Tips for Better Breathing
By Donna Stark
With fall allergens, wildfire smoke, and the normal everyday pollution filling the air, you may want to take some extra steps to keep yourself and your loved ones away from the damaging effects they can have on the body. Even when you can't see that the air is unclean, it is still a good idea to be proactive because poor air quality can affect everyone, no matter their age or physical condition! So, what does being proactive look like? Great question! Take a look at the following suggestions.
Keep an Eye on Your Daily Air Quality Reports
Your local new station is often a good place to start looking for air quality reports, but if they don't provide them, a quick search online is sure to help. The reason why these reports are so important is that they will advise you on how clean the air is outside. If the numbers indicate that the air quality is poor, you should reduce or eliminate the amount of time you spend outdoors. Keep an eye on these reports, though, because air quality levels can vary throughout the day, so you may have some moments when the air is healthier to be in.
Keep Windows and Doors Shut
Poor air quality can have a significant effect on your overall well-being. It can weaken your immune system, exacerbate your respiratory issues, and keep you from getting the rest your body needs. An easy way to avoid the bad air outside is to simply stay indoors and keep all the windows and doors shut. You may also want to make sure your air conditioner is in recirculation mode so no outside air is drawn into your living space.
Wear a Mask and Goggles
If you must be outside because work demands it, be sure to cover your face with protection. Wearing a mask and goggles will make a huge difference in the amount of poor air you are breathing in. Just be sure you are wearing them the right way and that they are fitted to your face.
Invest in an Air Purifier
If you are concerned about the cleanliness and "health" of the air in your home, you may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. Air purifiers remove a huge portion of the pollutants that are found in the air with the use of HEPA filters. They are particularly beneficial for people who suffer from asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues because they clean and purify the air that is circulated.
Reducing exposure to unclean and unhealthy air is vital for everyone's overall health and wellness, so don't wait another day! By following the simple tips above, you can breathe easier and protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of poor air quality!
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