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7 simple things you can do around your home to improve your family’s health!

7 simple things you can do around your home to improve your family’s health! 

Your home is your sanctuary, your place of rest and recuperation, of fun, sharing, excitement and love. What if the home you live in, the place you spend over 70% of your time was keeping you sick? 

Today, we spend more and more time inside our homes, offices, schools and less time outdoors, not only does this impact our immune and endocrine (hormone) system diversity, strength and function, these environments are huge influencers on the health of us and our family.

1. Make sleep your number 1. 

Our bodies are dependent on a rhythm, known as the circadian rhythm. The time that we sleep and wake up, the light during the day and exposure to blue light can all impact our hormones and the daily health of our bodies. 

Sleep should be number one on your health list everyday. Its one of the most important health promoting activities we can give our bodies.

Small steps to optimize sleep includes stopping your caffeine and any stimulant intake before 10-11am. Stay away from unnatural lights including devices after dark as much as you can (these significantly reduce your melatonin – sleep hormone). Exercise no closer that 2-3 hours before bed and get as much natural morning first sunlight to regulate hormone levels in the morning. 

These strategies are all simple, free and more effective than any supplement you can take. 

Read more detailed information about sleep here. 

2.Buy a water filter.

Those who have heard me at workshops or lectures know I bang on about water a lot. Rightly so! Water is life, the human body is made of over 70% water. It is a cleanser and a very simple was to optimise our health, to keep us fluid and removing toxins every day. Pure water is key, clear of all contaminants. So, tap water is not an option! Water you drink needs to be free of heavy metals, pharmaceutical drugs, bacteria and microbes, fluoride, chlorine, micro-plastics plus much much more! The best options therefore are to buy a good filter or distil your own water or get a source of filtered spring water. Those I recommend are reverse osmosis systems, water distillers or companies that can deliver reliable pure spring water to your door. Keeping in mind the plastics in the packaging. Want to know more information? Read more information here.

3.  Reduce your microwave usage. 

Microwaves reduce the nutritional value of food and change your food into potential carcinogens (cancer causing substances), they decrease red blood cells, increase cholesterol levels and increase inflammation and white cell count (immune dysfunction) in your body, they can also affect your heart beat, your heart rate variability and increase heart issues. Think again the next time you are heading for the microwave, opt for the stove and wait just a few more minutes to save your health! 

4. Spend more time away from your devices.

Ever had the feeling of overwhelm, a pressure headache you can’t get rid of or feeling so exhausted that you can’t get out of bed in the morning? 

Electromagnetic field radiation could have a big part to play! Symptoms can appear in many forms! From headaches and poor sleep, anxiety to mood changes and even digestive issues to cancer or tumours. 

These are some small measures you can take to reduce your exposure. Do not sleep with your phone or electrical devices anywhere near you! Put them on airplane or turn off and turn off all wifi routers in the house. Getting a home or personal EMF harmoniser, my kids both wear one and my husband and I do also. We also have EMF harmonisers on our devices we are using regularly. If you want to know more information about EMF health danger’s you can read more here. 

5. Clean your air!

Water damaged homes, pets and dust can all make us unwell anything from hay fever to autoimmune issues. Constant exposure to these can cause long term chronic inflammation, that can lead to chronic illness and immune dysfunction. 

What can you do? 

-Get a good air filter, one with a HEPA filter and carbon is the best option for mould, dander from pets and dust. Use when you are sleeping so your immune and inflammation levels can rest and repair. 

-Clean regularly and use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter in it. 

-If you have or have had water damage in the home, make sure you get it fixed by a professional.

6. Detox at least once a year.

Detoxing is so important at a minimum of once a year to keep our toxic load low and allow for other areas of the body to be cleaned and repaired avoiding cellular malfunction and illness to occur. Detoxing doesn’t have to be hard. A personalised approach and working out your individual toxic load is a starting point as well as the state of your health and micronutrients. The main point of detoxing is to give the liver and lymphatic system a chance to clean and mobilise toxins and cells to repair. You service your car.. so you need to service your body. Ask me to find out more, I will be holding a guided yearly spring clean detox in August. You can sign up here. 

7. Keep chemicals in the home to a minimum. 

Let’s talk cleaning, furnishings, personal products, cooking agents even toothpaste and hand wash. 

Cleaning is necessary I realise, although most of us wish it wasn’t.  However, there are a lot of cleaning agents that can harm the health of our family and pets. These include hormone disrupting phthalates in all fragrances in soap and toilet paper, neurotoxic perchloroethylene in spot cleaners, carcinogen ( cancer causing substance)  triclosan in antibacterial agents and toothpaste, lung toxin ammonia in polishing agents, lung irritant and thyroid disruptor chlorine in tap water and cleaning agents plus more!

So whats the solution?

We don’t need complicated products to clean the home. Enjo and Norwex are companies that sell you cloths and mops that only require water. Apart from this you can use a basic mixture of 8 drops oregano essential oil, mixed with some vinegar and natural dishwashing liquid to wipe over surfaces. 

Join a health in your home workshop to learn more. 

For more tips, join a workshop, listen to my podcast and follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Feel free to ask me questions below:)

Lots of love


Perth based Functional Naturopath and Lecturer, Jodi Duval discusses health tips and tricks for you and your family. Giving you the latest information to get you to your optimal health and empower you with the knowledge and passion to do so. Jodi will also be featuring guests from a variety of different areas of the health and wellness industry. Stay tuned and have fun!

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