But to focus purely on these factors when trying to improve health would be a mistake. You see, your health is actually the result of a huge number of different factors all working in unison and every aspect of your routine and lifestyle can impact on it.
To demonstrate, consider the fact that the very way you arrange and maintain your home can actually have a profound impact on your health and wellbeing. Read on and we'll take a look at several of the ways this can hold true and provide you with an actionable list you can use to start turning your home into a healthier place to be.
If your heating is currently very low, then that can cause all kinds of problems for your health and greatly increase your chances of becoming ill.
To begin with, being cold will mean that your body uses energy just to try and warm itself. In turn that will leave you feeling cold but also tired and lethargic. This in turn then means you're more likely to get ill, and it doesn't help that the quality of your sleep is likely to also be affected leaving you even more tired and even more susceptible to becoming ill.
The other problem with not having enough heating is that it encourages your rooms to become damp. This happens because the cold walls cause water droplets to 'condense' – meaning that they turn from gas into water again and thus stay in your environment.
Ultimately this can lead to mould, which then creates additional problems – leading to the proliferation of mould spores around your rooms which you will inevitably breathe into your lungs. This can eventually cause you to develop asthma and even eczema - even if you don't have any history of either. In general it will also further take a toll on your energy.
Keeping your home warm is just one part of the battle here. At the same time you should ensure that you circulate fresh air, you should avoid letting wet clothes hang in your rooms and you should consider installing a dehumidifier.
Moisture and mould spores are two common irritants that can find their way into our air. There are many other problematic elements that can affect it too however, which range from dander and pollen, to dust and allergens. Using carbon filters can help to reduce this problem.
Speaking of carbon filters, these will also make a great deal of difference on your taps – helping you to consume fewer chemicals, heavy metals, fertilisers, hormones and many of the other damaging substances that come out of our taps.
You probably don't realise it, but light in your home can actually have a profound impact on your health. For one, it will improve your mood and your wakefulness by triggering certain neurotransmitters in your brain. At the same time this can also give you an energy boost that will help you to keep your immune system strong.
If you get light from the sun then this will do even more good for you, increasing your vitamin D production and strengthening your bones. This is why adding a conservatory or just a large open window can make such a big difference to your health if you use it regularly.
Likewise though light can also be a problem if it keeps you awake – so heavy curtains in your bedroom can make a big difference for your health. Likewise, light can be a problem if it causes glare against your screens and causes eyestrain. Move your room around to make the most of the light and you'll feel much better throughout the day with less strain on your eyes, and more light to enjoy when you're relaxing.
Nancy Baker, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Airepure Australia, which specializes in chemical and carbon filters. She is passionate about cycling and is always looking to help amateur riders. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.