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  • Don't let asthma prevent exercise

    Living with asthma can be difficult, but sometimes exercising and engaging in a healthy lifestyle can be even harder. Working out is a vital part of personal well-being and can actually improve the overall quality of life for asthmatics, but figuring out how to reach that level comfortably is not easy. 

    Still, exercising outdoors can be done safely. The Tampa Bay Times recommends making a concentrated effort to breath through the nose and stresses the importance of staying hydrated. Anytime there is a high pollen level, which may make it more difficult to breathe, avoid exercising outside in the morning, which is typically the harshest time of day. Additionally, participating in activities that require shorter spurts of energy, such as swimming or biking, are generally better for asthmatics than pastimes that focus on endurance. 

    Those individuals with a makeshift gym in their home may want to consider placing an air cleaner purifier indoors. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of clearing the air of many different allergens and irritants, and the resulting atmosphere could be ideal for a workout. 

  • Car idling hurts air quality

    Most people are aware that their automobiles can have an impact on air quality. Although the bulk of the harmful emissions may come from factories or manufacturing plants, a significant amount can be traced back to passenger vehicles. While some individuals have made the move to green cars to be more environmentally friendly, simply reducing the amount of idling done in a vehicle could also have positive effects. 

    It is not uncommon for drivers to allow vehicles time to warm up before hitting the road, especially in the colder months when motorists want to wait for the heat to make the car more comfortable. However, studies have shown that this practice contributes to air pollution. 

    "If you are going out, try to do all of your errands in two or three stops, then come home and turn your car off," Louis Cooper, director of environmental health for Weber-Morgan Health Department, told the Standard-Examiner. "You will help to improve the air quality." 

    Cutting back on idling is just the first step. Individuals can work to make their environments more hospitable by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas, for example, can clear a wide variety of irritants and pollutants out of the air, creating a more comfortable indoor space. 

  • Car idling hurts air quality

    Most people are aware that their automobiles can have an impact on air quality. Although the bulk of the harmful emissions may come from factories or manufacturing plants, a significant amount can be traced back to passenger vehicles. While some individuals have made the move to green cars to be more environmentally friendly, simply reducing the amount of idling done in a vehicle could also have positive effects. 

    It is not uncommon for drivers to allow vehicles time to warm up before hitting the road, especially in the colder months when motorists want to wait for the heat to make the car more comfortable. However, studies have shown that this practice contributes to air pollution. 

    "If you are going out, try to do all of your errands in two or three stops, then come home and turn your car off," Louis Cooper, director of environmental health for Weber-Morgan Health Department, told the Standard-Examiner. "You will help to improve the air quality." 

    Cutting back on idling is just the first step. Individuals can work to make their environments more hospitable by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas, for example, can clear a wide variety of irritants and pollutants out of the air, creating a more comfortable indoor space. 

  • Colds during pregnancy could lead to asthma, study shows

    Pregnant women go to great lengths to protect their unborn child. Often, this includes combing over every inch of space around a home to ensure there are no hidden dangers like mold that could affect the child. However, something as simple as catching a cold could have an effect on the future health of the baby. 

    According to new research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the more common colds a woman has during pregnancy, the higher the chance the child will develop asthma. Any infections or bacterial exposure experienced by the mother impacted the utero environment of the child, thereby increasing the odds of respiratory issues later on. 

    "We know that allergy and asthma can develop in the womb since genetics play a factor in both diseases," said Dr. Michael Foggs, an allergist. "But this study sheds light about how a mother's environment during pregnancy can begin affecting the child before birth." 

    Expectant mothers - or any other individual concerned about personal health - may want to consider investing in a professional-grade device such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This home air purifier can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, creating a safer and more comfortable indoor space. 

  • Take steps to prevent air pollution-related health problems

    Recently, there have been a number of studies detailing the negative impact that air pollution can have on personal health. Problems ranging from asthma attacks to cancer may arise as a result of poor air, and working to reduce and remove these particles is one of the few ways to ensure long-term health. 

    A recent Danish study looked at the comprehensive health issues related to air pollution, and the findings show that a wide range of diseases are brought on or aggravated by low-quality air. 

    "It came as a surprise to me that the studies showed a connection between air pollution and diabetes," said Ole Hertel, a professor at Aarhus University who participated in the research. "It s rather new information that air pollution can cause diabetes, and we are working on finding a biological explanation for this correlation." 

    While widespread action is needed to curb air pollution across the globe, there are steps individuals can take to improve the quality of air in their homes. Many choose to invest in professional-grade devices like home air purifiers. With options such as the IQAir GC MultiGas capable of clearing most smoke, chemicals and pollutants, it's easy to improve any indoor space.

  • Study identified factors that may impact asthma

    The health problems associated with pollution and low-quality air are well publicized. A new study from the Columbia University Medical Center highlights some of these issues, especially the factors that may make individuals more susceptible to the harmful effects of air pollution. 

    According to the research, obese children are three times more likely to contract asthma as a result of air pollution. In many instances, obesity magnified the effects of exposure to a common family of pollutants, increasing their impact and raising the odds that the young individuals will be diagnosed with asthma. 

    "These findings suggest that we may be able to bring down childhood asthma rates by curbing indoor, as well as outdoor, air pollution, and by implementing age-appropriate diet and exercise programs," said Dr. Rachel Miller, the senior author of the study. 

    One way to start reducing the impact of poor air is to invest in a professional-grade home air purifier, which is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants that are commonly found in a home. By purchasing one of these devices, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, individuals can begin eliminating harmful airborne particles and pollution from their homes, improving their health. 

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