As a healthy home expert, it is my job to help physicians and clients understand the relationship that our homes play to our overall health and wellness. When we examine homes around the country, we find that many have mold problems, clutter and dust, chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers that are associated with health complaints of the homeowners. Physicians are now using our services to test homes for contaminants to better understand the relationships that exist between how we live and our wellness. In public health, we believe that about 90% of our health is determined by genetics, environment, socioeconomic status and behaviors. Continue reading “Your Healthy Home Can Be a Resource for Wellness”
Be aware of many common hidden home invaders, and work to monitor and address them wherever possible.
1. Dust mites – gone!
These creepy looking microscopic critters feed on dander from pets and humans and produce proteins that give us allergies. Warm, wet conditions can make them multiply.
Reduce temperature and humidity to help reduce dust mites. Dust mites love warm, humid conditions above 70F, and the National Institutes of Health recommends that for effective control, you should keep relative humidity below 50%. Continue reading “5 Hidden Home Invaders – How to Monitor & Keep Them Out”
Many of us associate PMS with the female reproductive system, but it is something that can affect our homes as well. PMS, or as we call it, “Poor Maintenance Syndrome,” may make your home a haven for allergens and compromise your health.
Surveys by the Environmental Protection Agency reveal that 30% to 50% of all structures (home and office building) in the northern U.S. and Canada have damp conditions, which may encourage the growth and buildup of mold, mildew and other biological pollutants. This percentage is likely to be higher in warm, moist climates.
Researchers have found that people who live in a moldy house are more prone to allergies, asthma, colds and other respiratory ailments. Continue reading “10 Tips to Help Avoid Mold and Mildew”
Although in many parts of the country it seems like spring will never arrive, don’t wait until the snow has disappeared before you start to do something about pending allergies.
Here are five tips for springtime allergy sufferers.
1. Supplement. Allergy Support Plus combines many immune-supportive nutrients like quercetin, vitamin C, nettle leaf extract, bromelain, turmeric, plus other synergistic nutrients. This formula provides powerful upper respiratory support and is excellent for people suffering from allergies during hay fever season. I recommend starting this weeks before you normally suffer from symptoms. This means NOW!!! Continue reading “Five Tips for Allergy Season”