Keep your home as pollutant-free as possible

Keep your home as pollutant-free as possible

 

While many people think that their risk of inhaling pollutants is reduced when they are indoors, they would be wrong. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are many sources of pollution inside the home such as coal, wood, kerosene, oil, gas and tobacco products, all of which may harm human health. This is why it's important to use organic detox products, even for people who spend the majority of their time indoors.

Recently, Wicked Local published an article by Gail Infurna, R.N., who reminded people that the phrase "you are what you eat" should also include "you are what you breathe."

"Oddly enough, despite all the pollutants that we know about in the outdoor air, our indoor air can be two to five times more polluted. We spend a lot of our time indoors sleeping, eating and hanging around, and most people work in offices and children are in school, so if air quality isn’t good, we are at risk for health problems. But few people think about the quality of air indoors," Infurna wrote for the news source.

Along with the toxins listed by the EPA, cleaning supplies, paint and varnishes left open for too long may also cause pollution inside the home.

Infurna offers some suggestions for how to reduce toxins inside the house. First, never let people smoke inside, since secondhand smoke can be extremely dangerous, especially in enclosed areas.

Also, the EPA states that it's important to make sure that a home is ventilated properly, since too little outdoor air can cause pollutants to accumulate and potentially cause comfort and health problems. The organization suggests using outdoor-vented fans that intermittently remove air from a single room, and of course keeping windows slightly open.