Improving your health can seem daunting when there are a lot of steps involved like meal prepping and working out. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways you can improve your health right now without having to jump through any hoops or having to wait. Here are three evidence-based, natural ways you can boost your body’s health and well-being ASAP.
Change Your HVAC Filters
According to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, indoor air quality can have a greater impact on your health than outdoor air. Indoor air pollutants such as cleaners, varnished, fungal spores, and smoke can create bigger problems for our health because we’re breathing them in more frequently in such a small space. With so many of us staying indoors more often due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to monitor your indoor air quality.
One easy way to boost your indoor air quality is by changing out your HVAC filters at least twice a month, or three times if you have pets. Dirt, debris, and dander can build-up in your HVAC filters throughout the day. When the filters aren’t swapped out, your HVAC system can’t trap the grime and instead spits it out into the air you breathe. What’s more, HVAC systems typically last 12 years, but when they may fail sooner when they have to work harder to deliver warm or cool air.
Replace Your Toothbrush
Many people already know that the American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day. But not many know that they’re meant to replace their toothbrush at least once every three months. In fact, not replacing your toothbrush frequently could actually be making you sick. According to researchers at England’s University of Manchester, toothbrushes can harbor over 100 million different bacteria including E. coli and staphylococci (“Staph”) bacteria. Consider buying a pack of toothbrushes to make changing them out easier than waiting for your next dentist appointment.
Stop Cold Drafts
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts around your doors and windows can increase your heating bills by up to 10%. But drafts aren’t only problematic for your energy bills. They’re also problematic to your health. Research shows that when cold air from a draft comes in contact with your throat, the temperature of your body’s pharyngeal mucosa lowers. This causes the mucosa to dry out, which increases your risk of infection. To protect yourself against the common cold and other pesky pathogens, make sure to cover any gaps between your door and the floor and stuff any window gaps with spray-adhesive insulation.
When it comes to improving your health, sometimes taking the smallest steps can make the biggest difference. Try out some of the tips above to boost your well-being and get your body feeling great.