The hidden dangers in the home
The dangers of poor air quality range from more allergy symptoms to far more serious illnesses like cancer. Unfortunately, the modern-day home is full of hazards – and without proper ventilation, these could pose a danger to our health.
Naturally, some of the biggest concerns start in the kitchen. Cleaning products such as oven cleaners, laundry aids and furniture polish all contain potentially harmful chemicals. Look out for ingredients such as:
- Phthalates – found in air fresheners, toilet paper and dish soap
- Perchloroethylene (PERC) – found in carpet and upholstery cleaners
- Triclosan – found in antibacterial hygiene products
- Ammonia – found in products used to polish
- Chlorine – found in toilet bleaches, mildew removers and laundry whiteners.
Unfortunately, poor ventilation is on the rise in modern homes. The good news is that you can do something about it.
Why improving your air quality will impact your health
A good gulp of fresh air will do more than just lift your spirits. Evidence suggests it can have a number of physiological benefits, ranging from stress reduction to toxin removal.
Decreased blood pressure
A fresh breeze works to lower your blood pressure by exerting your heart less. With fewer compounds such as carbon dioxide, and more oxygen, the heart does not have to work as hard to pump that all-important O2 around the body. The result is a happier heart, and lower blood pressure. You’ll also notice lower heart rates, helping you to feel more relaxed.
Again, that supply of oxygen is the green flag for your body to continue performing at its best. This includes digestion – your body will naturally encourage blood flow to the digestive system and keep your tummy happy.
Speaking of good digestion, this is just one of the many ways a healthy body releases toxins. Another is to take in a good breath of fresh air. This helps to expand the lungs, and allows us to expel any harmful airborne pollutants out of the body.
More oxygen flowing around the bloodstream means more blood flow to those essential limbs. This empowers us to exercise, which in turn can release endorphins and make us feel happier. A healthier heart and happier mind – who knew that fresh air could do so much?