Avoiding the whole hassle of having to get cables across your home just to be able to enjoy the infinite wonders of the world wide web has been one of the biggest conquests of Wi-Fi. Starting your coffee machine or monitoring your baby has never been so easy, and yet, we have never been this exposed to electromagnetic radiation as we are now.
So, is Wi-Fi safe?
The discussion tends to become quite controversial. While some people believe that this technology is extremely safe and want their whole house to run on Wi-Fi, others fear the harmful effects of Wi-Fi so much that they want to move to the mountains and communicate via letters.
So, what is the truth?
Well, the truth is in between those two extreme positions. While being exposed to Wi-Fi will not make you sick immediately, it can actually have long term effects on your health, affecting some of your bodily functions and causing neurodegenerative diseases or cancer. However, it is hard to find a direct connection between your Wi-Fi exposure and any disease you might develop, due to the slow progression of said health problems.
The lack of studies makes it even harder to prove that electromagnetic radiation is linked to the progression or development of cancer. However, studies conducted on rodents claim that being exposed to radiation can, in reality, worsen a cancer prognosis.
Luckily, it’s possible to become less exposed to Wi-Fi radiations. Here are the steps you can take:
1. Turn off your Wi-Fi router before bedtime
Resting properly is one of the best ways to ensure the maintenance of your overall health. To ensure the quality of your sleep, be sure to turn off your Wi-Fi before heading to bed. Studies show that the Wi-Fi signal can interfere with your brain while you are asleep. Turning it off during nighttime is a way to cut down the exposure levels by as much as 33%. Having a Wi-Fi curfew can also impact other areas of your life, as you will be more predisposed to engage in other hobbies rather than being online all the time, and you will have more time for your partner.
2. Turn off your router whenever you are not using it
How to reduce Wi-Fi negative effects? By minimizing the time you are being exposed to radiation. And how can you do that? By turning on your router only when you have to. If you feel uneasy about being exposed to the dangers of Wi-Fi, only turn on your router when it’s really necessary.
3. Give it up completely
If you want to take the healthiest route, giving up Wi-Fi is the way to go. You can hardwire all of your connections at home and actually enjoy a faster and more consistent internet connection. It is not an easy choice to give up a wireless internet connection, and it’s not an option that is available for everyone. However, if it is an option for you, why not? All you will need is an ethernet hub with enough ports to provide internet for all the devices in your home, in addition to long ethernet cables so you can distribute this precious “gift” throughout your house.
To be able to connect your smartphone or tablet, you will also need ethernet adaptors since the recent devices don’t really have ethernet ports. If you have a Wi-Fi keyboard or Wi-Fi headphones, consider switching up as well.
4. Don’t add any Wi-Fi gadgets to your home, car, or work environment
Smart houses are the future, or so they say. We are not going to lie – it’s quite a commodity to have a technology improved household, and it brings a fair number of advantages to your life. If you are concerned about being exposed to all the Wi-Fi negative effects, you need to resist the temptation of filling your life with these devices. This means no wireless baby monitors and no smart home thermostats. But if humanity has lived without all of these things for so long, so can you, right?
5. Turn on the airplane mode
Your tablet and your smartphone will emit an electromagnetic frequency if their receivers are turned on. And because these devices are usually pretty close to your body, you need to be extra careful. Turn on airplane mode when you are around children or at nighttime before falling asleep.
6. Try a dirty electricity filter
If you live in a city, it can be even harder to mitigate the negative effects of Wi-Fi exposure. Fortunately, you can use a dirty electricity filter to reduce the harmful electromagnetic frequencies produced by your electronic devices. All the devices in your home, from your router to your charger, have the ability to manipulate the current of electricity in order to adjust to the voltage they need. As a result, there can be electrical surges all throughout your wiring system, which can be dangerous to your health.
7. Get in contact with sources of negative ions
While exposure to Wi-Fi can lead to an accumulation of positive ions in your body, you can try and balance this out by exposing yourself to negative ions. Moving waters, like the sea, are a natural source of negative ions. At home, you can try using a Himalayan salt lamp to generate negative ions and lessen the negative impact of electromagnetic radiation on your health.