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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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What You Need to Know about Indoor Allergens

November 4, 2014 1:51 am

Fall is ragweed season, which causes misery for millions of people who are allergic to its pollen. In fact, ragweed is considered to be the most significant allergy trigger in the fall, though there are other plants that also release pollen during this time of year. Depending on where a person lives, ragweed pollen may be present up to and through November.

Mold is another common outdoor allergen during the fall. Piles of damp leaves or other organic material make for an ideal place for mold to grow and release spores into the air.

“For those who experience allergies all year long, they should also consider possible indoor allergens that they may be exposed to on a regular basis,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Common indoor contaminants include mold, dust mites, pet dander, latex, insect and rodent allergens. Families should take corrective actions to minimize their exposure or to eliminate the source of the allergen from their home.”

These air quality contaminants can be a concern to people spending time both outdoors and indoors, as these allergens can enter homes and buildings through open doors and windows, on people’s clothes and through air intakes in HVAC systems. For some people, these same airborne allergens could even trigger an asthma attack.

When people who are allergic to these substances come into contact with them, their immune system releases antibodies that attack the allergens. Histamines are released into the body and trigger the allergic reactions common to so many people. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, “Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.”

Source: EMSL Analytical

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Five Ways to Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle

November 4, 2014 1:51 am

(Family Features) When you set out to make life changes such as weight loss or adopting a more active lifestyle, it can be tempting to look for shortcuts that expedite your path toward your end goal. However, long-term success is more attainable for those who take a slow and steady approach that puts health first.

"There are dozens of reasons people look to develop healthier eating habits, ranging from weight loss to disease prevention," said Rene Ficek, registered dietitian and nutrition expert for Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE). "Regardless of the motivation, success begins with a well-balanced eating plan that is based on sound nutrition and physical activity."

Ficek offers this advice to individuals looking for a new approach to eating:
  • Adopting a healthy diet is the key to successful, long-term weight loss. A healthy diet provides adequate calories and nutrients to support your body's energy and nutritional needs while allowing you to shed an average of 1-2 pounds per week.
  • Be wary of diet plans that promise loss of five or more pounds per week, which is unrealistic and unhealthy.
  • Look for a meal plan that takes the guesswork out of eating right by serving calorie- and portion-controlled meals that reflect a well-balanced diet.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. If you have been primarily sedentary, start slowly with a moderate walk each day, working up to more aggressive cardiovascular exercise and weight training to develop muscle.
  • Find ways to make your new lifestyle as convenient as possible, such as meal programs that save on grocery shopping and cooking time or gyms that specialize in short, well-rounded workouts.
Source: Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating

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