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  • Foods that fight allergy symptoms

    Allergy season is in full swing around most of the nation and for the more than 50 million Americas who suffer from some form of allergy, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, it might be time to consider new ways to beat the symptoms. NBC affiliate WRCB recently spoke with Pamela Kelle, a food coach and registered dietitian, to discuss how food can play a role in keeping allergy side effects at bay. 

    According to Kelle, consuming ample amounts of fresh produce is key in preventing inflammation and other issues caused by allergies. Berries and apples as well as leafy vegetables are the best options overall. 

    "The property in the skin of the apple helps the body stop the histamines from causing inflammation factors," Kelle told the news outlet, adding fruits high in vitamin C are also beneficial. "That's going to be a lot of our fruit, blueberries, strawberries, things that have a lot of color, the brightest ones to help."

    When it comes to allergy triggers, Kelle reports bananas and red peppers are among the biggest culprits, so those already starting to sneeze or cough due to allergies might want to stop eating these foods until the season has passed.

    Even though eating certain foods could help curb allergy side effects, installing a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus could help even more. 

  • Using grocery delivery services is better for the environment

    Though grocery delivery services like Peapod by Stop & Shop have been around for years, some people might assume it's a waste of money and time to use such options. However, a new study conducted by scientists from the University of Washington found that using such services might be more eco-friendly. 

    To test this theory, researchers looked at delivery services versus traditional shopping in the Seattle area. From the collected data they discovered that, on average, delivery trucks produce 20 to 75 percent less carbon dioxide than what drivers would emit going shopping on their own. Erica Wygonik, co-author of the study, believes the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to the environmental benefits delivery services provide. 

    "What's good for the bottom line of the delivery service provider is generally going to be good for the environment, because fuel is such a big contributor to operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions," said Wygonik. "Saving fuel saves money, which also saves on emissions."

    Air pollution is a serious problem around the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency reports prolonged exposure to such toxins can cause people to develop serious medical conditions such as cancer, respiratory problems or even fertility issues.  

    Switching to a grocery delivery service might be one way to cut your family's emissions rate, while installing a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas can also ensure everyone breathes clean air at home. 

  • Air Pollution: Not just an urban problem

    Most Americans have heard of air pollution, but might not think the issue affects them, especially if they live in quiet, suburban areas. Despite this feeling of safety, a new study conducting by members of the California Environmental Protection Agency found air pollution can strike anywhere, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    According to the report, scientists used an environmental health screen tool called CalEnviroScreen to evaluate how polluted certain areas of Southern California were. The collected data found the three highest air polluted town were all in the San Joaquin Valley, specifically, Fresno, Bakersfield and Stockton.

    "Some people expected most of these ZIP codes to be in industrial, urban areas," Sam Delson, a spokesman for California's Environmental Protection Agency, told the news outlet. "It was surprising to some that while many were in urban areas, a lot of them were in agricultural areas."

    The Clean Air Act reports the U.S. deals with six major air pollutants: carbon monoxide, ground-level ozone, lead, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide, though there are many secondary issues as well. 

    Families interested in keeping air pollution out of their homes can invest in medical-grade air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas to breathe easy indoors. 

  • Allergies and asthma could be linked

    Approximately one in 12 (25 million) people in the U.S. have asthma, and this number is predicted to increase annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Though inhalers and investing in air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help keep asthma symptoms at bay, treating patients for allergies as well might be an important step.

    This is because a new study published in the April edition of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology shows that people with asthma also tend to have allergies. Researchers came to this conclusion after reviewing results of a National Health and Nutrition Survey completed by more than 2,500 adults. 

    From the data, scientists from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) found that a shocking 75 percent of asthma patients between the ages of 20 and 40, and 65 percent of participants with asthma aged 55 or older, were all also inflicted with at least one type of allergy. Researchers have yet to figure out what or if there is a link between asthma and allergies, though they're looking into the various issues that could be to blame. 

    "It could be one of many creating this perfect storm for allergies," said Dr. Richard Weber, president of the ACAAI. "Other factors, such as the hygiene hypothesis, climate change and an increase in awareness and education can also be reasons for this growth."

  • California national park affected by air pollution

    Most people head to national parks around the country to take in the wonders of nature and enjoy breathing in plenty of fresh air. However, clean air is one aspect of visiting a park that is being challenged at Devils Postpile National Monument in California.

    According to a recent study published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, research shows air pollution from forest fires as well as nearby industrial plants and vehicle emissions have lowered the air quality at the national monument. 

    "These findings are important for Sierra Nevada air and land managers and indicate that even at remote eastern Sierra locations, ozone air pollution may be a problem for human and ecosystem health," said Dr. Andrzej Bytnerowicz, the study's lead author. "Due to these potential risks, there is a need for long-term ozone monitoring in the Sierra Nevada in general, but especially in the areas with high local population and many summer recreational visitors."

    This study, along with other information gathered by the American Lung Association, shows more needs to be done to help lower air pollution levels stateside. According to the American Lung Association, nearly 50 million Americans live in counties with frequent spikes in particle pollution levels. 

