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Earth Day Health Tips

by Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom

Do you know what “holiday” is on April 22? It’s Earth Day! While we should be kind to our planet everyday, it’s a nice reminder of how we are all part of Mother Nature. In celebration of Earth Day, I’d like to share some of my favorite tips on eating, food safety, and recycling to make the earth and ourselves healthier.

Clean Your Sponge: Don’t toss your kitchen sponge when it shows some dirt. Instead, run it through a dishwasher cycle or wet it and microwave for one minute.

Skip Plastic Water Bottles: Even the newer bottles don’t break down for at least 50 years, so buy a reusable bottle for your beverage of choice.

Choose a Food-Safe Cutting Board: Stick with a dishwasher safe plastic cutting board, and skip the wood. Tiny cuts in both kinds can harbor bacteria which are can’t be washed off. Restaurants are not permitted by the Board of Health to use wooden boards. If you like wood, newer “composite woods” are available, and dishwasher safe.

Opt for a Vegetable Protein: Try eating lower on the food chain, with a protein-rich vegetarian source, like soybeans, black beans, lentils, or chick peas instead of beef or chicken. An easy start is a prepared veggie burger in your grocer’s freezer section

Happy Earth Day! What are your own ways to support Mother Nature?