EMFs (electromagnetic fields) are an increasing part of our modern lives. The advances in technology in our daily lives have created a lot of good but they also bring harmful effects. EMFs have been linked to a host of conditions including insomnia, fatigue, and cancer.(1) Although EMFs are impossible to avoid completely in our modern tech addicted world, there’s a lot we can do to decrease our exposure and protect our bodies and our health.

What are EMFs?

EMFs are areas of energy that surround electronic devices. The amount varies depending on the device, but as long as there is an electrical current (basically any electronic device) you can bet that there are EMFs being emitted.

Sorry to “Debbie Down”, but unfortunately this isn’t limited to our cellphones, tablets, and televisions. EMFs come from a plethora of sources including: vacuums, microwaves, electric blankets, electric razors, electric toothbrushes, wifi routers, fax machines, copy machines, cell phone towers, etc.

So what?

EMFs have been linked to various symptomology including:

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  • Sleep disturbances/insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory changes
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Cancer
  • Low sperm count

(2, 3)

While most of our modern-day conveniences emit EMFs, that doesn’t mean we have to go off the grid and revert back to the Stone Age (although sometimes I think it would be nice to live in a ‘simpler time’), but there is a lot we can do to reduce our exposure to EMFs and the health risks they possess.

Perhaps the biggest EMF offender is wireless internet. Think about it—if you have a wireless router in your home, it is emitting a signal into your home 24/7. This is great for internet connectivity and speed, but it isn’t ideal for your body to be exposed to and absorbing all that radio frequency. Especially at all hours of the day.

You can’t physically see EMFs with the naked eye, although they can be tested with fancy scientific equipment, but realistically, who has the time and/or money for that? We know they’re there, so why not just take a couple steps to decrease our exposure?

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