We all want to be as healthy as possible. Health, wellness, and well-being have been the buzzwords of the 21st century so far, in fact. No longer are people content with just being alive, we want to thrive.

There’s no doubt that this change in attitudes is a positive one, and by most metrics, people are healthier than they have ever been before. Like most people, you likely watch what you eat, take regular exercise, and care for the health of your children in the best way possible, and your diligence is rewarded with continued good health.

The above is undoubtedly true, but there is a fly lurking in the ointment: your home. Our homes may be safer than they have ever been before, but they are not necessarily healthier. As synthetic products and materials have made their way into our homes, there’s evidence to suggest that the average home may contain a number of items which are potentially threatening to health, which negates a lot of the other good work you may be engaging in.

If you want to ensure that your approach to health and well-being is as holistic as possible, here are three items you might want to remove from your home-- as well as some helpful suggestions on what they should be replaced with.

SWITCH: Scented Candles
REPLACE WITH: Fragrance Diffusers
As lovely as scented candles may be, they contain potentially dangerous toxins. Switching to a diffuser from the likes of AromaTech means that you are still able to enjoy the delights of home fragrance without the potential health risks. If you still want to use candles, then beeswax or electric candles are a good way to get the same effect without the potential for damaging the air quality of your home.

SWITCH: Memory foam mattresses
REPLACE WITH: Wool mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are potentially hazardous due to the chemicals used to ensure the mattress is fire-resistant. Wool mattresses are more expensive, but they don’t require the same chemicals as wool contains natural flame-resistant properties.

SWITCH: Mothballs
REPLACE WITH: Cedar chips
Many of us have a few mothballs in our wardrobe, but some of the chemicals that mothballs contain have been proven to be carcinogenic. Switch your mothballs for natural, non-treated cedar chips or balls instead; they’re just as effective, they smell nicer, and they’re better for your health.

SWITCH: Furniture polish
Many people know about the dangers of cleaning products such as bathroom and kitchen cleaners, but fail to suspect their humble furniture polish of containing any hidden nasties. Sadly, furniture polish -- and particularly liquid furniture polish -- can be toxic when inhaled and cause skin irritation when touched. Use beeswax to polish your furniture instead, a choice that’s better for both you and the environment.

In conclusion
The quest for the healthiest possible home is not an easy one, but it’s a task you’ll want to undertake. By making the switches above, your home is assured to be a haven, and the health of your family will be protected that little bit more.