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7 Ways to be Eco Friendly to Yourself

7 Ways to be Eco Friendly to Yourself
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When you look in the mirror, do you see an entity who is entirely separate from the earth? One who relies on Earth's soil, food, water and air to survive, but does not see yourself as actually part of those things?

If you think about it for a moment, you'd realize that you and the earth are exactly the same. Every part of yourself is made up of what Earth is made of. Every element in your body that is crucial to your existence—including oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorous—you derived from the Earth's biosphere.

We eat the plants who, in their photosynthesis process, "ate" sun particles to sustain their lives. Every other life form undertakes some form of this symbiotic process. From trees and plants to animals and oceans, we are always using all of Earth's elements to form and transform our physical, and metaphysical, body.

When you think of it this way, you can see that your body's ecology, or inner environment, really is a miniature replication of planet Earth.

Ecology is the study of the relationships and interactions between organisms and their environment. How's your relationship with your natural environment? The health of your body reflects the health of the planet. Are you supporting your health and well being, or are you creating imbalance, stress and disease out of anxiety for what's happening on the planet?

You can turn the tides by starting with your inner ecology. You can stop dumping toxic waste into your personal habitat and rebuild a vibrant, healthy ecosystem.

Here are seven ways for you to clear up a cloudy, polluted inner environment into a clear bright mirror of a healthy Mother Earth.

Get Your Microbes on Track

Flourish with friendly flora.

We can never rid our bodies entirely of bacteria. In fact, we would never want to. Instead, the goal is to keep ourselves flourishing with friendly, healthy microbes who can do their job of keeping everything in balance.

Beneficial microbes communicate with our immune cells in the same way that an infectious, pathogenic bug would. Good gut bacteria also reduce inflammation, aid digestion and fight infection. You can get these friendly bugs from fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, pickled ginger, kefir and yogurt.

Soil depends on microbes such as fungus and worms to keep itself healthy, and so do we. Once you're well supplied with good bacteria, it's easy to keep an alert immune system and all systems go.

Try a Detox Diet

Give your interior waterways and highways a chance to clear up.

There are several ways you can detoxify your system. You can go on a diet of detoxifying foods. Liver friendly and lymph-clearing foods such as artichoke and beets help boost your energy, while lemons are rich in Vitamin C and enzymes to help build your immune system and aid metabolism.

You can also detox in your sleep with the herbal foot patch. You just tape it to the soles of your feet and let its potent drawing herbs work with your reflexology points to easily and effectively draw toxins from your body through the soles of your feet!

Of course, a phytonutrient-rich diet, plenty of water, and regular sleep and exercise will mean less toxin buildup in the first place, and hopefully, less reliance on doctors or drugs down the road.

Go Organic, Like Nature Intended

Feed your body food and substances it recognizes, straight from nature.The pesticides we spray on foods or dyes we add to seafood to make them look healthier and more appetizing are the same chemicals that can ruin our health. Our bodies cannot process inorganic compounds or heavy metals. Instead, these substances are stored in our fat cells and muscle tissues. Over time, toxins can build up to the point of illness or chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis.

Check Your Chemistry

Just as a pond or pool needs the proper pH level—not too alkaline, not too acidic—to keep from clouding with pollution, so does your body. A proper pH keeps body fluids such as blood, water and lymph running clear. It also allows for clearer communication between cells. You can balance your pH by eating less acid producing food such as meats and grains and eating more alkalizing foods such as fresh leafy vegetables and fruits. Drinking a shot of raw apple cider vinegar or a quarter teaspoon baking soda mixed in water each day is also helpful.

Practice Good Hygiene

Just as Earth clears herself with rain and wind and seasonal cycles, you too can attend to your body's natural cycles. Simple daily practices like bathing and hand-washing, skin brushing to move lymph along, eating lots of fiber to aid in healthy bowel movements, going outdoors for a breath of fresh air, drinking plain water, and regular exercise help keep you vibrant and healthy.

Clear Your Mind

Good mental hygiene begins with gratitude and looking on the positive side of things. Send good and positive messages to yourself. When you look out at the natural world, thank Mother Nature for providing that landscape, or tree, or river. Then reaffirm for yourself that they are a mirror of your natural inner beauty.

Build a Solar Body

Harness the natural healing power of the sun with a Solar Body. Just as the sun supports all of life on Earth, Solar Body exercises and meditation can energize and support your inner environment. Imagine yourself as the embodiment of the sun's life force, giving your inner healer a cozy environment to thrive in.

Once you've developed some healthier, kinder habits for your habitat, it will naturally spill over into a new way seeing and loving ourselves on the planet we all call home.

The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychological condition.

Written by Kim Alyce Steffgen
With a background in journalism and marketing communications, Kim's wordsmithing reflects a love of language that brings spice to many ads, articles, banners, and videos. To that spice she adds her passion for herbs, plants and alternative health.
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