Monday, January 31, 2011

Formaldehyde - In Your Clothes?

Yet another example of toxins in our environment that the majority of us aren't at all aware of....  Not to use scare tactics, but I feel it is very important to educate ourselves on what we are exposed to on a daily basis, and how to reduce exposure as much as possible.

Of course manufacturers of clothing and other articles will dispute this, but then again, they have a vested interest in keeping you in the dark. Check out this very informative article from the Cancer Prevention Coalition, and make up your own mind: - Unrecognized Dangers Of Formaldehyde (PR)
Unrecognized Dangers Of Formaldehyde Cancer Prevention Coalition CHICAGO, IL, January 10, 2011 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- The Cancer Prevention Coalition today is drawing public attention to a two page article in the New York Times, ...
Publish Date: 01/25/2011 17:16
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Keeping The Environment Safe From Harmful Chemicals

Think about recycling and maybe the first thing to pop into your head isn't damage that's done to the earth when we use products with harmful chemicals, but that's part of the cycle, too.  As well as reducing waste, recycling products and reusing what can be reused, protecting the earth from harm is all a part of the same cause.

Icon from Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x.Image via WikipediaIt's not something we set out to do, at the beginning of the day; the thought isn't, "Hmmm, how can I hurt the Earth today?"  It probably sounds something much more like, "Gee, I need to clean today, let me reach under the cupboard and see what I have," not realizing that whatever is done with the products I use to clean, once I've cleaned, can be harmful to not only the earth itself, but any living things that may come in contact with the wash off.  We live in a sterilized world, where the idea of a clean home, clean work place and clean where ever we take our children is the first order of business.  But we need to stop and think about what harm we may be doing in our quest for the cleanest living area. 

Is it worth a colony of ants to clean your kitchen floor with a harmful chemical, and that when you dump out the bucket that contains those chemicals, onto the ant hill, you risk wiping out the entire population?  Maybe you don't like ants, and that wasn't the best example, but you know what I mean.  We have a responsibility to the other creatures that share this Earth with us to not purposely do it, and them, harm.  We need to be mindful of what our actions are producing and how our actions affect all other living things.

There are so many options for safe-cleaning on the market today that you don't really have to look much further than your local grocery shelf.  Pay attention to the words that describe the items you are buying.  Do they contain the words, toxic, poisonous, or dangerous?  If they do, then keep reading the next product's ingredients, there is a better choice out there. (Try Earth Friendly, or 7th Generation for some good alternatives.)

Many synthetic chemicals are not easily broken down by natural processes after they have been used and may make their ways into the streams and lakes and have a disastrous affect on any forms of life that inhabit them. It will only take a little effort on the part of consumers to prevent these things from happening, but we must start somewhere.

The Earth flag is not an official flag, since ...Image via WikipediaWe need to be careful with the chemicals we have easy access to and become more responsible for what happens as the result of our choices.  It really isn't all that hard to make an informed choice and help the Earth; we certainly don't want to hurt it but being irresponsible with basic cleaning products can do just that; we can end up causing great harm to the planet on which we live.  Remember, it doesn't take much more than a little awareness to be an advocate for the health of the place we call home.

Be Smart.  Shop Smart.  Clean Smart.

For some suggestions for safe, truly natural cleaning products, check out earlier posts on this blog, or visit (You can also find a free checklist there for reducing other toxins in your home as well.)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Putting An End To Junk Mail

In an average week how much junk mail comes to your home?  For the average American family, with two adults and two children, they could probably weigh their junk mail at the end of any given week to equal the weight of a small animal.  An average American home can get items from; clearing houses, credit card offers, insurance offers, lottery offers, mortgage advertisements and promises of lowering monthly mortgage bills, college fliers from schools all over the United States, entries into contests that had never been entered in the first place, solicitations from charities and the ever present retail catalogs!

Typical advertising mail.Image via WikipediaAlong with the simple fact that all of these items are unnecessary and annoying, the amount of waste they create is drowning the average American family in misused, unread paper.  How can this issue be dealt with and the waste be reduced, or never produced?

