Refresh Your Super Surroundings

(CREATE A HEALTHY HOME)

A healthy home helps support our kids' health and well-being and lowers lifelong health risks. This can include increasing natural lighting, improving indoor air quality, and using safer products.

WHAT

The places we live, play, learn, heal, and work are intimately tied to our health and well-being. Think about it. Do you feel better in a dark, damp basement or a room with big windows and plenty of sunshine? Have you ever choked up a bit from a strong odor? A growing body of research has been finding links between the built environment (and the products we use in them) and our health and well-being. While there’s little you can do in public spaces, there are many easy steps you can take to create a healthy home.

How

For most of us, there is no bigger source of stress than our concerns about toxic chemicals in our homes, food, and environment. But the stress we put ourselves under may be more toxic than the chemicals we’re afraid of. It’s important to put it all in perspective and choose our battles wisely.

First, it’s important to avoid fear of chemicals and ingredient whose names look like another language. All of life is made up of chemicals with unrecognizable names like phenylalanine and lauric acid.

Second, be aware but not obsessive. no one can do everything. Just do what you can and let the rest go. You can fight other battles when you’re ready, so take a deep breath, and love, hug, and laugh with your family.

Third, focus on what matters most. Some environmental health risks are much larger than others. Through our 7 steps for refreshing your super surroundings, you can have a significant impact with just a little time and energy.

Who

Environmental Toxins & Your Health, The Cleveland Clinic, Online Health Chat with Melissa Young, MD.

Environmental Toxins: The Elephant in the Room? by Chris Kresser

The Environmental Working Group