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94. Breathe Easy

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

People spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Consequently, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. Cut down on indoor triggers of allergies and asthma by following these simple tips:

• Remove pets from the home and thoroughly clean to eliminate their dander.

• Opt for leather furniture rather than upholstered pieces, since leather is an impervious material that is resistant to breeding dust mites.

• Eliminate carpet and drapes.

• Dust both vertical and horizontal surfaces weekly.

• Keep indoor humidity below 50 percent year-round.

• Open windows for an hour each day during dry seasons to improve ventilation.

• Use a HEPA air filter in the bedroom.

• Clean mold off shower curtains, bathroom and basement walls, and other surfaces with a solution of bleach, detergent, and water.

• Use a dehumidifier if your basement is damp or musty.

• Never allow smoking in the house.

“The air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”

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95. Exercise Caution

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

At the gym, you’re sharing equipment with some friends and mostly strangers, and germs with everyone. Along with the standard wipe-down, you can take important steps to cut down your risk of picking up an unwanted gym buddy:

• Germs don’t only lurk on handles and benches or in the locker room. Today’s high-tech fitness equipment is loaded with monitors and displays—unwitting places where bacteria can be harbored. One drop of spit can carry 100 million bacteria, and these monitors and displays are within the direct line of fire of someone’s spit. Rhinovirus (which causes the common cold) and strep (which causes bronchitis or strep throat) have the run of equipment monitors and displays. Do not rest your towel or your reading material on these monitors and displays even though they’re just the right size and place to do so.

• Launder your gym towel daily. Infectious bacteria and fungi (like the one that causes athlete’s foot) breed on reused towels. Each time you towel off, you rub bacteria from your skin onto the towel. Seven days of continuous use of a towel is long enough for it to accumulate enough organic material to form a barrier that protects the bacteria, enabling the germs to multiply and invade.

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8. Bean-Nutty to Fight Cancer

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35. The Not-So-Killer Tomato

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82. Sin of the Skin #6: Dull Skin

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

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