The world can be a dangerous place. Everywhere you turn there’s a risk of illness, injury, or much worse.
Our homes, however, are supposed to be an escape from all this. They are meant to act as a haven, providing a safe and healthy space away from the dangers of the outside world. The trouble is, most people homes aren’t nearly as healthy as they think. If you’re working to improve your health, you probably focus mostly on diet and exercise. These factors are of course vital, but your house plays a pretty big role too. With that in mind, here are ten ways to create a healthier home.
1. Take Off Your Shoes
The outside world is far from healthy. Everywhere you turn, there is dirt, litter, bacteria, harmful toxins, and more. When you walk around, these nasties can get picked up on your shoes. This means that, if you wear your shoes inside, you’ll bring those things in with you. The best way to prevent this is to remove your shoes as you step into the house. Keeping a box or rack near the doorway means that your footwear won’t clutter up the entrance.
2. Clear Out The Clutter
Some people don't mind having an untidy house. They call the mess “organised chaos” and argue that they know exactly where everything is. However you view your home though, your mind just sees clutter. This can cause stress, which often develops into more serious issues. Clutter is also a great environment for dirt, dust, and allergens to gather. Because of this, you should try decluttering and getting your home in order.
3. Switch To Natural Cleaners
Cleaning your home doesn’t automatically make it a healthy space. It all depends on the way you clean and the type of cleaners that you use. Most products found in the cleaning aisle of stores are chemical-based. These can cause numerous health problems, including migraines, asthma, and even allegedly cancer. Switching to natural alternatives can protect your health and the world around you. They can also be much cheaper than many cleaners found in stores but work just as well.
4. Hide Your Gadgets Away
Technology is a constant in most of our lives. It can be incredibly useful and entertaining, but it can also cause a lot of stress. One of the biggest issues most people face with technology is slow internet. If this is something that bothers you, then try switching to the much faster fibre broadband. Staring at screens for too long can result in eye strain too so make sure you take regular breaks away from the screen.
5. Adopt A Dog
The decision to adopt a dog is not one that should be taken lightly. However, if you are looking for a reason to bring home a four-legged friend, then look no further than for your own health. Those living with pets have a much lower risk of developing asthma and other lung problems. They are also much more likely to exercise regularly, as dogs require long walks to keep fit themselves. Plus, dogs are cute, so spending some time cuddling them can help you to lower your stress.
6. Clear Out The Fridge
Cooking your own food is a lot healthier than eating out or ordering a takeaway. After all, it’s much more difficult to know how nutritious what you’re eating is if you don’t prepare it yourself. That being said, when the only meal options in your kitchen are full of fat and sugar, you’ll still end up eating junk. Because of this, you should clear out the unhealthy foods from your fridge and replace them with healthier alternatives. This means you’ll have no choice but to eat properly.
7. Limit Your Plastic Use
Whenever there is food leftover from a meal, many people keep those extras in the fridge for later. If you often do the same, you must ensure you store them in the right containers. Plastic should never be used to store food. In fact, you should keep as little of it in your kitchen as possible. The reason for this is that plastic products leach toxic chemicals which can cause some very serious illnesses. If you want to save your leftovers, you should stick with glass.
8. Filter The Tap Water
Drinking bottled water is bad for the environment, but it can harm your body too. After all, those bottles contain all the same nasty chemicals that your storage containers do. This means that you should consider switching to tap water. If you plan to do this, however, you should filter your water first. Although filtering does take place before the water reaches your taps, your water might still be contaminated with bacteria and all sorts of other nasties.
9. Create An Exercise Space
We all need regular exercise for many different reasons. As well as helping to lose and maintain a healthy weight, it can also help you to combat stress. The problem is, few people actually work out enough. You might spend hours planning when, where, and how you’re going to exercise, but, if you have to travel to the gym to do so, you’re likely to talk yourself out of it. Creating an exercise space in your own home, therefore, can benefit you massively.
10. Set The Right Temperature
When setting the temperature in your home, you need to think like Goldilocks. You can’t go too high or too low - You have to get it just right. If you leave your house too cold, you make the space incredibly uncomfortable, which can cause a lot of stress. If you go too high, however, you create the perfect environment for bacteria, mould, and dust mites. Ideally, you should set your thermostat for around twenty-one degrees in the living room and eighteen degrees bedrooms.
Your home can affect your health just as much as diet and exercise. By making some adjustments you can create a healthier space to live.