As well as keeping yourself healthy with a good diet and plenty of exercises, there are things you can do to make your home healthier as well. The whole family will benefit from just a few changes, and everyone’s well being will be better for it.
The environment we live in is vital for our health. We complain about pollution in our cities, but many of us do not realise how much our homes can be polluted as well. Your home should be a safe haven away from the outside pollutions, and the more environmentally friendly it is, the more impact it will have on your health and well being.
Each and every home is different, but that does not mean that are not some things that can help everyone.
Purify The Air
The biggest problem with air pollution, apart from the damage it can cause to our bodies, is that it cannot be seen. An air purifier will help to combat stale air. They get rid of contaminants from a room so you can be sure you are breathing clean air.
Recent research has linked air pollution to lung and heart diseases and investing in a good air purifier can help to lower the risks.
Change The Type Of Candles
Most candles are petroleum based and they emit potentially dangerous chemicals when they are burning. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, asthma and other common allergies. When you light scented candles in your home, the nice aroma they give off masks any horrible smells and they can make your home smell good. There is an alternative though. Vegetable based options, such as soy candles, do not emit any harmful chemicals and will make your home smell just as good.
Get Rid Of The Rodents
Rats are potentially a big danger to everyone in your home. They carry germs and leave their droppings everywhere which are full of bacteria and disease. As soon as you realise you may have a rodent problem, you should get in touch with a company like Allpest rat control. They will carry out an inspection of your property to determine which part of the home they have settled in. They will then set traps and leave bait to entice the rats out. The rat control experts will also want to make sure that however the rats entered your home is not an option for the future, as the best way to deal with rats is to exclude them from your home in the first place.
Use Natural Cleaners
Some of the cleaning products on the supermarket shelves do a wonderful job. The problem is that they are chemical based and have been linked to a whole range of diseases and health conditions.
There are natural cleaning products on the market, or you could try making some of your own. Lemon, white vinegar and baking soda, either on their own or in different combinations are all products that can help to keep your home clean and fresh.
For instance, white vinegar with a dash of lemon and a pinch of salt is a brilliant brass cleaner. A paste of just baking soda wiped away with just warm water will be a great cleaner for your kitchen work surfaces. One part vinegar with one part water, the rind of a lemon and a few rosemary sprigs infused for a week, makes a really good all-purpose cleaner and will leave a lovely fresh smell all around your home.
These are just a few examples, there are lots more details of natural cleaning products that you can make yourself online.
Sleep In The Dark
Studies have shown that bad sleep is linked to cancers, obesity, memory loss and mental illness. It has also shown that we sleep better in a dark room. If light creeps into your bedroom because of a streetlight, for instance, have heavier curtains to block it out, or wear a night mask to help. This can be more of a problem if you live in a city, but light pollution will significantly interfere with your sleep and you need to make sure it does not do that to you.
It also helps if you do not play on your smartphone or watch the TV for the last hour before retiring to bed.
Dump The Junk Foods
If you have started a healthier diet you may have done this already, but if you have not, dump the junk foods now. Scientists say it is almost guaranteed that you will eat them if you keep them, so don’t let yourself be tempted. Leave a bowl of fruit on a work surface, and then if you want to snack, choose some of that instead.
It seems that people who leave fruit or other healthier snacks within easy reach are far more likely to stick to a healthy diet.
Plant a Garden
If you have a backyard, plant some trees and shrubs. If you do not have any open space, get some indoor plants around your home. Living in an area with more greenery seems to be better for mental health, and having some in your own home or garden is even better. It does not need to be anything elaborate that will take a lot of work. Simple trees or plants that are easy to look after are the best.
Remember, that trees, plants and shrubs soak up the carbon dioxide that we breath out and replace it with clean oxygen. It then follows that the more greenery you have around you, the healthier you should be.
Use Water Filters
Although the water companies filter the water before it reaches taps in people homes, it can still contain some contaminants. You can buy a pitcher where you just change the filter every few weeks and will it can stand in your fridge, or you can get a filter fitted to your water system. Whichever you do, it will make drinking water from your taps a much better proposition.
If you prefer to buy bottled water make sure you buy the ones that are in glass bottles, not plastic.
Use Glass For Storage
Plastics can cause havoc with our health because of the toxins in them. If you are storing food put it in glass containers instead. Food stored in plastic is likely to pick up some of the toxins contained it, and these are known to cause hormone problems and cancers. Glass is reusable and recyclable and will pass nothing onto your food, but it will keep it fresh.
There is a big push being made by governments and supermarkets to use fewer plastics where food is concerned, but there is still quite some way to go before they have been totally eliminated from our food chain.
Don’t Use Non-Stick Pans
Hailed as a breakthrough for cooks and chefs all over the world, when non-stick pans were first introduced they were a huge success. However, now it has been realised that when they are being used, the synthetic polymers used in its manufacturing process give off toxic fumes, which are a danger to everyone anywhere near.
Using cast iron or stainless steel pots and pans is the best option.
Get Rid Of The Dust
There are times when we all wonder where all the dust in our homes has come from. There seems to be a never-ending supply of it and as soon as we get rid of one lot another batch appears.
Part of the problem is that using a feather duster, or just dusting your home with a dry cloth, just moves the dust around, it does not actually get rid of it. There can be a lot more dust in your home than you realise. It gets into corners, behind beds and in all sorts of other inaccessible places. Getting rid of as much as it as you can will help stave off dust mites, which many people are allergic to.
The way to do it is to use something that is damp to wipe your furniture. Nothing too wet as that might damage the pieces you are cleaning. Just run a slightly damp cloth through the dust on a side table, for instance, and see how much of it sticks to the cloth. With a dry cloth, that dust would have just moved somewhere else, but now you have removed it and your home will not need dusting quite so often.
Make Your Home Healthier
If you have gone to all the effort of changing your diet to something healthier, and you are doing more exercise well, that you want your home to be a healthy as possible too. The things suggested above are just a few simple measures that will not involve any great changes, but they can all make a difference to the eco-friendlessness of your home.
It only takes a short while for them to become the norm, and then you can have peace of mind that you are living in a place that is as healthy as you can make it.