Sustainable Health and Environment
The lifestyle choices we make impact our environment and our health.
We promote and support sustainable health to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients and community while protecting the environment and its resources for future generations. We encourage you to try the suggestions below:
- Support local sustainable farms – Grass fed, slow grown animals farmed in harmony with their natural landscape. The meat is richer in omega 3 fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than grain fed meat while the soil and surrounding ecology is preserved. Organic vegetables are free of pesticides, fungicides and fertilisers, have greater nutrient value and taste better. Check out the ‘dirty dozen’ and ‘clean 15’ from the Environmental Working Group which lists of the produce most and least likely to be contaminated.
- Use less plastic and chemicals in your home – The chemicals in cleaning products, toiletries and cosmetics are absorbed through our skin and lungs. These can contain glycol ethers which can damage fertility, lead to birth defects and worsen allergies and asthma. Plastics in the oceans are killing vast numbers of marine life while also getting into our food chain. Bisphenol A (BPA) – found in plastic water bottles and canned foods, BPA is a synthetic hormone that imitates oestrogen in the body. Studies link BPA to breast cancer, reproductive challenges, obesity and heart disease. To minimize BPA exposure, use stainless steel or glass instead, and look for BPA-free tinned foods.
- Support your local community – Social isolation is as big a risk factor for ill health and early death as high blood pressure, obesity or smoking. The mechanisms for this include cardiovascular, inflammatory, hormonal, sleep-related, and emotional factors. Recent studies have shown the young are equally at risk of lonliness as the elderly. Encouraging local communty groups and events, especially being active and getting outside, which has its own enormous physical and mental health benefits, can be tremendously rewarding. If these resources are not available to you locally why not create one!