Simple Ways To Improve Indoor Air

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American Architect, Interior Designer, Writer and Educator, Frank Lloyd Wright loved creating designs in harmony with the environment. Here’s how you can bring the outdoors in AND improve the air quality in your home for better health.

by ALEXA ERICKSON – APRIL 22, 2017

With people spending more than 90 percent of their time indoors, it makes sense that air quality matters.

There are various factors in many people’s homes working against this, however. From furnishings and upholstery to synthetic building materials and cleaning products, toxic compounds are being emitted all around you.

There’s also the concern of pollen, bacteria, and molds that need to be considered. And all of this, combined with poorly-ventilated spaces, such as a windows that have been painted shut in your apartment, it’s incredibly important that you become aware of ways to combat all that junk being inhaled.

 

Enter houseplants.

 

Though you may only have them to better your green thumb, or decorate your home with a sense of nature — which are both great reasons — they’re also extremely beneficial for improving air quality. According to NASA, plants’ ability to purify air makes them “nature’s life support system.”

Plants clean the air in your home by absorbing some of the particles from the air while also taking in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. Additionally, microbes in the potting soil of the plants also provide a cleaning effect.

Plants may even be more beneficial in the evening. Because they are void of sunlight to carry out photosynthesis during this time, their carbon dioxide output increases, therefore providing you with an abundance of oxygen. If you have anxiety, insomnia, or are just looking for a calming effect, the following five plants will aid you in a healthier home and better quality sleep.

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Aloe vera is a great plant for someone new to the plant game, since it’s very easy to care for. This plant gives off plenty of oxygen at night, and, according to NASA, is capable of removing the pollutant formaldehyde.

Orchids

Orchids are stunning to look at, but they’re a whole lot more than just eye candy. Even when you can’t see them, they’re benefitting you by giving off lots of oxygen at night. Another plant that can withstand a bit of neglect, orchids are able to banish the pollutant found in paint called xylene from the environment.

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“5 PLANTS THAT GIVE OUT OXYGEN, EVEN DURING THE NIGHT”   

Happy Earth Day!  🙂

LATEST STUDY ON VITAMIN D & YOUR HEART

 

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VITAMIN D IS KNOWN FOR ITS ROLE IN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF BONE HEALTH ISSUES AS WE AGE.

NOW A NEW STUDY LOOKS TO DETERMINE IF TAKING A HIGH DOSE VITAMIN-D SUPPLEMENT COULD HELP PREVENT HEART DISEASE AS WELL.

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CLEVELAND CLINIC’ S DOCTOR STEVEN NISSEN SAYS THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY ARE IN LINE WITH WHAT OTHERS HAVE ALREADY SHOWN ABOUT DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AND HEART HEALTH.

CG: Dr. Steven Nissen/Cleveland Clinic “This is yet another study that shows that vitamins and dietary supplements have virtually no benefits in preventing heart disease.”

PREVIOUS RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT FOLKS WITH LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS HAVE AN INCREASED RISK FOR HEART DISEASE.

OTHER STUDIES WHICH HAVE SOUGHT TO DETERMINE A BENEFIT IN TAKING VITAMIN D FOR HEART HEALTH, USED LOWER DOSES OF THE SUPPLEMENT.

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THIS LATEST RESEARCH TESTED A VERY HIGH DOSEAS HIGH AS TWO-HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITS IN THE FIRST DOSE – TO A GROUP OF MORE THAN FIVE-THOUSAND ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF FIFTY AND EIGHTY-FOUR.

AFTER A LITTLE MORE THAN THREE YEARS, RESEARCHERS FOUND NO BENEFIT FOR THESE FOLKS WHEN IT CAME TO PREVENTING HEART DISEASE.

DOCTOR NISSEN SAYS THERE IS NO ‘ MAGIC BULLET’ SUPPLEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO HEART HEALTH.

HE SAYS PEOPLE ARE MUCH BETTER OFF IF THEY WORK ON THEIR OVERALL HEALTH HABITS.

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Walking is a great healthy habit

CG: Dr. Steven Nissen/Cleveland Clinic “Exercise, eat well, know your numbers – know your cholesterol, know your blood pressure. Make sure you keep your body weight down so you don’ t get diabetes, and you’ re way ahead of the game.”[00:10]

DOCTOR NISSEN SAYS PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS AFTER READING ABOUT THEM ON THE INTERNET.

HE SAYS IT’ S BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT YOU’ RE LOOKING AT ONLINE IS BASED ON SCIENCE, AND TO ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY SUPPLEMENT.

COMPLETE RESULTS OF THE STUDY CAN BE FOUND IN JAMA CARDIOLOGY.

 

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For more information contact:  http://www.clevelandclinic.org

 

Today Is National Walking Day!

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THE FIRST WEDNESDAY IN THE MONTH OF APRIL IS DESIGNATED AS NATIONAL WALKING DAY.

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MY FAVORITE NON-COMPETITIVE SPORT!  BUT ACCORDING TO THE C-D-C, EIGHTY PERCENT OF AMERICANS DO NOT GET THE RECOMMENDED TWO AND A HALF HOURS OF MODERATE-INTENSITY AEROBIC EXERCISE EACH WEEK.

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ERICA STEPTEAU IS A HEALTH COACH AT CLEVELAND CLINIC. SHE SAYS THAT STARTING A WALKING ROUTINE IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS GETTING YOUR BODY MORE ACTIVE.

CG: Erica Stepteau, MPH/Cleveland Clinic “Get up every five to ten minutes. Put a timer on your phone and see that those are ways that can actually help you get up more instead of just sitting all day.”[00:08]

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STEPTEAU SAYS WE TEND TO UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF WALKING.

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SHE SAYS IT DOESN’T TAKE A GYM MEMBERSHIP OR A PERSONAL TRAINER TO GET YOURSELF UP AND MOVING.

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WALKING IS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN FIT INTO YOUR DAY ALMOST ANYWHERE. AND IT NOT ONLY HELPS YOUR HEALTH, BUT CAN ALSO BOOST YOUR MOOD.

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STEPTEAU RECOMMENDS WALKING DURING YOUR LUNCH BREAK, TAKING THE STAIRS, AND WHEN YOU GET HOME, GET YOUR PETS OUT AND MOVING WITH YOU.

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SHE ALSO SAID THAT SPRING IS A GREAT TIME TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WEATHER CHANGING TO START WALKING OUTDOORS.

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IF BRISK WALKING IS YOUR GOAL, SHE SAYS YOU WANT TO WORK YOUR WAY UP TO THE POINT WHERE IT’S A LITTLE CHALLENGING TO TALK WHILE WALKING.

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AND LIKE ANY EXERCISE PLAN, STEPTEAU SAYS YOU’LL HAVE BETTER RESULTS IF YOU CAN FIND A BUDDY TO WALK WITH.

CG: Erica Stepteau/Cleveland Clinic “It can help you push you beyond your own limits because that person may be at a different level than you; higher or lower, depending; but it helps you either be the encouragement that that person needs to step it up, or it could be the encouragement for you to step it up for yourself.”[00:14]

IF GETTING YOURSELF MOVING IS A REAL CHALLENGE, STEPTEAU SAYS THAT IT’S IMPORTANT NOT TO BEAT YOURSELF UP ABOUT IT AND TO JUST START SLOW.

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SHE SAYS IF YOU’VE BEEN INACTIVE FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING A NEW EXERCISE ROUTINE.

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HAPPY NATIONAL WALKING DAY!  Stay healthy.  -Maria Dorfner

http://www.clevelandclinic.org