Have you managed to condition your mind to think that most general ill-health symptoms are indicative of malaria? Well, makes sense if you live in an environment where “her highness” the female anopheles mosquito thrives.
Feeling unwell a while ago, I took the most logical option –go to a reputable laboratory to get tested. But the result; negative.
Then, I attributed my ill health to the conditions in my home. In school, I was taught that the air that circulates inside contains more pollutants that the air outside. And in case you didn’t know, this may make you feel sick. More so, if your body responds like mine, then you may feel malaria-sick.
So anyway, here is what happened prior:
See, my house is on a hill and my windows, I shut them tightly because they would not stop. Loudly and hysterically, they rammed into their frames, threatening to shatter. Oh yes, if you paid close attention, you would have realized that the harmattan breeze this year, while it lasted was more intense than the previous year’s.
Eventually, my home turned into a giant bubble of pollutants released from different sources. As a result, it seemed like my body was set on a long hurdle race –the hurdles being cough, headaches, body pain, fatigue, laziness and the likes….
While all these was going on with me, I got thinking about how to improve the quality of ‘the air’ in my home. And, the idea to write this article afterwards was probably conceived at the time.
Alright, so here is what I did:
Open my windows to let in fresh air
Quite simple, Isn’t it? In fact, it is often said that you should air out your living space as often as you can.
Have indoor plants to take up carbon dioxide and other pollutants
Yes they can. Back in the 80’s, NASA scientists observed the roles indoor plants played in removing harmful toxins and pollutants from the air. Interestingly, till date, researchers have continued to delve deeper into this subject. Do you have indoor plants?
Use household products and care products that are toxin free
This last point is work in progress for me. When it comes to the products I use, I take responsibility and two things are key. First is carefully reading through the list of ingredients to make sense of it and the second, is making sure I read the directions and I follow the instructions.
Let’s do this again peeps! :)
*Photo credit: Gladys Durojaiye
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