The answer to that question is, yes, there is something we can do to stop the madness of junk mail that litters our mail delivery every single day!  There are a couple of groups that can help, and they have all of the information needed to put an end to the junk mail that we are assaulted with in just a few easy steps and with the patience of a few weeks.

One way is to order a Junk Mail Reduction Kit online (usually around $15.00 or less).  Once you have purchased your kit, you simply sign on to the website provided and have the kit activated by clicking on the appropriate link.  It is as simple as entering your name and address and the names of any other people living at your house, even variations of a name that appears on junk mail can be added.

icon for mailing listsImage via WikipediaAnother good way is to register your name and the names of the others at your address with the Direct Marketing Association Mail Preference Service, which will remove the names from hundreds of mailing lists.  This service is a one time fee of $1.00 per name and along with monthly monitoring to ensure your name remains off of unsolicited mailing lists.  The option of having mail addressed to "resident," "occupant," or even "neighbor," can be done, too.  You can also request, when telemarketers call you, to be removed from both call and mailing lists. Certain companies you deal with, such as credit cards and other companies, also offer the option to be excluded from mailing lists, or from sharing your information with outside marketing companies (sometimes it's in the small print, but if you read closely, you can usually find a number to call and request this exclusion.)

Because the fact that conventional or "snail" mail isn't instantaneous, it will take a few weeks for things to get rolling but in a few short weeks you should receive customized pre-printed postcards to sign, stamp and mail in and your name will be removed from as many lists that have your name in their data base. 

Eventually all of the companies that have your name will be notified and the endless barrage of junk mail will cease.  If a piece of junk mail finds its way into your mailbox, simply sign in to your online account (if you got one of the kits) and have your name removed as quickly as possible.  Just imagine the impact of one house on one street in one town will make and why shouldn't it be YOUR house?
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Recycling To Keep Our Planet Healthy

We've all heard the warnings; acid rain, global warming, landfills without any room, and on and on.  We don't recycle because it's the "in" thing to do; we recycle because we don't have any other options if we plan to leave the planet in good shape for the generations to come. Neither is being responsible for the environment just throwing stuff in a bin, either....

International Recycle SymbolImage via WikipediaWhen you think of recycling you should really think about the whole cycle; reduce, reuse and recycle.  Think about it; if you don't need it, don't get it.  If you have to get it, get something that can be used again and if you get something that needs to be recycled by the professionals, put it in the recycle bin.

These are easy concepts and yet there are still people out there who ignore the signs.  The signs aren't just the ones that bear the recycle logo, but the signs that the oceans are warming and the snow caps that were visible a few years ago are barely an outline as far up as you can see.  If you've seen the Al Gore movie, An Inconvenient Truth, you'll realize there's a pretty good chance that those of us a few miles inland from the coast will be looking at water-front property one day, without having to move.

We've been careless up to this point with the way we've treated the Earth and it's time to change; not just the way we do things but the way we think.  The days of brushing your teeth with the water running the whole time are over and if we want to stay with this forward motion, we can't go back.  We can't go back to A landfill in PolandImage via Wikipediathe days when we believed we had all the room in the world for our trashed "stuff."  The planet is getting full and we have to learn how to make less, use things more or find a way to reuse them again.

If you're traveling, use airlines that work with paperless ticketing (if you have to fly that is) and be sure to scope out hotels that are inline with the recycling idea.  Bring your own soaps and shampoos; leave the little bottles provided by the hotel for people who forget to bring their own.  Reuse your towels more than once and don't have the linens changed daily, let it go a day or two. 

Before you leave for a trip remember to turn down your thermostat and/or turn off the AC.  Unplug your electronics from the wall to stop possible leaking wattage while it's turned off.  Utilize power strips for plugging items in and turn off the whole strip when you're leaving the house. 

Use linen napkins that can be washed and reused instead of paper products, check your cleaning supplies for any that have the words dangerous, poisonous or hazardous and stop using them right now!  Whether it's through direct contact or drainage from a landfill, these chemicals are not healthy and have no business in our soil and our drinking water. (For some healthier and safer options, visit, and you can also get a free checklist for making your home less toxic.)

