Clean Humidifiers and Air Conditioners Frequently

903Clean your humidifiers and air conditioners in your home often. Dirty filters can cause bacteria and mold to grow; and breathing in that dirt can trigger allergies and asthma. Even if you aren’t prone to those issues, bacteria and mold can bring on flu-like symptoms or even lung infections in otherwise healthy people.*

Clean your air humidifiers and air conditioners according to their manual. If you have central air, consider hiring a professional to rid your ducts and hoses of mold spores. Breathe healthier today!

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/eco-friendly/how-to-improve-your-indoor-air-quality/
Photo | pc richards – installation gone amuck of air conditioner – Nova Scotia July 4 wknd 2008 362.jpg | ©Scott | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

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More Houseplants for Your Health

houseplant“Houseplants give off oxygen and help remove chemicals like formaldehyde, a common indoor vapor that can cause respiratory and neurological problems, as well as cancer.”
-B.C. Wolverton, Ph.D

Houseplants add a lovely decor to your home, and they also help to eliminate air toxins and increase oxygen in our environments. Let’s fill some space in our homes with healthy houseplants today!

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Dr. Kim

The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop | More new houseplants, April 23rd | Creative Commons Attribution License

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Amazing Health Benefits of Biofeedback

biofeedbackJust as a scale informs you if you’ve gained weight and a thermometer lets you know if you’re running a fever, biofeedback allows people to gain insight into their internal stats. Through the use of a biofeedback machine, patients can monitor readings for blood pressure, heart rate, and even muscle tension. Studies show that when people are empowered with this type of information, they are able to improve their symptoms through efforts like relaxation techniques and modified behavior.*

Biofeedback has helped people battle anxiety, asthma, nausea, stress and epilepsy because it helps people control their body’s natural fight or flight instinct. If you think you could benefit from biofeedback therapy, discuss options with your doctor.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.flowenergetics.com/biofeedback.html
Photo | Biofeedback Sensor | &Copy;Jean-Baptiste LABRUNE | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license

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Get Some Ginger

gingerGinger’s potent anti-inflammatory abilities can help control diabetes, promote heart health, aid in weight management, and provide pain relief. Ginger also works wonders on your gastrointestinal tract and can ease nausea, motion sickness, and morning sickness. A new study also shows that when paired with isoproterenol (a form of asthma medication), ginger can also help open airways.*

You can easily incorporate ginger into your next meal by peeling the root and thinly slicing it. Because of its distinct flavor, many people also like to boil ginger and drink it separately as a hot, soothing tea.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72
Photo | Slice ginger into very thin pieces | ©Kent Wang | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license

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Clean Humidifiers and Air Conditioners Frequently

airClean your humidifiers and air conditioners in your home often. Dirty filters can cause bacteria and mold to grow; and breathing in that dirt can trigger allergies and asthma. Even if you aren’t prone to those issues, bacteria and mold can bring on flu-like symptoms or even lung infections in otherwise healthy people.*

Clean your air humidifiers and air conditioners according to their manual. If you have central air, consider hiring a professional to rid your ducts and hoses of mold spores. Breathe healthier today!

Express your love today!

Dr. Kim

*http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/eco-friendly/how-to-improve-your-indoor-air-quality/
Photo | pc richards – installation gone amuck of air conditioner – Nova Scotia July 4 wknd 2008 362.jpg | ©Scott | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

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Change Filters Monthly

You might not think about it, but the air filters in your home are like huge dust rags that collect all the dirt and dust that travel through your home. With an efficient air filter, you should be changing it every month! Having the filter fill up can cause numerous issues such as poor operating efficiency, the efficiency goes down and your costs will increase, and if you suffer from allergies or have other health concerns a dirty filter will only make your health issues worse. Filters take all the dirt away and by not changing it at the proper time will only allow the air in your home to become dirtier. [1]

Set a reminder for yourself! As soon as you change your filters, add it to your calendar to check the status of it a month later.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.furnacefiltercare.com/change-air-conditioner-filter.php
Photo | The old Hepa air filter | by Joshua Marks | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license

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Chronic Cough and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

If you’ve been suffering from chronic coughing and the cause is unknown, you might have a vitamin B-12 deficiency!  Most chronic coughing cases are caused by drug use, smoking, asthma, cough reflex sensitivity, and allergic rhinitis.  One study showed that out of 40 participants who had a chronic cough, 25 of them had a vitamin B-12 deficiency.  The study later showed that those with a B-12 deficiency showed “lower histamine and cough thresholds” that did improve when a B-12 supplement was added. [1]

Increase your intake of vitamin B-12!  The easiest way is to take supplements or by eating healthy animal products such as grass-fed meats and free-range eggs.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.naturalnews.com/027819_vitamin_B12_coughing.html

Photo | Coughing | by Lainee

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Deadly Tylenol

Tylenol is an anti-inflammatory drug also known as acetaminophen.  It may seem harmless, but simple little overdoses over just a few days can lead to life-threatening results.  Studies found that 37 percent of patients who did consistent small overdoses each day died compared to only 27 percent of patients that did a single large overdose.  Tylenol is the most common drug in America and the most commonly overdosed.  Other illnesses linked with acetaminophen are: blood cancer, asthma, brain damage and increased blood pressure. [1]

Try to stay away from Tylenol and use other methods of pain relief such as krill oil that is packed with omega-3s that have anti-inflammatory properties!

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Dr. Kim

[1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/15/little-too-much-tylenol-can-be-deadly.aspx?e_cid=20111215_DNL_art_3
Photo | rapid release (02-18-08) | by Katy Warner | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license

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Enjoy Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are versatile, tasty and highly nutritious root vegetables. They are high in beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B6, niacin, C, E, as well as calcium, iron, and potassium. The highly nutritive content is great for maintaining regular bowel health, healthy skin, and relief from asthma and arthritis as well. Adding sweet potatoes to your diet may reverse anemia and high blood pressure and they may contribute to preventing heart disease, strokes, several types of cancers and may even remove heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and copper from the body.[1]

Look for firm, smooth skinned sweet potatoes. The brighter and darker the color, the more beta carotene it contains. They can be enjoyed raw, grated into salads, pureed, or baked and cooked into pies, puddings, and soups.

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Dr. Kim

Photo by Andy Coan on Flickr
[1]http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-sweet-potatoes.htm

Asthma Proof Your Home

Nearly 20 million Americans have asthma.  You need to asthma proof your home to fight this disease.[1] Remove all carpeting. Encase your mattress, box spring and pillows in airtight vinyl covers. Eliminate water leaks to decrease humidity. Dust frequently with special cloths that prevent dust from scattering. Purchase salt lamps to create negative ions in each room of the house.

Create an asthma proof home today, especially if you or your loved ones suffer from this disease.

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Dr. Kim


[1]http://www.webmd.com/asthma/allergy-asthma-proof-home
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