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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

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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