how to create a healthy home

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Creating a healthy home environment is something that every parent strives for, which is why so many people dedicate so much time to keeping their homes clean. Taking care of the house is a time-consuming task and can feel like it never ends, especially when you have kids. But, looking after your home and keeping it healthy involves more than just chores; there are also other ways to make your home a healthier place to live. Here are some suggestions that can help you to make your home as healthy as possible:

Improve Your Air Quality

Air may be invisible, but its quality plays a significant role in the health of your home. While there is a lot of focus on air pollution, in terms of fumes from factories and vehicles, the air pollution that is within your home is worth thinking about too. The home environment can produce all kinds of fumes, from the wood that you burn to heat your home through to cooking fumes; there are many ways the air in your home can become polluted. Air pollution can lead to respiratory diseases, and if any of your family suffers from allergies, these can be exacerbated by low indoor air quality. 

Making some simple changes around your home can make a big difference to the air quality. One of the first factors to think about is your HVAC system; if your air conditioning is not working right, it can lead to dust and allergens not being effectively filtered out of the air. To prevent this, it is a good idea to get an HVAC Repair engineer to resolve the problem as soon as you notice. 

Another useful way to improve indoor air quality at your home is to keep it well ventilated. Keeping your home ventilated will help to ensure that the air can flow freely.

Ditch the Chemicals

Reducing the amount of chemicals that you use in your home can help make your house naturally healthy. The chemicals that are used in many proprietary cleaners could be potentially harmful to people with respiratory illnesses.

If you would like to reduce the chemicals that are used in your home, you may want to consider switching to greener alternatives or even try making your own natural cleaning products.

If you do need to use chemicals in your home, don’t forget to take care around children and pets, and try to keep the room ventilated when using the products.

Deal With Mould

Mould not only looks pretty nasty, but it can also be bad for your health. Mould spores travel through the air and can cause issues for people that are sensitive to mould. Preventing mould from forming is the best course of action to keep your home healthy. To prevent mould, it is a good idea to clean up any spillages and deal with leaks as soon as you notice them. Keeping condensation at bay by opening windows when cooking is also an essential part of preventing mould.

** This was a contributed post.

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recipe: white apple cinnamon loaf

White Apple Cinnamon Loaf

Ingredients:

⅓ cup brown sugar
⅔ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ cup milk
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
butter to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a greased loaf pan.

2. Add brown sugar, white sugar, butter, cinnamon, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Fold ingredients into wet mixture. Add milk.

4. Pour half the batter into the loaf pan. Add half the apples. Pour the remaining mixture over top then add the remaining apples, pressing down gently so they are not completely exposed. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Cool completely before removing from loaf pan and cutting into slices.

For added sweetness, you can spread a layer of icing on this loaf. Make from scratch using icing sugar in order to control its consistency!

Emory

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vegan strawberry + banana crumble

I personally love to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a healthy recipe post. Today will be no different! Here is a recipe for a delicious and healthy dessert for those of you who have a vegan sweet tooth.

Vegan Strawberry + Banana Crumble

For the strawberry jam:
2 cups strawberries, halved

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

For the oatmeal crumble:
1 cup oat flour

1 ½ cup large flake oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup bananas, sliced
1 tbsp large flake oats
soy margarine, to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8×8 in. baking dish with soy margarine. Set aside.

2. In a small saucepan, add strawberries and maple syrup. Stir over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Mash the strawberries into a jam. Continue to stir and mash for another 5 minutes. Place in refrigerator to cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add applesauce, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

4. Remove half a cup of the oats. Spread the rest of the mixture evenly into the baking dish.

5. Place sliced bananas on top of the oats. Top with the strawberry jam mixture. Then spread the remaining oat mixture on top. Sprinkle the last of the large flake oats.

6. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before serving.

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tilapia fish in tzatziki sauce

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

For the fish
2 tilapia fillets

1 cucumber, sliced
½ lemon, squeezed
salt and pepper to taste
butter for skillet

For the sauce
1 cup plain yogurt

1 cucumber, peeled and diced
½ lemon
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp dill
1 tsp garlic salt

Steps:

1. For the fish: place skillet on stove. Turn heat to medium. Add butter.

2. Once butter has melted, slice cucumber and add to skillet. Coat with salt and pepper.

3. Place tilapia fillets over the cucumber. Add salt, pepper, and lemon to fillets. Continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes.

4. For the sauce: combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Turn on.

5. Once cooked through, remove the fillets and cucumbers from the skillet. Transfer to a plate and top with the Tzatziki sauce.

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infant acid reflux : symptoms and natural remedies

AcidRefluxRemediesWhen Remy was five weeks old, she had developed a congested sound at the back of her throat. It mostly flared up at night and after feedings, but it was definitely always there. I took her in to see the doctor like any concerned parent would do. After her checkup, I was reassured that she was healthy. The doctor thought that the sound might have been due to burps that did not make their way up, and told me to not breastfeed her while laying next to her anymore. That was the only way that we were getting any sleep at night, but if it meant that those horrible sounds would go away, I agreed to do it.

Less than a week later we were back at the doctor’s office. Even though I did what I was told, the sound had worsened. Now Remy was coughing and sneezing every half hour, and she had thrown up the previous night. I thought for sure that she had a cold, or worse. Again our regular doctor was away, so we were sent to yet another physician. This time I was given a proper diagnosis. Infant acid reflux. 

This new doctor prescribed Ranitidine and said to come back within a week if I didn’t see improvements. Remy started to sound better within days. However, she was still crying and fighting the breast whenever I tried to feed her. By the end of the day, she flat out refused to eat. Crying and extremely worried myself, my husband and I spent hours looking up natural remedies for acid reflux. We immediately adopted most of the suggestions that we could find. Now, at 11 weeks old, Remy is doing much better. She rarely cries when she eats, her coughing and congestion sounds went away completely, she sneezes much less, and her appetite has returned. Although these natural tips mean us being much more concerned and watchful parents, she’s a much happier baby in general. For that, I would do them for the rest of her life.

Acid Reflux Remedies - 6These were Remy’s symptoms:

– dry cough
– congested throat sounds

– sneezing
– frequent hiccuping
– crying/fighting the breast/bottle
– vomiting

Here is a list of natural remedies that we used in order to alleviate her acid reflux:

– make her wear a Hazelwood Necklace at all times
– keep her upright during feeding (I prop her up against a pillow and have her face me)

– feed her more often and for shorter periods of time
– keep her upright for 20-30 minutes after feeding
– ensure that her head is higher than her body while sleeping (we swaddle her and put her in her glider at night)
– rub coconut oil on her belly in a clockwise direction several times a day
– do bicycle legs on her often throughout the day (this relieves much gas)

– eliminate all caffeine and dairy from my diet
put her on a daily probiotic (this had the most positive results)

Acid Reflux Remedies - 1There are still a few more remedies that we haven’t yet tried, such as visiting a newborn chiropractor. So far, these natural implementations in addition to her medicine, seem to have worked wonders. Thank goodness!

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