Smart homes. Green homes. Multigenerational homes. And now healthy homes?
As the world advances with the aid of technology, so does the human race and the houses we live in. We’ve become more tech savvy, more environmentally conscious and more concerned about our health than ever before. And we can do it all from the comfort of our own homes.
At least that’s the idea behind healthy homes. With a personalized wellness system built in, homeowners can take control of their lives by adding features to make their life happier and healthier within the comfort of their own private sanctuary.
So, how does it all work?
“Before we create a wellness system, we want to know what the goal is, because each home is different,” says Denise Baron, a real estate agent and lifestyle and wellness educator based in Philadelphia, Pa. “It’s not a cookie-cutter lifestyle.”
To begin, Baron asks what kind of lifestyle you are wanting to create. Are you looking to start in the kitchen with healthier cooking? Maybe you’re looking to start in the bathroom with a structured water system or aromatherapies.
“After you decide what your goal is, you have to decide what your budget is,” Baron says, “and then start with one thing at a time.”
By that, she means you start with the five senses. To begin, you could install a structured water system to improve your taste and touch, an LED lighting system to improve your vision, invest in aromatherapy oils for smell, and put in a music system to help you meditate or to simply feel at home.
Let’s look at ways you can put a wellness system into operation in different rooms of your house.
“The kitchen is the heart of the home,” Baron says. “It’s your inner pharmacy, a portal to your health.”
Investing in a few healthy cookbooks, a health coach or nutritionist is one way to get your wellness system going. Additionally, investing in healthy spices is another option.
“Spices are not just for cooking, they can help with high-blood pressure, inflammation or when you hurt your back and want to hop in the tub with ginger powder or Epsom salt,” she said.
Another great investment is a structured water system. It can be used in the kitchen, the shower, a swimming pool or in the garden.
“Our structured water devices transform water instantly, producing balanced and healthy living water,” says Dana Plant, owner of Structured Aqua Technologies in Encinitas, Calif. “The proprietary materials inside the water chamber transform water as it moves through the vortex action. This spinning actually changes the hydrogen bond angle, which restores water molecules for maximum absorption and optimum hydration.”
Entirely maintenance free, these products have loads of added benefits, Plant says. A structured water system can neutralize exposure to toxins, detoxify the body, maximize hydration with a balanced pH level, increase nutrient value and improve absorption of vitamins and supplements.
In addition to a structured water system for your shower, you could boost your wellness system in the bathroom by trying out aromatherapy.
“Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils in therapy,” says Sonia Masocco, owner of Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy in Albuquerque, N.M. “Essential oils are actually highly concentrated chemicals which will elicit a bodily response not only by virtue of scent, but also by absorption through the skin.”
Available in forms like body oils, custom creams, inhalers, roll-ons and misters, these oils can have many health benefits, including mood enhancement and lymphatic circulation improvement, depending on the oil in use. More info on aromatherapy can be found on the National Center for Biotechnology Information webpage.
If structured water and aromatherapy aren’t quite your thing, another simple way to enhance your wellness is by using organic soaps or any other toiletry designed to help your skin. After all, it is the body’s largest organ.
Ah, at last! The bedroom is the key room in your new home when it comes to relaxation.
Of course, you could use aromatherapy in this room too as you get ready for bed, but let’s discuss other options.
Baron suggests purchasing organic sheets and “The Pillowcase” by Dr. Pugliese, which uses textures and tones to create an all-night skin treatment that helps control sleep lines; playing music that keeps your mind calm and relaxed; and decorating with colors that fit the mood you want to go for.
“A light color green or blue is very calming, while red is very alarming,” Baron says. “Interior designers are incorporating these wellness concepts and they’re bringing it down to more of an individual personality.”
That personality could turn the bedroom into a Zen room, a yoga sanctuary or even just a dark place to take a cozy nap.
And because clean air is essential to an effective wellness system, make sure you’re changing out your air filter regularly. You never know what you could be breathing in, causing negative effects in your health.
“The whole reason people are doing this is because they want to have a more balanced home life,” Baron says. “It’s all about creating a lifestyle in a home that’s balanced and healthy.”
For more advice on how to create a wellness system that’s right for you, don’t hesitate to search for an expert in your area in whichever wellness method that catches your intrigue.
“Experts are the best people, whether you get them from online, a program or an interior designer who does something like Feng Shui, and apply those kinds of concepts in your home,” Baron says.
Baron also suggests checking out the book The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt, a non-traditional cookbook full of whole food plant-based recipes and other guidance for the whole family.