Allergy symptoms can be alleviated without drugs or chemicals!
Are you one of the billions of people around the world who suffer from one or more of these common allergy symptoms:
- fatigue or weakness
- itchy eyes
- sore throat
- runny nose
- stuffy nose
The list reads like symptoms of a bad virus or infection. However, common allergens in our home and workplace are the culprits in most cases. Our own dead skin cells, pet dander, pollen and dust mites can make us feel sick if we are constantly fighting them off. It only makes sense then that our health depends on how clean these environments are. After all, we probably spend about 20 hours or more per day in homes, offices, classrooms or vehicles.
Learn how to naturally alleviate allergy symptoms
It may sound trivial and obvious, but notice how clean (or dirty) your environments are for a minute. Take a peek behind your computer. Lift up your sofa’s cushion. Gaze at the dust bunnies beneath your bed. Look in shock at your car’s cupholder. Rub your hand over the top of your cubicle divider. Stare in horror at the air registers of your building’s HVAC. Do all this and you’ll notice you are spending your time in environments that wreak havoc on your health. It may not be the germs attacking your immune system, rather it’s the dust and other allergens that are the likely culprits.
A brief science: your immune system fends off outside intruders. Whether those intruders are bad germs like salmonella, staph or a cold virus or organic matter like pollen or pet dander, your immune system fights them all. This is where cleaning comes in. By ridding your environment of the pollen, dander, dead skin cells and even dust mites, your immune system can focus on more sinister microbes.
I share my thoughts on chemical cleaners in an earlier post, so I won’t get into why they shouldn’t be used. Instead I’ll focus on how you can improve your health–namely improve your allergies–simply by cleaning.
Below are some tips on how to clean and what to look for when cleaning so your time is well spent, your allergies improve, and your health gets better.
Reduce the allergens, reduce your allergies. What To Use
- Vacuum. Vacuum. Vacuum – Do not use a broom ever again! Brooms kick up allergens and dust from the floor and put them into the air you breathe only to settle on every surface you just cleaned. Use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner and floor tool (one with a brush) and notice a huge difference in the amount of dust in your home.
- Use Microfiber – Put down the feather duster! Feather dusters tend to throw dust around just like a broom. Use a slightly-damp microfiber cloth since they pick up well and hold on to what they touch.
- STAY AWAY FROM CHEMICAL CLEANERS! Nontoxic is Key – not only do nontoxic cleaners work well (especially probiotics), but they won’t affect you in the long term like chemical cleaners. Chemical cleaners are known to cause cancer or other issues and allergic reactions like: respiratory issues, cognitive impairment, skin reactions, etc. If you suffer from allergies, do not use chemical cleaners any more–they will simply trigger your symptoms and make them worse.
Pro Tip: Start as high as you can reach and work your way down to the floor. You may be knocking dust and dirt down below you and there’s no need to clean twice in one session.
“Better health starts with better cleaning.”