    Families can keep such air pollution out of their homes by investing in an air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas.

  • Alternative ways to cope with allergies

    Spring allergies come with some of the most annoying side effects. According to The Associated Press, allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, can result in symptoms like sneezing, a stuffy nose, a runny nose, watery or itchy eyes and itching on the roof of a sufferer's mouth. Many people around the U.S. with allergies opt to take medicine to help curb the symptoms, but there are actually other ways to ease side effects as well.

    According to The Boston Globe, exercising could be beneficial in the fight against allergies. Working out will not only get people in shape for summer, it also helps boost their immune systems, thus making it easier for the body to ward off allergy symptoms. 

    Getting acupuncture is another alternative way to combat allergy symptoms. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that patients gained some relief after undergoing 12 treatments over the course of eight weeks. Other options like using dripless nasal sprays have also been found to keep allergies at bay. 

    Those who have tried both traditional and non-traditional ways to curb allergy symptoms with no luck might want to invest in a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus to breathe easy at home. 

  • Extended exposure to traffic pollution tied to heart disease

    Sitting in traffic is not only a nuisance for drivers around the nation, it can also lead to complications with their health. Air pollution caused by car emissions and chemical plants can up a person's chances of developing respiratory conditions and more, the World Health Organization reports. 

    A new study conducted by scientists from the West-German Heart Center discovered a link between fine particle matter (PM), in part caused by air pollution, and a higher risk of developing heart disease.

    Researchers came to this conclusion after reviewing data involving more than 4,800 participants with an average age of 60 at the start of the study. During trials, scientists calculated how close seniors lived to high-traffic roads, while their long-term exposure to PM was addressed by using a chemistry transport model. 

    The data found that for every increase in PM, and how close participants lived to high traffic roads, patients chances of developing heart disease increased. 

    Since it's well known that air pollution is negative to one's health and new information further proves this point, it might be smart for families living near busy roads to invest in professional-grade air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas to ward off potential health problems.

  • Fish consumption in early childhood could protect kids from allergies

    Allergies are among the most common chronic health issues in the U.S., as the condition accounts for more than 17 million outpatient doctor's visits a year, and limits activity for more than 40 percent of children with symptoms, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports. 

    Even though there is no cure for allergies, a new study out of Sweden has discovered a potential link between fish and a lower chance of suffering from many of the condition's symptoms among children. Fox News reports scientists from the Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Department of Clinical Science and Education analyzed the diets of more than 3,000 children, specifically how much fish they consumed and their allergy risks.

    Researchers discovered kids who ate at least two servings of fish a month were 75 percent less likely to have allergies in comparison to their peers who ate less or no fish in any given month. Even though more research needs to be conducted, the scientists involved believe it could be a good idea for parents of young children to incorporate more fish into their diets to reap the potential benefits. 

    Families who already have young ones suffering from seasonal or other types of allergies can ensure they breathe better at home by installing an air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus.

  • Allergy triggers that could be bothering you

    Allergy season is in full swing around the nation and if you're one of the 50 million Americans reported to suffer from allergy symptoms, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, you could be triggering side effects without even realizing it.  The experts at Prevention magazine report there are a few common allergy triggers that few people know about.

    Those affected by ragweed or grass allergies might be worsening their symptoms by picking up fresh produce at a farmers market. According to the magazine, eating a tasty apple, peach pear or melon from such places can trigger oral allergy syndrome, a condition in which your immune system mistakes proteins in these fruits for pollen. If your lips start tingling or itching, it might mean your allergies are in full force. 

    Swimming is one of the best parts of summer, but perhaps not as great if you suffer from allergies. 

    "Dramatic changes in temperature, such as jumping into a cold lake on a hot day, can trigger asthma," Dr. James L. Sublett told the news outlet. 

    Instead of pencil diving into the water on a hot day, Sublett recommends gradually entering the body of water to help your immune system transition more smoothly. 

    A great way to ward off allergies even more is to install a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus into your home to breathe easy while relaxing. 

  • Switching to alternative power sources crucial in fight against air pollution

    With Earth Day 2013 right around the corner, more Americans might be looking into ways to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air pollution affects people's health, causing or irritating conditions like asthma and the environment. Chemicals in the air can also damage trees, wildlife and bodies of water. 

    Now, Reuters is reporting that air pollution is growing even more dangerous. U.N. officials announced air pollution kills more people than both AIDS and malaria, making finding a solution to the issue of the utmost importance. Members of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization met at a conference in Oslo recently to help spark conversations on countries investing more in alternative power sources like solar, wind and hydropower.

    Investing in such power sources could result in the slowing of climate change in more than 200 countries since the majority of these nations have issues with air pollution because of built-up greenhouse gases, the officials told the news outlet. 

    Even though there is a long way to go before the U.S. would consider switching to alternative energy sources, families can improve the health of their loved ones now. Installing a medical-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 can ensure people breathe only the cleanest air while relaxing in their homes. 

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