From smart phones to solar panels, our lives are infinitely more connected and convenient – thanks to the vast array of gadgets and appliances available at our fingertips. Whilst it’s true that these devices enrich our lives in many ways, mounting evidence warns that our prized possessions could also be double-edged swords providing convenience at the cost of our health.
But why the concern? Beyond the negative impacts on mood and social connection arising from excessive digital technology use, our devices and appliances also emit a low level of radiation, called electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Similar to when a pebble is dropped into still water, EMF’s produce small, radiating waves of energy into their surrounding environment, which have been shown to disturb cellular health.
Similar to when a pebble is dropped into still water, EMF’s produce small, radiating waves of energy into their surrounding environment, which have been shown to disturb cellular health.
So, as our use of technology continues to grow, so too does the concentration of these electromagnetic waves, and the call from health care bodies to establish preventative measures against excessive EMF exposure.
What the EMF?
Preventing excessive exposure to EMFs is important, as in high enough concentrations, exposure can increase the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are unstable molecules that cause cellular and DNA damage, which in turn can lead to tissue damage, cellular dysfunction and inflammation. Increased EMF exposure has been linked with the development of tumours, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and reproductive issues; highlighting how these invisible disturbances can have wide reaching health effects.
This is evidenced by studies that also show 3% of individuals have a severe reaction to EMFs, which manifests symptomatically as sleep disturbances, headaches, fatigue, anxiety and poor concentration that worsen with unmanaged EMF exposure. The same symptoms, with reduced severity, can also be experienced by people exhibiting a mild or moderate reaction to EMFs, however, specific rates of occurrence are yet to be quantified.
It appears that sensitivity to EMFs is influenced by factors such as age, history of exposure, genes that govern detoxification capacity and the stress response, and an individual’s overall health.
Excessive EMF exposure
What then determines if someone will experience EMF-related symptoms? It appears that sensitivity to EMFs is influenced by factors such as age, history of exposure, genes that govern detoxification capacity and the stress response, and an individual’s overall health. In addition, exposure to increasing concentrations of EMFs elevates the risk of symptoms. Examples of situations that result in higher EMF exposure include:
- Talking on a mobile phone for more than 30 minutes per day over the last 5+ years without the use of non-wireless headphones;
- Sleeping near major electrical devices or appliances, including those which share a wall with the bedhead e.g. refrigerator, power box, air-conditioner or Wi-Fi modem;
- Working in an EMF-heavy environment/occupation i.e. office worker, pilot/flight attendant or electrician;
- Exposure to multiple medical imaging devices such as X-rays; and
- Electrocution resulting from occupational exposure or being stuck by lightning.
Based on the above list, what would you estimate your level of EMF exposure to be?
The EMF age
In this modern society, most people are exposed to some level of EMFs, but many don’t link EMFs as a potential cause of their symptoms. Help from a professional who can assess the level of EMFs in your environment, known as a Building Biologist, can provide clarity on your level of exposure. However, beyond this, there are many practical ways you can reduce your EMF exposure, including:
- Choosing hardwired Ethernet cables instead of wireless networks;
- Disconnecting household devices/appliances when not in use;
- Switching devices to ‘flight mode’ overnight;
- Ensuring your bed is not sharing a wall with a power box, modem or other appliances;
- Using a hands free function or wired headphones when speaking on your mobile;
- Storing devices away from you when sleeping, travelling or working to avoid prolonged exposure; and
- Increasing your antioxidant intake to combat any ROS that are produced with exposure i.e. consuming colourful vegetables, herbs and spices such as ginger, turmeric and rosemary, and increasing zinc, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E rich foods.
With the above in mind, it’s worth taking a moment to consider if the EMFs in your environment could be impacting your health. Perhaps trialling a period of EMF minimisation could help determine if you feel better with reduced EMF exposure? However, despite the widespread use of technology, there are still many ways you can proactively balance your technology use with minimising EMF exposure. By modifying and detoxifying your environment, you can balancing the benefits of a hi-tech life with your highest level of health!
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Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns
By Teresa Cutter.
Makes 12 buns
240 g ( 8 1/2 oz / 2 cups) buckwheat flour
200 g (7 oz / 2 cups) almond meal
3 tablespoons golden flaxseed meal
3 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
125 ml (4 oz / 1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil
250 ml (8 ¾ fl oz / 1 cup) almond milk or rice milk
60 ml (2 fl oz / ¼ cup) organic maple syrup or honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
250 g (8 ¾ oz) blueberries (fresh or frozen) or raisins if you want to go traditional
Melted dark chocolate for piping crosses (use 80% dark chocolate or make your own from my Healthy Baking Cookbook)
- PREHEAT your oven to 160°C fan forced (320°F).
