Electromagnetic fields are everywhere – the Earth produces electromagnetic fields, and we even produce them ourselves. It’s a naturally-occurring element, and there’s no reason to be afraid of it, right? Well, not exactly. While EMFs occur in nature, we are surrounded by so much technology today that almost everything that surrounds us produces electromagnetic fields – from our televisions and radios to WiFi networks and gadgets and appliances which use electricity. Because of this, we have the danger of getting too much exposure to EMFs, and as you may already know, too much of one thing can have negative consequences. If you’ve heard about the risks of EMFs, you may be understandably concerned. Here, then, are some quick facts about EMF radiation and what you can do to protect yourself.
What are they?
As already mentioned, electromagnetic fields are everywhere. We are subjected to EMFs from both the Earth and the sun every single day. But while natural electromagnetic fields are not really a cause for concern, man-made electromagnetic fields are. EMF radiation is produced by virtually all devices which use electricity, from light bulbs to microwave ovens. EMF radiation includes radio waves, light which is visible, X-rays, and gamma rays. But since there are so many devices which emit EMFs, we are at risk from overexposure.
Every day, we are exposed to phone networks, smart appliances, and WiFi signals, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are worried about safety when it comes to electromagnetic field exposure, you should think about the frequency (the higher the wave’s frequency, the higher the risk), the density (how prevalent it is in a given location or area), and the duration (how often you are exposed to it and for how long).
Easy ways to reduce your exposure
- If you can’t live without an Internet connection, it is better if you make use of an Ethernet cable and go wired rather than wireless. If you can’t go wired, you have another option: you can unplug your WiFi router when you’re not using it. You can also keep your router in an area which isn’t frequented by any of your family.
- The way you use your phone can also make a difference. For instance, rather than putting it directly to your ear, keep it at a distance by using the speaker function. You can also text rather than call. Additionally, you can make use of cell phone shields and other EMF protection products to further protect yourself from EMF overexposure.
- When you use your laptop, don’t place it directly on your lap. Place it on a table away from you, and don’t use it while it’s charging, as it will emit more EMFs.
- Don’t sleep next to or near large appliances or circuit breakers in your home, even if the appliance is in the next room but placed beside the wall with your bed on the other side.
- Do away with cordless landline phones; use a corded telephone instead.
- Try not to make a cell phone call if you have a weak signal as the electromagnetic fields will work harder to get a signal, making your exposure greater.
These are just a few things you can do to limit your EMF exposure. Of course, you can’t avoid technology altogether, but by doing these things and being mindful, you can lessen your risk of EMF exposure.