Monday Motivation: How to Reduce Exposure from EMFs

Good morning you guys! The title of this post might sound a little scary because if you’re like me, I didn’t know much about EMFs (electromagnetic fields) until a few months ago! Believe it or not, our cell phones, laptops, chargers, even microwaves, all emit a low dose of electromagnetic frequency and no one can really agree on a “safe” level. I want to cover a wide range of topics on Monday Motivation, so today seemed like a good day to delve in to this lesser known topic. So let’s dive right in.

What in the world are EMFs?

I want to preface this by saying I’m not a scientist (as I’m sure you’re already aware hahaha) so I’m going to do my best to explain how EMFs work but also keep this explanation short and simple. Electromagnetic fields (also known as EMFs) are a combination of electric and magnetic fields of force. They are generated by natural phenomena (like the Earth’s magnetic field), but also by human activities, mainly through the use of electricity. Laptops, cell phones, power lines and microwaves are all examples of equipment that generate low frequency electromagnetic fields.

Are EMFs harmful?

The safety of EMF exposure is quite a controversial topic and, honestly, it depends on who you ask. The FCC doesn’t consider low-frequency EMFs harmful, and of course the cell phone companies claim that 5G networks and WiFi are all perfectly safe. However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (a part of the World Health Organization) classifies low-frequency EMFs as a possible human carcinogen based on human observational data and animal research that link EMF radiation to tumors.

The problem is, even if a small amount of low-frequency EMFs is considered safe, we aren’t really sure of the limit, and humans are now being exposed to man-made EMFs at an unprecedented level. While one or two devices might not make a difference, we encounter dozens throughout our day: our cell phones are glued to our eyes and ears, we have smartwatches glued to our wrists, we use hair dryers, microwaves, we talk on bluetooth in the car, use WiFi and laptops in our homes, have electric blankets on our beds, the list goes on and on.

There have been thousands of studies on how EMF impacts your health; some have linked EMF exposure to cancer (specifically cancer of the soft tissues like the brain and heart), infertility (girls, get your men to stop putting laptops on their laps!), thyroid issues, brain inflammation, fatigue, sleep disruption and more.

How Can You Protect Yourself from EMFs?

There are quite a few things that you can do to limit your exposure to EMFs. The thing I’ve learned is that ANYTHING electric (even if it is simply plugged into the wall and is not in “use”) is emitting EMF radiation. Here are a few things I’ve learned and implemented (and made my husband implement too heheh):

  • Distance is your friend when it comes to EMFs. If you are using the microwave, stand at least four or five feet away from it while it’s in use. The same goes for other kitchen devices like your toaster! If you’re going to talk on the cell phone, put it on speakerphone and try to keep it at least a foot from your head.
  • Turn off the bluetooth on your phone when you’re not using it.
  • Never place a laptop on your lap. There’s a connection between laptops on your lap and infertility (especially in men). If I’m working from the bed, I set my laptop on a pillow. I recently ordered this DefenderShield Laptop Case – you put it underneath your computer and it blocks up to 100% of laptop EMF radiation while also reducing heat exposure.
  • Unplug any appliances that are near your head while you sleep. This includes lamps! I actually unplugged my cell phone charger from beside my bed and charge it across the room now.
  • Keep appliances and devices off, or on airplane mode as much as possible. Every single night, I place my phone on airplane mode before falling asleep!
  • If WiFi use is necessary, only turn it on when in use and turn off the WiFi router at night.
  • Sleep away from circuit breakers or large appliances that run overnight, including if the appliance is on the other side of the wall.
  • Minimize use of digital devices when possible. Choose real books instead of reading books on your phone. Take digital detoxes as often as you can.
  • Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich foods (like fruits and vegetables) help negate the effects of EMFs, so eat lots of those!
  • This is a great podcast to listen to for more ways you can protect yourself!

Okay guys, I’d love to hear your opinion! What do you think, and what are some more ways that we can reduce EMF exposure? Okay… now back to the regularly scheduled programming! πŸ™‚

Kitchen gadget I’m loving

These re-usable food storage bags! In my post from a few weeks ago on food prep, I mentioned that I used Ziplock bags for smoothie prep and end up re-using them several times. Well these food storage bags are sturdier then ziplock bags and are also BPA-free and freezer, refrigerator and dishwasher safe. They came in the mail last week and I’m really loving them so far!

Podcast of the Week

I’ve mentioned this podcast quite a few times, but the Ultimate Health Podcast is my absolute favorite! Jesse and Marni have interviewed HUNDREDS of experts in the health and wellness community. Topics include lifestyle, nutrition, fitness, self-help, sleep, meditation, even an episode dedicated to EMF radiation, haha. There’s not a lot of pointless chit-chat and they do a great job of presenting different viewpoints on health from an unbiased perspective without ever “judging” anyone. I love to go back through their old episodes and listen to whatever I find interesting. I honestly have loved every single episode I’ve ever listened to!

This week, eat more…

Apples! It’s SEPTEMBER, you guys, and that means fall is upon us, and so is apple season. I love apple slices by themselves dipped into peanut or almond butter, or baked into a yummy apple pie. And apple cider of course πŸ™‚ Conventionally grown apples are exposed to lots of pesticides and then coated with wax, so organic apples are definitely worth the extra expense. And if you can, buy LOCAL! There are a lot of apple orchards throughout the U.S., you can find the one closest to you here.