Be mindful of what you do, pay attention to the items you buy and always check yourself to see if you really need it or if it comes in a package with less waste.  (Remember, it's not JUST about recycling - don't forget the "reduce" and "reuse" parts, which are just as important, if not more.) We can all do our part and we will make a huge difference.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Free Ways to Increase Your Gas Mileage

Companies are well aware that consumers are desperate to reduce their fuel consumption.  That is why the market has been flooded with products that supposedly increase your gas mileage significantly.  Let’s ignore the fact that none of these products’ claims have been proved by the Environmental Protection Agency for a minute.  It really does not matter either way, because the fact is that there are plenty of ways to increase your gas mileage without having to spend a dime!

Tire Pressure CheckImage by Abhi Here via FlickrIt is rather unfortunate that many of these extremely easy ways to increase gas mileage are still unknown by much of the general public.  The gas prices and their constant increases have caused the economy to sputter, and have put a lot of pressure on lower and middle class families.  It is important for these folks, along with everyone else that drives regularly, to know that they can save on their gas costs without making any extra financial investment!

Many of the methods for increasing gas mileage are quite simple.  For instance, did you know that having the proper level of air pressure in your tires can help you to save gas?  It is true!  Best of all, most gas stations and even car washes have free air machines that will help you to monitor and adjust your tire pressure according to whether it is a bit high or low.

You can also increase your gas mileage by avoiding certain things while driving.  For instance, you can avoid using the air conditioning system in your vehicle, since air conditioning makes your engine work harder, which in turn means that you use more gas.  At the same time, you can drive with the windows up on cold days, which will also improve your aerodynamics, and thus, your gas mileage.  Open windows increase drag, which causes resistance that your car must overcome, after all.

A typical speed limit sign in the United State...Image via WikipediaAnother great tip for increasing gas mileage without spending a penny is simply to slow down a bit on the highway.  If you stay at the speed limit for most highways (55 miles per hour), you will be operating your vehicle at right around the optimum speed for maximum fuel efficiency.  Any faster than that, and you will be sacrificing fuel efficiency to get to where you are going just a little bit earlier. (It is estimated that every additional 5mph over this speed costs you 10% of your fuel efficiency.)

You should avoid doing certain other things, as well, such as idling your engine while you run errands or buy items at the store.  It is always better for your gas mileage for you to turn off the engine when you are stopped, even if you are only going to be gone for a couple of minutes.  You are wasting gas if you leave your car running, since you have no need for it to be running when you are not going anywhere!  You also do not need to “warm your car up” in the winter, as the only way to truly warm an engine up is by driving.  If you want it to be warm inside when you get in, try to limit the amount of time you warm up the interior of the car, at least.

These are just a few of the free methods for increasing fuel efficiency.  Try these ideas, and see how well they work for you!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How to Organize a Car Pool to Reduce Gas Expenses

Today we are continuing our topic this week - ways to save gas (remember, saving gas not only saves you money, but also helps the environment, and the people who live in it!)

Filling stationImage by Wildebeast1 via FlickrWho would not want to spend less money at their local gas station every week?  It would be hard to find someone who is not interested in conserving gas, but doing so is much harder than it would seem to be, at times.  One of the most obvious ways to reduce fuel expenses is to simply not drive, but for many people, that is really not feasible.  After all, most people have responsibilities that require them to be at specific places at certain times, and this in turn requires them to operate a motor vehicle to get there.

However, many people are not taking advantage of the somewhat popular practice of car pooling.  Car pooling has been around for years now, and while it has steadily increased in popularity, it still is not as widely used as it should be.  The reasons vary, as some people simply prefer to drive by themselves to and from places, and others do not know anyone that lives near them, or do not want to coordinate a regular car pool.  The reality is, however, if you want to save money on gas, there are few better ways to do so than by participating in a car pool.

Organizing a car pool can be fairly simple.  For instance, it can be as easy as posting a sign up at your work, or asking around to see if anyone who shares your place of employment lives near you.  If they live along your route to work, you can also simply pick them up every day, in exchange for a little monetary contribution towards the expense of gas.  This will not cause you any major inconvenience, but it will save you a lot of money spent on fueling up your car each week!

