Don't Skip Spring Cleaning -- For Your Health!
By Sara Butler
Spring cleaning is that time of the year when you clear out all the gunk that's been building up in and around your home all winter long. If you have asthma or allergies, spring cleaning isn't something you should skip. That's because pet dander from your furry friends as well as dust can impact the health of your immune system and respiratory system. If you're looking for a little inspiration to get to work, here's what can happen to your body if you skip your spring cleaning!
What's Going on Inside
Sure, your house needs a spring cleaning, but your body does too. That's because it's indoor allergens that can cause problems for a lot of people and they've been building up all winter long. When spring finally does roll around, that just adds another layer of spring pollen and other allergens to the others.
When your body is exposed to thing such as bacteria and viruses it creates antibodies. These antibodies are meant to help protect your body, but with allergies, your body may begin to attack substances that aren't really harmful in the first place such as foods and environmental allergens. This creates an inflammatory response that can trigger reactions such as asthma.
This is why removing the things that trigger the inflammatory response in your environment is essential!
Some Cleaning Tricks
To help fight back against allergy triggers in your home you need the right equipment. You should find a vacuum that has a HEPA filter and make sure to regularly vacuum your home to help keep allergens under control.
If you have severe allergies you may want to pay someone else to do the cleaning for you or rope a loved one into it. If you have to do the cleaning yourself, it's probably a good idea to wear a mask. After you're done, take off the clothes you cleaned in and take a shower, too.
A Few More Tips
To help with spring cleaning and reduce your allergies, you should also:
- Wipe down your walls
- Change out the air filters in your heating and cooling units
- Clear the clutter since it collects dust too
- Use your vacuum attachments to get the places difficult to reach
- Get some air-purifying plants such as bamboo palm and spider plants
Care for your body by caring for the environment in your home. If you need more tips to help you deal with your environmental allergies, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Katy, Tex.