There’s no place like home. Seriously. When we’ve been away, even for just a few hours, there is something special about walking through the door, kicking back, and relaxing with the creature comforts of home.
But here is an unfortunate fact – your home could be making you and your family sick. (Wait, what?!) Yes, it’s true. The things in and around our houses can contribute to things like low energy, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and a host of other ailments.
However, there are simple, easy things you can start doing right now that can improve the health of your home. Here are my TOP 5 recommendations.
Open your windows.
When was the last time you opened your windows? Sadly, the indoor air quality of most homes is more polluted than outdoor air – even in major metropolitan cities. And, the average person spends about 90% of time indoors.
Poor indoor air quality is caused by cleaning products, air fresheners, candles, cooking, and even breathing. Opening doors and windows allows the polluted air to move out and fresh, outdoor air to come in. Opening windows also comes with an added bonus – sunlight – which kills bacteria, virus, and boosts the both mood and immune system.
Take off your shoes.
Have you ever thought about what lives on the bottom of your shoes? Think about where your shoes have been (ahem… public bathroom floors, parking lots, dog parks). And, where have the shoes been of everyone else walking on your floors?
Those droplets from a cough or a sneeze have to land somewhere. You guessed it – the floor. It’s a virtual “ews ew” of germs and bacteria.
Shoes also track in the chemicals from outdoor pollution that have settled on pavement, as well as fertilizers, pesticides, and outdoor allergens. This is especially noteworthy if you have small children that spend a lot of time on the floor.
If you feel strongly about wearing shoes in your home, designate a special pair for inside only, and offer guests shoe covers or that pair of hotel slippers stashed in the guest room closet.
Avoid scented products.
Clean has no smell. All of the fragrance, chemical-filled products frequently used are simply swapping “dirty” with toxic chemicals that can result in an endless list of physical and mental health conditions, chronic diseases, and even death.
Not to worry. Almost every cleaning product can be easily replaced with a non-toxic, and often more affordable option. (Think baking soda. Seriously, it’s a miracle worker.)
The Environmental Working Group Consumer Guides offer an easy way to learn about the contents and health impacts of cleaning and personal care products so that you can choose healthier products moving forward.
Change your light bulbs.
The past decade has brought on a huge change to indoor lighting with the introduction of LED bulbs. These energy-efficient options are known for their longevity and multi-color options.
However, what makes them energy efficient is the elimination of the red portion of the light spectrum (which produces heat, a.k.a energy), leaving predominantly blue light. Additionally, the way an LED bulb is made often results in Dirty Electricity. This topic is too complex to get into in this post, however you can learn more here.
We are constantly bombarded by blue light, not only from LED bulbs, but also televisions, phones, tablets, and computers. Blue light tricks our brains into thinking it is still daytime, thus inhibiting the production of the levels of melatonin needed to achieve deep, healing sleep. This is why limiting screen time after sunset is recommended (or at least start wearing blue-light blocking glasses).
The solution? Swap out LEDs, compact fluorescent, and fluorescent lights with incandescent bulbs, at least in highly used areas and sleeping rooms.
Turn off your WIFI at night.
Ideally, I recommend eliminating WIFI altogether (I did – more on this in a future post). However, even just turning off WIFI at night can support your body’s ability to naturally heal while you sleep. Plus, its free.
Simply put, WIFI is radiation.
When WIFI is turned on, there are non-stop high-frequency radiation waves being sent into the living environment, your body, and into anyone in your home. Most people do not feel any different when exposed to WIFI, Bluetooth, or cellular signals, however some individuals are extremely sensitive when exposed.
Just because you cannot see or feel it doesn’t mean it isn’t having an impact.
In the scope of human existence, WIFI, Bluetooth, and cell phones are incredibly new technologies. Several research findings about the health conditions resulting from high frequency radiation exposure are beginning to paint a picture, however the gravity of the ultimate long-term consequences is unknown.
Give your body a break by either unplugging your router at night or putting it on a timer to shut off during sleeping hours. Also, leave cell phones and any smart devices out of the sleeping room. These are excellent first steps to limiting your and your family’s total exposure to high-frequency radiation.
A Healthy Home
These 5 tips are just scratching the surface of creating the healthiest home environment possible for you and your family. Rest assured, deciding to implement just one of these tips will result in your home being healthier than before.
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Until next time…