Did you know your house's design could affect your health?

Our environment has a direct impact on our physical, mental and emotional well-being

How can your house's design influence your health?

Feeling good, being well, living in a healthy way depends not only on our habits but on the space that surrounds us. Although it seems hard to believe, 90% of our life takes place in interior spaces and the air of them is 2 to 5 times more polluted than the outside air.

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That is why in recent years it has been revealed that the quality of our environment has a direct impact on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and that a healthy one not only lengthens our life and increases our quality of life, but also makes us more productive

In fact, with that in mind, in 2014 the International Institute of Construction Standards developed the guide to the Well Building Standard in which it gives basic guidelines for building "healthy" buildings from a seven-year investigation of the construction platform. consulting Delos, which seeks innovative designs to build a healthy space for the human being, and which collaborates with the Mayo Clinic and Columbia University.

According to the newspaper El Tiempo, this movement has its roots in 'mindfulness', a practice in which awareness is taken of the experiences in the present moment to make more balanced, honest and pragmatic decisions.

"It is focused exclusively on the way in which buildings, and everything they contain, can improve our comfort, promote better decisions and, in general, not compromise our health and well-being," the website reads.

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In addition, they comment that their intention is "to create harmonious spaces and adapted to each lifestyle thanks to new technologies, materials, and distribution of the spaces taking as a starting point, according to Evalore, 7 variables:

1. Air: prevention, elimination, and purification of air pollutants.
2. Light: access to natural light and improvement of the quality of artificial light.
3. Water: filtration, treatment and strategic location of water points.
4. Exercise: promotion and incorporation of activities that allow leading an active life.
5. Comfort: the adaptation of the space to maximize thermal, acoustic, olfactory and ergonomic comfort.
6. Food: establishment of healthy food options and promotion of a healthy diet.
7. Mind: establishment of company policies that contribute to the reduction of stress and improve the mental and emotional well-being of workers.

For this, for example, the surfaces are treated with coatings or agents that prevent the proliferation of microbes and toxins, reducing the possible affections in our digestive system through food.

"Our home is the most sacred place, it is our refuge. In it, the most intimate moments take place and personal, family and professional ties are strengthened, says Todorova. That's why it's key to focus on elements that attract love and happiness to create an emotional connection beyond colors and shapes. The idea is that everything is in balance and harmony so that we can enjoy this very personal space ", concludes Kalina Todorova, a global expert in interior design and trends to El Tiempo.

LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Fernanda Báez

Tranlated from "¿Cómo puede influir el diseño de su casa en su salud?"

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