When you’re improving your health, some of the most important steps you can take involve limiting your exposure to harmful contaminants, pollutants, allergens, and other irritants that compromise your wellness and make excessive demands on your body’s immune system. Discover the following three simple steps you can take to improve your health.
Breathe Cleaner Air
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The air inside your home can become polluted by a range of contaminants that may contribute to health issues, from sneezing and congestion to more serious illnesses such as asthma and lung cancer. To improve your health, consider measures you can take to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Open a window when you’re cooking or using cleaners, and add plants to help clean your air in a more natural way.
Change the air filters on your home’s HVAC systems regularly. Choose filters based on their rated ability to filter a certain size of particles, not price alone. While homeowners can keep vent grilles clean by wiping them with a mild bleach solution, a professional HVAC technician should service the system and perform routine maintenance, vent and duct cleaning, and repair work as needed. This regular maintenance will make sure that the air you spend so much time breathing is not damaging your health.
Develop Good Food Habits
Never has there been a time in the world’s history when the food supply was safer, offered more variety and consistency, or delivered more convenience. You can still take steps to improve your health by monitoring what you consume.
The vast logistical systems that are in place to ensure a steady supply of food from agricultural centers to your local grocer focus on delivering food that is fresh and free from pests and disease. However, food providers often use harsh chemicals, such as pesticides and other treatments, to meet these goals and promote the visual appeal of their products. These contaminants are rarely completely absent by the time the food hits the shelf. Carefully wash fruits and vegetables that come into your home to limit the amount of unwanted chemicals you consume.
Drink Clean Filtered Water
While most American cities offer a steady and reliable supply of relatively clean water, you can take several measures to further reduce any harmful material present in your water to improve your health. A water filtration system — whether permanently connected to the home’s water system, mounted to the tap, or placed in a simple water pitcher that you refill as needed — can greatly reduce the parts per million count of harmful pollutants and additives you consume. Pollutants (such as legacy lead from old pipe systems), harmful particulates, or higher than ideal chlorine levels left in the water after being treated by municipalities can all negatively impact your health.
Promoting improved health is often a matter of making sure you have proper water and clean air and choosing food that’s been properly washed and prepared. Take the above relatively easy steps to begin enjoying improved health today.