Lifestyle & Environment
The built environment can affect our health in many ways and from many varying sources. Indoor air quality, exposure to chemicals in building materials and household products, particulates, allergens (house dust mites, moulds and pollens) water quality, noise pollution and electromagnetic fields are some of these.
If you haven’t considered how these may affect your health before, have a look at these examples: noise affects reading skills in children, elevates blood pressure, and increases stress hormones (cortisol in particular and if you’ve read the page on weight and sleep you’ll have some idea why this is a concern). Environmental hormones, also called endocrine disruptors, are chemicals that can act like or interfere with natural hormones in the human body. Many of us aren’t even aware we may be exposed to these in the home or work place nor what we can do about it. Our built environment affects our health in many ways and is one of the key pieces in the puzzle that we often need to solve in order to achieve optimal wellness.
If look at just one of these areas in detail, mould, we can see the potential impact on our health through exposure:
Studies of over 1600 clinical profiles of patients heavily exposed to indoor molds revealed multisystem adverse effects from airborne mould. Patients reported the following multiple symptoms:
- Frequent Headaches
- Neurological problems; poor concentration and forgetfulness
- Vision problems
- Muscle/Joint pain
- Fatigue/weakness /chronic fatigue
- Stomach and digestive problems, such as dysbiosis, leaky gut, and frequent diarrhoea
- Frequent fevers
- Allergies/Skin rashes
- Chronic sinusitis
- Asthma or trouble breathing
When assessing any complicated and long term health issues it is important to look at all possible contributing factors. This includes environmental factors and lifestyle factors. Are you getting enough and deep sleep, are you getting enough and appropriate exercise, are you getting frequent social exposure and support, can stress through work situations be reduced that impact on hormonal status? All of these issues are explored in your comprehensive health assessment.