We are all becoming more aware of climate change, and the ways in which global warming is changing the world around us. However, many of us still don’t realise the impact that this crisis is having on our health and well-being.
Nutritionally and emotionally speaking, global warming is impacting our wellness in a number of ways and, as a health coach in London, I’m keen to raise awareness of this impact.
Climate Change Impacts Nutrition
As a wellness coach in London, I believe firmly in the importance of good nutrition. Unfortunately, global warming is putting our food supplies at risk, and potentially threatening our nutrition even here in developed nations.
Droughts, floods, heatwaves, wildfires and hurricanes can reduce crop yields, interfere with food transportation, and destroy livestock. Meanwhile, higher levels of CO2 can make wheat, rice, and other staple crops less nutritious.
Recent research has shown that when corn, soy, rice, and wheat are exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide, such as those that the world is predicted to reach by 2050, the plants will lose up to 10% of their zinc content, 8% of their protein, and 5% of their content of iron.
Since these nutrients are absolutely vital for our health and well-being, this is a worrying possibility. The results could be problems in young children’s brain development, increased maternal mortality, and immune system deficiencies.
Global Warming And Emotional Well-Being
Recent research literature regarding the impact of climate change on our mental and emotional health has shown that the increasing number of extreme and intense weather events is causing a host of problems for humans’ emotional well-being.
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), MDD (Major Depressive Disorder), depression, anxiety, survivor guilt, complicated grief, vicarious trauma, suicidal ideation, recovery fatigue, and even substance abuse have all been linked to these extreme events that are associated with climate change.
Furthermore, incremental changes in our climate such as episodic drought, rising sea levels, and increased temperatures can all cause changes in natural landscapes, change farming conditions, habitation, and land use, disrupt water and food resources, and weaken infrastructures, thus giving rise to relationship and financial stresses and increasing the risk of aggression and violence.
Even in countries that aren’t directly affected by the worst impacts of global warming at the present time, the overarching threat of global warming is beginning to incite hopelessness and despair since the actions that governments are taking to tackle climate change appear to be insignificant compared to the magnitude and scale of the threat.
With this in mind, it isn’t too surprising that people from all walks of life are beginning to experience increased mental and emotional problems.
Seeking Advice From A Health And Lifestyle Coach In London
In the face of climate change and its potential impacts on our lifestyles both now and in the future, there is no better time to improve your overall well-being. Seeking help from a mindset and wellness coach is your best course of action to ensure that you’re living your best life and maximising your well-being nutritionally, mentally, and emotionally.