Meditation & Health #13-Eight Ways to Combat Computer Radiation
Eight Ways to Combat Computer Radiation
By Caral Goh and Alyssa Sands
“Looking after your health today gives you more hope for tomorrow.”
Sophie faces the computer at work every day. Over time, she has found that her eyes are always dry and itchy, and that she has premature lines on her face. A medical friend told her that long-term computer use could be affecting her health.
Computers are known to generate both low-frequency and radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (EMR) which the World Health Organization labeled as a potentially harmful carcinogen, the agent that causes cancer. The website EM Watch states that radiation has been linked to many serious diseases such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cancer • Depression
- Heart disease
- Hormone imbalance
- Nervous system damage
- Immune system damage
However, many symptoms arising from exposure to radiation are often dismissed as being caused by stress, overwork or aging. These include:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Heart palpitations
- Sleep disturbances
- Concentration and memory disorders
- Prickling, itching, burning or flushing sensations on the face or other parts of the body
- Uncomfortable, dry or swollen mucous membranes in the throat, ears Of sinuses
To help Sophie and many office workers who want to know how to reduce the bodily harm computer radiation may cause, here are a few simple yet effective tips.
Tip No. 1: Drink Rejuvenating Green Tea
For sedentary office workers who spend hours in front of a computer, a cup of fragrant green tea is definitely a good choice to mitigate the negative impact of computer radiation.
Green tea is rich in polyphenols and is able to capture and expel the radioactive substances that invade the body.
Wolfberry tea and the refreshing taste of chrysanthemum tea can also ease eyestrain, headaches, dizziness and other problems caused by computer radiation. Drinking an appropriate amount of these teas on a regular basis bring unexpected benefits. If you are in close contact with a computer every day, you may wish to put a cup of green tea alongside your glass of water.
Tip No. 2: Introduce Houseplants
Computer screens emit carcinogenic EMR that is absorbed constantly. Those of you who enjoy houseplants will be happy to learn that plants have the ability to absorb the EMR emitted from the computer. It was actually the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that discovered this. Place a plant beside your computer to eliminate some of the radiation.
Tip No. 3: Take Regular Breaks
If you use a computer for several hours a day then you will probably experience eyestrain. EMR also causes dryness and irritation of the eyes. Walk away from your computer every hour or so. Eat a banana when you take a break; the potassium in bananas is good for your eyes.
Tip No. 4: Feast on Nutritious Fruits and Vegetables
Lycopene is a common carotenoid compound that contributes to the red color in fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and carrots. Lycopene contains powerful antioxidants and has the ability to remove free radicals that cause damage to cells. Daily consumption of foods rich in lycopene such as tomatoes, cherries and watermelon reduces the harmful effects of radiation.
Broccoli, carrots, spinach and other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene help protect the eyes and are capable of protecting cells from becoming cancerous.
Feast on fruits and vegetables rich in lycopene and beta-carotene. This will make the body less susceptible to damage caused by radiation and excessive ultraviolet exposure.
Tip No. 5: Keep Your Distance From Computer Radiation Hazards
Many office workers have the habit of taking a siesta at their desk after lunch. However, to save time, many people choose to leave the computer on by switching it to the “sleep”mode. In fact, the radiation emitted by the computer’s keyboard is worse than radiation from the screen. If you put your head directly on the keyboard while napping, the body is subjected to a much higher amount of radiation. The next time you need to nap, turn off the computer.
In addition, keep an appropriate distance from the computer screen while working. The closer you are to the screen, the greater the electromagnetic radiation you will be exposed to. The recommended distance is a half meter (20 inches) from the screen.
Home is generally the place where you can relax with the laptop on your lap while chatting or surfing. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine published research that states keeping a laptop connected wirelessly to the Internet on one’s lap may result in infertility. EMR transmission into the body through close contact can be very high. If you’re planning to have a family, place the laptop on a table.
Tip No. 6: Go Fully Wired Whenever Possible
When using a laptop, connect to networks with wires whenever there’s an opportunity, such as at the office or at home. Likewise, use a wired mouse, wired keyboard and wired peripherals. Though not as convenient as wireless connections, being plugged in is smarter than exposing yourself to carcinogens.
Tip No. 7: Build a Solid Body Defense
Long hours of exposure to computer radiation can cause skin damage. To keep your skin smooth and unblemished, you must pay attention to the first weapon of skin care —moisturizer. Apply a daily long-lasting moisturizer with a minimum SPF of 30 to help ward off the dust attracted by the electrostatic field of the computer screen and protect your skin from computer radiation.
Wash your face and body thoroughly after a busy days work. Otherwise, the radiation and the consistent accumulation of dust will not only promote premature skin aging, they will also cause increased production of melanin which can cause changes in the pigmentation of your skin.
No matter how tired you are, never neglect this routine if you want to have a healthy and beautiful complexion.
Tip No. 8: Keep the Computer Out of the Bedroom
Nowadays, most people cannot do without a computer at home, whether working at home or interacting through social media. However, do not pollute your bedroom with EMR by using the computer in that room. By keeping it in a different part of your home, at least you will have about eight hours a day free from EMR pollution. Your body can use that time to repair some of the damage.
Although the harmful effects of computer radiation may not be as severe as once thought, a little more attention to how it can affect you in your daily life can reduce potential damage to your body. Healthy people are those who live in environmentally friendly homes, eat a nutritious diet and live in an environment equally fit for growth, work and rejuvenation.