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Is Your Home Healthy?

Is Your Home Healthy?

Most of us do what we can to keep healthy. We eat a well-balanced diet filled with vitamins and minerals. We try to get plenty of exercise and give our bodies a chance to recover with a good night’s sleep. We go to the doctors when we are unwell, we vaccinate our children and take any medication we need, we attend checkups and go for routine preventative scans, and we take the time to read about new developments which could improve our health. As a society, we’re even starting to take better care of our mental health and break down the barriers of talking about mental health issues. But, this could all be pointless if you live in an unhealthy home.

 

Your home can be full of toxins and disease which can make you and your family unwell. So, it’s important to check for the signs of an unhealthy home and do something about it before it has an adverse effect.

 

Air Quality

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Breathing in dirty and dusty air can have a poor effect on your health, especially if you already suffer from a condition like asthma. Long-term it can lead to heart disease and issues recovering from coughs and colds. Investing in an air purifier can filter out small particles making your air cleaner and healthier.

 

Damp

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A damp home can be both unhealthy and uncomfortable. Damp can also lead to the growth of black mould, especially around your windows. Over time living in a damp home can lead to more coughs and colds, a weakened immune system and more serious conditions like pneumonia. The spores from the black mould can also lead to skin irritation, sore and infected eyes, nose and throat, rashes, fatigue, headaches and chronic coughs. For those with an already weakened immune system, the risks can be even more dangerous.

 

To keep your home free from damp, install insulation, open a window when you shower, keep your home at an even temperature, by getting your heating checkout out by ABC Home & Commercial and leave it on at a low temperature. Repair window seals and dry washing outside or in the bathroom with a window open when possible. If you are still having issues, consider investing in a dehumidifier.

 

Control Your Light

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Light plays an important part in our health. Not getting enough natural sunlight can lead to a vitamin D deficiency, weak bones, poor skin tone and texture and weakened hair and nails. It can even cause depression and seasonal affective disorder. But, living in a very bright home can mean that you struggle to get to sleep properly and have a hard time reaching a deep sleep, which can leave you tired and lethargic and weaken your immunity.

 

Try to open your curtains during the day to let as much light in as possible and spend time in the rooms that get the most sunlight. Then, for the night time, fit curtains with a thick blackout lining and invest in an eye mask to help you sleep.

 

Deep Clean

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Most of us are quite good at keeping up with the everyday cleaning jobs involved with keeping our homes clean, tidy and hygienic. But, what about those jobs that only need doing every few months or less? Many of us forget these completely. This can lead to a buildup of dust and dirt, mould, damp and the growth of unhealthy toxins which can make you unwell.

 

So, make a Rota so that you can’t forget these jobs. Try to do one a month if you can. These jobs should include things like having your duvets dry cleaned, cleaning your curtains, washing your shower curtain, cleaning your sofa cushions, cleaning your fridge, freezer and cupboards shampooing your carpet and hoovering under all of your furniture.

 

Clear Out Your Cupboards

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When was the last time you went right to the back of your food cupboards? Or looked through everything in your fridge? Do you have a jar of pickled onions that’s been there for years? Many of us keep food well past its use by date as we just don’t look at it that often. Look through all of your tins, herbs and spices and everything in your fridge and freezer, checking dates and getting rid of anything that’s past its best.

Your home should be a place where you can rest and relax. When you are ill, it should be where you can recover and get better. You should feel completely happy and comfortable. It can’t be your safe space if it’s making you unhealthy, so take the time to look after it, just like you look after yourself.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The change in seasons can bring about more than just cold weather. For some, this change comes with depressive episodes. Approximately 5% of the U.S. population suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, during the year. About 10-20% of recurring depression cases have a seasonal pattern.

What exactly is SAD? SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes with the changing seasons. Symptoms include fatigue, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and weight fluctuation. There are two types of SAD. Winter-onset is the most common with symptoms occurring in late fall to early winter and improving in the summer. Spring onset is the lesser known type of SAD that happens during late spring or early summer.

We know that SAD occurs with the changes of the seasons, but a diagnostic test for SAD still does not exist. Even without a formal diagnostic test, your healthcare provider can still perform a diagnostic procedure to determine if you suffer from SAD. Your doctor will ask a series of questions and perform a physical exam. Often, a complete blood count or thyroid test will be conducted to rule out any other health issues.

What are the treatment options if you’ve been diagnosed with SAD? There are multiple options for treatment that include traditional and alternative methods. Here’s a breakdown of SAD treatment options.

Traditional SAD Treatments
● Light Therapy- With light therapy, the person is exposed to a full-spectrum light anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half per day. The light simulates natural light and is thought to change the brain chemicals linked to mood.

● Psychotherapy- In psychotherapy patients are taught to recognize and change their negative thoughts, manage their stress, and utilize healthy coping strategies.

● Medication- In some instances, medication can be prescribed as a traditional method of treating SAD.

Alternative SAD Treatments
● Dawn Simulators- This treatment involves gradually increasing light a half hour before an alarm clock notification. This mimics the sun rising during warmer seasons.

● Supplements- Vitamin D supplements can be used to alleviate depression symptoms. Omega-3 oils are found in supplements or fatty fish and can relieve significant depression symptoms.

● Yoga and Exercise – Yoga therapy and regular exercise can effectively treat depression symptoms. Exercise releases the body’s feel-good chemicals called endorphins, but the real value lies in low-intensity exercise sustained over time. That kind of activity spurs the release of proteins called neurotrophic or growth factors, which cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections. This improvement in brain function is known to make people feel better.

● Meditation – Meditation techniques have been found to reduce stress in people with SAD.

● Acupuncture – This treatment can reduce the severity of depression. The benefits can last for up to one year.

To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by Regis College’s Online Master of Science in Nursing degree program.

 

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder
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