Dust mites, toxins, mold spores, bacteria, allergens, chemicals, pet dander…
Unfortunately we live in a world where we can not escape common toxins that can damage our health. In fact, you probably share your house with most, if not all, of the toxins and organic compounds mentioned above.
The fact that we hardly open our windows nowadays just adds insult to injury. We rely on air conditioners to keep us cool and heaters to keep us warm, inside our offices, our homes or home offices.
The list of health problems that may be caused by what I call “ lack of fresh air “ goes on and on: Asthma, allergies… and in extreme cases, headaches, chest pain and even death, caused by carbon monoxide leaks. Make sure you check that your gas stove, furnace and fireplace are working properly.
No need to panic and start packing your belongings to move into a cave just because you feel that your house is a death trap after reading this article! There are ways to minimize the damage and have better air quality inside your house and inside your body. Here a few simple ideas:
* Keep your house clean as much as possible. Vacuuming gets rids of dust mites and other allergens.
* Check for mold and mildew in the bathroom and kitchen (shower curtain, shower walls, sink)
* Clean your refrigerator – use a multi-surface spray to wipe down the walls, and each shelf. Remove the drawers and scrub with a sponge, warm water and soap. While you are at it, you might also consider “cleaning out” all the junk food. Eating your greens and vegetables and avoiding processed, sugary foods will make your immune system stronger to help fight airborne contaminants.
* Be wise when choosing your cleaning products and opt for brands that use non-toxic formulas, or you can make your own. A lot of the regular cleaning products can leak VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can be damaging to your health.
* HVAC systems can create mold so change your filters regularly.
* Strive to have at least one window open in the house for a few hours daily. Pick the best part of the day to do so when it is not so hot or cold outside, depending on where you are located, open a window and invite the fresh air to come inside your house.
Being a lover of the outdoors, my best tip for you is to give your lungs a break and feed them with tons of fresh air by spending time enjoying nature.
Go for a hike, a walk or a jog in the park. Sit by a tree with a nice book in hand, take a nap, breathe deeply, and relax! Play outside with your kids, have fun in the sun! Your lungs will thank you, so will the rest of your body, your mind and soul. You might actually enjoy spending some time outside and it will bring you great health benefits, physically and spiritually, I promise you.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
(916) 799 – 5262
firstname.lastname@example.org Milena Pointer is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, avid adventurer and healthy foodie. She specializes in the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. She is also a student of herbalism and ayurveda, and she encourages individuals to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle through adopting a balanced diet, using natural herbal remedies and products, and exercising regularly.
Milena leads workshops and offers individual and group coaching. Please contact to schedule a free health assessment at Milena@milenapointer.com or call (916) 799-5262.