Decorating trees to stand over presents on Christmas morning is a huge tradition around the world. For millions of families, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them. Every year huge numbers of real and fake trees are bought. But have you ever thought about how your tree choice might be effecting your health? This article will explain how to pick the healthiest tree, and also highlight some of the negative effects of each type. You can weigh the pros and cons and decide which one is best for you!
The “Green” Factor
First let’s weigh out the environmental factors that play a roll in your health.
Contrary to popular belief, science suggests that to “go green”, the best way is to buy a real tree.
A recent poll showed that about 30 million real trees and almost 10 million fake trees are bought every year.
It seems logical that a fake tree would be better for the environment…and in turn, your health. But apparently that’s not the case.
Fake trees use up so much energy to produce that they would have to be used for twenty years before they leave the same carbon footprint as a real tree.
Real trees provide oxygen while they’re being farmed, and then when they’ve served their purpose they decompose…..
Ok so totally ignoring how the trees indirectly effect your health, let’s take a look at how direct contact with the tree in your living room can stir things up.
A fake tree might have metal toxins like lead in the structure. Metals can have a damaging effect on the central nervous system.
There’s a possibility that farm raised trees can have pesticides and other chemicals used during the farming process. But you can solve that problem by getting organic trees. They are, however, a little harder to find.
Studies also suggest that real trees relieve more stress because of the pleasant smell.
In the spirit of Christmas and the holidays I hope you liked this article and you enjoy your REAL christmas trees. Please take a moment to share this on facebook. You’ll probably also like to know….Is Corn Really That Bad For You?