5 Little Known Factors That Can Affect Your Health

Nothing is more important to you than your health, and you’ll know this as soon as you are affected by a health problem. It can impact the way that you live your day-to-day life, it can make it difficult to carry out your normal tasks, and problems with your physical health can also alter your mental state. In short, health problems - no matter how small - can present chaos into your life.

However, knowing which factors can cause health conditions is of great importance if you want to make efforts to avoid them, and there are some small changes that you can make in order to see a big difference. We’ve noted down five of them here!

1. Air quality

Air quality is one of the main factors that can cause problems in your health, and this applies to the air inside your home, and outside of it. If you live in the city, it’s a good idea to make sure that you do your utmost to improve the air quality in your home, and you can do this in many ways. Investing in an air purifier rather than opening the windows is one idea, but you can also use air conditioning units, and even houseplants, to improve the air quality. Look for those plants that are most beneficial, such as peace lilies and devil’s ivy (I’ve two ivy’s), and don’t underestimate the difference that a houseplant can have upon your lungs, and the air that you’re breathing on a daily basis.

2. Dust

For most people, dust is just an inconvenience in your home. In fact, most of us view it as something that isn’t harmful, but rather just an annoyance, but this isn’t always the case. Dust can cause a lot of breathing problems such as asthma and other allergies, and it can also contribute to more serious issues such as cardiovascular disease. Though you may think that you’re doing all that you can by dusting to keep it at bay, the truth is that dust can also sit in your carpets and bed sheets, so vacuuming and keeping your windows open sometimes is a good way to get rid it. Cleaning your bed linen regularly is also key to making sure that dust doesn’t harm you.

3. Income and housing

Though this isn’t something that is widely discussed within health circles, income and housing are usually indicative of better, or poorer, health. As Cynthia Telles notes, individuals who live even a few miles away from each other have greatly different experiences when it comes to health, and the life expectancies of those in poorer communities can be a lot shorter. For those children who grow up in low income households, there is a significantly increased risk of infections and mental health problems, and the harsh reality is that class largely dictates the overall health of an individual. In some cases, researchers note that it bears more importance than genetic history. (there is so much more to this topic and I just have no idea how to get into it)

4. Stress

Another factor that has a significant impact upon your health is stress, and most people are unaware of how dramatically this can affect you. Though there are different types of stress, from acute to chronic levels, there are health implications from each degree. What could begin as problems such as headaches and eye strain or twitches, could soon develop into issues like depression, heart disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, and gum disease. Whilst we all suffer from stress in some capacity, if you believe that it’s affecting your wellbeing and physical health, it’s vital to see a doctor, and learn how to manage this in order to get back to a healthy day-to-day life.

5. Lack of natural lighting

If you live in a home that is affected by a lack of natural light - which could be the result of not having many windows, or just having blinds that aren’t too sunlight-friendly - then this could be causing you health problems, too. Not only can a lack of natural light cause confusion for your body clock, but this can, in turn, cause your hormones to change unnaturally. This can also cause problems for your eyes, and for regulating your sleeping patterns. Luckily, there are ways around this, and you can make sure that you’re doing all that you can to let light into your home, and avoiding constant sources of artificial light. Not using your phone right before you sleep is also a good idea!

So, there are many factors out there that affect your health, and many of them are things that you wouldn’t usually consider. Air quality, dust, income and housing, stress, and a lack of natural lighting can all impact upon your health and wellbeing, but luckily there are solutions to some of these problems. Good luck making your home as health-friendly as possible!