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August 12, 2013 by  
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Cleaning to Rid Your Home of Harmful Allergens

August 12, 2013 by  
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Allergy sufferers may be surprised to find that the place where they have the most problems with allergies is their own home. It is important, of course, to avoid or limit exposure to things that trigger allergies while at work or in other locations, but you probably spend most of your time at home. It’s where you have meals, spend time with your family and sleep. You do a lot of breathing in your home. The best way to fight allergens in your house is to keep it clean and tidy.

Sleep Tight Without Dust Mites

Change your bedding at least once per week. You spend approximately one-third of your life in your bedroom. Lots of dead skin cells, dust, pet dander and other allergy triggers build up in your bedding over time. For the best results, wash your bedding in hot water. If you wash the bed linens in cold water, drying outdoors in the sun can help kill dust mites. Severe allergy sufferers may need to encase their pillows and mattresses in allergen barriers in order to get a handle on their symptoms.

Curtains and Carpets are Common Culprits

Any fabric surface in your home has the potential to house dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other allergens. Rid your home of any unnecessary fabric, especially carpet and drapes. Window shades are easier to clean with a simple dusting or wipe down. If you like the look of drapes, opt for lightweight curtains that can hold up to frequent washings.

Remove carpet if at all possible. Hard floors like wood, tile or linoleum are a cinch to wash and don’t retain moisture like carpets do after cleaning. Every few months, try a floor scrubber rental to deep clean your hard floors. If you want to keep your carpet, treat it with allergen-reducing products and vacuum 1-2 times per week using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You may want to wear a dust mask when vacuuming since the circulating air can stir up dust.

Air It Out

Indoor air can often be more polluted than the air outdoors. To keep the air in your home as pure as possible, open the windows to let in fresh air. This will also reduce humidity in your home. On high pollen days, keep the windows closed and instead use a dehumidifier and air purifier. Cover your heating and cooling vents with allergen-reducing filters to clean the air before it comes into your home.

These steps can help you to avoid unnecessary discomfort and suffering. Give them a try and you could soon be breathing more easily and enjoying your home far more than in the past.


The Benefits of Hot Water

August 10, 2013 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

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Think back to injuries and pain you experienced as a child (or more recently). Chances are, heat and cold were recommended as therapy by your doctors, grandmothers, school nurses or parents.

It makes sense then, that there are real benefits of using heat when it comes to your health. This is especially true of hot water. While heat packs may be great for localized pain and injuries, being able to submerge in hot water eliminates limitations associated with small, stiff heat packs by being able to reach every spot at one time.

While drinking water is beneficial for overall health, soaking in hot water as you do in hot water plunge pools may be just as important.

Relaxation

In the fast-paced society in which we live, relaxation is hard to come by. Between constant appointments, the availability of mobile technology and other distractions, stress levels seem to be at all time highs.

Think of what requires you to take a break from technology and the other distractions…water. Even if you are not suffering from an injury, pain-causing condition or anything else, by taking the time to relax in hot water, you’re forcing your body to slow down. That’s something that can be hard to come by and the benefits are truly immeasurable.

Muscle Recovery

Following workouts for high-performance athletes or even physical therapy for individuals recovering from injuries or medical procedures, warm water therapy is often recommended.

By taking the time to soak in warm water (optimally between 94 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit), tight muscles are given the opportunity to relax and endorphins are released. Some hot water pools (available for homes and professionals) are equipped with massage hoses that add the additional benefit of deep tissue therapy during the soak.

Proper muscle recovery is critical for future performance and long-term prognoses in individuals recovering from injuries. Hot water offers this type of recovery in an affordable fashion.

Pain Relief

In the same way that hot water provides for relaxation and muscle recovery, it can be used for pain relief (for injuries and chronic conditions).

Hot water heats the body’s muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and thereby restoring blood flow throughout the entire body. Increased blood flow decreases stiffness in joints, relieves pain and has been known to calm muscle spasms in individuals with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and other medical conditions.

By regulating the neuromuscular and endocrine systems (through increased blood flow), benefits can be seen quickly when hot water therapy is used on a regular basis.

When it comes to tangible health benefits from a naturally occurring element, hot water offers demonstrated relief from pain, shorter muscle recovery times and increased stamina to individuals suffering from injuries and chronic conditions.

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NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.