This blog largely started out of my passion for making my home a healthier place for myself and my family. My desire for this has largely come from wanting to take control of my chronic health conditions.
I have fibromyalgia, a chronic illness defined by chronic widespread pain, fatigue and many other often debilitating symptoms. Currently, conventional medicine offers very little for those of us with fibromyalgia. Many have found some relief from improving their general health and living more naturally. It has been very helpful for me. I also have asthma and allergies, all of this also helps improve those symptoms as well.
Honestly, I have let myself slip back into some unhealthy habits. Over the past two years I’ve had a few health scares. I developed hypotension. The required many tests and a visit with a cardiologist. Best guess is that I don’t process salt well. It’s not often a cardiologist tells you to eat more salt. However, he wouldn’t write be a prescription for potato chips and said I should just salt healthy foods. What a buzz kill!
The next health scare came several months ago when I woke up to very severe pain in my back and chest. After I started to develop basically every symptom of a heart attack for a woman, we rushed to the ER. They didn’t find the cause at the ER so I followed up with my doctor. He ran more tests and found I had a large gallstone. Thankfully it’s too large to get stuck and I haven’t had recurring problems so he said I didn’t need to do anything.
And because all of that and the endless testing I’d already had wasn’t enough. I ended up with a terrible case of hives. They were over my whole body and it took at least two weeks to recover. I still have some itching and burning from time to time. Normally this kind of reaction is an autoimmune reaction. This can also be a precursor to bigger autoimmune issues.
With all of this I know I have to get back on track with good healthy habits! I want to improve my health and hopefully visit my doctor a lot less and skip any ER visits in 2016!
Creating a healthier home can seem overwhelming at first, but if you follow some simple steps you will be well on your way to better health for your family.
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Easy Steps to a Healthier Home
Switch Your Cleaners
Cleaners can contain a lot of bad ingredients. Many of the ingredients are linked to asthma, can contain endocrine disrupting ingredients and cause other health problems. Choosing natural cleaners or make your own cleaners can help reduce the number of toxicants entering your home and improve your health.
Clean Up Your Diet
Eating a healthier diet is good for pretty much every part of our health. Things like choosing less processed food and organic when possible, can really help. Also limiting sugar can really improve our health, this one is hard for me!
Clean the Air
Indoor air pollution can be a big problem. We are making our homes more and more air tight, trapping pollutants from cleaners, chemicals in furniture, outdoor pollution and more. There are many great ways to reduce indoor air pollution, like good furnace filters, using natural cleaners, airing out your home, and air cleaning plants.
Use Safer Cookware
Coatings on cookware, like Teflon, can increase our risk of health issues. It can also contribute to indoor air pollution. Choosing safer cookware like stainless steel or cast iron can help reduce these risks.
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