Identify Hidden Health Hazards

 
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By: Jennifer McGregor

Do you find yourself frequently feeling unwell?  Do you suffer from consistent low energy? Is your immune system compromised, leaving you constantly sick?  If you already eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly, there may be some areas in your life or hidden factors that you are exposed to each day, affecting your health.  Let’s examine some potential sources and see if one of them may be the cause of your problems.

Home Health Hazards

Your own house may be hiding some potential health hazards, even if you keep your home clean and tidy. Mold is a common problem in homes and can result in several health issues if left untreated.  Bathrooms and kitchens are frequent locations where mold can grow due to the regular use of water and potentially humid environments.  Other common areas to check are attics, basements, and garages. Mold can also be found in lesser known areas like inside your mattress, your pillow, and even inside your living room furniture.  If found, deep cleaning and proper ventilation can remedy this issue. Other hazards that may be lurking in your home include water contaminants, pests, and radon exposure. Carefully examine your home and take care of all hazards that could be compromising your health. 

Workplace Air-Quality Risks

Half of your day is likely spent at your workplace, and sometimes offices contain hidden health risks.  According to Newsweek, your office may have dangerous polluted indoor air.  When pollution is addressed, it is often outdoor air pollution that is the focus.  Indoor air, however, has just as many dangerous contaminants and particulates and can cause serious health issues with continued exposure.  Up until recently, building architects did not factor air quality into their building designs.  Talk to your employer about the air quality and see if improvements can be made in the building by purchasing higher quality filters. 

Potential Food Reactions

Another potential hidden source of your poor health may be your food.  You already established that you eat a nutritious diet, but it is possible that you may be regularly ingesting food that your body reacts negatively to.  Inflammatory diseases and immune responses to specific foods are becoming more common.  If you suspect that it may be something in your diet causing your illness, check with your doctor who may want to run some tests.  You can also follow an elimination diet, which removes common food triggers and reintroduces them slowly to see how your body reacts.  If a food is identified as an issue, simply eliminating it from your diet should immediately help you feel better and heal.

Dangers of Stress

According to Healthline, the hidden source of your health concerns may, in fact, be stress.  Stress is a part of everyday life and in some cases can be a positive motivator.  But excessive chronic stress can be damaging. It has been linked to a weakened immune system, heart damage leading to increased risk of stroke and heart attack, and an increased risk for disease and illness.  If you are experiencing chronic stress, you need to immediately address the issue. Activities like exercise, yoga, acupuncture and spending time outdoors have all been shown to be effective at reducing stress.  If you’re frequently on your feet, investing in a good foot massager can be a big end-of-day stress reliever, as it can soothe soreness and knots.  Look online for a list of the top foot massagers to choose the right one for you.

Age-Related Problems

As you get older, you're more likely to experience health problems related to age.  Common health concerns that seniors face include cognitive decline, heart disease, and vision or hearing loss.  The good news is these health conditions can be treated or even prevented if you regularly see your doctor for health screenings.  Annual wellness exams are covered by Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and they provide a way for you to become more involved in your preventive care.  If you’re covered by an Anthem Medicare plan, you’ll have access to dental care as well, so you can get regular checkups for your oral health. An annual checkup is beneficial for people of all ages, but it's especially important for seniors to stay on top of their appointments so that they get the care they need to live healthily in their golden years. 


Take the time to identify what exactly is causing your health issues – home environment, air quality at work, reactions to specific foods, the effects of chronic stress, or old age.  Once you have identified the issue, you can take the necessary steps to resolve the problem. Your health is important and deserves priority. Don’t let hidden health hazards take their toll on you.

About the Author

Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student, who loves providing reliable health and medical resources for PublicHealthLibrary.org users. She wants her writing to help make the world a better, healthier place by making it easier for people to find high-quality health information on the web.

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