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  1. Making eco-conscious choices can be a barrier because they often require serious lifestyle modifications, and that makes it hard to stick with the environmentally friendly choice. Effortless choices are more likely to stick and become part of your lifestyle, routine and daily life. Try these four methods for making effortless environmentally friendly choices daily. Don't Believe Labels Buzzwords related to environmentally conscious choices are used in marketing and product design to get you to buy those organic-reusable bags, bleach-free paper products and countless other products you use on a daily basis. Labels are helpful for choosing eco-conscious products, but they don't always tell the full story. For example, organic cotton is often touted as a better choice over regular cotton, but that is hardly the case. What you aren't told is that organic cotton is one of the most environmentally damaging crops, and it's an especially finicky crop to grow and harvest. Processing organic cotton also uses just as much water as conventional cotton. It's not as eco-friendly as previously thought. Reduce Consumption Everyone gets hung up on recycling, but reducing consumption of new goods is often forgotten about. It's one of the easiest ways to make eco-conscious choices for sustainable living. Instead of buying a new reusable bag, search a thrift store for some or repurpose old t-shirts. Several little choices throughout the day or week can make the biggest impact. Choose Appliance Settings Carefully Appliances, including heating and cooling systems, drain energy on a regular basis. They're necessary to have, but they don't have to be a drain on the grid. Choose settings for your ducted air conditioning carefully in hotter months, and set heat temperatures wisely when it is colder. Take this a step further by doing some research on your home appliances to figure out what is most eco-conscious, and from there, it's effortless. Buy Only What You Need Buying only what is needed is critically important when it comes to food waste, but it also applies to everything else you buy. Bulk food is only a sustainable choice when that food will be consumed before it goes bad. Where it's permitted, taking your own containers to the grocery store can make this lifestyle change effortless. Looking at your choices through the lens of what is sustainable will make it easier for you to make better decisions about how you live. No one is perfect, but daily choices add up to benefit your local environment and beyond.
  2. Rather unfortunately for all of us, staying healthy involves a lot of factors we must take into account. However, good health also means lower risk of dangerous conditions like heart disease and cancers. Thus, striving for a good health, despite being sometimes tedious would eventually protect you in future. Here are some of the things you should do to maintain your physical and mental health. Eat healthier Your health depends to great extent on what you eat. Making healthy food choices and having overall well-balanced nutrition will help to prevent a good number of conditions and even cure some. Healthy meals would help if you have diabetes and heath condition. Staying fit also cannot be achieved without proper nutrition. Today we have many temptations when it comes to food choice, however, there are also many digital tools to assist you: mobile apps for grocery shopping, cooking, calorie counting, etc. Exercise on a regular basis A moderate amount of exercise is another essential component to a good health. Physical activity can prevent diabetes, strokes and even some types of cancer. It is also known to increase the level of endorphins, which helps to fight depression. People who exercise regularly get fewer traumas, have a lower risk of osteoporosis or blood pressure issues. Any amount of physical activity is better than none. Trying to be active from 30 to 60 minutes about 5 days a week would be enough to make you feel better and maintain a healthy weight. Shed excessive weight Being overweight increases the chances of health issues and is connected with severe conditions such as gallbladder disease, heart disease, some types of cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Excessive weight could also provoke arthritis in your spine, hips, and knees as these joints carry all the additional weight. Plus, each pound of extra fat requires a mile of blood vessels to feed it. Imagine the extra strain you put on your heart! Have safe sex Safe sex is good for your emotional and physical health. And the safest sex is the one be between two people who only have sex with each other. Using condoms will protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Be sure to talk to your doctor about STDs testing. Protect your skin Unregulated exposure to the sun often leads to skin cancer – the most common cancer in the United States. Limiting the time you spend outside in the sun is essential, especially if you live in the south. Wear hats and protective clothes if you are to stay outside for a long time, plus use a sunscreen all year around on your face and hands, as they are the most exposed. The sunscreen should be at least SPF 15 or more, and it should block both UVA and UVB rays. It is also advisable to ban the tanning booths from your life. Limit your alcohol intake Too much alcohol is damaging your liver, so limiting alcohol consume is as essential as balancing your meals and controlling weight. Men and women have slightly different daily norms – women should not have more than one drink a day (one drink equals about 1.5 ounces of liquor, 5 ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer). Alcohol abuse can cause liver and pancreas cancer. Quit smoking Smoking and other tobacco use are critically harmful to your health. Being the leading factor of obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, smoking often leads to lung cancer and heart disease. Given time, your body can neutralize the destruction caused by smoking, but the sooner you quit the better. Other things to consider Preventive care can detect and avert diseases before they start, so consulting doctors on a regular basis is important for keeping your health in check. Have regular appointments with your GP, dentist, and ophthalmologist. Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women, so you should make time for breast checkup as well. FYI, men can get breast cancer too, so everyone should stay cautious. Check your family history for breast cancer – any case in the past should be a reason for regular screening and mammograms. Having a list of medicines you are taking would be handy, as well as planning annual flu shot and other protective shots.
