February 10, 2015 by healthwisehome
Can you believe that we are already on Week 6 of the Health Wise Home “6 Weeks to a Healthier You” Challenge! For those of you that are just now following along, this challenge is FREE and open to anyone that follows this blog or the Health Wise Home Facebook page. This IS NOT a weight-loss, detox, or diet plan. The Health Wise Home “6 Weeks to a Healthier You” Challenge is a LIFESTYLE challenge; an opportunity to start making small, positive changes in your daily life that can lead to SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS in your overall health when consistently followed over time. We will not be counting calories, fat grams, or carbs. Instead, our focus is going to be on gradually ADDING healthy lifestyle habits into your daily life.
Week 1′s challenge was to DRINK MORE WATER throughout the day and to only consume “real” beverages, Week 2′s challenge was to EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AT EVERY MEAL, Week 3′s challenge was to GET ENOUGH SLEEP (7 to 8 hours for adults), Week 4′s challenge was AVOID FOOD PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN INGREDIENTS THAT YOU COULD NOT BUY YOURSELF IN THE GROCERY STORE and last week’s challenge (Week 5) was to INCORPORATE INTENTIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE on a regular basis. I hope that at least a few of these lifestyle changes are beginning to become a normal part of your every day life and are helping you become a healthier version of YOU in 2015.
This week’s challenge (Week 6) is to MAKE YOUR HEALTH WISE *H*O*M*E* A HEALTHIER PLACE TO LIVE. Did you know that the average home has 62 toxic chemicals lurking around, possibly contributing to health problems within your family, and that 70 percent of conventional household cleaners contain some toxic ingredients, many of which contain carcinogens or suspected carcinogens? You can help improve your overall health by MAKING YOUR HEALTH WISE HOME A HEALTHIER PLACE TO LIVE! This week’s challenge is not about throwing out everything that you are currently using and starting from scratch. It is about finding a few inexpensive ways to increase your home’s “green” factor and improve the quality of your family’s living environment.
A great place to get started is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide to Healthy Cleaning, which is “an online safety guide for household cleaning products, launched in 2012 to help people find safer products that fully disclose their ingredients and contain fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested”. While this site can be a bit overwhelming at times, it is a great resource for helping you become more aware of some of the safety and health concerns that may be linked to products you currently using in your home. It is also a great resource for finding healthier replacements for some of those not-so-great products. All of the products are ranked based on whether or not they contain hazardous substances, whether or not the manufacture discloses information about all of the ingredients, and a few criteria. Products are then scored into letter grades. An “A” indicates very low toxicity to health and the environment and extensive ingredient disclosure, where an “F” means the product is highly toxic or makes little to no ingredient disclosure.
Again, this week’s challenge is not about replacing ALL of the products that you are currently using. Instead, pick one or two to focus on this week and look for a better alternative. I will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week, as well as other helpful tips for making your home a healthier place to live.
Don’t forget to stop by the Health Wise Home Facebook page for daily tips, advice, and other helpful pieces of information to encourage and motivate you to meet your weekly challenge. I will also do a Facebook “check-in” each day to allow you to share any successes, struggles, questions, or advice with our Health Wise community. Good luck!
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