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If you have allergies or asthma, you are sensitive to certain triggers. These triggers can set off a reaction in your lungs and other parts of the body. Triggers can be found indoors and outdoors and be simple things like:

  • Cold air
  • Tobacco and wood smoke
  • Perfume, paint, hair spray, or any strong odors or fumes
  • Allergens (things that cause allergies) such as dust mites and their droppings, cockroaches, pollen, molds, animal dander – tiny scales or particles from hair, feathers or skin – saliva from pets
  • Illness, like colds and influenza
  • Fine dust and ultrafine dust from combustion processes (things that cause allergies)

Other things may also trigger your asthma or allergies. It’s important to learn which triggers are a problem for you. Then you can learn to avoid them to keep yourself healthy.

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Identifying your triggers isn’t always easy. You can experiment with staying away from one suspected trigger at a time and watch yourself to see if you get better. This may show you if a particular trigger was a problem for you. Your doctor may also suggest keeping an asthma diary or having a skin test for allergies.

Try changing out your bedding with hypoallergenic bedding such as SmartSilk, that is certified as asthma and allergy friendly.

You can also invest in a personal and portable air purifier to help with allergens that may be in your work space or at home.

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At this point there’s very little debate as to whether sunscreen is necessary to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Exposing the skin to sunlight can result in sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer.

With the introduction of sunscreen in a can, on-the-go sun worshippers delighted in a new, easy-to-apply product that allowed them to put it on quickly and easily. Since then, its popularity has only increased — particularly with parents looking to avoid the struggle of rubbing lotion onto impatient children. But do the potential health hazards of this modern convenience outweigh its benefits?

The Danger of Breathing Nanoparticles

Most sunscreens — including the spray-on kind — contain small particles of two minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which reflect the sun’s harmful rays. The tiny bits, referred to as nanoparticles, are considered safe and effective when applied to the skin. But when inhaled, these nanoparticles have a tendency to stay inside the lungs where they can cause respiratory problems including allergic reactions and asthma. They can also pass from the lungs into the bloodstream and cause damage to other organs as well.

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Canned sunscreens emit these nanoparticles into the air each time they are sprayed, harming the air quality of not only their users, but also those around them. Unfortunately, clouds of sunscreen drifting on the breeze are all too common in places such as the beach these days. And while you may have been careful to hold your breath while you sprayed it, the child with asthma having a coughing fit downwind from you probably wasn’t.

Additional Concerns

Besides possible damaging effects on the lungs, spray-on sunscreens may not be the best choice for other reasons as well. Adequate coverage can be an issue, especially in windy conditions and when users spray the product on themselves. Since the spray goes on clear, they may not know they’ve “missed a spot” until they get home and discover the telltale red blotches and streaks of sunburn.

Even more troubling, since spray-on sunscreens contain flammable ingredients such as alcohol, they have the potential to catch fire — even after they’ve been applied. The FDA reports at least five incidents of people being burned after using spray-on sunscreen. In one case the applied sunscreen was reportedly ignited by a lit citronella candle and, in another case, by a barbecue grill.

Better Safe than Sorry

So while they’re quick and convenient, their potential for trouble suggests that spray-on sunscreens aren’t the safest option — in more ways than one. Instead, good old-fashioned topical lotions, as well as sticks and gels, are the safest way to go.

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, everyone should wear sunscreen, each time they go out in the sun, and the following guidelines should be followed whenever it’s applied:

1. Choose a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. These sunscreens will block 97% of both the sun’s ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, both of which can damage skin.
2. Use one ounce to cover all exposed areas 15 minutes before going outdoors. That’s enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass. Make putting on sunscreen part of your daily routine before leaving the house each day.
3. Reapply! Repeat the process every two hours, and after swimming or sweating.
4. Use it every day. On cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful rays can still reach the skin.

For more information on sunscreens and how to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, visit the American Academy of Dermatology.