- COMBINE buckwheat flour, almond meal, cinnamon, flaxseed and baking powder in a bowl.
- COMBINE olive oil, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla into a separate bowl.
- ADD the wet ingredients to the flour mix.
- MIX through gently until a sticky dough forms. What will happen is that the dough will thicken and absorb all the moisture from the almond milk as it rests. I normally like to rest my dough for 5 – 10 minutes before adding blueberries.
- ADD blueberries and give the dough one more brief mix – it should be lovely and sticky with the blueberries distributed throughout. Now remember you can use both fresh or frozen blueberries to make these buns.
- SCOOP out into rounds using an ice cream scoop onto a lined baking tray.
- BRUSH the top with a little extra almond milk.
- BAKE for 35 – 45 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.
- COOL and pipe over the crosses using melted dark chocolate.
- ENJOY on it’s own or topped with Blueberry + Chia Jam and Healthy Chef Gingersnap Chai Tea.
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Surviving Mondayitis: It’s A Real Thing
Have you ever struggled to get up on a Monday morning? The despair as you hear the alarm going off, the temptation to hit ‘snooze’ multiple times … we’ve all felt it. But did you know that “Mondayitis” is actually a scientifically recognised phenomenon?
Your Body on Different Time Zones
The technical term for “Mondayitis” is ‘social jetlag’, a phrase used by researchers to describe the mismatch between your body’s internal clock, and that of your work hours and social life. Like travel -related jetlag, social jetlag results from the different “time zones” between your weekend and working week.
Like travel -related jetlag, social jetlag results from the different “time zones” between your weekend and working week.
Think about it: whilst we normally follow some kind of routine for work and sleep during the week, Friday and Saturday are when late nights with friends or Netflix binges occur. Staying up late then skews your normal sleep and wake times by several hours compared to during the week.
Adjusting your sleep, wake and even meal times each weekend has a similar effect on your body to taking a trip into a different time zone. Come Monday morning, you re-enter the old time zone dictated by your work schedule, experiencing the fatigue, sleepiness, impaired concentration and irritability that you feel after returning from a trip – a classic case of “Mondayitis”!
Social Jet Lag – A Cause of Disease
Whilst it would be easy to brush social jetlag off as an annoying part of modern life, it’s actually associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. This is because social jetlag disrupts your body’s natural circadian rhythm, the 24-hour cycle which regulates your sleep and wakefulness, and governs many bodily processes essential for good health. These effects on your body are independent of how many hours you sleep, indicating that sleep regularity is as important as sleep duration for good health
Too Bright to Sleep, Too Dark to Wake
If you may need to address to the effects social jetlag are having on your health, it is imperative you understand how your modern lifestyle may already be impacting your circadian rhythm. As your genes have evolved to rise and set with the sun, your circadian rhythm may already be out of balance from being exposed to artificial indoor light during the day, and blue light for several hours after sunset from digital technology. Then, once the weekend hits, and the days and nights get later again, social jetlag is exacerbated even further, alongside its adverse health consequences.
Come to the Dark Side
There is no going back to a time before technology, and most of us probably wouldn’t want to. Therefore, to avoid social jetlag as much as possible, you can look after your circadian rhythms with some simple interventions:
- Keep regular hours: Plan to sleep between 7 and 9 hours each night and minimise variation in sleep time between weekdays and weekends. Reducing the “time zone” difference between your work and social life will reduce the incidence of social jetlag and its adverse consequences.
- Keep night-time light levels low: Use dimmer switches or floor lamps, avoid using screens an hour before bedtime, invest in blackout curtains and ban devices from your bedroom to assist your circadian rhythm in normalising as much as it can, reducing your risk of marked “Mondayitis”.
- Get some herbal help: If you’re struggling to feel sleepy, or needing to retrain your body clock, try the herbs california poppy, zizyphus or lavender, which promote the activation of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid), a calming neurotransmitter. A Healthcare Practitioner can help choose the right herbal combination for you.
- Manage fatigue: Whilst social jetlag may be inevitable at some points, it may mean you need an energy boost to get you through the day. For this, consider using coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which will support cellular energy production and therefore combat fatigue.
Come Back to the Present
Social jetlag can be a part of modern life, and it’s exacerbated by the fact many of our circadian rhythms are already out of balance. If you commonly experience those classic Mondaytitis symptoms, consider how you could minimise the impact of social jetlag by implementing the lifestyle and supplemental interventions above. If you can make your sleep and circadian rhythm a priority, you’ll not only start the week feeling fresh, but also improve your health long-term.
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