Toxic Dangers & How to Avoid Them
Unfortunately, quantity and convenience have replaced quality and safety in many areas of our lives -- including our foods, toiletries, cleaners and even our homes. That alone leaves us vulnerable and exposed to toxic materials at work, school, and at home.
News stories are teeming with reports of problematic additives in foods and chemicals in building supplies. Health problems are surfacing and while individual investigations are underway, it raises an important question: how healthy is my environment?
A lot of us spend a great deal of time inside and have likely not considered the range of potential pollutants we encounter in these indoor environments, including: gases emitted from carpets, paints, HVAC systems with gas packs, dust mites, mold, mildew, bacteria, pet dander, smoke, viruses and poor ventilation – all of which can contribute to an array of health issues now been labeled as "sick building syndrome". Common symptoms include unexplained fatigue, headaches, and respiratory difficulties.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, sick building syndrome describes situations in which building occupants experience acute health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be diagnosed.
Some of these symptoms can turn into chronic conditions if left untreated. Fortunately, simple things can be done at home to improve air quality and ease symptoms.
7 at-home precautions you can't afford to forget
- FILTHY FILTERS? Avoid respiratory problems by checking your air filters often and replacing them according to manufacturer recommendations. If your filters do not get dirty, ventilation problems are likely.
- AC OKAY? Inspect your air conditioning unit and ventilation system for bypasses and leaks. Ensure that your filter is attached securely on all edges and there are no gaps around it.
- CIRCURLATION! Improve circulation of air by occasionally airing out the house on dry days with low pollen counts. Sensitive individuals with allergies may want to isolate the room they occupy most by closing the door and running a room filtration unit.
Try Triple Complex BronchoSoothe™, a homeopathic remedy that temporarily relieves tightening of the chest to open airways, and BioVent Drops™, an herbal remedy to support healthy lungs and help keep air passages open for easy breathing.
- GO CHEM-FREE! Avoid fatigue and migraine headaches by switching to chemical-free cleaning products. They are a little more expensive but well worth the investment.
- NIX AIR FRESHENERS! Try to live without air fresheners. They may cover smells, but they reduce air quality by adding harmful chemicals into the air you breathe.
- VENT, VENT, VENT! Be sure that combustion appliances such as stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, etc. are properly vented to the outside and the vents are unobstructed. Unvented gas or kerosene heaters should only be used in open spaces with a partially open window.
- CHIMNEY CHECK! Check for debris and cracks that may affect the flow of fumes out of your home.
What else can you do?
The most important thing you can do for your body is to detox on a regular basis. This can be done in a number of ways, but the main idea is to support the liver and its function of cleaning our blood.
Drink plenty of water and get fresh air and vigorous exercise everyday.
Try EcoSlim™ to help maintain a healthy weight & balanced metabolism, plus assist slimming programs.
Natural remedies can also be used to provide the body with extra support. Whether to promote energy levels and clear concentration or support detox efforts, natural remedies have been used for centuries to promote well-rounded health and harmony in bodily systems.