Healthier Environment

Tips for a Healthier Environment

With all the harmful chemicals in our environment, it is important to ensure that you are doing what you can to eliminate as many of them as you can.

Here are some top tips for a healthier home or office.

  • Ensure your home has good ventilation and air it regularly.

  • Clean air conditioning and gas heating vents regularly.

  • Wash and air your clothing and linen outside in the sunshine on a regular basis as UV is a great sanitiser. Use natural cleaning products.

  • Switch off your wireless router over night or whenever possible.

  • Get rid or your cordless DECT phone and switch to a corded phone.

  • SMS instead of talking on the phone where possible, and use hands free or a shielded headset when making phone calls. If you need to use your mobile phone as an alarm switch to airplane mode to block radiation.

  • Avoid clothing, furniture and floor coverings pre-treated with water proofing or stain proofing chemicals.

  • Ensure your sleeping area is located away from wireless routers and fuse boxes where possible.

  • Avoid tobacco smoke, fuel products and cadmium (found in pesticides, car exhausts).

  • Avoid Pesticides and fertilisers. If using non organic fresh produce wash in white vinegar before consuming.

  • Use essential oils as room deodorisers rather than fragrance oils and commercial products.

  • Use salt lamps in the home to purify the air.

  • Throw away plastic containers because polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics may attach to our hormone receptors and also place further burden on our detoxification organs. For this reason, it is important to keep plastic from touching your food. For the same reason, reduce consumption of any food packaged in plastic and heat sealed containers. Use ceramic or glass containers for storing or heating food and never microwave food in plastic containers.

  • Avoid microwaving food. In addition, to microwave ovens leaching harmful electromagnetic radiation, they also alter the chemical composition of foods, particularly proteins.

  • Throw Away Chemical Cleaning Products, Personal Care Products and Cosmetics:

  • Use natural skin products and steer clear of sodium lauryl sulphites and sulphates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, heavy metals, etc. These are all commonly found in shampoos, conditioners, soaps, body washes, face creams, cleansers, sunscreens, tooth pastes, hair gels, hair sprays and make up. It is possible to source natural products without all the harmful nasties.

  • Women should also steer clear of non-organic tampons and pads as many of these are full of pesticides, plastics and bleaching agents. Look for natural and organic products which can readily be found in natural health stores, online or even in some supermarkets.

  • Switch to natural cleaning products such as microfiber cloths, white vinegar, baking soda, colloidal silver and essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree and clove oil.

  • Purchase a good quality water filter which filters bacteria, chlorine, rust and other harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, the chlorine and other chemicals and bacteria in tap water is damaging to our thyroid, pineal gland which makes the important hormone melatonin and may also damage our beneficial bacteria in our gut.

  • Make sure you eat a good diet with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, good fats and good quality proteins. Vegetables and fruits contain an abundance of phytonutrients and antioxidants which enhance detoxification pathways in the body.