well-being.

Eat local produce: Head over to your local farmers market for delicious fresh and organic produce. It’s also a great way to connect with our community, see friends, get some fresh air, sunshine and happiness. Our food travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to our plates. Buying local produce (or growing your own) means your food will travel a shorter distance and you get to reduce pollution.

Go meatless on Mondays: Reducing the amount of meat you consume can help lower your risk for preventable diseases like cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. The effects on the environment can be huge.

If a four–person family skips meat one day a week for an entire year, it’s like taking your car off the road for almost three months, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Any day is a good day to start taking action to benefit your health and the health of Mother Earth.

May all Beings Benefit