Top Tips To A Healthy Home

Author: Nicole Bijlsma  

We all spend a significant amount of our time at home, so it's important to make sure that the space where you live nurtures and supports your family's health. Simple changes to daily habits and purchases can make a big impact on your long term health. Here are Nicole's top 10 tips to creating a healthy home.

 

1. Shoes off inside! This will significantly reduce the levels of dust, dirt, germs, pesticides and other unwanted things coming into the house.

 

2. Invest in a good vacuum with a HEPA filter and motorised head. Without a quality HEPA filter, up to 80% of contaminants will recirculate back into the indoor air mass

 

3. Bring in the fresh air! Open windows and doors regularly to allow good air flow through the house

 

4. Clean Green. Replace harmful chemical cleaners with non-toxic alternatives from the Abode cleaning range. Damp microfiber cloths are great for dusting and to reduce the microbial load in the home.

 

5. Use the sun to regularly air out doonas, mattresses, pillows, rugs and other fabric furnishings, soft toys, pet bedding and even chopping boards.

 

6. Avoid air fresheners and artificial fragrance in your home as many are lung irritants that may also contain hormone disrupting chemicals

 

7. Keep electrical appliances at least 1 meter away from the bedhead and family couch to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation. WiFi and mobile phones should always be turned off at night.

 

8. Filter your water. Tap water is treated and disinfected with chlorine and fluoride, both associated with health risks. Water and shower filters are now a necessity, not a luxury.

 

9. Store food and beverages in glass, stainless steel and lead-free ceramics. Avoid plastics (#1-3-5-7) coloured & glazed ceramics and leaded crystal.

 

10. Read the labels. The first 1/3 of the ingredients (usually the first 5) listed make up over 95% of the product. Many chemical ingredients available have never been tested for human safety or long term health effects.

 

Nicole Bijlsma's Healthy Home Initiative

 

"My aim is to empower families to make informed choices about the products they buy, and to create healthier environments for our children".

 

Nicole Bijlsma is a woman of passion, and is on a mission to educate and empower people around the world on environmental medicine. Nicole is an accomplished naturopath, acupuncturist, building biologist and accredited IICRC mould remediation specialist and has been in clinical practice since 1989.

 

Author of the bestselling book Healthy Home, Healthy Family, Nicole has been a columnist for Body+Soul (Herald Sun Newspaper) and has featured in over 30 interviews on every major television network including the 7PM Project, Sunrise, the Today Show, The Circle, Channel 7 News and Today Tonight.

 

She is also the co-founder of Healthy Home Products, founder and principal of the Australian College of Environmental Studies (a registered training organisation) which provides accredited training in Building Biology, Mould Testing, Electromagnetic Field Testing and Feng Shui. Apart from her extensive experience lecturing at tertiary institutions for 30 years, Nicole is currently completing her PhD in health hazards in the built environment at RMIT.

 

For more information about Training Courses at Australian College of Environmental Studies visit www.aces.edu.au and to find out more about Nicole Bijlsma visit her website www.buildingbiology.com.au


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