Example of an American grocery store aisle.Image via WikipediaMany people only think of car pooling as a way to get to and from work, but there are many other times when a car pool is an equally great idea.  For instance, you can form a car pool with people that live near you for things such as going to the gym, shopping at the grocery store, or heading out to the mall.  If you are planning on taking a vacation, it can be a very expensive endeavor, especially if you will be driving.  However, if you pair up with a couple that you enjoy being around, you can all take one car and cut your gas costs literally in half!

It may not always be convenient to car pool, but the barriers are usually not that serious.  What you really have to consider is whether it is worth it to you to have the comfort of driving in silence and solitude, even if it means that you will pay the full cost of gas all by yourself.  Most people would rather have a little company, all while saving some money at the fuel pump.  That is why car pools continue to be a fairly common thing, even to this day.  If you have never tried car pooling before, give it a shot!  With gas prices being so high, there really has never been a better time than now to give car pooling a chance.  You never know, you may even enjoy the company and make a new friend or two!
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Easy Methods of Saving Gas

Gas prices are a hot topic once again these days, as they have once again begun an upward climb.  Many drivers are understandably frustrated, as they are being squeezed hard by the high prices, and seem to have no way to make gas more affordable for themselves.  Since it may be foolish to expect a drop in gas prices anytime soon, one of the best ways to deal with the ridiculous price of gas is to look for whatever ways you can to reduce your gas usage.

San Francisco, CaliforniaImage via WikipediaMany of the best methods for reducing gas usage are also among the very easiest!  This is very fortunate for those who do not have mechanical expertise or extra money to invest in products that make exaggerated claims of increased fuel efficiency.  If you number yourself among the many that are growing tired of spreading themselves thin because of gas prices, take a look at some of these very simple and free ways to free yourself of some of the cost of gas.

Of course, it is obvious that when you do not drive your car, you use no fuel, which is easily the most affordable option of them all.  However, if your car stays parked at home, so do you!  (At least in areas with insufficient public transportation as well as walking friendly neighborhoods - which sadly, is most of America....) What are the alternatives when you have places to go and people to see?  Well, a car pool is a great option, if you can make it work.  Car pools have been around for years and are quite common.  With a car pool system, you can reduce your impact on the environment while you also reduce the impact of gas prices on your wallet!

Car PoolImage by Mike Licht, via FlickrMost people think of car pools as a way to get to work, but if you know someone who lives near you that has other places to go, you can still car pool!  If you have to go to the mall, for instance, check and see if one of your neighbors wants to go, as well.  Maybe next time, they will return the favor.

Smart trip planning is another weapon that consumers have to fight the roaring albatross that is gas prices.  To swing this deadly blade and slay the beast, simply plan ahead when you go out to make sure that you consolidate all of your shopping and errand-running needs into one trip.  If you live in a small town and must take the highway to get shopping done, it is even more important to plan your trips well to avoid excess driving!

One big “no-no” that is easily avoided is leaving your car’s engine on when you are not going anywhere.  This can include when you run in quickly to the store or gas station, or when you are waiting for a friend to come outside so you can go somewhere together.  In most cases, it will make much more sense to simply turn your engine off.  If you are not currently moving, there is really no reason to have your engine on.

Finally, avoid having excess weight in your car when you are driving around.  This means that you do not want to leave items that you do not need in your car for long periods of time, particularly if they are somewhat heavy.  This also means that you probably want to make friends with very light people!  Well, that may not be true, but it is important to reduce the weight in your car, since every 100 pounds can cause you a loss of 1 or 2 percent of your fuel economy.

It is plain to see that increasing your vehicle’s fuel efficiency does not have to be a complicated or expensive process.  It is important to remember that there are alternatives to simply staying home and not driving if you want to save money on gas.  The trick is simply to be a bit smarter about where, when and how you drive.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Healthy Detox Recipes for your Body

You probably know by now what detoxification is and many of the ways that it can be done. A detox diet provides the simplest way to detoxifying yourself. A rule of thumb in detox diets: the more fiber and water, the better. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, beans and nuts. On the other hand, steer clear of caffeine, carbonated drinks, sugars like chocolates, alcohol and yeast.

