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The Impact Your Home Has on Your Whole Body – and How to Fix It

Each of the body systems serve different purposes. When toxins are introduced to these

systems, there is a different effect on each of them. Though this can feel overwhelming, there is something we can do! There’s ways to build and design your space that can assist in mitigating exposure and keeping these body systems healthy.

1. THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

The Impact

The Cardiovascular system includes the heart, vessels, and blood. The main function of the cardiovascular system is to supply nutrients and help remove waste from the body’s tissues. Stress, unhealthy diets, lifestyle choices, and exposure to environmental pollutants can negatively impact cardiovascular health, which can lead to chronic conditions.

The Solution

The home can be designed in a way that addresses various aspects of cardiovascular health – creating spaces that facilitate managing stress, encouraging nutrition and fitness, and reducing environmental pollutants. This can be done by creating comforting environments to relax in as well as fitness areas to exercise in.

2. THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

The Impact

The digestive system consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and the auxiliary organs – liver and pancreas – that produce digestive hormones and enzymes. This system is responsible for nutrient breakdown, absorption, and assimilation. The gut is the largest reservoir of bacteria which assist in digestion and play a role in immune health. These critical functions can be compromised by poor dietary habits and stress, as well as by microbes and environmental pollutants in the foods we eat and the surfaces that we touch.

The Solution

It’s all about mitigating stress, which affects the health and function of the microbiome. Proper diet helps to limit the consumption of foods and substances that cause digestive discomfort and allergic reactions. Treatment of surfaces ensures that microbes and toxins do not enter our digestive system via our foods.

3. THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

The Impact

The endocrine system is made up of hormone-secreting glands. Hormones are chemical compounds that regulate many important processes including growth, immunity, metabolism, reproduction, mood, and digestion. Stress, pollutants, and many of today’s foods and products contain chemicals that disrupt the functions of the endocrine system.

The Solution

Reduce the amount of environmental toxins in the space by using non-toxic materials. Exercise and sweat are also important so that the body can detox. This means creating a workout space in the home. Nutrition is also important, so creating a kitchen with lots of storage is a great start!

4. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The Impact

The immune system is a complex group of specialized cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that make up the body’s defense system against internal and foreign disease-causing agents. It is affected by the cumulative effect of toxins, poor sleep, nutrition, and excessive stress. These contribute towards the development of chronic conditions.

The Solution

The use of non-toxic materials limits the exposure to chemicals that weaken immune function. Water and air filtration systems limit the exposure to bacterial and viral pathogens and allergens. Features should reduce stress and improve nutrition and fitness, which help strengthen the immune system.

5. THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM

The Impact

The human muscular system consists of skeletal smooth and cardiac muscle. It supports posture, movement, blood circulation, and digestion. The muscular system is also responsible for generating heat through the contraction of muscles. Balanced diet and physical activity greatly affect muscular health.

The Solution

This system requires there to be spaces that allow opportunity for safe physical activity and promoting an active lifestyle. Ergonomic designs are intended to reduce the likelihood of ligament strain and muscular injuries. Other features promote the use of active furnishings & design principles that encourage physical activity throughout the day and reduce sedentariness.

6. THE INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM

The Impact

The skin, hair, and nails form the outer layer of the body, or the integumentary system. It functions to protect internal organs from impact, prevent water loss, regulate body temperature, and protect the body against foreign pathogens and harmful toxins.

The Solution

This system provides the first line of defense against injury and/or infections. It is important to create spaces – such as a health-friendly kitchen to create meals – that help to strengthen this system. In addition, it requires that building materials are absent of toxins that could be harmful if absorbed through the body’s outermost layers.

7. THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

The Impact

The reproductive system consists of hormone-secreting glands in the brain and the reproductive organs. Failure to maintain proper reproductive health can have negative consequences on overall health. Further, the effects of this system can have an impact on personal and prenatal health.

The Solution

Features intended to help protect reproductive health include addressing two important factors for this system – proper diet and exercise. Create spaces that facilitate those two practices as well as a space that implements toxin-avoidance strategies that help support reproductive health.

8. THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

The Impact

The nervous system includes the central nervous system (made up of the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (composed of nerves). The nervous system is directly and indirectly responsible for controlling nearly every bodily process, including movement, cognitive processes, and maintenance of vital organ functions.

The Solution

To encourage nervous system functionality, it is important to limit the exposure to environmental toxins found in air and water, encourage balanced diets and optimal levels of physical activity, enhance sleep quality, and mitigate stress.

9. THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

The Impact

The respiratory system is a complex network of organs and tissues that help you breathe. It includes your airways (including your mouth, nose, and throat), lungs, and blood vessels. The respiratory system is especially susceptible to damage through inhaled air, but the lungs can also be directly damaged by toxins circulating in the blood.

The Solution

Features should encourage optimal respiratory system function by improving the quality of the air we breathe, limiting exposure to molds and microbes, and improving access to opportunities for greater fitness. Elimination of VOCs and particulate matter from ambient air through the use of filters helps to prevent direct damage to the lungs.

10. THE URINARY SYSTEM

The Impact

The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The urinary system serves a number of critical functions, including the filtration of toxins, balance of blood pH and electrolytes, maintenance of blood pressure, and the elimination of waste through urine.

The Solution

This system needs to be supported by reducing stress and exposure to toxins and infection-causing pathogens. Features that reduce stress prevent the likelihood of high blood pressure and hormone levels that negatively affect urinary function. Restriction of toxins and pathogens helps to limit the incidence of urinary infection problems.