While trying to create a clean air environment in your home, you may actually be polluting the air with dangerous levels of ozone. Some air cleaner manufacturers continue to insist that products that produce ozone are a safe, effective way to purify indoor air. By using terms such as “energized oxygen” and “mountain-fresh air,” these companies continue to market their systems in a way that misleads the public. But according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ozone-generating air purifiers are neither safe nor effective. In fact, instead of helping people breathe easier, they can actually make them sick.

“Good Up High — Bad Nearby”

Ozone is a reactive gas made up of three atoms of oxygen. Found in the earth’s upper atmosphere, the ozone layer protects us from the sun’s damaging rays. But when inhaled, it’s a powerful pollutant that can irritate the throat and lungs, and can cause coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath and asthma. Long-term exposure can even lead to premature death. This is why the EPA has used the phrase “good up high — bad nearby” to mark the difference between the ozone layer and ozone in the air we breathe.

Unfortunately, humans are responsible for the majority of the ozone we breathe. Ground-level ozone — the main component of smog — is created when pollutants such as power plant emissions and vehicle exhaust are exposed to sunlight. Thankfully, the EPA has recognized the danger of outdoor ozone pollution and established standards under the Clean Air Act to protect both the environment and our health. However, indoor ozone is another story altogether.

Ozone-producing “Air Cleaners” Actually Cause Pollution

Underwriters Laboratory’s UL Standard 867 requires household air purifiers to produce no more than 50 parts per billion (ppb) of ozone. However, even this level is not safe for humans to breathe. And there is no current national regulation against air purifiers that produce ozone indoors. This is unfortunate, since tests conducted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have shown that many of these so-called air purifiers produce ozone levels as high as 300 ppb. According to CARB, “These concentrations are equal to, or worse than, a first stage smog alert.”

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But the real kicker is that ozone-producing air purifiers are not effective at cleaning the air. According to the EPA, these systems do not neutralize airborne particles such as dust, pollen, bacteria and mold spores. They’re also ineffective at neutralizing odor-causing chemicals. And besides the damage ozone can do to the respiratory system, it can also react with other chemicals to form toxic byproducts such as formaldehyde and ultrafine particles.

Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Instead, to safely and effectively improve the Indoor Air Quality in your home, the EPA suggests taking the following steps, in order of effectiveness:

  • Source Control. Eliminate or control the sources of pollution by keeping your home clean to control indoor pollution.
  • Ventilation. When appropriate, open doors and windows to bring fresh air in from outside.
  • Air Cleaning. Use an air purifier with proven technologies such as mechanical filtration to remove airborne particles and gas-adsorption to control odors.

Invest in your well-being! Call or Whatsapp me at (246) 233-2502 or email tachwellnessinfo@gmail.com to learn more about the IQAir Air Purifiers and pricing.

Recent research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirms that fish oil and olive oil dietary supplements may help reduce the deadly effects of air pollution on your cardiovascular system. These EPA findings offer hope that at least some of the adverse health effects associated with exposure to fine and ultrafine particles can be mitigated.

Fish Oil Can Help Protect The Heart Against Air Pollution

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In a controlled study, scientists with the EPA on the campus of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill investigated whether or not fish oil supplements could protect the heart from some of the negative effects of air pollution. A sample of middle-aged, healthy men were put on a restricted diet low in omega-3 fatty acids for six weeks leading up to the tests. They were segmented into two different groups:

1. Fish-oil group: These test subjects received three 1-gram capsules of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) per day for the final four weeks leading up to the test.

2. Olive-oil group: The other group of test participants received three 1-gram capsules of olive oil per day for the final four weeks leading up to the test.

Both groups were then exposed to a concentration of fine and ultrafine particles for a two-hour period. Before, during, and after the exposures, critical heart and blood chemistry measurements were taken.

