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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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