Green, yellow and red bell peppers from the ca...Image via WikipediaDr. Kiki Sidhwa recommends going on a monotrophic diet after a three-day fast. By monotrophic, we mean eating only one type of fruit for every meal. Example, for breakfast, you can eat apple. For lunch, try out oranges or pineapples. Eat until your hunger is satisfied. You can squeeze in a grapefruit juice at around 4 pm for your snack. And in the evening, eat only apples, pears, grapes or bananas.

Of course, this is only just one of the do-it-yourself diet plans that you can try when you’re on a detox program. For most people, however, detox recipes are the best way to go. These detox recipes are especially designed to provide you with the necessary nutrients for the body and at the same time, provide you with the necessary antioxidants and substances that will cleanse your body from toxins.

For more fluid intake, you can try Ginger Healing Tea with Turmeric. What you need are the following:
2 cups of water
½ teaspoon of powdered ginger
½ teaspoon of tumeric
1 tablespoon of maple syrup and lemon extract.

To make your special healing tea, add powdered herbs to boiling water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea into a mug and add maple syrup and lemon extract. Stir and drink.

vegetablesImage via WikipediaFor breakfast, you can try the Vegetable Super Juice. This juice gives you the needed energy boost for your senses, wakens your digestive system and can keep you going until lunchtime. For starters, you need 1 whole cucumber, 4 celery sticks, 2-4 handfuls of spinach, 8 lettuce leaves. You can also add other green vegetables like parsley and fresh alfalfa sprouts. The process is easy and simple, juice all ingredients and add distilled water. You can also add lemon juice for better taste.

And now for lunch, try the Alkalising RAW Soup. All you need are
1 avocado
2 spring onions
½ red or green pepper
1 cucumber
2 handfuls of spinach
½ clove of garlic
100 ml of light vegetable Bouillon
lemon or lime juice and Bragg Liquid Aminos for added taste.

Just like our vegetable juice, the recipe is simple and easy to do. Blend the avocado and stock to form a light paste. Add other ingredients and blend. And eat - the essence of health, and also quite tasty!

Our dinner treat is Warm Broccoli Soup. You will need:
½ avocado
6-8 small broccoli heads
1/3 red onion
1 celery stalk
a big handful of spinach
1-inch of root ginger (peeled)
Cumin and Bragg Liquid Amino for added taste.

Lightly steam the broccoli for 5-6 minutes. After steaming, blend all the ingredients together and add garlic and pepper to taste. This is perfect for a cold winter night!

Feeling hungry still? These recipes are just few of the hundred other detox recipes available on the net. (Or try some from the books suggested below.) The key here is to pack yourself with enough water and nutrients to keep you going without ingesting a plateful of additives, sugars and food preservatives. So what are you waiting for? Start eating healthy, and clean your body at the same time! 
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Other Good Detox Recipes:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gentle Ways to Detox the Body

When your mind is drained, your body aches and your energy levels are close to zero, it's time for a body detox.

Imagine yourself having clearer skin, a sharper mind, more energy, a stronger immune system and feeling healthy inside out - - these are the things that you can enjoy by undergoing a detoxification program.

Cover of "Detox (Natural Care Handbook)"Cover of Detox (Natural Care Handbook)Detoxification basically means blood cleansing through eliminating impurities from the blood in the liver, through kidneys, lungs, intestines, lymph and skin. Sometimes reading information on full-body detox programs can sound pretty scary. And while these comprehensive types of programs can certainly be helpful (if you choose the right ones, and in the right order), getting started with removing toxins from your body can entail just a few simple steps.

Taking your first step:

First, you have to reduce the levels of toxins already in your body. Try to cut down on the following: cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, eating foods with saturated fats and refined sugars (cola and ketchup contains a lot) - these acts as toxins in your body and as a hindrance to your healing development.

The use of household cleaners that are chemical-based and personal health care products such as shampoos, toothpaste, deodorants and cleansers should be reduced as well. These chemicals accumulate inside us due to daily use; we never really fully eliminate them unless going through a process of detoxification. We recommend switching entirely away from these products, and using only 100% natural (and organic, where you can find them) products, such as those found at

There are many ways to detox the body. It’s up to you to choose which suits your lifestyle and preference.

