It seems as though more and more people are suffering with allergies and asthma. Whether it is a food allergy, something our skin comes in contact with, or cute little fuzzy stuff floating in the air, it can make us miserable.
Aside from avoiding the outdoors, there isn’t too much we can do it get rid of allergens found within our natural surroundings. And, who wants to stay inside all the time? We spend enough time indoors just with our everyday activities such as eating, showering, and sleeping.
So much so, that we should take a closer look at what we can do to make the home as allergen free as possible.
Even if you don’t suffer from allergies and asthma now, you might in the future, or someone in your family. So, read on to see what you can do to make your indoors a bit healthier.
Area #1 – Let’s Protect our Air Space
Unfortunately, the outdoors isn’t the only area that is filled with allergens. Inside can be just as bad, especially including those that are airborne. We bring some of the outdoor allergens in with us on our clothing, and each time we open the doors and windows.
Of course we want to open the windows as much as possible to get the fresh air in. But, is it all that fresh? In addition to bringing the outdoors in, we also have indoor allergens to consider such as dust and pet dander.
Other than living in a bubble, there’s not much we can do to get rid of it all. However, there are steps we can take to get rid of the majority, as well as not aggravate it further with chemicals.
First, we want to make sure we clean on a regular basis, such as dusting and vacuuming. The best thing we can do though is to clean with natural and organic products to prevent harsh chemicals from irritating us further. You can purchase organic products, or make your own naturally. For example, using a white vinegar and water mix, you can clean multiple hard surfaces.
Another idea is to invest in an air purifier. A great place to have one would be in the bedroom. It not only helps to clean the air, but provides a subtle white noise effect.
Area #2 – Things We Make Contact With
One reaction to allergens is contact dermatitis, often looking like a rash. This happens when our body comes in contact with an allergen, or something to irritate it, such as chemicals. One area this could present itself is in our bathroom, with our skin care products, shampoos, soaps, and lotions.
Hypoallergenic items can easily be found at your local store. Each of the products that I mentioned above can be found in an organic form, which means they were not created with unnecessary chemicals.
If you prefer, you can even make your own natural skin care and shampoos, with natural products found in your pantry. For example, if you are experiencing some blemishes, dab a little honey on them and let dry before wiping off with water. Or, use an avocado to give moisture to your hair, or your body.
Other ideas to help avoid contact dermatitis include:
- Organic bedding
- Natural or organic detergents for laundry
- Organic clothing
As you can see, there are a few ideas to help you if your skin is being abused by allergens. However, you don’t have to wait until it happens. Preventive care is wise when it comes to allergens.
Area #3 – Healthy Edibles
What we put in our body is equally important to what we breathe and come in contact with, when it comes to healthy living. So, it only makes sense that we don’t subject ourselves and our families to foods filled with chemicals, such as processed foods loaded with preservatives.
However, even the freshest foods, items we have always been told are healthy, can have chemicals to be concerned with. You probably will notice that at the local grocery store, their produce department most likely has a nice selection of organic products…more, now than ever.
Many of the healthy fruits, vegetables, and even meats that we have always thought of as very healthy, are grown and raised with fertilizers and pesticides. These are chemicals we don’t have to be exposed to at all…if we choose to buy organic that is.
Certified organic products mean that they were not fertilized with chemicals and subjected to pesticides, easing our mind in what we put in our bodies.
So, I have talked about allergens in the air, what our skin comes in contact with, and also what we consume. Along with that, I have offered suggestions on how to counter those unnecessary chemicals. The rest is up to you. I hope I have provided enough information to encourage you to give organic or ‘natural’ a try.
As an online marketer and writer, Rick Mercado often works from home, but can also be found occasionally at the local coffee shop, with his laptop doing some research for www.mysensitiveskincare.com on topics such as hypoallergenic skin care and natural products. As fan of hiking and kayaking, Rick enjoys getting outdoors in his hometown of Halifax, which sets on the east coast of Nova Scotia. He is married, and in his early thirties.