3 Essential Appliances for Better Health at Home

The best form of medicine is prevention. An ounce of it is worth a pound of cure, at least according to the old saying; plus there are a lot of ways you can improve your health without having to pay for a visit to the doctor or any prescription drugs. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to find health suggestions that simply follow the latest fads and don’t help nearly as much as they promise, but the appliances on this list offer some very real benefits to those who know how to use them right.

Slow Cooker

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In modern households, it’s more common than not for every adult to have a full-time job. It’s also common for that job to be exhausting, even if it’s a white-collar desk job, and then no one has the energy to cook dinner that evening. That leads people to buy fast food or processed frozen foods that let you skip cooking but are completely terrible for you.

That’s where the slow cooker comes in handy. Slow cookers don’t make preparing meals easier, but they do move that preparation to earlier in the day, to a time when you have the energy you need to make something healthy and delicious. And while slow cookers can obviously handle soups and stew, you’d be surprised by how many other meals you can make hours before you plan to eat them.

Water Filter

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Depending on how much you can trust your city’s water supply, a water filter ranges from a decent idea to an absolutely required health appliance. Water filters use activated carbon and other filtration chemicals to pull out heavy metals and complex organic molecules, lowering your risk of cancer and other illnesses. Water filters can fit on faucets, you can use a water filter pitcher, or you can get a refrigerator with a built-in filter for the water dispenser. However, a water filter can also remove fluoride, so be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste.

Whole-Home Air Filter

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Your home’s air quality is important. There are more air pollutants outside, but indoor air has nowhere to go and most people spend a good portion of their day inside.

That’s where a whole-home air filter comes in handy. This filter connects to a home’s HVAC system so it can clean the air moving through every room instead of the single room a portable air filter cleans. That means better air quality for everyone, and you won’t reset the problem every time you open the door. And even if the worst pollutants in your home are dust mites and mold spores, removing them keeps your immune system from turning on itself and developing an allergy.

By eating better and filtering both the water you drink and the air you breathe, you can make your home healthier for everyone who lives in it. And while buying them may be more expensive than going without them, they’re a whole lot cheaper than cancer treatments and the prescription drugs you may need to treat a preventable disease.


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