10 Ways to Stay Healthy at Home

10 Ways to Stay Healthy at Home

Health is one of our top priorities and we put so much effort into staying active, being fresh, taking care of ourselves, working on our spiritual and mental health, so that we can live a fulfilling and happy life.

But that’s not all there is to it. Health is closely related to what’s around us too, the environment we spend most time in is one of the main factors for our condition, and mostly the place we are at most often – our homes.

There are some changes you can make so that you can stay healthy at home, and make sure you and your family are safe, in a good physical and mental condition, and surrounded by good vibes only. Here are some ways to take control of your home and turn it into a health sanctuary:

1. Declutter.

First of all, get rid of all the belongings you haven’t used in a long time. Truth is, we own more stuff than we actually need, and that brings chaos into our lives.

Having too many belongings – be it clothes, furniture, decorations, books, sentimental items, or else – means you have more things to take care of, fix and clean, and all this takes up space in your home too.

So be a minimalist and give away most of it, even throw the rest. Eliminate anything unnecessary and your life will immediately become more organized, peaceful and free.

2. Eat real food.

What better way to stay healthy at home than to only bring fresh foods there rich in nutrients, vitamins and fibers?

Make it a rule never to get any processed or junk food there. In fact, avoid anything that comes in a package or has sugar, the wrong type of fats and white carbs in it.

3. Keep it clean.

Vacuum 2 times weekly, clean and wash the most used things at your home every day, never leave dirty dishes in the sink for a long time, wipe down surfaces after every use, dust regularly.

If you keep your house clean you’ll not only be healthier and will enjoy spending time there more, but it affects longevity too.

Hire a house cleaning service if you want some professional help.

4. Keep things organized.

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Always put your clothes, shoes and coats away. Make your bed in the morning.

Find a place for everything and get it back there after you use it. Use notes and reminders to never forget anything important again, but also not to get overwhelmed by having too many things on your mind.

5. Let the sun in.

Make sure your place is spacious and natural light comes in during the day. It affects your health and mood more than you can imagine.

6. Fresh air.

Before anything else, don’t let anyone smoke inside if you want to be healthy at home. Then, make sure you open the windows regularly to let some fresh air in every room. Also, make sure you change your air filters at regular intervals to ensure the air inside your home is as healthy as possible.

7. Leave dirt outside.

Never let dirt in. Wash your hands when coming back from work, or after using the bathroom.

If you have a pet, take the necessary precautions.

8. Have plants.

They can make the environment more friendly in the house, but also have a positive effect on your health.

They are natural air filters and make the place look and feel greener and thus more alive.

9. Watch out for toxic household products.

Be careful what you use to clean your home.

Read labels when at the supermarket, follow the instructions on each, and whenever possible, use organic products.

10. Make your bedroom sleep-friendly.

We spend one third of our lives sleeping, it’s a vital need and our body and mind must have a proper rest each and every night. So to make sure that you not only get your 8 hours of quality sleep, but also feel comfortable in your bed, never wake up at night and start the next day in a good mood, make some changes.

Get a better mattress and pillow, nicer sheets, never use your laptop in bed and never bring food in the bedroom. Respect that place and use it for sleep only.

So what about you? Which of these ways to stay healthy at home have you already tried?

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Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women’s Health

Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women's Health

If you’re confused about what food are good for you today, but bad for you tomorrow, you’re not alone.

Take fat, for example. One day, all fats are bad. Then we’re told we need healthy fats. Another day, the perception of what’s considered ‘healthy’ fat is under scrutiny. Here’s the skinny on saturated fat.

The Truth About Saturated Fat

Just a few decades ago, fat was the enemy, especially saturated fat as found in butter and other animal-based food products. They’re the kind of fats that solidify at room temperature, which is due to their atomic makeup; the carbon cells are completely covered, or saturated, by the hydrogen cells.

Foods that contain saturated fats include:

– Red meat
– Eggs
– Cheese and other dairy products
– Poultry
– Pork
– Palm and coconut oil

Saturated fat was thought to cause high cholesterol and ailments like heart disease. However, new research has shown that a diet that includes saturated fat and reduces carbohydrates actually has the opposite effect, especially in women over the age of 50. This has led to the rise of low carb and paleo diets.

The benefits of saturated fat has been studied by researchers, dietitians and journalists like Nina Teicholz, whose book, The Big Fat Surprise, summarizes nine years of research on the subject of saturated fat and women’s health.

The conclusions reached by many who’ve viewed the data are that there is no conclusive evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease or obesity when eaten as part of a balanced diet. In fact, over the period between the first recommendations by the American Heart Association demonizing fat in 1961 and now, heart disease, obesity and related conditions have increased.

How Did Saturated Fat Become the Enemy?

The big turning point came after the release of the so-called “Seven Countries” study conducted by Ancel Keys. This research – and false conclusions – looked at diets around the world. Keys determined that the seven countries with the highest rate of heart disease also consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat.

What the study overlooked, and what turned out to be the real cause of adverse health effects, was that people in these countries also ate the highest amounts of processed carbohydrates and sugar. The problem was that Keys went in with a hypothesis about the correlation between fat consumption and heart disease, and rejected any findings that didn’t support his theories.

What’s it All Mean?

We’re not suggesting that fat doesn’t raise cholesterol, which is a contributing factor in heart disease. However, certain kinds of cholesterol are beneficial, even necessary, to good health.

Adding modest amounts of saturated fat and reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption increases the HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. The trick is to choose the right kinds of saturated fats, not deprivation.

Food With Beneficial Saturated Fat

The right levels of saturated fat in your diet allows you to enjoy eating again. Food tastes better and is more filling, which means less temptation to binge and less over-eating. Choose saturated fat from healthier foods like coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and grass-fed beef over grain-fed.

If you’ve been depriving yourself and avoiding ‘real’ foods like red meat, cheese and butter, this is good news. The best diet for anyone is one that uses moderation without necessarily excluding entire food groups.