Who in your home has allergies? It is quite common these days for someone within a family to suffer from allergies. Rather than treat the symptoms of the ailment, why not investigate what triggers allergies and be proactive in reducing the exposure?
I pull this information from www.airadvice.com
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
“There are many factors that can cause indoor air pollution:”
- The typical home generates approximately 40 pounds of dust a year per every 1500 square feet.
- There are over 4,000 compounds in tobacco smoke, many of which are strong irritants.
- Just one ounce of dust contains about 40,000 dust mites, which aggravate allergies.
- Carpets, furniture, bathrooms, damp basements, and other seemingly benign household items can contribute to indoor air pollution.
- Tobacco smoke and wood smoke are a common cause of indoor air pollution.
- Flowers and trees are both sources of pollen, but surprisingly trees affect allergy sufferers more. Trees like alder, pine and birch do not rely on insects to distribute pollen. They rely on wind, and this means their pollen can regularly enter your home.
- Common activities such as cooking, cleaning, and remodeling cause the spread of indoor contaminants.
- Perfume, paint, air fresheners and hairspray cause indoor air pollution.
“What is causing indoor air pollution in your home? Get an indoor air pollution test to find out. The results could be surprising. Significantly lowering indoor air pollution is normally not that difficult, but you have to know what you are dealing with.”
I am heavily ingrained in the Air Conditioning and Heating Industry. There are many companies out there that can provide you with an indoor air quality test. The results can give you a course of action to improve the indoor air quality within your home.
According to Mark Ettinger, M.D., of BioTrust Nutrition: “Avocados are one of the best flab-fighting fats, but it’s unlikely that you’ll eat an entire avocado in one sitting. So how do you keep that leftover avocado from turning brown?”
“Well, first let’s talk about why avocados turn brown. Like apples or potatoes, they oxidize when exposed to air. Once you cut into an avocado, you’ll never be able to completely stop the oxidation process, but you can dramatically slow it with a few quick tips and tricks:”
1. “Cut the avocado with a ceramic or plastic knife. Metal actually accelerates the oxidation process.”
2. “Try lemon or lime juice. Citric acid is a powerful antioxidant; rub a little juice around the exposed flesh and you’ll significantly delay the browning effect.”
3. “No lemon or lime? Use oil. Oil is another great buffer to oxygen. Use in place of lemon or lime juice when you don’t have any handy.”
4. “Store as air-tight as possible. Again, avocados turn brown due to oxidation and exposure to air, so storing in an air-tight container only makes sense.”
5. “Water. Huh? That’s right! This one works exceptionally well for guacamole. Place your leftover guac in a plastic container and press down to remove any air pockets. Add a half inch of water on top and seal with an air-tight lid. The water creates a barrier between the avocado and the air, keeping your guacamole fresh and 100% green for 24 hours or more! When ready to eat some more, just drain the excess water and enjoy. Works like a charm!”
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