Outdoor air pollution has always been known as a health hazard. However, few people are aware that indoor air quality and your well-being are also linked. Poor indoor air quality can also have a negative impact on our overall health. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution can cause a host of health problems. These can include stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer. Moreover, new research indicates that indoor air pollution can also contribute to mental health problems. This in turn can make recovery even more of a challenge. To heal your mind and body, it’s important to keep your indoor air clean and free of toxins. Here’s how having better air quality can improve mental health, and what you can do to purify your indoor air.
Clean air reduces illness in all areas of the body.
Indoor air is typically composed of dust, dirt, allergens and human skin, as well as bacteria, fungi, mold spores and viruses. All these can trigger allergies and cause pulmonary health issues. Prolonged exposure to these microparticles may also increase the risks of having mental illness. Research has found that being constantly exposed to particulate matter can induce inflammation and oxidative stress on the brain. This can trigger depression. To reduce your risks of developing depression, use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to clear the air of particulate matter. Opening the windows and using a fan to let the air circulate in your home can also be helpful.
It may prevent memory decline and dementia.
A study has shown that constant exposure to air pollution can accelerate brain aging and increase the risk of memory decline and dementia. If you’re an older adult and currently in recovery, keeping your indoor air clean and germ-free helps with better cognitive health. For an easy and organic way to clean the air in your home, consider having a few indoor plants that can purify the air. Good options are rubber plants, Boston fern, spider plant, peace lily, snake plant, or English ivy. You can also place pieces of activated charcoal or bamboo charcoal in different rooms to absorb toxins from the air.
It can prevent brain fog and increase focus.
Being exposed to certain indoor air pollutants can cause lack of focus, memory loss, brain fog, confusion, anxiety and insomnia. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, check your bathroom, basement or kitchen for the presence of mold. If you see black spots in your home, get rid of them by using a paste made of vinegar, baking soda and water. Apply this DIY paste to affected areas, let it sit until it dries, and then scrub with a brush. If the mold has spread to other parts of your house, consider calling an expert so they can find the source and eliminate it from your home.
Having good indoor air quality can help enhance your physical and mental health. Try these tips to clean and freshen your indoor air. It may help you to be happier and healthier while at home and improve your overall health.