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7 Health Reasons for Using an Air Purifier

7 Health Reasons for Using an Air Purifier

When you think of air purifiers, you probably associate the need with outdoor pollutants. But, the fact is that air doesn’t separate itself into “indoor” and “outdoor.”

Unless you live in a vacuum-sealed city, you are breathing air that has meandered here from some other area of the world (remember weather maps.)  All that junk in the air – allergens, molds, mildews, dust mites, dander and pollens – will make any condition you normally have even worse.

Granted, bad air affects some of us worse than others. That said, below are seven ways air purifiers can help you and your family.

1. Snoring

One of the most common reasons that people to snore is that their nasal passages get clogged up due to allergic reactions to the dust mites and other allergens that collect on air filters, heating coils and in duct work.

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Changing filters at least once a month will diminish the effects of these particles in the air. However, if you find the sneezing or snoring becomes worse at certain times of the year, change the filter as much as once a week. Consider investing in air purifiers with multiple cleaning filters as a safe bet.

2. Prone to Diabetes

No doubt, you know that people with allergies will be affected.  But, did you know that dirty air has been directly linked to an increase in glucose intolerance – a warning sign of diabetes?

If a member of your family has diabetes – including Type 2 Diabetes – investing in an air purifier could help stabilize glucose levels.

3. Sick Family Member

Nothing spreads germs faster than someone who is sick. Sneezing and coughing not only expel germs into the air but it also shoves around the pollutants already in the air.

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For the sick ones, the pollutants will extend their illness creating a vicious circle. And for those of you who are healthy, the added contamination of germs increases the probability of the illness spreading.

4. Asthma, Emphysema or COPD

All of these are lung oriented diseases. Plenty of pollutants that lurk in the air eventually find their way into the lungs with each breath taken. Dust mites, molds, pollen and mildews are the most common perpetrators but there are others too.

5. Stuffy, Stale Air in the House

For those living in northern climates, having the house closed up for the winter is a definite breeding ground for the culprits that produce air contamination.

Office workers are especially susceptible to pollutants in offices where windows don’t open. Even in winter, it is advisable to open the house up one day a month and do some heavy cleaning.

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6. Wood Burning, Coal Burning Stove, Fireplace or Heater

Who doesn’t love sitting by a warm fire on a cold, snowy night? Nothing is more comforting than the smell of wood burning in a fireplace.

The problem is that wood comes from trees and trees are a source of molds and pollen spores may be buried deep in the trunk. Burning is one way that spores pop open and spread into the air along with the smoke and sparks. Coal heaters are just as bad at contaminating the air.

7. Same Air from the Far East

While the U.S. doesn’t suffer the degree of air pollution that is seen in China, some of that same air from the Far East does make its way across the Pacific to the Americas.

The World Health Organization (WHO) released its findings in September of this year showing that 92% of people in Hong Kong breathe deadly air. Furthermore, this pollution level is a significant threat to the entire world, not just Hong Kong.

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The Bottom Line ….

If you live anywhere on planet earth, you probably need an air purifier until we can get air pollution under control.

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Tanvir Zafar

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How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

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5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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