  3. Technology can significantly help you lead a healthy life. No kidding. The following 10 outstanding apps could become your faithful advisors in matters of healthy eating. How to pick healthy food in a store? How to control your nutrition intake? What diet will suit you most? These cool diet and nutrition trackers will give you answers to those questions and much more. So, let's get started! 1. Fooducate (Android, iOS; Free) Fooducate opens our list of the best nutrition apps. For most everyday customers, barcodes and labels of food products look like a real conundrum. No worries. With Fooducate, nutritional information will be easy to understand. How does it work? You open the app and see a letter grade from A to D accompanied by a brief summary of nutrition info. Healthy alternative suggestions are also here at your disposal. Additional features include calorie, intake, and exercise tracking. 2. Shopwell (Android, iOS; Free) Get ready to discover Shopwell, your mobile shopping assistant. In line with your nutritional needs, this barcode scanning app rates food products and grocery items. To use it, create a profile, choose a nutritional goal you are interested in (Athletic Training, Heart Disease, etc.) and indicate the dietary restrictions if any. Having obtained the necessary data, the app will offer you its custom healthy food suggestions. 3. My Diet Coach (Android, iOS; Free) The name speaks for itself. By using My Diet Coach, you will be able to acquire strong fitness and healthy nutrition habits as if you were trained by a real coach. How much weight do you want to lose? Set a specific goal and get motivational messages and helpful reminders along the way to help you achieve it. Don’t forget to keep a diet diary and use a calorie calculator. 4. Diet Point Weight Loss (Android, iOS; Free) Diet Point Weight Loss app will help you choose the weight loss program that perfectly suits your needs. You will get access to over 130 different diets in various categories, as well as receive succinct meal plans and readymade shopping lists. To avoid overeating, the app will notify you for the next mealtime. 5. Lose It! (Android, iOS; Free) Lose It! aims to help you lose weight. Specify your weight, height, and your desired weight. According to the data provided, the app will help you calculate a daily calorie budget. As simple as that. Barcode scanning, a vast database of food products, and exercise tracking option will make you unstoppable on your way to a slim body. 6. MyFitnessPal (Android, iOS, Windows Phone; Free) Forget about overeating with this smart MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counter app. Its database comprises over 2 million food products. Just pick and track those you are consuming by using a barcode scanner. A recipe calculator is also available to input custom creations making it easier to achieve your diet goal. 7. Calorie Counter by FatSecret (Android, iOS, Windows Phone; Free) Do you consider yourself a calorie-conscious dieter? If so, Calorie Counter by FatSecret is here for you. It offers a bunch of options like a food and training diary, a barcode scanner, a weight chart, as well as many food recipe ideas. Make your meal more versatile and healthy. Use the options mentioned above to make the process of losing weight both effective and exciting. 8. DietHero (iOS; $1.99) DietHero doesn’t force you to try new ingredients, some of which are not that easy to get. Instead, you work with food products you already have. You need to specify which food you like most and set a nutritional goal. Once you’ve done it, the app will generate a particular meal plan for you. In order not to get lost in a shop, you will be offered a custom shopping list of ingredients. Check your progress by using a weight log. 9. Calorie Counter Pro (Android, iOS; $3.99) MyNetDiary's Calorie Counter Pro is a true three-in-one. Firstly, it is a food scanner. It scans products' barcodes for their nutritional information. Secondly, it is a nutrition log with an option to input your meals and recipes. Finally, MyNetDiary's Calorie Counter Pro is an exercise tracker allowing you to enter over 500 physical activities. Indicate a number of calories burned, as well as time and distance passed. 10. Nutrino (iOS; $7.99/mo) With Nutrino app, you set your nutritional goal (building muscle, losing weight, etc.) and get a personalized meal plan to help you achieve it. If you are lactose-intolerant or gluten-free, simply specify it. The app will adjust food recommendations accordingly. Nutrino is compatible with other apps and devices.
