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Air quality and quality of life

Air quality affects our lives in many ways,

There is a huge amount of information out there on how to make our lives healthier, but it is often overwhelming. Here are some basic facts.

What we eat, what we breathe and what we think directly affects how we feel.  So today let us talk about some small things you can do to make your life healthier and help you feel better. 

Air quality affects our lives in many ways, and in the winter it is easy for the dust to build up in the air.  Dust and dander aggravate your lungs, and this can cause inflammation and makes your lungs more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.

Impurities in the air can also tax your immune system.  Allergens in the air can distract your immune system from other health issues that need  attention.  Depending upon the person, impurities in the air can trigger bronchitis, asthma, allergies, headaches, fatigue, and gut problems. Mold exposure and mold allergies are a serious issue.

One simple thing you can do is change your air filter in your heating units and your vacuum cleaners.  Make sure you have HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters and they are replaced regularly. HEPA grade air filters remove particles down to 3 microns from the air. This is the same level of filtration that is used in hospital settings. They are not expensive, and they are a big help. 

There are many good air filters on the market depending on what you want to spend. You can spend hundreds of dollars on an air filter or you can dump out your shop vac, put a clean new HEPA filter on it and use it to change out the air in your house room by room in a couple minutes.  I highly recommend an air filter in your bedroom. Especially if someone in your family is prone to bronchitis or other lung issues.

Another thing you can do whenever possible is try to avoid having carpeting in your home. In most parts of the world they no longer put carpets in houses because the carpets harbor so many allergens. If you must have carpet, please vacuum it regularly with HEPA approved vacuum cleaner bags and put air filters in your home. 

Speaking of air filters, did you know your nose is an air filter and you need to clean that too. The inside of our sinuses is sticky like flypaper. It constantly catches minute particles of dust and debris out of the air.  If you do not clean out your sinuses it can cause swelling, pressure, headaches, and snoring.

There are also many ways to clean your sinuses. I recommend that you clean your nose in the shower daily.  An easy way to do this is to cup water in your hand and snuffle water with your nose being careful not to inhale any water into your lungs.  Do this twice while in the shower and blow your nose thoroughly before you get out. You can also purchase commercial Neti pots and saline sprays These are easy ways to improve your environment and your health.  

Yours in health Dr Kim

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