Home Modifications to Improve Your Health and Well-Being

make your home as healthy as possible for the ones you love!

by Natalie Jones

There are many factors in our daily lives that impact our health. When we think about these factors, we probably consider diet, exercise, genetics, and even our stress levels. Many people, however, overlook the important role that our own homes play in our overall health.

Research has shown that “there is a direct relationship between health and housing.” Believe it or not, there are many types of green home improvements and repairs that can help improve your health and well-being.

If you’re planning your next home improvement projects for the upcoming year, these are just a handful you might consider adding to the list:

Indoor Improvements for Health

Wood is Better Than Carpets

When it comes to creating a healthier home, one of the first steps you might consider is removing carpets to help reduce allergens. Hardwood or tile flooring can be better for reducing allergens such as dust mites and pet dander. As an added bonus, hardwood flooring is also easier to clean, longer-lasting, and more sustainable. In other words, it’s a win-win situation.

 Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors For Safety

An extremely important (and affordable) safety consideration is installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. You’ll also want to ensure that these devices have working batteries.

While you are installing the detectors throughout your home, you should also determine your family’s emergency evacuation plan in case of fire, severe weather, or other unexpected disaster. This will keep all household members safe during unexpected emergency situations.

Repurpose Unused Spaces

Do you have any unused rooms in your home, such as empty bedrooms or basement spaces? If so, you might consider converting an unused space into a “reading room” so that you have a quiet place to relax and unwind.

Another great green home improvement for an unused room or unfinished basement is to build your own home gym. This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank by investing in expensive equipment. Instead, you can install a mirrored wall (so you can help reduce injuries by ensuring you have proper form) and invest in some dumbbells. Additionally, you might also consider installing a sound system so that you can listen to energizing music while you workout.

Outdoor Home Improvements for Health and Safety

If you have a pool or pond in your yard, you probably make sure someone is there to carefully monitor all water-based activities. This is especially important if you have children or pets. Of course, there are some home modifications that can help increase pool safety. For instance, you might consider installing a fence around the perimeter of the water to help keep children and pets from accidentally slipping and falling in.

 Going “Green”

Some additional home improvement projects you might consider include “green” changes. Your household water usage is a great place to start when it comes to sustainability. For instance, you could implement low-water landscaping with a variety of colorful and beautiful plants.

You might also install a water filtration system. Environmentally-friendly systems such as this 10-stage under sink water filter kit, can cleanse and purify your drinking water. You’ll help the environment (and save money) by not having to purchase bottled water, and you’ll enjoy quenching your thirst with toxin-free drinking water.

Sometimes, taking your health into your own hands can start in the comfort of your own home. Green home improvements do more than add to your home’s resale value; modifications like the ones listed above can actually contribute to your overall health and well-being. They don’t cost much money and the value they add to your life (and your health) will be well worth it.

How to Beat Seasonal Allergies

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By Lynn Gamwell

It is allergy season, and people all around me are sniffling and snuffling their way through.  I know that I am one of the lucky ones whose allergy symptoms are mild to non-existent, but several of my near and dear are not so lucky. As soon as the trees started budding and the pollen count went up we started going through tissue like it was toilet paper!  As I listened to their tales of woe, I wondered if there was something that hadn’t been tried. Disinclined to use nasal steroids, we turned to the natural herbal and homeopathic world to see what could help.

Allergy Symptoms

If you are an allergy sufferer you don’t need to be told how miserable it can be. The sneezing, the runny nose, the itchy, watery, red eyes make life miserable. The most common allergens which cause respiratory symptoms are dust mites, molds, pet dander and saliva, smoke, and, of course, pollen. People say that the best way to avoid allergic attacks is to avoid the allergen. But that is hardly realistic at this time of year when pollen coats everything outside, from our cars to our pets to our clothing. Even open windows are problematic for sufferers. So do hay fever sufferers have to stay inside as the natural world beckons to enjoy the spring bursting forth?

Nourishing World has an Array of Options

Fortunately there are options beyond the pharmaceutical steroids and antihistamines, and they don’t involve being cooped up indoors with all your windows closed for several months of the year! Nourishing World has several options from a lung cleansing herbal formula (Allertrex), to a homeopathic formula that works like an antihistamine without the side effects (VAXA Aller-sine).

GHC Allertrex

GHC Allertrex, is unique among allergy formulas in that it’s combination of iodine with respiratory healing herbs actually cleanses airways eliminating toxins that are breathed in. It reduces discomfort of the nose and throat and opens up airways to increase oxygen intake. Allertrex can be used on a maintenance schedule of several times a week and increased in times of acute respiratory challenges.

VAXA Allersine

A physician selected the 18 homeopathic remedies in VAXA Aller-sine that provide antihistamine like, broad relief of symptoms associated with common allergic symptoms such as itchy watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, cough and chest congestion, low energy, aching full head, and runny nose. VAXA Allersine can even help with food allergies and insect bite reactions such as hives. Homeopathic formulas rarely have side effects yet can be extremely effective options for symptom alleviation. VAXA Allersine offers a comprehensive homeopathic treatment for many types of allergies and sensitivities.

VAXA Sinus

VAXA Sinus combines 5 homeopathic remedies for respiratory ailments with top ranked herbs for respiratory health and healing. These include Boswellia, Stinging Nettle, and Turmeric along with nutrients such as Bromelain, Ginger, Quercetin, and Ascorbic Acid. These ingredients work synergistically to decrease congestion, post-nasal drip, pressure in the head and forehead, cough, sneezing, inflammation, and general lethargy. VAXA Sinus works equally well for the common cold and can be taken as needed for chronic as well as acute symptoms.

Let’s Think in Broad Terms

We here at Nourishing World are generally inclined to think holistically about symptoms, meaning that while symptom relief and healing is important, keeping the body healthy as a whole should result in fewer symptoms in the first place. So consider a broad view to treating allergies by eating a healthy diet with supplemental probiotics (such as Prescript-Assist) to increase beneficial bacteria in the gut thereby reducing the incidence of allergic reactions. And when seasonal allergies do hit, as they inevitably do for some, one of the most calming and immediate things we suggest is to apply Blue Ice Calm Balm to the chest. The soothing relief of camphor will open up stuffy heads, noses, and chests while easing aching muscles with penetrating pain relief.

Enjoy the Season!

Don’t let seasonal allergies keep you cooped up inside! Find relief and freedom from hay fever and other types of sinusitis with excellent natural solutions from Nourishing World.   Explore these carefully selected products for yourself. We would love to hear your feedback about how they worked for you!