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Getting A Pet And 6 Other Simple Tips May Help You To Make Home Environment Healthier

Date December 11, 2017 17:06

The place where you live could be harming or helping your health. There is not much you can do about water and air pollution, but there are some things you can change at home to make it safer and healthier. Your home actually reflects the state of your mind, so make it a place that improves your mental and physical well-being.

Here are some changes you can make at home to make your living environment better:

1. Reduce the amount of harmful chemicals

We may assume that if certain cleaning products are on the market, they must be safe. Cleaning products that contain ammonia, chlorine, and other substances have been used for decades, but their harmful effect on our health is proven. Safer alternatives include vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon juice, all of which can be applied in different ways and can substitute most of toxic cleaning products. You can also try some natural ways to get rid of uninvited guests such as cockroaches, ants, and mice instead of using pesticides.

2. Make some changes in your kitchen to eat healthier

If you have a bowl of candies sitting on the table, replace the candies with something healthier to snack on, such as apples, oranges, and bananas. Keep other foods in the fridge and cupboards (especially if these foods are unhealthy), so you won’t be tempted to eat between meals. And you have probably heard about how smaller plate size can help control portions, right? Some studies prove the effectiveness of this method. In addition to that, if the food and the plate are of contrasting colors, you’ll be likely to eat less, too.

3. Remove dust

Dust can make your allergies worse. It may also contain some amounts of harmful chemicals. Remove dust from surfaces with a wet cloth and vacuum regularly, preferably using a vacuum with strong suction and a HEPA filter.

4. Wash your hands

Make sure the first thing you do when you get home is washing your hands. Teach your children to wash their hands properly, too. Use regular soap instead of antibacterial one, and wash your hands under running water for at least 20 seconds.

5. Get a pet

Having an animal in your home can actually make you healthier. Having a cat or a dog can make you less stressed and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition to that, big dogs can make their owners more active. You can go for a morning run with them, and think of the amount of time and effort it takes to wash your big furry friend – you will surely burn quite a lot of calories! If you don’t have much time for cats and dogs, fish are more low-maintenance and don’t need their owners to entertain them. Simply watching these silent little creatures swim in their tank can make you feel calmer and happier.

6. Put some house plants in your home

In addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and making oxygen, house plants can purify the air in your home. According to NetDoctor, good choices are English ivy, variegated wax and asparagus fern.

7. Be wise about light

If you don’t work nightshifts, open your curtains to let sunlight wake you up. And if you want to get a good night’s sleep, dim the lights in your room and limit screen time before going to bed so you won’t disrupt your circadian rhythm.

These changes can make you feel more comfortable and healthier in your home and can help make it a place where you’ll always want to come back.

Source: WebMD, NetDoctor, Bustle

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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