Following exposure to the pollutants, the group that received olive-oil supplements exhibited acute changes in heart beat regularity, blood chemistry, cholesterol levels and other indicators. For example, heart-rate variability was significantly increased and remained so for 20 hours with the olive-oil supplementation group, but not the group taking fish oil supplements. Also, immediate increases in triglycerides (high levels indicate a higher risk of heart disease) were seen in the group taking olive-oil supplements but not in the fish-oil supplementation group. These and other differences led the researchers to conclude that omega-3 fatty acid supplements “may offer protection against the adverse cardiac and lipid effects associated with air pollution exposure.”

Olive Oil Can Help Protect Blood Vessels Against Air Pollution

While fish oil (and not olive oil) proved effective in helping protect against the adverse effects of air pollution on the heart in the study above, a separate, later study conducted by many of the same researchers concluded that olive oil (and not fish oil) could help protect against damage to the lining of blood vessels.

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The researchers wanted to see if fish oil or olive oil supplements could counteract air pollution’s effect on blood-vessel dysfunction (which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease). A group of healthy adults were divided into three groups.

1. Olive oil group: Participants in this group received 3 grams/day of olive oil supplements for four weeks.

2. Fish oil group: A second group of participants received 3 grams/day of fish oil supplements for four weeks.

3. Control group: A third group received no supplements during the test period.

All test participants were exposed to concentrated fine and ultrafine particles for two hours.

Immediately after the exposure, the group that received fish-oil supplements and the group that received no supplements both showed a narrowing of the brachial artery (supplies blood to the arm, forearm and hand). There was no similar change in the group receiving olive oil supplements. The group receiving the olive-oil supplements also showed an increase in proteins that help break down blood clots, while the other groups did not. “Our study suggests that use of olive oil supplements may protect against the adverse vascular effect of exposure to air pollution,” the researchers concluded.

Of course, the most effective solution for controlling and ultimately improving indoor and outdoor air quality is to eliminate the sources of air pollution or to reduce their emissions. And a high-performance air cleaner such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can dramatically improve the indoor air we breathe at home or work. Meanwhile, the new EPA research on olive and fish oils appears to give those affected by air pollution an additional weapon to fight back against potentially deadly airborne pollutants.

This online publication is brought to you by The IQAir Group, which develops innovative air quality solutions for indoor environments around the globe.

If you pay attention to the natural health community, then you’ve probably heard that echinacea benefits your health in a variety of ways – including its benefits associated with cancer, inflammation and pain. With a long history of therapeutic use, there is a treasure trove of research to support its popularity.

What Is Echinacea?

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Echinacea or coneflower.

Echinacea is a native North American coneflower that was discovered and used as a traditional herbal remedy for more than 400 years by the Great Plains Indian tribes. Technically classified as an herb, several species of the echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its flowers, leaves and roots.

Benefits of Echinacea

Boosts the Immune System
Echinacea can have a powerful impact on the immune system; over 14 clinical trials have confirmed its ability to encourage good health all year long. Other studies show echinacea to be among the most effective supplements for seasonal wellness.

Provides Antioxidants
Echinacea is a source of antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, flavonoids, selenium, and zinc. One study found that a particular echinacea tincture had more than Gingko biloba.

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Foods rich in antioxidants.

Facilitates Oxygen Transport
Echinacea increases erythropoietin production in the bone marrow, this, in turn, promotes red blood cell production and increases the capacity of the blood to transport oxygen.

Reduces Redness and Swelling
Systemic swelling, redness, and discomfort in the body can have multiple sources, including an unhealthy diet or strenuous exercise. Consuming echinacea or applying skin care products that contain echinacea essential oil can help reduce and alleviate tissue irritation.

Promotes the Health of Cells
Consuming echinacea promotes the health of protective cells in your body. Many of the compounds in echinacea support immune cells and encourage healthy cell growth.

Supports Oral Health
Echinacea has been evaluated in combination with other herbs like sage and lavender and found to reduce bad breath. It’s believed this effect is partly due to echinacea’s ability to neutralized the harmful organisms that cause bad breath.