  4. Thanks to our modern, busy lives, many of us experience health problems related directly with stress or improper lifestyle habits. The choices we make every day impact our health greatly and by making few simple adjustments, you can start living more productive and most importantly healthier life! Just follow these easy tips and you will start to feel the difference in just few weeks: #1 Try to Avoid Driving With most of us working stuck in offices most of the day, in front of a computer, the lack of exercise can cause quite a lot of health problems. A simple 15-20-minute walk can change everything and also since you will not be using your car, you are actually contributing to preserving the environment. #2 Go for Green Foods The local supermarkets are often filled with quite a variety of green foods, but many of them are not seasonal thus imported or grown in orangeries. Experts advise to always go for seasonal greens - these are packed with the exact vitamins and minerals you need during the particular time of the year. #3 Grow Your Food You don’t necessarily need to have a yard, you can place few pots in the kitchen and grown your own herbs or even vegetables. As simple as it may sound, growing your own crops can be beneficial for your health in many ways, plus you will always know what you eat. #4 Learn More About Herbs Herbs contain large quantities of important vitamins and minerals for your body. They can be combined with one another to deliver not only great taste for your meals, but a bunch of supplements you can’t get into your body. Once you try cooking your favorite meals using fresh herbs, you will never want to change this! #5 Get Comfortable Shoes Shoes are a lot more than just a fashion accessory – comfortable shoes can increase your energy and help you feel much better when walking or exercising. Furthermore, many studies show that a pair of comfortable shoes seems to be quite an effective weapon against fatigue, a lot better than coffee for example. #6 Garlic 101 Garlic is part of the everyday meal of humans for thousands of years, there are even studies that suggest the same people, who built the pyramids ate it on daily basis. With incredibly effective antibacterial properties, the garlic is the ultimate weapon against common colds and other health problems, common mostly for the winter season. Small amounts of raw or lightly cooked garlic can do miracles with your overall health! #7 Have a Casual Conversation Multiple studies conducted over the past few years suggest that casual conversations are great for maintaining focus and even help preserve memory. Take just 10 minutes to sit down and have a casual conversation with a friend! #8 Drink More Water Our bodies are made mostly from water and due to our modern lifestyle, many of us forget to drink sufficient amounts of water every day. Drink between 6 and 8 cups of water every day to ensure your body is properly hydrated. This has incredibly positive impact on many body functions and can greatly improve your overall health! These 8 green tips can do wonders for your overall health, but remember that its always necessary to consult with a general practitioner, like BroadGateGP.
  5. In an era of information that esteems the progress of science, today’s populous is becoming keenly aware of the impact human activity has on the environment. Particularly and prominently, the decline of the planet has steadily come to international attention. With a cataclysmic global crisis impending, people are left to wonder what is being done. Is there anything proactive, or are our communities continuing in detrimental disinterest? One of the most important variables we can control is our waste output. By mitigating the waste our community produces, we decrease the size of landfills and preserve the earth’s most precious resources. Recycling Communities recognize that most of us can contribute less waste simply by not wasting anything. The average household produces over four pounds of garbage daily. It is becoming more and more important for everyone to pay attention to what is being thrown away. Some of these efforts have been put to good use by recycling plants. Recycling plants are established specifically to reuse resources such as paper, cardboard, and plastic. Companies like Lakeshore Recycling are even making an effort to make it more convenient and easy to recycle by providing bin rentals to communities and private companies alike. Ascribing to a Lifestyle Part of recycling effectively, is making it a part of a daily lifestyle. Families toady are constantly looking for different forms of recycling. Rather than allowing old clothes to go to waste, communities consider passing them on to another, and online sellers and purchasing make it easy to get rid of and recycle old materials all over the world. This way less is contributed to landfills, and more waste is reduced. Families also purchase items that are eco-friendly, such as reusable shopping bags, rechargeable batteries, washable water bottles and other items that have been recycled. A Call to Action Communities are willing to respond to good information about causes that matter. This is what is happening across many communities in the United States. As we encourage more people to live eco-friendly lifestyles, and make them aware of the waste that they produce and how it has compromised the planet, people are willing to listen and change their behavior. Information and education is key. With the internet as pervasive as it is, communities are able to spread information and make their causes known and more easily fought for. Leading an eco-friendly life, and finding better, easier ways to recyle is all a part of how communities today are changing and becoming more aware of limited resources. We are concerned with the sort of world we are leaving for our children and grandchildren. By reducing our landfill waste, they will not be plagued with a dying world.
  6. Living Off the Grid

    I dream of the day that I would be able to live off the grid (at least partially). I would still want the convenience of appliances but totally unconnected with the capitalist energy companies. After doing some research, I found out that having a solar powered home would cost us a lot. The price of materials and installation would equal the price of a car. What would be the best thing to do to start this off-the-grid journey in such a way that is also affordable?
  7. Climate change has badly hit most of the countries of Asia. Most encouraging thing is that people of this region realize how global warming and environmental hazards are impacting their way of living. This was disclosed in a survey conducted by Climate Asia of BBC. It also revealed that people have to change their lifestyle and alter their sources of living because of rising level of threats due to climate change. People of Pakistan are worst affected by the menace of global warming while people of Bangladesh have more awareness on harms of environmental degradation on them. People of Pakistan and China have the idea of how their living conditions declined to the worst level during previous ten years due to climate impact. The survey was conducted in seven selected countries of developing regions of Asia including Pakistan, China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka etc.