Natural Health Options
Healthcare Scale and Green Solutions
Healthcare matters -- both on the individual level and the institutional level. Green healthcare policies also affect individual health results...and institutional costs and sustainable practices.
Green healthcare principles can be implemented on many institutional scales, from physicians' offices, clinics, and community hospitals to vast medical centers that occupy several city blocks. And it helps to ask your healthcare providers to green their facilities -- for your health and wellbeing, as well as healthcare cost reductions.
But green healthcare extends into your ownhome -- and can also be implemented at home.
Homes can be healthier places to live and thrive by observing some of the same green strategies applied in facilities -- healthcare and otherwise.
Green healthcare strategies at home can include:
Use natural light instead of articificial light - open the curtains, go outside, and provide indirect light to prevent glare.
Use non-toxic cleansers and health and beauty aids -- soaps, lipsticks, toothpaste, etc.
Optimize your fresh air ventilation with your heating and air conditioning system.
Indoor cleansers, carpets, paints, etc. make indoor air significantly more polluted than outdoor air. By bringing plenty of fresh air into the house through your filtered air system, you can benefit from cleaner air, and prevent dust from entering your living spaces.
Choose organic cotton or natural fibers for your bed linens, towels and washcloths.
Filter your water if your local water supply isn't as clean as you'd like. Check your water department's environmental reports for indications of excessive levels of pollutants that you will want to filter out of your water supply both in the sink...and in the bath.
Did you know that your skin is your largest organ, and your protective barrier against outside pollutants? Protecting your skin from pollutants is an important preventative healthcare measure you can take with your daily hygiene routines.
Editor, Carolyn Allen
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