HEALING SPACES CAN SUPPORT IMPROVED RECOVERY
Environments—including our homes, schools, and workspaces—can be designed to be more therapeutic. Evidence shows that hospital patients enjoy faster recovery and less pain medication than those in spaces without healing elements.
What might our opportunities be if we incorporated these simple ideas into our homes?
10 HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS TO DETOX
While vehicle-related emissions are a major source of outdoor air pollution, half of our urban outdoor air pollution comes from our household products—like cleaners, paints, and fragrances, according to a study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
And that’s outdoors. What impact do they have in our homes? Click below to learn which 10 household products to start detoxing.
Tips TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CELL PHONE RADIATION
The iPhone was unveiled in 2007. Since that time, an explosion of wireless products have entered our lives. They are accompanied, however, by electromagnetic waves.
While how this influences our health and wellbeing is not fully understood, it can take some health issues, including cancer, at least 15 years to develop. Other potential effects take generations to manifest. So we just haven't had enough time to understand this sufficiently. And a lot more time and studies are needed.
But biological effects are being identified, and a long list of health effects are of concern, including reproductive outcomes, child development, decreased cognitive abilities, and impaired memory.
The good news: Simple precautionary measures can help.
Simple tweaks to help you optimize your wellbeing & joy
There is a shocking amount of toxic exposures—toxic chemicals and heavy metals—in our environment and in the products that we use everyday. Some of these toxic chemicals off-gas into our indoor air. In fact, indoor levels of some pollutants can be two to five times higher, and occasionally more than 100 times higher, than outdoor levels. Even in the most industrialized cities. (EPA 2009)
Some of these toxic exposures also make their way into our bodies. In fact, 300+ chemicals are commonly found in American adults (CDC 2012c).
The good news is: Small changes can hack toxic exposures.
For example, using a large doormat and removing shoes before entering our homes can reduce lead dust by up to 60% (Turner, Gibson, and Reed 2010). This could also hack pesticide residues on carpets by 25% and total carpet dust by 33%. According to dust researcher John Roberts, effective cleaning and using doormats may reduce an infant’s dust exposure by 90 to 98% (Washington Toxics Coalition 2000).
At Ruan Living, we're on a mission to share healthy tweaks that can immediately start decreasing your toxicity. And we pursue simple nontoxic living with a balanced approach that won’t threaten your joy.