10 Ways to Make Your Home Healthier and Prevent Colds and Flus Naturally

Did you know that making your bedroom clean, cozy and cool before you sleep and that keeping a variety of house plants can reduce your risk of colds and flu?

In addition to the mind and body tips to prevent colds and flus in my earlier post, you can make several easy adjustments around the house to reduce your chances of getting sick. Research supports these practices that make your home more pleasant, in addition to healthier.

1. Wash your hands and clean your mobile phone as soon as you get home. Wipe off door handles and places that are touched frequently when you return indoors.

2. Open windows (assuming it's not overly polluted outside) and fill the house with fresh air daily.

3. Humidify the air...you can get sensors to note how dry the air is like Netatmo (shown below). Aim for minimum humidity of 40% to 60%.

4. Diffuse essential oils like lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus to purify the air. They are rich in natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties as part of plant immune systems.

5. Prepare a clean, cool and cozy bedroom to encourage good sleep. You can use your Netatmo sensor to keep the bedroom between 60-67 degrees fahrenheit (15.5 to 19.4 celsius ) according to the National Sleep Foundation.

6. Nurture a variety of house plants to purify indoor air and provide green touches.

7. Boost natural light exposure by opening curtains and blinds and letting available sun shine in. Blue light from the sun stimulates immune cells in our skin. Use natural spectrum light bulbs whenever possible, like those by Lighting Science (shown below).

8. Minimize house dust with hepa filters on vacuum cleaners, air filters and indoor air cleaners; keep clean uncluttered shelves; avoid dust collectors like too many stuffed animals (or wash them regularly). The newest technology is filter-free and uses heat to purify the air by AirFree (shown below).

9. Live Japanese style—keep street shoes out, wear house shoes inside. This keeps germs and dirt from outside, outdoors.

10. Decorate with nature scene art, play nature sounds, use nature themed screensavers.


In this video, I discuss these 10 ways to prepare your home to prevent colds and flu. This is second in a How to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season playlist:

 
 

If creating a Healthy Home is one of your goals and you'd like to boost it, use the Goal Setting For Success Workbook to help you plan.  Download your free copy here. 

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For more details, read below and check links to research studies. Research geeks like me will love it!

1. Wash your hands and clean your mobile phone as soon as you get home. Your mobile phone is exceptionally germ laden. Using an anti-microbial case may help. Wipe off door handles and places that are touched frequently when you return from outside.

2. Open windows (assuming it's not overly polluted outside) and fill the house with fresh air daily. Indoor air is as much as 12 times more polluted than outdoor air.

3. Humidify the air...you can get sensors to note how dry the air is like NetAtmo. Aim to maintain a minimum humidity of 40% to 60%.

4. Diffuse essential oils like lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus to purify the air. They are rich in natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties as part of plant immune systems.

5. Prepare a clean, cool and cozy bedroom to encourage good sleep. You can use your Netatmo sensor to keep the bedroom between 60-67 degrees fahrenheit ( 15.5 to 19.4 celsius ) according to the National Sleep Foundation.

6. Nurture a variety of house plants to purify indoor air and provide green touches. Indoor air is typically much more polluted than outdoor (as much as 12x). These toxins have adverse health consequences. This study explains benefits of english ivy, peace lily, nephthytis and grape ivy to clean benzene (from detergents, other home cleaning products) and toluene (from paint, paint thinners, nail polish, etc) from indoor air. This study showed the effectiveness of snake plant, spider plant and pothos at removing ozone, a major component of smog, from indoor air. Studies note that plants cannot remove all toxins, but improving air circulation can boost effectiveness

7. Boost natural light exposure by opening curtains and blinds and letting available sun shine in. Blue light from the sun stimulates immune cells in our skin. Use natural spectrum light bulbs whenever possible, like those by Lighting Science (shown below).

8. Minimize house dust with hepa filters on vacuum cleaners, air filters and indoor air cleaners; keep clean uncluttered shelves; avoid dust collectors like too many stuffed animals (or wash them regularly). Dust is an upper respiratory irritant; too much can cause inflammation, which weakens the respiratory system.

9. Live Japanese style—keep street shoes out, wear house shoes inside. This keeps germs and dirt from outside, outdoors. University of Houston researchers found that 26.4% of shoes carry the bacteria Clostridium difficile and a 2015 study found that 40% of shoes carry Listeria monocytogenes. Study author, Kevin Garey, PhD, from University of Houston said, "Honestly, I don't mind the added benefit of not tracking germs into the house. Why not take off your shoes just to be safe?"

10. Decorate with nature scene art, play nature sounds, use nature themed screensavers. Studies show exposure to nature, even green walls, can calm, soothe and even boost immunity.

 


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