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Improving Your Home’s Air Quality

Improving Your Home’s Air Quality

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Air pollution is on the rise in general. But have you considered the air quality in your home in particular? So many of us automatically associate air pollution with being outdoors in busy city centres or major cities around the world. But the air in your home isn’t necessarily much different. While you can’t control air quality in the wider world, your home is one place you have a little more control over – and you can take measures to ensure you can breathe easy in the space you where sleep, eat, and generally relax in!

Dust

We produce dust in our homes on a day to day basis. It’s essentially an accumulation of skin cells, hair, and other bits and bobs that are dropped on the floor. But while it may seem settled on surfaces, it’s also present in the air. Don’t breathe it in – instead, dust, sweep, and vacuum regularly to collect up as much of it as possible.

Tackling Mold

Mold can spread through your home for a variety of reasons – damp being one of the most common. It can be easy to ignore if it’s isolated to places where it’s out of sight. But mold is much more than an eye sore. It’s unhealthy too. Spores spread in the air and can actually make you sick when you breathe them in. So, if you have mold in your home, don’t procrastinate. Contact specialists like Environix, who will be able to tackle and remove mold from your property professionally and safely.

Investing in Houseplants

Houseplants are said to be nature’s life support system. They naturally draw impurities from the air surrounding them and photosynthesise carbon dioxide into oxygen in order to survive. They’re the inspiration for air filters – and what’s better than the original, authentic deal? If you do invest in houseplants, be sure to do your research and only invest in plants that are appropriate for your home in particular. Many plants are poisonous or toxic if consumed, so if you have kids or pets, are generally better avoided.

Try Out Salt Lamps

Chances are you’ve already heard about Himalayan Salt Lamps or seen them about. They’re attractive lamps, carved from blocks of salt with a bulb inside. But did you know they’re supposed to be great for air quality in your home as well as being aesthetically pleasing? Experts claim that when the salt in the lamp is heated by the energy emitted from the bulb, it draws in water from the air. This water contains all sorts of bacteria and dirt, meaning the lamp draws in bacteria that you would otherwise be breathing in.

These are just a few different options you might want to look into and try out if you’re planning on improving air quality within your home. They can make a drastic difference, so they’re all worth giving a try!

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5 Great Reasons Why You Should Spend More Time Outdoors

By Guest Blogger, Cloe M.

5 Great Reasons Why You Should Spend More Time Outdoors

 

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Fresh Air

Surprisingly, many common household materials are toxic, and your home could be full of pollutants.  Many household and office products contain formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds. Furnishings that are treated with a flame retardant constantly emit dangerous chemicals into the air you breathe in your home or workplace.

In addition, dirt, dust, mould and pet dander are all common indoor pollutants that can seriously affect your health. Of course, keeping your home clean and having good ventilation will help. However, to enjoy the highest amount of clean, invigorating, unpolluted fresh air, get yourself outside.

Lower Stress Levels

Many studies prove that time spent in natural surroundings really is good for you. In some countries, such as Japan, ‘Forest Bathing’ or ‘Green Therapy’ is an accepted and prescribed remedy for many ailments. A stroll through your local park or a visit to a spectacular beauty spot can reduce stress and depression, improve our attention span, inspire our creativity, and make our brain healthier.

Being in a forest can also lower blood pressure, pulse rate, and cortisol levels. Also, our short-term memory can be improved by as much as 20-percent after interacting with nature. We can feel less tired and more likely to get a good night’s sleep. Not only that – just being outdoors and immersed in nature undeniably just makes you feel good!

 

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Encourages Physical Activity

Just being outside inspires you to move about. Walking is an excellent exercise that requires no equipment – and while you can increase their walking on a treadmill, you can gain even more benefits by getting outside and enjoying a stroll through a park, along a river, or on the beach.

When you spend time outside, surrounded by beautiful scenery, you will often feel inspired to keep walking to see more. A great way to get more physical activity outside is to get a dog – all the inspiration you will need to get yourself outside on a more regular basis. Dogs are great jogging companions – their enthusiastic running will inspire you! Also, stick and ball throwing are great dog-motivated physical activities.

Another new trend that is taking off, is jogging while collecting litter. Studies have revealed that you can burn almost double the calories by incorporating bending and stretching between short bursts of running. You will also be helping to keep the planet cleaner for yourself and future generations to enjoy.

Get More Vitamin D

Many people do not get enough Vitamin D from the foods they eat or from sufficient time outside in the sunshine, meaning that Vitamin D deficiency is a fairly common condition.  Low levels of this vitamin are linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, depression, complications during pregnancy, and osteoporosis. Even just fifteen minutes of direct sun exposure on your skin, preferably in the morning or late afternoon, is the best way to boost your Vitamin D levels.

 

 

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Improves Eye and Body Health

Our eyes suffer from constantly focusing on things that are close by, such as computer screens. Allowing our eyes to look off into the distance allows them to relax and recuperate. Also, studies have revealed that children who spend more time outdoors are notably less likely to develop nearsightedness.

Finally, remember kick off your shoes and feel the grass beneath your toes, or the sand under your feet. Going barefoot increases our contact with nature and enhances the benefits. Furthermore, children who roam without shoes can develop a better sense of balance, as well as healthier feet and stronger immune systems.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer from Dunedin, New Zealand who loves taking long outdoor walks to boost her creativity and lift her spirits. What better way to end a working day than to hear rustling leaves and to feel the gentle breeze brushing against your face? Check out more of Cloe’s work on her Tumblr page.