When we want to improve our health, we tend to focus on nutrition and exercise – we start taking vitamins and eating more fruits and vegetables, we start walking more and going to the gym. We do all these things in hopes that our immune system will improve and that we will be able to stay healthy for a long time, but what if there was something more that could be done? Here’s how you can make your home a healthier place and, in turn, improve your health too:
If you have enough space, you could plant trees in your yard. They might take a long time to grow, but when they do, they will give wonderful shade, and you will be able to hang a swing on its lower branches. If you don’t have a yard, you could try planting herbs and spices in small flower pots and keep them on your kitchen counter or windowsill. Not only will basil, rosemary and oregano look pretty but you will also be able to use them when you cook instead of buying them in a store.
Let fresh air in
Make it a habit to open your windows every morning and let fresh air in your home because it will help you wake up. Still, if you have allergies or the air in your area is polluted, you might want to invest in an air purifier instead. It will filter out even the smallest particles and remove impurities from the air, which will help protect your lungs. It’s also a good idea to have one if you or someone else in your household smokes.
More clean foods
When it comes to foods, it might be best to take big steps and clean your home of all junk and unhealthy foods in the first place. It’s easy to reach for chocolate chip cookies and chips when you keep them in the pantry, but if you fill your pantry with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, dried nuts and raw honey, you will be able to satisfy your cravings with healthy snacks instead. This simple step will help you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and when you don’t keep tempting junk food around, you’ll find it easier to stick to healthy habits
Pick the right scented candles
You feel good when your home smells good, but some of the air fresheners and scented candles can actually be bad for your health. If the scented candles you buy are paraffin wax candles with a petroleum-base, you should know that they can emit chemicals that are potentially hazardous. Some of these chemicals increase the risk of allergies and asthma, so if you have sensitive lungs or asthma, it might be better to use soy candles instead.
DIY cleaning solutions
In order for your home to be healthy, it has to be clean, but you might want to take your time picking the cleaning products for your household. Even though they are advertised as powerful and effective, most modern cleaning solutions contain dangerous chemicals that can be bad for your health. Fortunately, you can easily make your own cleaning solutions using only three ingredients: lemon, white vinegar, and baking soda. Not only will this be effective for cleaning your entire home but you will be sure that every member of your household is safe from dangerous chemicals and bacteria.
Control the light
Most people don’t even notice light pollution in their homes because we have grown used to it by now. Still, even if you don’t exactly notice it, light pollution in your home will interfere with your sleep, and you will find it difficult to fall asleep every night. This is especially the case if you live in a city environment or street lights get into your bedroom. Getting quality shades is a good idea, but if it’s inconvenient to get them, you can always use an eye mask instead. Bad sleep will affect your stress levels, immune system and even your weight and mental health.
Even though taking care of your health should be a priority, most people find it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy for a long time. When you make an effort and keep your home clean and healthy, you will notice that your own health has improved significantly too.