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Understanding Seasonal Allergies

All of the blooming trees, flowers and other plants that make Spring such a beautiful time of year actually come with a very unwanted side effect for a number of people.

Seasonal allergies affect approximately 40 million Americans in severity ranging from mildly annoying to severely debilitating. According to John Sheffield, a Physician Assistant Studies instructor at South University in Savannah, GA, “Spring tends to be unique as, in most places, it is when a wide variety of plants begin to pollinate. It is these pollens that become the allergens.” Dust and mold can also contribute to seasonal allergies.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to manage allergies, sometimes even without medication.

Herbal remedies can be effective. Butterbur (Petasites hybridus), for example, has been shown to be just as effective as popular antihistamines in treating the symptoms of hay fever. Also topping the list of herbs for allergies, according to WebMD, are nettles and goldenseal.

While the pollen is flying, wear a hat and wash your hair everyday to rinse it out.

Saline nasal sprays are another effective natural option for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Mary Hardy, MD, director of integrative medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles explains, “”The saline works to wash out pollen and reduce or thin mucous.”

Those with allergies can also wear a paper dust filter in high pollen areas to decrease their exposure. file000192996392 300x292 Understanding Seasonal Allergies

Making your home a haven from allergens starts at the door. Don’t forget to wipe your feet on Dr. Doormat to destroy microbes on contact and trap allergens.

As frustrating as seasonal allergies can be, learning to manage them is key to feeling your best. Keep a record of when your allergies are worst and the plants that trigger symptoms to come up with a plan that works for you.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Home Detox – Balancing the Elements: Fire

fire 300x225 Home Detox   Balancing the Elements: FireThe final element we’ll cover in our series is Fire – one that most of us have been using plenty of over the last few weeks. The system used to heat our homes actually creates a number of toxic byproducts that are then released into the air. There are a few ways to maximize the safety and lower toxins when it comes to your home heating system.

Go Electric

If you have respiratory issues, switching to electric heating (and cleaning your heating appliances often!) may be your best option. It will likely save you money, as well!

Ventilate

If you’re otherwise healthy or if doing so is impractical, you might not find it necessary to switch to electric heating. Another thing you can do to improve your indoor air is be sure to ventilate your home well. Opening your windows often can help. Be sure to have a properly functioning hood fan over your gas-powered stove, as well.

Ditch Flame Retardant Chemicals

While they were created to protect us, new research shows that the flame resistant chemicals used to treat furniture, carpets, and children’s pajamas are actually linked to a number of health issues, such as neurological delays, infertility, thyroid issues, and more.

These chemcials show up everywhere, even in our dust bunnies! A co-author of a study on household dust explains:

“Our study found that people are exposed to toxic flame retardants every day. These hazardous chemicals are in the air we breathe, the dust we touch and the couches we sit on. Many flame retardants raise health concerns, including cancer, hormone disruption, and harmful effects on brain development. It is troubling to see that a majority of homes have at least one flame retardant at levels beyond what the federal government says is safe. Infants and toddlers who spend much time on the floor are at higher risk for exposure.”

So pick up that dust, too!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

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,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

We all tend to spend a lot more time indoors during the cold winter months. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, on average.

 10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

Let your house breath this winter by opening the window when you clean.

Homes today are built and designed to be tighter and closed to control heating costs and operate more efficiently while keeping our homes comfortable in the cold weather.  Since it’s can be difficult to make sure that your space is well-ventilated when it’s freezing outside, it’s important to look for other ways to keep clean indoor air.

Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to improve the quality of the air in your home this winter:

  1. Clean humidifiers regularly. Using these devices is common practice in the winter when the air is drier, but if they aren’t cleaned often, they can throw germs and toxins into the air.
  2. Use an air purifier. Some air filtration devices can remove up to 99% of the air pollution in your home!
  3. Ventilate as much as possible! While you definitely won’t be hanging around with your windows open all day like you can in the summer, consider opening them while you’re cleaning just to get some fresh air flowing in.  Reduce your use of aerosol cleaning sprays.
  4. Don’t forget about the exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens – these can be very helpful for ventilating your home.  Make sure the fan and screen are clean and free of grease and debris.
  5. Be sure to check the dryer in the laundry room see that it is properly ventilated outside reducing further dust circulation.
  6. Vacuum cleaner- Make sure the bag or canister is changed regularly and the cleaning head sanitized before use.

     10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

    Dust and debris circulates though the central heating & air conditioning system.

  7. Duct Work- Have them sucked out or clean the screen or cover on the air intake.
  8. Change the air filters on the heating furnace.
  9. Wipe your feet on Dr. Doormat as you enter the home. Avoid bringing outdoor pollutants carried on the soles of your shoes inside by using one of our antimicrobial treated mats to remove the toxins from your shoes.
  10. Do not shake out doormats, bath mats or sheets in the home.  The small tiny dust particles will be launched and circulated through the air vents all over the house.

Follow these tips to improve your indoor air quality this winter so that you and your family can breathe easy and stay healthy while staying warm inside.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.