In recent times, more attention is being placed on healthy living. There is a sharp rise in vegetarianism and more recently, veganism. More people are also incorporating exercise into their daily routine. These are all good changes to make to enhance our lifestyles but we never stop to consider that some changes could be made within our homes as well.
U.S. News and World Report has suggested 5 changes we could make to enhance our health.
- Cleanse Your Kitchen
It’s no longer good enough to simply purchase a juice machine or stock up on healthy snacks. We must go much further if we are looking to truly make an impact on our health. For instance, have a look at your tap water. In the aftermath of the Flint, Michigan crisis, I think we should all be more aware of what we put in our bodies via our most valuable natural resource. It is estimated, according to a study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, that approximately 77 million people in the U.S. were served by community systems with violations as recently as 2015. It is important therefore to consider investing in a water filter. This device removes harmful toxic chemicals and lead, leading to disease prevention and improved skin and circulation.
- Bring Fitness In
As previously stated, many people are incorporating exercise into their daily routine. Some gyms are at full capacity at peak times of the year. But if you have the extra space in your home, why not invest in your own personal gym. It doesn’t have to anything to break the bank. A few weights or maybe a yoga mat or elliptical machine would be enough to give you the added fitness boost, right in your own home. Having this space dedicated to your workouts is extremely convenient as you no longer are restricted to any specific time of day. Physical activity is essential to reduce to risk of contracting chronic illnesses like heart disease. Apart from helping you to lose weight, exercise is can boost your energy, sleep quality and overall happiness.
- Purify Your Air
Another change that you should include is purifying your air. Fresh air is essential to healthy living. It enhances your digestion and lowers blood pressure. It is even credited with strengthening your immune system. It may be difficult during the winter months to go outside or open a window, but there are other ways to ensure than you are providing your body with clean air.
One of the easiest ways would be to add a number in household plants to your home. The right kind of plant can even reduce germs and bacteria. But if you are like some people and struggle to keep your plants alive, then there are other options to consider. For instance, essential oils, humidifiers, and soy-based candles might be better for you.
- Green Landscaping
It’s not only important to ensure than the air inside your house is clean, but what about the air immediately outside your home? You are not going to stay inside at all times, are you? It is important therefore to make sure that the air around your home is free from things like pesticides. When we open our windows, these chemicals can easily find their way inside and that can lead to major health risks. So it is essential to ensure that your outside air is as free of contaminants as possible.
- Smart Cleaning
Cleaning your home regularly is a sure way to maintain healthy living. However, we must pay attention to the products we use when doing so. Many household cleaners contain toxin and chemicals that can be more harmful than beneficial to us. Aerosol sprays, furniture and floor polish and air fresheners can lead to respiratory problems, headaches and allergic reactions. Before you buy, first read the product label and limit your contact with bleach and ammonia-based products.