I study natural health, so naturally, it’s not just about food. Your surroundings can affect your health as well. It’s a silent, but very real part of life.
I read an article in a magazine a long time ago and ripped it out to remind me of certain important steps to take to reduce chemical and electronic pullutants in the house.
Here is a checklist for you:
Daily: Open windows to let fresh air in and pollutants out.
Monthly: Wash your refrigerator’s drip pan if it has one, to prevent mold build up.
Keep dust and pullutants from blowing through the house, vacuum or wipe down delivery and return vents if you have a forced hot air heating system
Bi-monthly: Change furnace filters in winter months whether they look dirty or not.
Annually: Have furnace inspected to ensure that it’s not leaking deadly carbon monoxide.
Bi-annually: Have forced hot-air ducts cleaned. Look for a technician at www.nadca.com
Electromagnetic fields can impact our health in a negative way. Radar, microwaves, video monitors, and electric appliances can cause eveything from chronic fatigue to insomnia to leukemia. Managing the electic mess is possible within our own environments.
To limit the electromagnetic fileds you are exposed to, you can switch from an electric alarm clock to a battery-operated one, unplug appliances when not in use, and consider using you landline phone more often than your cell.
You can also relocate electric appliances such as space heaters, computers, lamps, and other electric items if they are near to where you sleep. Just putting it across the room can help—Just see if you get a better nights sleep.
As far as other pollutants, synthetic fibers from rugs, curtains, bedding, couches, and even clothing can harm your health as these items deteriorate. As beautiful as those new curtains or carpet are, inhaling their “dead skin” isn’t good for you. Opt for natural fiber area rugs over bamboo floors (my pick). Try some bamboo shades or silk curtains and ditch the polyester.
Trade up your cleaning products too. You can even make your own. I clean all windows and glass with one part white distilled vinegar and one part water. No need to worry if Fido or baby is sittiing at your feet.
Recipes for more cleaning products are HERE