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How to Create a Healthy Home for Your Family

How to Create a Healthy Home for Your Family

More and more of us are trying to find ways to be healthier.  This includes trying to eat healthier and exercise more.  For an increasing number of people, it also includes finding ways to make our homes healthier by going to “greener” cleaners and even looking for options to keep the air in our homes cleaner.  Below, you’ll find a few general tips designed to help you on your journey to a healthier home.

 

When it comes to keeping the air cleaner, a good vacuum cleaner can be a great start.  Regular vacuuming can remove a great deal of the dust and other allergens that can be problematic for those with allergy, sinus, or breathing issues.  Air purifiers can remove airborne allergens and other potential pathogens.  If you find that the air in your house tends to seem dry (this can be most problematic during the winter), a humidifier can add moisture to the air, which can help keep nasal passages and sinuses from drying out.  (Dry mucous membranes are more likely to trap germs, bacteria, and allergens.)  If, on the other hand, the air in your home seems too damp (this can be a problem for those who live in more humid climates and don’t have an AC to remove moisture from the air), consider a machine such as a dehumidifier to rectify this problem.  Dehumidifiers can be a lifesaver for those with breathing issues that respond well to drier air.

As for floors, carpets can be hard to keep completely clean and sanitized.  Regular steam cleaning can help.  Look for cleaning solutions that contain all-natural ingredients, but make sure they’re suitable for your type and color of carpet.  For bare floors, mopping can provide an effective level of protection from germs and bacteria.  Opting for more natural cleaners (like a simple mix of vinegar, water, and a few drops of tea tree oil) or store-bought cleaners that use natural ingredients can disinfect without the harsh and potentially harmful fumes contained in some cleaners.  Steam cleaning mops are also a great choice.  The heat from the steam can kill germs and bacteria with absolutely no need for harsh chemicals.  Just make sure you know how much heat your floors can take, as some hardwoods and vinyls could be damaged by excessive heat.

 

In terms of general-purpose cleaners, there are more and more nature-based commercial preparations available today.  They tend to cost more than their harsher chemical counterparts, but the extra cost can be worth the peace of mind that comes from using products that are less likely to produce noxious fumes and/or pose a potential threat to children and pets.  You can also make your own cleaners.  The above-mentioned vinegar mixture is great for cleaning and disinfecting all of your surfaces.  Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 3 cups of water and 10 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle.  You can add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil for a scented cleaner.  Full-strength tea tree oil can be toxic if ingested.  Most experts recommend a dilution rate of at least 10:1; the recipe above features a dilution rate of over 1,600:1 with only the water factored in.  If you’re worried about the house smelling like vinegar, don’t be–the smell of the vinegar dissipates very, very quickly.  Vinegar is also a great way to remove cooking smells from the kitchen.  Pour a half cup or so of vinegar in a bowl in the kitchen, and your cooking smells will be gone in no time–including that “fried” smell that seems to linger for days.  And vinegar is still pretty darn cheap!

While the above tips only barely scratch the surface, we hope they represent a good few first steps on your way to a healthier home.

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Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter (and Year-Round)

Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter (and Year-Round)

The winter months bring the cold and flu season. When trying to avoid becoming ill there some ways to prevent the cold from even starting.

 

There are some ways to help support the immune system during the winter cold season. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Water will keep the immune system healthy and help flush out the toxins in the body.

 

Try to minimize stress levels. Studies have shown that people with a lot of stress are at a greater risk for becoming ill. Put in reasonable hours at work. Try to see friends and family at least once a week. If help is needed to deal with stress ask for it. The Bach Flower Remedies have helped person reduce stress and bring balance back into their life.

 

Eat a balanced diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables with some organic meats to keep the body healthy.

 

Find a good supplement to support overall health. Supplement can increase the amount of nutrients in the body. The supplement will vary based on lifestyle needs . This post can help find the supplement that will best support overall health . Some supplements that are recommended for the wintertime include:

 

Essential Oils

These oils can help protect the immune system. There are a number of essential oils that will protect the body from bacteria in the air. They can help boost the immune system and decrease the duration of a cold or the flu.

 

Standard Process Products

 

There are some herb medicines as well as standard process products that are good during the winter. Your health needs will determine which one you should use. Feel free to contact me for help selecting the correct one.

 

Exercise

 

It is important to exercise even if it is for 15 minutes a day. A short walk counts as exercise as well.

 

Get Plenty of Sleep

 

The average person needs between six and eight hours of sleep a night. If a person is not sleeping enough the body is at risk for getting sick Sleep will help recharge the body and fight off illnesses.

 

Wash Hands

 

Be sure to wash hands often. This will help minimize the amount of bacteria that gets in the nose and the eyes. Even if there is not a sink around keep hand sanitizer nearby.

 

No Smoking

 

Smoking makes the immune system weak. Try to quit for better overall health.

 

Stop the Sugar

Eliminate sugars from the diet. This includes sweets and hidden sugars such as breads and pasta as well as commercial fruit juices. This will put the immune system at risk.

 

Use a dehumidifier

 

Consider getting a dehumidifier. This will help bring moisture back to the air and reduce the chance of illness.