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Nicole's 8 Steps to a Healthier Home
In the past 20 years childhood allergies and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have increased by 400%, 1 in 4 people have asthma, breast cancer has more than doubled since the 1960s, the age of puberty is dramatically declining, sperm count has dropped by 50% and IVF is where you go to have children.
Could these conditions be linked to the homes in which we live? YES.
If I was to sum up in seven basic steps how to create a healthy home, this would be it!
- Take your shoes off before you enter the building as this will reduce the dust load by at least 50%.
- Air your home by opening windows as often as you can. A healthy home smells like fresh air.
- Restrict the use of chemicals to clean your home; use damp microfibre cloths.
- Store food and beveriges in glass, stainless steel, pyrex, corningware. See my TV interview about plastics on The Circle.
- Avoid air fresheners, pesticides and fragrances in your home as they may mimic hormones in our body which have been linked to early puberty and an increased risk of breast and other forms of cancer.
- Ensure electrical appliances are at least 1.5 metres away from your bed, favourite couch and any other areas where you spend time in order to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields.
- To reduce the dust load in your home, use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter and motorised head.
- Chlorine and fluoride in our drinking water are associated with health risks. Use a water filter.