Alleviates Physical Discomfort
Native Americans used echinacea to reduce aches and pains. Today, research has shown its potential for promoting comfort following surgery.

Encourages Normal Skin Health
Echinacea supports a normal complexion by helping to discourage blemishes and irritation. Other studies found that it helps hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

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Echinacea promotes healthy skin.

Want to know more about achieving your own optimal health? Call or Whatsapp me at (246) 233-2502 or email tachwellnessinfo@gmail.com.

It’s not possible for men and women to consume all the 40+ nutrients in a day due to many reasons such as poor appetite, strict dieting, unhealthy food choices and many more. However, this can be solved if men and women consider taking multivitamins, as a way to help fill the nutritional gap.

For Men

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Vitamin C Extended Release: Support your immune system
This extended-release, plant-based vitamin C provides 500 mg for all-day immune support with one-tablet convenience.*

Multi Carotene: Support healthy night vision
This natural formula contains vitamins and phytonutrients to help your eyes adjust to light. Carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin help protect eyes from free radicals.*

Balanced Health Omega: Support brain and eye health
Get the equivalent DHA and EPA omega 3s found in 15.75 ounces, or three servings, of ocean fish.

For Women

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Includes research-supported nutrients that nurture you from head to toe.

Balanced Health Omega: Support brain and eye health
Get the equivalent DHA and EPA omega 3s found in 15.75 ounces, or three servings, of ocean fish.

Want to know more about achieving your own optimal health? Call or Whatsapp me at (246) 233-2502 or email tachwellnessinfo@gmail.com.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Determining the triggers that can cause allergies or asthma isn’t always easy. In this blog post, we’ll identify some of the more common triggers, and what you can do to – if not eliminate them – curtail their affect on your air quality and health.

Pets

Almost all pets can cause allergies, including dogs, cats and small animals like birds, hamsters and guinea pigs. All pets should be removed from the home if they trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Pet allergens may stay in the home for months at a time because they remain in house dust.

If the pet stays in the home, keep it out of the bedroom of anyone with asthma and allergies. Weekly pet baths are one way to cut down on the amount of pet saliva and dander in the home.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can be a big problem for some people with asthma. Tiny pieces of dead roaches and roach droppings end up in house dust and the air you breathe. Help keep your home roach-free by storing food in sealable containers and keeping crumbs, dirty dishes and other sources of food waste cleaned up. Fixing leaks, cleaning up clutter and wiping standing water can also eliminate places where roaches typically find shelter. Baits are less likely then pesticide sprays or foggers to harm your lungs.

Strong Odors or Fumes

Perfume, room deodorizers, cleaning chemicals, paint and talcum powder must be avoided or kept at low levels.

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Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny, microscopic animals usually found in house dust. Several thousand mites can be found in a pinch of dust. Mites are one of the major triggers for people with allergies and asthma. They need the most work to remove. Following these guidelines can help get rid of dust mites:

  • Put mattress and pillows in allergen-proof covers. Tape over the length of the zipper. Be sure to wash all bedding every week in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove carpeting, especially in the bedroom. Dust mites thrive in that. If you do have carpet, vacuum as often as possible. Try to use a vacuum cleaner with a high efficiency filter or central vacuum with a collection bag outside the home. To reduce the amount of dust stirred up when cleaning, use a damp cloth or mop when you dust. Avoid cleaning when the person with allergies or asthma is around.
  • Use window shades or curtains made of plastic or other washable material for easy cleaning.
  • Remove stuffed furniture, stuffed animals (unless animals can be washed) and clutter, especially in the bedroom.
  • Closets need extra care. They should hold only needed clothing; putting clothes in a plastic garment (not a dry cleaning bag) may help eliminate dust mites.
  • Dust mites like moisture and high humidity. Cutting down the humidity in your home can cut down the number of mites.
  • Air conditioning can help. It can lower indoor air humidity; low humidity helps control mold and dust mites.

Tobacco Smoke

Smoking should not be allowed in the home. Ask family members and friends to smoke outdoors (and suggest that they quit smoking).

