WHY A DIGITAL DETOX WILL DO YOUR BODY GOOD
When it comes to health and wellness, surrendering your electronic gadgets to help achieve optimal mind, body, and spiritual balance is becoming more and more popular these days
Unplugging gives us a chance to take a deep breath, relax, get centered, and rejuvenate. You know, without feeling compelled to reach for our phone with every text, email, Facebook or other social media notification, and feeling slightly anxious, knowing we need to “get to it” later when we don’t check immediately.
An increasing number of studies say this need to always be connected fuels our anxiety and addictive behavior, and impacts us negatively from a social perspective because we’re not connecting with people in person, making us more isolated and in our own bubbles.
Make way for a few game changers.
In 2016, the Mandarin Hotel announced a special spa service where guests are required to surrender their gadgets for the time they’re in the spa.
And a few getaway retreats are centered around ditching your devices for the entire time so you can unwind, recharge your internal batteries, and come back a rejuvenated version of yourself.
Did you know there are tons of other health benefits you get from unplugging?
All of our electronic devices emit invisible electromagnetic fields (EMFs), whether they’re plugged in or battery-operated.
These invisible electromagnetic fields put pressure on our bodies and can also go through them depending on how strong the fields are. Think of an MRI or X-ray, for example. EMFs also disrupt how our body works at a very basic cellular level, and can trigger anxiety, fight or flight responses in the body, exacerbate inflammation, and a whole host of other symptoms. The closer you are to the source of these fields, and the more time that you’re exposed to these fields, the greater the impact on your body.
How big of a deal is it?
In 2011, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) upgraded radio frequency to the 2B Category for glioblastomas (brain tumors). This means that it’s a “possible carcinogen” (carcinogen = cancer-causing).
Radio frequency is only one type of EMF field found in our everyday environment and in this example, it includes things like our cell phones, cordless phones, baby monitors, Bluetooth, GPS, our wearable tech, Wi-Fi routers, smart meters, and smart appliances.
Think the 2B classification isn’t much to consider?
Then you might want to know some of the other toxin peers in this category are lead, DDT, chloroform, and styrene are some of the other toxins in this category, too. The IARC doesn’t have a full list of toxins broken out by category, but you can find it on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IARC_Group_2A_carcinogens as well as other EMF-concerned websites.
All of the clients I work with are always surprised at little things they can do that can make big impacts.
Here are a few things to remember:
- The closer you are to your devices, the more you’re getting blasted by all of the EMF fields that are generated from your devices
- And the longer you’re around them, the more you’re increasing your exposure to these fields which means that increasing exposure increases your health risks
So what’s a girl to do? Well, that’s where I come in!
3 THINGS TO DO RIGHT NOW AND START YOUR DIGITAL DETOX
- Power off. Completely. Even if they’re in standby mode, they can still transmit signals if they’re Wi-Fi-enabled (for example, your router or TV)
- If it’s a cell phone or tablet and you can’t power it off completely, the next best thing you can do is put it on airplane mode which will keep the device from transmitting. Because it’s still running on battery, it will still be generating what’s called a magnetic field
- For battery-operated things like laptops, increase your distance while you’re using them so they’re not-right-next-to-you. In other words, no working with your laptop on your lap.
Try it for an hour. Or two. Or a day. Whatever works for you. The key thing here is to reduce the impact on your body, and your health, however big or small of a change you’re willing to make and to know that you’re doing something positive for your health.
To your digital wellness,
P.S. Want to learn more about EMFs? Check out this article on The Basics: What are EMFs?