Incessant sneezing. Runny nose. Watery eyes. Asthmatic conditions. Itchy skin. Oh the signs and symptoms of allergies! With Spring on its way…this is the time we begin to brace ourselves for the onslaught of allergy-inducing culprits that oftentimes are pollen related.
But do you suffer from allergies year round? Could it be caused by dust and dust mites? Dust mites?! Those microscopic eight-legged creatures that dwell and accumulate in our beds, in our closets, in our furnishings, and in the warm and moist areas in our homes. They feed on dead skin flakes and their fecal matter, secretions and the mites can cause skin irritations and allergies.
So, what are some things we can do to mitigate our allergy symptoms year round? Here are a few tips that we’ve found helpful to reduce allergens and to improve our overall health and wellbeing:
Invest in a HEPA air filter to better purify the air inside your home.
Vacuum furnishings, sofas and sofa cushions, carpeting, mattresses, and floors regularly. If possible, vacuum daily to rid your home of dirt, dust, bugs, pollen, and allergy-causing culprits. Seal and dispose of the vacuum bag and contents immediately when you’re done. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, whenever possible.
Use protective covers for your mattresses and pillows to keep allergens out so that you can breathe easier and get a better night’s sleep.
Wash bedding and clothing in hot water and dry in the hottest dryer setting possible.
Let the sun shine in to kill bugs but cleaning is still necessary to rid the home of allergens.
So, with some thorough cleaning, decluttering, and preventive measures, we hope these tips can help you breathe easier all year round.
It’s the beginning of a new year! A time to reflect. And, a time to embrace the learnings from our past. Last year was an impressive one. It was a year filled with happiness. Unexpected sadnesses. And, extreme surprises. It tested our resolve. Our fortitude. And, it made us stronger. Thank you for journeying with us in 2016! And, please join us as we forge ahead in 2017…
Temperatures are rising. Another Summer heat wave is upon us. And, when it gets hot, we sweat! It’s our body’s cooling system to help us maintain our body’s temperature.
When this happens, while some may go au natural, others seek underarm deodorant and antiperspirant products that help to minimize sweat and odor. There are many products made with all natural and organic ingredients, products that are better for the body since chemicals and toxic ingredients can be absorbed through our skin. And, in this case, they can directly affect our lymph nodes and breast tissue.
Some ingredients often used in underarm deodorants and antiperspirants that can harm our bodies include:
Aluminum Compounds – (eg. Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium) These ingredients are used to plug up sweat ducts so that we don’t perspire. Yet, they can be absorbed into the body, affect hormone levels, and can be carcinogenic.
Fragrance – The terms “fragrance” and “parfum” can represent up to 3,500 chemicals.
Parabens – (eg. methylparaben, benzylparaben, ethylparaben) Often used as artificial preservatives, these chemicals can affect hormonal levels and have been linked to breast cancer.
Phthalate – Chemical compounds used to soften plastics and give products a smoother texture.
Propylene Glycol – A petroleum-based ingredient that can cause neurotoxicity and liver and kidney damage.
Silica – This ingredient has been linked to cancer and shown to irritate skin.
Talc – An ingredient used to absorb moisture and can be carcinogenic.
Triclosan – A chemical classified by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a pesticide and has been linked to cancer.
So, when you’re choosing deodorants and antiperspirants that are better for your body, be cognizant of the chemicals and artificial fragrances that may be listed in the product ingredients. Choose products that are free of toxic ingredients or try going au naturel. Your body will thank you for it :).
On Facial Mask Friday, while our face is being pampered, this is what we often do…our dishes! Because we’re multitaskers, now our face is rejuvenated, our dishes are clean, and we’re ready for the weekend!
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