For the health-conscious, the New Year comes at a cruel time. Just after you've stuffed yourself with turkey at Thanksgiving, indulged in one too many cocktails at holiday parties, and remembered why you love eggnog over Christmas, it's time to start thinking about your 2017 resolution. So it comes as little surprise that for 41.1% of Americans, leading a healthier lifestyle tops the list.
While much of the focus is on healthy actions like going to the gym or whipping up better midweek meals, your surroundings also have a profound effect on your lifestyle. A Dutch study found that styling your home with indoor plants might be all it takes to seriously reduce stress levels while other research suggests people with a well-stocked spice drawer cut their risk of chronic disease and are less likely to over-season their food with salt.
Curious to know what a healthy home looks like? People who prioritize their well-being have these 13 items at the ready.
Track toxins and chemicals in the air, and then use the Awair app for recommendations about how to alter your environment to improve quality of sleep, productivity, and more.
Researchers from Mindlab International at the University of Sussex found that reading for just six minutes can help reduce stress levels by up to 68%, providing another reason to charge your Kindle or stock up your bookcase.
Stock your laundry with nontoxic cleaning supplies like these hypoallergenic dryer balls, a natural alternative to dryer sheets. Bonus: They decrease drying time by up to 50%.
Scent can have a profound effect on your mood. Diffuse your home with jasmine to increase beta waves, which are associated with alertness, or lavender to increase the alpha waves in the back of your brain, which encourage relaxation.
Remove nasties like chlorine and mercury from your drinking water with a well-designed pitcher—a must for staying hydrated throughout the day.
Grow organic, pesticide-free herbs to boost the flavor and nutritional quality of your favorite dish.
Trade your morning latte for a matcha—the potent green tea blend is packed with antioxidants and still contains caffeine for a gentle energy kick.
Toss the takeout menus and invest in quality cookware to encourage whipping up a nutritious homemade meal.
Treating cotton can involve an intense chemical process. Search for linen made from natural fibers with minimal processing, like this Coyuchi duvet, which abides by the USDA National Organic Program guidelines.
Healthy homes have an abundance of indoor plants. Research shows that chrysanthemums are the best natural way to remove air pollutants and that incorporating greenery in your bedroom can improve oxygen flow and lead to a better night's sleep.
Sage smudging does more than remove negative energy from your home. "Sage clears bacteria in the air. Scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space and disinfect the air," energy healer Colleen McCann told Vogue.
Spices are a rich source of antioxidants and are a great way to add flavor to your dish without salt. According to Today's Dietitian, 1/2 teaspoon of ground clove is said to contain more antioxidants than 1/2 cup of blueberries.
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