Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ten Simple Steps to Reduce Body Burden: Step Nine

Did you know that the EPA ranks indoor air pollution in their top five environmental risks to public health?

Did you know that in our modern culture, the average American spends 90% of a 24 hour day indoors?

Did you know that organic pollutants (like those found in household cleaning products, air fresheners, plastics, carpet and upholstery) are often 2 to 5 times higher inside your home than out?

It's true. We're poisoning ourselves. I don't mean to be that dramatic. But, in looking at how to reduce our Body Burden, we should consider the air we breathe. Here's tip number nine...

9. For cleaner and healthier air, open your windows when the outside temperature is comfortable.

It may be a little cold where you are, but spring is coming. And when it does, let your home "air out!" Our homes are built so air tight these days. We really let the stale, chemical-laden air out.

Here are two more ideas to keep your air clean:

Buy houseplants. Not only do they brighten up your home, they filter your air and provide good,
pure oxygen. The rule of thumb is "the bigger the leaves, the better equipped for filtration a plant is." There are a few exceptions. Check out this website for specific plants to buy.

Consider purchasing an air purifier. You want one that gets particulate matter, microbes AND chemicals out of the air. This is the system we use. And we totally love it. We have noticed a huge difference in our home. I have had people with chronic sinus congestion come over and say, "Wow, I can breathe in your house."

1 comment:

Daisy said...

Amen!! Open those windows and let in the fresh air. I remember practically living outside as a child. There was never weather that was bad enough to keep us indoors. Kids need to get out and experience nature!