There are a lot of things that degenerate our health that caught us by surprise. Believe it or not, there was a time when people didn’t know that smoking was bad. We even thought that radioactive toothpaste and cosmetics were good ideas. Even today, there are things we buy in the name of good health that end up being anything but.
However, the reverse is also true. There are many things we buy for entirely unrelated reasons that end up having great health benefits. This is particularly true with regard to home furnishing. Furniture tends to be an emotional purchase. We buy pieces that are aesthetically pleasing or pieces that are aspirational in some way.
But because that furniture serves more than one purpose and has more than one benefit, we might inadvertently improve our overall health with something meant only to improve our overall style. Here are a few examples of what I mean:
“There are home furnishings and accessories
we buy for entirely unrelated reasons that
end up having great health benefits.”
Lift Chairs that Improve Your Sleep
People tend to think of lift chairs as a strictly utilitarian, single-function item. Like a wheelchair, it serves one obvious purpose. It is immediately obvious who needs one. Only those people with dysfunctional back, knees or hips need apply. However, the premiere lift chair makers would beg to differ. They know furniture with such obvious utility can also serve other functions.
It turns out that a well-made lift chair can also serve as an excellent sleep chair. That is a chair that has many levels of recline and leg position. It can take stress from an aching back, and provide relief for esophageal reflux that can plague many at night. (Chair image source:)
Sitting in the chair throughout the day can provide relief where other chairs would not, thus making it easier to go to sleep when it is time to hit the bed. A good chair is more than just a comfortable perch from which to enjoy the game. The right chair can provide health benefits you never expected were a part of the package.
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Decorative Plants That Also Heal
It has been long known that plants have healing power. There is nothing mystical about it. Modern medicine is still largely based on plant life produced by nature. Plants with healing properties make excellent additions to your home decor. Try adding basil for anti-inflammatory benefits, aloe vera for digestive balance, and roses for enhanced concentration.
Whether outdoors in a small garden, or indoors for home decor, plants and flowers can have surprising benefits. For one thing, they bring nature closer to you. That can be a huge emotional lift to a person stuck inside from an illness. This, alone, might provide a person with the necessary boost to generate healing. Buy plants for beauty. And get added life and health in the bargain.
“If you take a little time to research
before you buy, everything you bring into
your house could benefit your health
in small and big ways.”
Table Tennis for Fun and Fitness
If you have a space for gaming in your home, think about including a ping-pong table instead of something more sedentary. A pool table is fun. But it does little to elevate your heart rate. Table tennis requires about the same amount of space. But it adds a dimension of physical fitness to the fun.
Even video games can serve this purpose as long is it is the type of game that requires one to get up off the couch and get moving. A game that leaves you a little out of breath is beneficial.
Beyond furniture, there are appliances that are rather beneficial. You might get an air purifier to clear the air if you have a smoker in the house. But that purifier can offer a lot of benefits beyond removing the smoke. Those kitchen grills that people buy because they cook fast and are easy to use also make your food healthier by removing the excess grease.
The air freshener you use to kill odor might also kill germs. The vacuum cleaner with which you remove dirt from the run might also remove allergens. Your mattress might cure your back pain in addition to giving you a good night’s sleep.
If you take a little time to research before you buy, everything you bring into your house could benefit your health in small and big ways. Your lift chair, plants, and entertainment furniture are just the beginning.
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