Healthy Living Starts at Home

  • Bianca Ungerman
  • 08/2/19
 
The average person spends 65 percent of their entire life inside their home. Your home is your health. It’s that simple. How can you make your home a "healthy home"? Learn more below.


Healthier Overall Home
 
  • Ventilate your home: If the outside air is clean, use it. If not, install interior air filtration. The concentration of air pollutants could be 2-5 times higher indoors.
  • Remove your shoes: You don't want to know what attaches itself to your shoes throughout the day. Don't bring this into your home and spread it around.
  • Be certain your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors work and change their batteries regularly.
  • Any home built before 1980 probably has lead paint somewhere. Remove lead (professionally) from your home. It's a harmful neurological toxin.
  • Let in the light. Humans need light. And they need to see nature. Open up windows and shades to see what is outside and let the outside in.
 
Healthier Kitchen
 
  • Use a vented hood, or open a window to ventilate when cooking, especially with gas.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher within easy reach.
  • Use filtered drinking water. A whole-house water filter is best.
  • Use Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, which emphasizes tiered strategies to prevent pests. Chemicals are mostly hazardous.
  • Avoid plastic and non-stick cookware: Glass and cast-iron are best.
 
Healthier Bedrooms
 
  • Make the bedroom the room where you focus on healthy sleep. Remove things that activate the brain. 
  • Darken the room thoroughly and eliminate any blue light that stimulates.
  • Make it quiet. Heavy curtains or those lined with sound-reducing lining work well. Add a layer of sound-proof windows. Use earplugs.
  • We breathe about 11,000 liters of air every day; a third of all that air you breathe will be in your bedroom. A goodair purifier is wise. A houseplant works wonders too.
  • Most humans sleep best in a room with a temperature between 65-70 degrees. Keep the bedroom cool at night.
 
Healthier Bathrooms
 
  • Reduce moisture and vent outside or open a window.
  • Avoid air-fresheners
  • Look for effective green cleaners labeled as certified safer by a third-party organization like EPA Safer Choice, Green Seal, or ECOLOGO.
  • Many personal products contain toxins. The more fragrant, the chances are the worse they are. Buy products with few ingredients.
  • Soaps contain antimicrobials and are marketed with a health claim about killing microorganisms. Avoid them.
  • Install preventative fixtures to prevent falls and injuries.
 
Healthier Outsides
 
  • Don't use harmful pesticides and herbicides. They are cancer-causing.
  • Beware of the air quality of attached garages. Never leave a car running in a garage. Ventilate your garage well.
  • Secure the envelope: seal exterior cracks and holes and have a proper vapor barrier.
  • Be security conscious and secure the perimeter of your home. Motion detecting lights can be effective.
  • Have an action plan and tools in the event of a natural disaster or blackout. A generator, flashlights, batteries, food, water, etc.


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