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Spring Cleaning For Health

Spring is here and with it the traditional spring cleaning. A dirty house can contain health threats such as mold and bacteria as well as hazardous clutter. Some of the spring cleaning tasks can improve your health as well as make your home healthier and safer. Disorganization can have a negative effect on both physical and mental health. These tips for your annual spring cleaning ritual can help to kick-start your health while ensuring your home is healthy. Be selective about cleaning products. Household cleaners can leave residues or produce fumes. Read labels to determine which are hypoallergenic and non-toxic for both people and the environment. Clean air conditioning and heating filters. Filters, ducts and vents should be thoroughly dusted and cleaned to reduce exposure to pollens and other airborne allergens. Check home areas for mold. Toxic substances, such as mold or pests, can cause allergic reactions. Cleanse your body’s system. While doing your house cleaning, begin cleansing your body of the heavier winter foods, such as meats and grains. Yard work. Reduce stress and boost overall health with exercise in the form of yard work. Making your outside environment welcoming and inviting can have physical and mental health benefits. Dispose of medications. Ensure that all unused or expired medications are discarded. Check alarms. Change batteries and test all carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. Feng shui your space. Practice feng shui by placing things within your home in a harmonious way. Balancing your environment can enhance the flow of chi, or positive energy in the home. … Read More

Insomnia dangerous to your health

Although the exact function of sleep is unknown, it is known that sleep is necessary for optimal cognitive performance, memory and learning and that sufficient sleep is necessary for metabolic, immune and cardiovascular functions. New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital has produced findings indicating how short- and long-term sleep loss combine with the body’s natural 24-hour internal clock (circadian) rhythm to affect how well an individual performs. Even minimal sleep loss can affect mental performance. The researchers found that chronic sleep loss caused performance to deteriorate at a faster rate for each consecutive hour spent awake, particularly during work extended into late night hours. Individuals with chronic sleep loss have reaction times about 10 times slower with increased risk of errors and accidents. “Chronic sleep loss renders tasks such as driving or performing surgery dangerous, especially during the hours ordinarily reserved for sleep,” says Dr. Charles Czeisler, study co-author. Individuals can experience chronic sleep loss due to insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and other common sleep disorders. Sleep disorder symptoms may include: • Difficulty falling or staying asleep. • Daytime fatigue. • Inability to wake up and fall asleep at regular times. • Falling asleep spontaneously. Disturbed sleep patterns can also be caused by medication, stress, cardiovascular conditions, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, neurological disorders, and sciatica. … Read More

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