How healthy homes can build immunity

Home wellness company Delos says people are starting to recognise the role a healthy home plays in promoting strong immunity that has the best chance of fighting infections such as the coronavirus.

If you can steer clear of the bogus claims about vitamins and specialist diets that promise to turbocharge your immunity, there really are some strategies that help put your immunity in good shape to fight the coronavirus and other illnesses such as the flu (with the understanding, however, that a vaccine is the only way to protect people from catching the illness in the first place).

And chances are you’ve heard of them. These tried and tested methods include getting enough exercise, managing stress levels, a healthy diet that consists of plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and adequate sleep.

But few people realise that the home can play a role in keeping you fit and healthy to fight off a virus.   

While we’re still rapidly learning about this virus, Delos Australia’s managing director Anthony Scarff told The Fifth Estate that houses can be optimised to support an immune system that’s “ready to go”.

A good night’s sleep, for example, is made easier with lighting that automatically promotes a natural circadian rhythm. Drinking plenty of water is also important, and it helps if this water is filtered from pollutants that are hard on the digestive system such has chlorine. Access to natural light during the day and good indoor air can help regulate mood and therefore stress.

Scarff says that Delos, which is the parent company of the International Well Building Institute that created the WELL Certification program for commercial buildings, has seen a spike in interest since the coronavirus hit Australia earlier in the year, from both new and existing companies.

The business offers technology solutions focused on sleep, air quality and water filtration aimed at bringing wellness to the bulk of the residential market, not just those that can afford it. The company is not a product manufacturer but rather tests and sources technology to curate “home ecosystems” that support wellness.

Scarff says home providers want to offer people a product that focuses on health, which is something everyone is more aware of following the bushfires and now the coronavirus. He is most excited to see the community housing space showing real interest, which gets close to the company’s founding values of “democratising wellness”.

Company president Bill Giannikos says that although people are waking up to the importance of wellness in the office sector the residential market have been slower to cotton onto the benefits of a home that promotes wellness.

“You should be thinking about ‘what’s my work environment like? What’s my home environment like?’”

Part of this comes down to education, and in the wake of the bushfires and now the coronavirus, people have never been more prepared to learn more about how buildings can improve their health.

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2 Responses to “How healthy homes can build immunity”

  • Susan WANMER says:

    Every action counts to wellness – individually, the workplace, and in society. Great article as it links that fact that it is not the ‘building’ or the home – it is about what a human needs for wellness. It just so happens that WELL buildings have brought this under the one roof [excuse the pun!]. As individuals, rather than expecting a certification, or a building to do it for you, what can you add, or eliminate from your office, building, or home, based on the research provided by the Wellness Institute and Delos Australia. CEOs – what could you do right now? Wellness is a mindset. #TheBulletproofCEO

  • don owers says:

    This pandemic has also produced a surge of articles claiming that we need to return to the previous ways. Some are claiming that population density was not a factor in the spread of the virus but this is not correct. Our hospitals, prisons, churches, transport, sporting events will all have to be modified to cater for even more pandemics. Even more importantly we must have more open space in cities so that we can get out of our little boxes.

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