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Each of the body systems serve different purposes. When toxins are introduced to these

systems, there is a different effect on each of them. Though this can feel overwhelming, there is something we can do! There’s ways to build and design your space that can assist in mitigating exposure and keeping these body systems healthy.

1. THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

The Impact

The Cardiovascular system includes the heart, vessels, and blood. The main function of the cardiovascular system is to supply nutrients and help remove waste from the body’s tissues. Stress, unhealthy diets, lifestyle choices, and exposure to environmental pollutants can negatively impact cardiovascular health, which can lead to chronic conditions.

The Solution

The home can be designed in a way that addresses various aspects of cardiovascular health – creating spaces that facilitate managing stress, encouraging nutrition and fitness, and reducing environmental pollutants. This can be done by creating comforting environments to relax in as well as fitness areas to exercise in.

2. THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

The Impact

The digestive system consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and the auxiliary organs – liver and pancreas – that produce digestive hormones and enzymes. This system is responsible for nutrient breakdown, absorption, and assimilation. The gut is the largest reservoir of bacteria which assist in digestion and play a role in immune health. These critical functions can be compromised by poor dietary habits and stress, as well as by microbes and environmental pollutants in the foods we eat and the surfaces that we touch.

The Solution

It’s all about mitigating stress, which affects the health and function of the microbiome. Proper diet helps to limit the consumption of foods and substances that cause digestive discomfort and allergic reactions. Treatment of surfaces ensures that microbes and toxins do not enter our digestive system via our foods.

3. THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

The Impact

The endocrine system is made up of hormone-secreting glands. Hormones are chemical compounds that regulate many important processes including growth, immunity, metabolism, reproduction, mood, and digestion. Stress, pollutants, and many of today’s foods and products contain chemicals that disrupt the functions of the endocrine system.

The Solution

Reduce the amount of environmental toxins in the space by using non-toxic materials. Exercise and sweat are also important so that the body can detox. This means creating a workout space in the home. Nutrition is also important, so creating a kitchen with lots of storage is a great start!

4. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The Impact

The immune system is a complex group of specialized cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that make up the body’s defense system against internal and foreign disease-causing agents. It is affected by the cumulative effect of toxins, poor sleep, nutrition, and excessive stress. These contribute towards the development of chronic conditions.

The Solution

The use of non-toxic materials limits the exposure to chemicals that weaken immune function. Water and air filtration systems limit the exposure to bacterial and viral pathogens and allergens. Features should reduce stress and improve nutrition and fitness, which help strengthen the immune system.

5. THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM

The Impact

The human muscular system consists of skeletal smooth and cardiac muscle. It supports posture, movement, blood circulation, and digestion. The muscular system is also responsible for generating heat through the contraction of muscles. Balanced diet and physical activity greatly affect muscular health.

The Solution

This system requires there to be spaces that allow opportunity for safe physical activity and promoting an active lifestyle. Ergonomic designs are intended to reduce the likelihood of ligament strain and muscular injuries. Other features promote the use of active furnishings & design principles that encourage physical activity throughout the day and reduce sedentariness.

6. THE INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM

The Impact

The skin, hair, and nails form the outer layer of the body, or the integumentary system. It functions to protect internal organs from impact, prevent water loss, regulate body temperature, and protect the body against foreign pathogens and harmful toxins.

The Solution

This system provides the first line of defense against injury and/or infections. It is important to create spaces – such as a health-friendly kitchen to create meals – that help to strengthen this system. In addition, it requires that building materials are absent of toxins that could be harmful if absorbed through the body’s outermost layers.

7. THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

The Impact

The reproductive system consists of hormone-secreting glands in the brain and the reproductive organs. Failure to maintain proper reproductive health can have negative consequences on overall health. Further, the effects of this system can have an impact on personal and prenatal health.

The Solution

Features intended to help protect reproductive health include addressing two important factors for this system – proper diet and exercise. Create spaces that facilitate those two practices as well as a space that implements toxin-avoidance strategies that help support reproductive health.

8. THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

The Impact

The nervous system includes the central nervous system (made up of the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (composed of nerves). The nervous system is directly and indirectly responsible for controlling nearly every bodily process, including movement, cognitive processes, and maintenance of vital organ functions.

The Solution

To encourage nervous system functionality, it is important to limit the exposure to environmental toxins found in air and water, encourage balanced diets and optimal levels of physical activity, enhance sleep quality, and mitigate stress.

9. THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

The Impact

The respiratory system is a complex network of organs and tissues that help you breathe. It includes your airways (including your mouth, nose, and throat), lungs, and blood vessels. The respiratory system is especially susceptible to damage through inhaled air, but the lungs can also be directly damaged by toxins circulating in the blood.

The Solution

Features should encourage optimal respiratory system function by improving the quality of the air we breathe, limiting exposure to molds and microbes, and improving access to opportunities for greater fitness. Elimination of VOCs and particulate matter from ambient air through the use of filters helps to prevent direct damage to the lungs.

10. THE URINARY SYSTEM

The Impact

The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The urinary system serves a number of critical functions, including the filtration of toxins, balance of blood pH and electrolytes, maintenance of blood pressure, and the elimination of waste through urine.

The Solution

This system needs to be supported by reducing stress and exposure to toxins and infection-causing pathogens. Features that reduce stress prevent the likelihood of high blood pressure and hormone levels that negatively affect urinary function. Restriction of toxins and pathogens helps to limit the incidence of urinary infection problems.

Health and Home

Health & Home is an interior design-based business that seeks to help others create healthy homes through minimizing toxins, optimizing design and maximizing health. We do so by addressing the build of the home, the design of the space, the decor and even the products used in the home, so our clients can live their healthiest life!

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