Mold & Mildew

When moisture in the air is high, mold and mildew can be a problem in bathrooms and kitchens. Make sure that these areas have good air circulation and are cleaned often.

Mold may grow on foam pillows when you perspire. Wash the pillowcase every week, dry thoroughly and make sure to change your pillow every year. Fiber-filled pillows may be more helpful to avoid mold.

Molds also grow in the soil of houseplants, so check them often. You may have to keep all plants outdoors.

The best way to protect your family from unhealthy indoor air is prevent problems before they start. Controlling the home environment is a very important part of asthma and allergy care. Air purification removes asthma triggers from the air in your home.

Learn more about our air purifiers here. Call or Whatsapp me at (246) 233-2502 or email tachwellnessinfo@gmail.com.

The IQAir Atem Personal Air Purifier is finally available at TACH Wellness. Watch our video below.

The Atem offers a unique design for those of us who spend a lot of time on the go, so that clean air is available wherever you may travel. This portable, personal air purifier creates a clean air breathing zone by providing clean, fresh air from a HEPA-grade filter and direction air diffusing system. The Atem only requires a small amount of space, ideally positioned on a desk or bedside table and facing in your direction for cleaner air.

For more information on pricing, call or Whatsapp me at (246) 233-2502 or email tachwellnessinfo@gmail.com.

We’ve all done it – gone to bed with a full-face of makeup. Some of us even swear it’s the only way to get the perfect smudgy, smoky eye! But here’s the real deal: while you may gain you a few extra minutes of sleep, leaving your foundation, mascara, and eye makeup on is really just sabotaging your skin.

From dark circles to breakouts and dullness, here are 5 reasons why snoozing with your makeup on should be considered anything but beauty sleep.

1. Clogged Pores & Breakouts

Throughout the day our makeup acts like a magnet, holding onto nasty things like pollution or oil and residue from our hands and phones. Leaving that on your face overnight is like an open invitation for bacteria, clogged pores, and breakouts.

2. Irritation

While sleeping in eye makeup may sound very rock n’ roll, it’s far from glam. Not only can it irritate the delicate skin around the eye area leading to dark circles and puffiness, but if mini-particles make their way into your eyes it can cause redness and even infection.

3. Dry & Brittle Lashes

If you want lush lashes, leaving them coated in mascara and liner 24/7 is a major no-no. In addition to causing them to become dry and brittle, if eye makeup clogs one of the tiny follicles at the base of your lashes it can lead to pain and inflammation.

4. Premature Aging

Leaving your makeup on while you sleep slows the natural recovery process, working to repair itself from any stressors or damage experienced throughout the day. It also increases your skin’s exposure to free radicals and can eventually lead to visible signs of premature aging.

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5. Pores Appear Larger

Last but not least, while sleeping in your makeup may not immediately cause enlarged pores, it can certainly look that way as dirt left in the pores makes them more noticeable and appear instantly larger.

Bottom line – take a few minutes to properly prep your skin before bed. If you’re still worried you won’t be able to commit, stash makeup-removing towelettes in your bedside table and literally wipe the day away in seconds.

If you’re looking to manage your weight better this year, then remember: 


Step one is good nutrition.

Reach Your Goal of a Healthier You

First, for optimal all-around health, eat a variety of fruits and vegetables of various colours. Each colour family — from purple eggplants to red apples — offers phytonutrients with important health benefits. Then, to support your specific weight management efforts, you may want to add a nutritional supplement. Because it’s tough to get all the nutrients you need from meals alone, on a consistent basis.

Find The Best Nutritional Support by Finding the Best Supplement

You have a goal in mind — and there are quality dietary supplements to help! Here’s a simple guide to help you find the right nutritional support during your journey.

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Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

Start making progress toward your weight management goals today. 

Want to know more about how you can sustain your weight loss? Call or Whatsapp me at (246) 233-2502 or email tachwellnessinfo@gmail.com.