“A man with good health has a million wishes but a man with bad health only has one.” Unknown Author
The EPA estimated that half of all illnesses are directly attributable to seven types of indoor air pollution. 1) Formaldehyde gas 2) Asbestos (in building materials) 3) Tobacco smoke 4) Biological Pollutants (bacteria, fungi, viruses) 5) Volatile Organic Compounds (cleaning and repair work) 6) Radon Gas 7) Combustion by products from wood, coal or oil.
A recent survey indicated that the pollutant levels within the average US home are higher than those in the air outside the house.
It's important that these things are taken into consideration, especially if health is important to you. The quality of the air that you breath could be a direct result in how you feel about life.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Indoor air quality problems can result from excessive moisture, radon, combustion gases, and many other contaminants that may accumulate inside. The first strategy to achieving good indoor air quality is to stop these contaminants at their sources. However, not all contaminants can be eliminated at the source, for example excessive moisture in kitchens and bathrooms. Proper ventilation strategies can reduce indoor pollutant levels by bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. EPA Link
When considering how a home interacts with your health and wellness remember to minimize synthetic made materials that off gas volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and to use high quality filters and increase fresh air exchange.
Another angle on health is what you put in your body. Creating edible gardens is more than a trend. Farm to table food is highly desirable and when we begin growing our food our relationship with it evolves and is more respected and honored. Cornell University has done studies and have learned that when children grow vegetables they eat more veggies!