As much as we try to keep our homes healthy, sometimes our efforts are thwarted by the fact that living in a large urban area means our home environments aren't quite as pristine as we'd like them to be. These environmental risks include noise pollution, which can actually lead to hypertension and heart disease, light pollution, which can interfere with sleep patterns, and particulate pollution from vehicles, which can lead to a number of health issues.
I'm not suggesting that we all flee our urban homes — I love living in the city, and feel that the benefits definitely outweigh any risks associated with the urban landscape. Luckily, there are ways that you can counteract the pollution that's often inherent with living in a densely populated place. Here are some easy ways to improve your home's health factor, as well as your own health.
- Fill your home with houseplants that clean the air, like these.
- Take off your shoes in the entry of your home so you don't track dirt and pollution into your home.
- Run an air purifier in your home — this one uses houseplants to clean the air!
- Exercise regularly. Exercising in the morning and in outdoor green spaces (such as parks) is best.
- Strive to get regular sleep. Use a sound machine and light-blocking curtains to ensure your Zs.
Keep reading for a list of the 10 dirtiest cities in the United States.
According to a poll conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine, these cities were rated as the 10 dirtiest. The magazine asked readers to rank cities based on factors including air pollution, taste of local tap water, litter, public parks, pedestrian-friendly streets, and environmental awareness.
- New Orleans
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Las Vegas