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Home Detox – Balancing the Elements: Earth

One of the ways toxins can enter the home is by way of the dirt we bring in from outside. Dirt itself isn’t necessarily bad but it can contain some pollutants that definitely are.

In this day and age, we’re surrounded by chemicals – fertilizers, pesticides, and other industrial chemicals make their way into our soil. Too much exposure to these substances can trigger allergies and cause serious respiratory illnesses and reproductive issues. Mold spores are also an issue. They arrive using dirt as their vehicle into your home, where they’re able to grow and spread. As you can see, bringing dirt in on your shoes isn’t just unsightly – it’s actually harmful to our health! earth 300x199 Home Detox   Balancing the Elements: Earth

Fortunately, there are a few ways to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the home and decrease your family’s exposure to these toxins.

  • Stop dirt at the door. Wipe your shoes and paws on Dr. Doormat can remove up to 90% of debris on your shoes! Take it a step further – remove those shoes and leave them near the door when you enter your home.
  • Choose cleaner flooring options. Most carpet is made from toxin-containing materials PLUS it’s the perfect composition for trapping dust and other debris and holding onto it. Remove wall to wall carpet to stop this dust trap. Where that’s not practical, be sure to have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly.
  • Clean toxin-free! While there are loads of “dirt-fighting” chemical cleaners out there, you may only compound the problem if the cleaners you choose contain harsh toxic ingredients. The right cleaning tools, vinegar and baking soda are just about all you need to clean up most messes!
  • Dust often. I’m always amazed at how quickly dust can accumulate. How often you need to dust depends on a number of circumstances. Dryer vents, air circulation in your home, fireplace use and type of heating – just keep in mind that letting dust accumulate is a major trigger for allergies and asthma.

Keep dirt where it belongs – outside!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

A Healthy, Safe Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner – not much is more exciting to kids this time of year than the fun of dressing up and the promise of a bag full of goodies at the end of the night!

Parents can have a lot of fun on this festive holiday, too, but we also have a few more serious matters to consider. Following are some health and safety considerations to keep in mind as you and your kiddos enjoy the evening.

A Healthier Halloween

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Happy Halloween!

When it comes to the Halloween treats typically given out, no other time of year promises quite as many chemical-laden, sugary snacks in your kids’ eager hands. At the end of the night, keep the candy stash in an out-of-sight, out-of-reach place and limit the treats to just a couple at a time. They’ll protest – but you won’t have a scary sugar crash on your hands and it’s all part of keeping them healthy.

You can also choose to give out healthier options from your own home. Here are a few ideas:

  • Small trinkets and toys like bouncy balls and other inexpensive toys. This is what we do!
  • More natural candy options like those made without artificial dyes or sweeteners, like YumEarth Naturals Sour Candy! It’s still candy, but it’s a bit easier on the body than some of the regular options.
  • Carbonated juice – kids feel like they’re getting a soda, but it’s actually pretty healthy!
  • Stickers, small containers of play-doh, and other fun art supplies

You see? You don’t have to be “that parent” and give out dental floss to encourage healthier choices at Halloween!

Halloween Safety Tips

Lastly, it goes without saying to follow some safety tips at Halloween. It’s sad that it even needs to be considered, but that’s the world we live in. The CDC recommends the following guidelines:

  • Don’t trick or treat alone – stay in groups with adult supervision at all times.
  • Wear light colored costumes, wear reflective tape, or carry a flashlight to help drivers see you.
  • Inspect all treats for tampering before enjoying.
  • Test costume makeup in a small area of the skin before applying to avoid irritation.
  • Keep regular traffic safety rules in mind! Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Be wary of candles, especially when wearing a loose fitting costume.
  • Avoid dark houses and yards – trick or treat only at houses that are well-lit.

Enjoy yourselves! As a parent, will you be joining in on the fun of dressing up or do you take your kids trick or treating “as yourself?”  My job is always to man the door and enjoy the parade.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Dr. Doormat, Inc.