EMF Pollution And How It Affects Your Health

In case you need anything else to worry about, pollution can impact your health even when you're inside. While the technological revolution we've witnessed over the past few decades has been nothing short of remarkable, there are downsides that are important to be aware of.

Indeed, Healthline notes that everything from microwaves to WiFi routers and cell phones release invisible waves into the air around you. The jury is out on whether or not all of the EMF radiation currently present in the atmosphere is harmful or not, but either way, it's wise to learn about what's going on around your phone. The outlet explains that there are two types of EMF radiation: low-level and high-level. Common household items, like wifi routers, cell phones and power lines are considered non-ionizing and thus low-level. High-level radiation includes medical machines such as x-rays. 

Currently, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) considers EMF radiation to be "possibly" carcinogenic. Indeed, a study found a correlation between cell phone usage and cancer diagnoses, but the link was deemed too small to determine causation, Healthline explains. Nonetheless, it's important to learn about which appliances may be emitting this type of radiation and take steps to mitigate any potential risk.

EMF pollution may contribute to the heating of bodily tissues

The side effects of EMF radiation include a plethora of nervous system issues as well as heating of the tissues, Forbes reports. Oxidative stress that leads to premature aging, disruption of cell metabolic processes and increased stress protein production are just a few of the possible side effects from this radiation. Healthline explains that a lack of concentration, dizziness, irritability, headache, memory loss and anxiety may also characterize EMF exposure. Since these waves likely impact the nervous system, these symptoms all have to do with your body's ability to function properly.

However, these symptoms are unlikely, Healthline notes. To protect yourself, it's best to be aware that they exist and monitor your technological usage. Place your phone a few feet away from you when you're not scrolling and use the speakerphone instead of putting your ear up to the speaker as precautionary measures. Other ways to limit your exposure include putting your phone on airplane mode, unplugging your wifi router at night and ditching your electronics completely every once in a while.

EMFs also come from the sun so there are both naturally occurring varieties and manmade ones. Since the science is inconclusive, it may be wise to keep up with research and take extra steps to protect yourself.