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This issue of News For A Healthier You focuses on 3 ways to help make 2011 healthier for you and your family.
  1. Remove allergens from the air in your home.
  2. Keep nasal and sinus passages free of irritants.
  3. Reduce dangerous fumes with low-chemical or plant-based household cleaners.
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January Is National Staying Healthy Month
What A Great Way To Start The New Year

Staying healthy, especially for allergy sufferers, means avoiding offensive allergens and irritants when possible and using environmental controls to help get rid of the allergens that cannot be avoided. and reduce exposure to other irritants. The air in your home is a good place to start avoiding and controlling irritating airborne particles, but you can also stay healthier by cleansing nasal and sinus passages of irritants, and by choosing household cleaning products that are easier on you and the planet.

1. Remove allergens from the air in your home.
Airborne particles in your home may include pet dander, mold spores, pollen, cockroach allergen, and dust mite allergen. To improve indoor air quality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends (1) controlling the sources of pollution and (2) cleaning indoor air.

Avoidance of allergens (controlling sources of pollution) is the best way to prevent allergic reactions:
  • Avoid Pet Dander - Remove pets from the home or at least from the bedroom.Remove pets from the home or at least from the bedroom.
  • Avoid Mold Spores - Take care of water leaks and sources of moisture in your home immediately and keep humidity below 45-50%.
  • Avoid Pollen - Keep doors and windows closed during pollen season.
  • Avoid Cockroach Allergen - Eliminate cockroaches in your home, attend to attractions such as food scraps and cardboard boxes, and keep droppings and detritus cleaned away.
  • Avoid Dust Mite Allergen - Encase mattresses, box springs, and pillows in zippered mite proof covers (the single most important method of dust mite allergen avoidance according to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology [AAAAI]), replace carpet with hard surface floors, keep relative humidity below 45-50%, and wash uncovered bedding, curtains, and stuffed animals every week or two in very hot water.
To further reduce exposure to allergens, use measures to clean the indoor air such as:
  1. HEPA Room Air Cleaners - HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air and the Asthma & Allergy Foundation Of America (AAFA) explains that "to qualify as a true HEPA filter, it must be able to capture at least 99.97% percent of all particles 0.3 microns in diameter, or larger, that enter it." Whirlpool Air Cleaners Are Top-RatedWhen purchasing an air cleaner, consider these points:
    • Is the filtration True HEPA, not HEPA-like?
    • How easy is it to change the filters?
    • What is the annual cost of operation (energy consumption and filter replacement)?
    • What size air cleaner is needed for the room?
    • What is the noise level of the air cleaner?
    • Is this air cleaner an ozone generator that produces unacceptable levels of ozone?
    • See our Air Cleaner Comparison Chart.
  2. Whole House Filtration Methods - Allergen reduction furnace filters capture particles in your home's air when the HVAC fan pulls the air through the filter while filters for HVAC vents trap particles coming through the ductwork.
  3. HEPA Vacuum Cleaners - Just like air cleaners, the filter in a vacuum cleaner must capture at least 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns in diameter, or larger, that enter it. Having a vacuum with a HEPA filter means particles that pass through the vacuum bag are trapped in the filter instead of escaping back into the room through the vacuum motor's exhaust. Many allergen particles settle to the floor and frequent vacuuming is recommended.
  4. Dust Reduction Tools - Dust contains allergen particles and needs to be removed frequently. The right tools make the job easier. Dusting will stir up particles from surfaces so wear a dust mask while doing housework.
According to the AAFA, "by avoiding or reducing your contact with indoor allergens, you may be able to:
  • Reduce your allergy symptoms and feel much better.
  • Manage your allergy symptoms without medicine or with fewer medicines.
  • Reduce your risk of developing complications of long-term (chronic) allergic rhinitis, such as sinusitis."
2. Keep nasal and sinus passages free of irritants.
In addition to avoiding allergens and cleaning your home's air, you can be healthier in 2011 by using nasal irrigation, sometimes called sinus irrigation or nasal washing. This proven non-drug method of treating allergy and sinus symptoms is also a great preventative measure. According to the AAAAI:
Saline sinus rinses can often bring relief to patients with chronic sinus or rhinitis problems without the use of medication. Often, people with chronic or acute sinus infections produce excessive mucus and sinus rinses are helpful to remove and thin out secretions. Several different commercial sinus rinse devices are effective and available without prescription; patients should choose a product based on their personal preference. Saline sinus rinses may also rinse out allergens, irritants, and germs and remove possible triggers that bother people with sinus and rhinitis problems.
There are two main methods of nasal/sinus irrigation: gravity-based and positive pressure. In both, some sort of salt is added to water for the rinse. You can buy pre-mixed solution, solution packets to mix with water, or mix your own saline solution. Gravity-based irrigation allows water to flow naturally in one nostril and out the other nostril with the head tilted sideways. This is an ancient method from Indian ayurvedic medicine from which the name "neti" pot is derived. Positive Pressure Nasal Irrigation Cleans & Soothes Nasal & Sinus Passages

Positive pressure irrigation gives you more control over the water flow as you apply pressure in some method to send the water up into your nostril and through your sinuses to cleanse away mucous. And research has shown this method to work better. Also, in the positive pressure category are mechanized methods of irrigation that send pulsing streams of water into your nose and sinuses in a motion that mimics the natural motion of the nasal cilia. All of these positive pressure devices are both gentle and effective.

Although some people find nasal irrigation a little awkward at first, the benefits are so great that they stick with it and soon become accustomed to the procedure. Dr. Rabago of the University of Michigan Medical School has conducted four studies on nasal irrigation over a seven year period. He concluded that "people with chronic sinus symptoms who consistently practiced nasal irrigation reported a decrease in symptoms (congestion, runny nose), an increased quality of life and a reduced use of [prescription] nasal sprays and antibiotics."

3. Reduce dangerous fumes with low-chemical or plant-based household cleaners.
Part of staying healthy is maintaining a clean, healthy environment while exposing ourselves, our children, and the planet to the least toxic chemicals possible. Since the more you are exposed to chemicals, the more likely it is that those chemicals will lead to allergy or asthma flare-ups, it just makes sense to reduce exposure to chemicals when possible. Using low chemical or plant-based household cleaners for regular cleaning, even if stronger chemicals must occasionally be used for tough jobs, can be beneficial to your health and that of your family.

There are some tactics you can employ to look for the best choices and avoid the worst offenders:
  • Choose Low Chemical Or Plant-Based Cleaners & DetergentsAvoid petroleum-based (ingredients with prefixes or suffixes like propyl-, methyl-, eth-, -ene are usually petroleum-based.), and choose plant-based or vegetable-based products.
  • Choose biodegradable products. The FTC says a product can be called biodegradable if it will "break down and decompose into elements found in nature within a reasonably short amount of time when they are exposed to air, moisture and bacteria or other organisms".
  • Choose pump spray bottles instead of aerosols.
  • Choose phosphate-free dishwasher detergents.
  • Avoid chlorine and ammonia.
  • Avoid nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and phosphates in laundry detergents.

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