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Water & Food

Why it's important

Within our indoor sanctuaries, the quality of what we consume plays a pivotal role in our health. Adopting healthy eating habits fortifies our bodies, fuels our minds, and lifts our spirits. 

Complement this with pristine water quality, and we provide ourselves with vital hydration free from contaminants. When our indoor environments nurture these habits, with easy access to nutritious foods and pure water, we’re better shielded against diseases and have the vitality to thrive. 

Thus, elevating our food and water quality indoors is an investment in lifelong health and well-being.

Quick tips

1. Visible Healthy Snacks:

Store fruits, nuts, and other healthy snacks at eye level in your pantry or on the countertop, making them the first thing you see and reach for.

2. Meal Prep:

Dedicate a day of the week for preparing meals in advance. Having ready-to-eat healthy meals or ingredients can reduce the temptation to grab junk food or order takeout.

3. Limit Processed Foods:

Keep a minimal stock of processed and sugary snacks in the house. Instead, fill the pantry with whole, natural foods.

4. Herb and Veggie Garden:

Consider starting a small indoor garden with herbs and vegetables. Freshly grown produce can motivate healthier cooking and eating.

5. Filtered Drinking Water:

Invest in a high-quality water filter to remove impurities, contaminants, and improve taste. Regularly maintain and replace filters as directed to ensure optimal filtration.

Scientific facts

Contaminated Drinking Water

Unsafe or untreated water sources can introduce pathogens or chemicals, leading to diseases like cholera or lead poisoning.

Improper Food Storage

Storing food at incorrect temperatures or conditions can encourage bacterial growth, increasing the risk of foodborne illnesses.

Plastic Leaching in Food and Water

Some plastics, when used for food and water storage, can leach harmful chemicals, such as BPA, into their contents.

Pesticide and Chemical Residues

Consumables stored without proper washing or in contaminated environments can carry pesticide residues, which might contribute to chronic health issues.

Airborne Contaminants in Food

Cooking or storing food in poorly ventilated areas can result in contamination from airborne pathogens or particulates, posing health risks.

How to improve

1. Before Design Phase: Assessment & Planning

  1. Water Quality Audit:

    • Test existing water quality to identify potential contaminants.

    • Determine if the location has issues like hard water or fluoride over-concentration.

  2. Nutrition Consultation:

    • Understand the client's dietary preferences and goals.

    • Learn about any specific health requirements, like allergies or dietary restrictions.

  3. Research:

    • Familiarize with local water treatment options.

    • Stay updated on kitchen designs that promote healthy eating.

2. During Design Phase: Selection & Implementation

  1. Water Purification Systems:

    • Install whole-house or under-sink water purifiers based on the client's needs.

    • Consider water softeners if hard water is a concern.

    • Ensure easy access for filter replacements and maintenance.

  2. Kitchen Design for Healthy Eating:

    • Plan for ample countertop space for food prep.

    • Prioritize easy-to-clean surfaces to encourage hygiene.

    • Design a kitchen layout that promotes an efficient cooking process, reducing the temptation to opt for fast food.

  3. Refrigeration & Storage:

    • Ensure sufficient refrigeration space for fresh produce.

    • Design a pantry that allows for easy visibility and access to healthier food options.

    • Consider specialized storage like vegetable crispers or humidity-controlled drawers.

  4. Hydration Stations:

    • Set up a dedicated area in the home or office with infused water or a water cooler.

    • Encourage water consumption by providing easily accessible glasses or reusable bottles.

  5. Dining Space:

    • Design an inviting dining area that encourages sit-down meals over quick, mindless eating.

    • Opt for comfortable seating and pleasant lighting to make meals more enjoyable.

  6. Indoor Gardening:

    • Plan spaces for indoor herb gardens or vegetable patches, encouraging organic, home-grown food consumption.

    • Ensure adequate light and water sources for these indoor gardens.

3. After Design Phase: Monitoring & Maintenance

  1. Regular Water Quality Checks:

    • Periodically test water quality to ensure the purification system works effectively.

    • Monitor for signs of scale or mineral build-up from hard water.

  2. Client Education:

    • Advise clients on the maintenance of water filters or purifiers.

    • Share tips on storing produce or pantry items for prolonged freshness.

  3. Replacement & Upgradation:

    • Stay informed about advancements in water purification technology.

    • Recommend newer kitchen gadgets or systems that can further promote healthy eating.

  4. Feedback & Continuous Improvement:

    • Collect feedback from clients on their water consumption habits and ease of maintaining a healthy diet.

    • Use insights to refine designs for future projects.

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