Wondering How You Can Improve Your Health? Read This!

People spend, on average less than 10% of their lives outdoors. A massive chunk of the indoor life is
spent at home, hence the saying, “A healthy life begins at home.” Creating a healthy home does not
have to be a daunting and expensive task, but sometimes requires a re-evaluation of your lifestyle and
habits. The key to creating a healthy home is avoiding or limiting exposure to toxic chemicals,
disease-causing agents such as pests, and hazardous material. You must adopt several proactive
approaches toward creating healthy homes.
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Dust Control

Most allergies are aggravated by dust. Dust components may include hazardous chemicals like lead, fire
retardants, mold, and other chemicals. An expensive approach to eliminating dust buildup is by replacing
wall to wall carpets with wood flooring, tile, or non-vinyl linoleum. Another way of removing dust buildup
is by frequently vacuuming with a keen eye on corners and under furniture.

Ditch Pesticides

Pesticides are hazardous and, over time, can lead to a myriad of health issues like asthma, problems
with child brain development, learning disabilities, and even cancers. Pesticides can also be expensive;
therefore, the best approach to pesticide avoidance is prevention. Roaches and other pests like to infest
unhygienic areas. Therefore, practice general cleanliness like thorough dishwashing, cleaning food
residue off surfaces, using airtight packaging for food, and of course, sealing off cracks that would
otherwise serve as a point of entry for the pests.

Gutter Cleaning

Gutters are built to protect the house inside and outside by funneling rainfall and snow water away from
the house. Too much rain falling too adjacent to your home can erode the soil around it and compromise
the building's groundwork. It is imperative to invest in gutter cleaning, which can range from simple
brushes to skilled or professional gutter cleaners.
Clogged gutters will mean moisture is seeping into the walls whenever it is raining or snowing. Mold
grows on damp walls, and this can cause myriad health damage to the occupants of the house. Health
problems caused by mold might include breathing problems or allergic skin reactions.
Clogged gutters are ideal nesting areas for rodents and birds, especially where there are dry leaves. The
clogged gutters may also overflow; causing spillage on porches and walkways that could be dangerous
when slippery.
When done regularly, gutter cleaning saves you a ton of countless health issues and also saves quite a
bit of money that would have otherwise been spent on repairs, and fumigation.

Filter your Tap Water

Filtered tap water has been proven to have fewer contaminants compared to bottled water, which has
all the pollutants found in tap water. Regulations for tap water require frequents checks as compared to
the regulations for bottled water. Filtering your tap water eliminates contaminants like lead pesticides,
E.coli, and Chlorine. Filtering your water does not need to be a substantial investment, and a regular
change of filters is all it takes.

Eat organic, Eat Healthily

Organic foods are more nutritious and are pesticide-free compared to those conventionally produced.
Since organic foods are generally pricier, it is advisable to buy in-season produce that will definitely be
otherwise more expensive offseason and only buy organic for foods you consume most often.

Get your Home Tested

Lead and Radon is high on the hazards lurking in homes, especially those built pre-1978 before the
ban of lead paint. While Radon is a carcinogen, lead has been associated with brain damage in
fetuses and young children.
Due to the magnitude of damage caused by exposure to these chemicals, you must get your homes
tested for the same. If determined to exist, then measures should be instituted to remove the sources
and use alternative products such as paint.

Reduce the Use of Plastics Products

Bisphenol A is a chemical used in plastics such as water bottles and baby bottles.
The National toxicology report found compelling reasons to associate the compound with adverse
effects on the brain, prostate gland, and also behavior in fetuses, infants, and young children. In adults,
it has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Practical ways to reduce Bisphenol A is opting for
tempered glass bottles or the more stable plastics like Polyethylene. You can also avoid microwaving
food in plastic containers and wrappers. Paper towels and wraps are always a better option.

Kick Nicotine Addiction

The biggest trigger of asthma in children is secondary smoke from adults smoking in their homes. Smoking has been associated with lung cancer deaths; therefore, it is vital to quit smoking as an effort to create a healthy home for children and adults as well.

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