Clean Beauty Product of the Week

I recently learned about the clean beauty brand Living Libations and ordered their best-selling product, the Best Skin Ever Face Oil, after reading RAVE reviews. This product is made with pure pressed plant oils and can be used to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, remove makeup, and more (and you can use it all over your body, not just your face!). I am OBSESSED with this stuff. It’s 100% pure (no toxins at all!) and leaves my skin feeling soft and glowing – really weird to describe until you try it for yourself, haha. I honestly don’t know if I will every be able to use a different cleanser again!

That’s it for this week’s Monday Motivation post, you guys! Let me know what you want to see next week! xoxo

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17 Comments

  1. Lauren

    Hey Caitlin! What a wonderful post! I think your Monday Motivation posts are a great idea and a great mix up to all your other wonderful fashion posts. From someone who is professionally trained in the health/wellness/medical field, I would just encourage you to keep siting resources where you get your information! I think it’s wonderful that in this post you included so many links to different websites, but I did notice in your post about going plant-based, there weren’t many resources sited but a lot of information given. There can be a lot of misinformation out there, so I think linking to sources is awesome, whatever the topic you’re covering! Keep up the awesome work!

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    • Thanks for the feedback, Lauren! Yes you’re totally right about citing sources! Since I just started writing these Monday Motivation posts I am still learning the best format and way to write them, I’m going to go back to some of the older posts and add sources for those!

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  2. I’ve heard of EMFs being harmful for us but I didn’t know so many everyday devices emit them! Kinda
    shocked and kind of paranoid now lol I always try to limit my use of the microwave though. Thank you for sharing this!

    Erika Marie | https://imerikamarie.com

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    • Kelsey

      No comment really on this topic, but this is an adjacent topic. You should check out @just.ingredients on Instagram she does great (and simple) breakdowns of products we use everyday that are exposing us to harmful chemicals and provides easy swaps!

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  3. Paisleigh

    LOVING this series. Switching to a cleaner, safer lifestyle is OVERWHELMING to the point that I sometimes just want to stop trying at all. This series has been making the whole process seem a little but more manageable and attainable πŸ™‚

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  4. Katie

    Thank you for introducing this topic to me! I’ve never heard of EMFs before but I’ll be making some of the changes you suggested to reduce my cancer risks.

    Love the Monday Motivation series and look forward to it every week!

    Would love the link to your top too!! Xoxo πŸ’—

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  5. Kate

    What an interesting topic! I gave up my microwave a few years ago (not for EMFs, just trying to eat healthier :), but now it’s one more reason to not look back.
    Glad you are loving the silicone baggies for your smoothie prep!

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  6. Rachel

    I think it’s important to note that the point made about possible carcinogenicity and the IARC was a very limited study and only said that in the context of CHILDHOOD leukemia. I like your posts but this almost felt like a bit of a scare tactic!

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    • Lucy

      100% agree

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  7. Judi L.

    My husband has EMF proofed our house, lol. We now have our internet hardwired (no wi-fi) and actually got rid of our microwave (nope, don’t miss it). Not everyone is on board with this or actually ever researched it; however, with the cancer rates souring, I think we have to stop and look at what is difference now vs. 20 years ago. Thanks for posting this about this topic.

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  8. Laura Leigh

    Oh my goodness I seriously had no idea! Thank you lots for sharing this. Going to take several steps to reduce my exposure to it. Also, buying those reusable bags for sure!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

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  9. Gina

    I am a retired Radiation Safety Officer with a degree in radiation safety. There really has not been extensive studies on the radiation effects of even 1G or 2G so knowing there are plans for 5G seems irresponsible to me. 5G is ultra high frequency and ultra high intensity. The shorter length millimeter waves (MMV) used in 5G do not travel as far so to compensate there will be many more mini cell towers installed. It is estimated that they will need a mini cell tower every 2 to 8 houses. This will greatly increase our RF Radiation exposure. Just remember that in the “old days” we were told tobacco was safe until the harmful effects were overwhelming and lawsuits slammed the tobacco industry. We are now seeing similar controversies with Roundup and the vaping industry. So bottom line is don’t always believe the “experts” who state things are safe. Sometimes you have to dig deep to see what is safe for you and your family.

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  10. Good tips! I try to limit my use of the microwave and have also been using reusable food storage bags.

    Living libations is so good! They have awesome oral care products and deodorants too!!!

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  11. Allie

    Hi! Can you please link your top? Thank you!

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  12. Jessie

    Thank you so much for this information – it is so frustrating that 5G networks are everywhere and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it…the suggestions you have outlined are excellent.

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  13. stacy

    So glad you addressed EMFs! I think this is a very real concern, but doesn’t get enough attention. I am concerned about what the new 5G networks will do to our health! You had great suggestions. We hardwired our home instead of using wifi and only turn it on if needed. Turning the router off at night is such a great alternative. Thanks for all the great informative posts!!

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  14. Wow, I had no idea about any of this, your post has helped so much, thank you Caitlin πŸ™‚ xx

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