•    Juice fasting

Drinking only fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrot, spinach, celery, cabbage, apple, pineapple and cranberry (avoid citrus fruits). An effective way of discharging toxins, it also provides loads of nutrients as well as enzymes to lessen the intensity of the cleansing process to an easier and gentler experience.

Fast weight loss is another main benefit from juice fasting. A person may drop 30-40 lbs on a 30-day juice fast. By juice fasting, a person gains self-confidence and feels light and clean.

However, the recommended duration of juice fasting is usually 1-3 days. Medical administration and careful assessment is required for longer fasting.

•    Water fasting

Only water is consumed during a water fast. Water lets the digestive tract and organs rest completely, allowing all of your energy to self-repair and strengthen damaged organs. It also eliminates toxin build-ups.

Water fasting not only eliminates obstructions and aids in self-healing, it is also revitalizing and motivating to make a fresh start.

Here are some other gentler and safer ways to detox your body that you can try out or incorporate different methods as part of your routine.

1. Change in diet.

Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables instead of packaged and fast foods that are high on fats and sugar can become part of your daily lifestyle in maintaining good health. (We recommend home-grown, or locally grown and organic where possible.)

A small Finnish sauna.Image via Wikipedia2. Sauna.

The sauna is widely used by many cultures as a regular part of detox. It is a great method of removing chemicals buildups in fat cells. Saunas are usually combined with diet, exercise and nutritional supplements.

3. Skin brushing.

Again, with the combination of diet, exercise and nutritional supplements, skin brushing is also a gentle way of detoxing. It removes old skin cells, stimulates the lymph system and draws out toxins through the skin. A dry skin brush made of soft vegetable bristles should be used.

Before taking a shower, lightly brush your skin from head to toe in a circular motion towards the chest area for a minute or two.

4. Yoga.

Through controlled breathing combined with exercise, the bloodstream thoroughly oxygenates thus giving energy and improving the body’s physical processes. Different positions lightly massage the internal organs and stimulate them to slowly discharge toxins.

These cleansing methods are just a guide to what it can do to improve your health. It is necessary to know why detox is important and understand the different ways on how to detox the body before you begin with the different programs.

As always, we recommend you consult with your natural healthcare practitioner before beginning any detox program.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Toxic Load News to Use

Well, here we are in 2011, and with fish dying in droves, and flocks of birds falling from the sky, it seems it is really time to take a look at the toxic load of our planet....  As we know, though, it starts with us - me, you, and our families.

Industrial water pollutionImage via WikipediaHere is some recent news on toxic load, and how important it is to reduce it whenever we can; not only can it prevent health problems for ourselves down the road, but it also helps to reduce toxins in the environment (flushed down the drain, in our ground water, etc.).  Check some of these out, and make a resolution to live a healthier, cleaner, and less toxic life this year. You'll be glad you did!

Decrease your Toxic Load | Healthy Beginnings : Your Resource for ...
by Mary Sutton, P.T., Nutritional Consultant | According to the Environmental Working Group based in Washington, D.C. “Pollution is not only an environment.
Publish Date: 01/01/2011 3:00

Fibromyalgia & Reducing the Toxic Load Dr. Gloria Gilbere feels antidepressants are being over-prescribed and if people would reduce the number of toxins they give their body, they could repair the damage naturally. Treatment begins in the intestines. ...
Publish Date: 01/04/2011 14:11

Organic Sunscreen – Are Biodegradable And Eco-friendly Sunscreens ...
... titanium dioxide as sun protection ingredients (i.e. sunscreens that use “absorbing” chemicals rather than “scattering/blocking” minerals increase the body's toxic load); all other ingredients should be natural or certified organic. ...
Publish Date: 01/09/2011 12:28

Detox the Body – Flushing Toxins from Body | Articles N Tips
Toxic load will be the matter of tissues and cells in which internal terrain is created after food intake of ready-made foods. Your entire body ought to be cleaned from all of these unwelcome toxic compounds. The procedure is referred ...
Publish Date: 01/08/2011 2:40

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Friday, January 7, 2011

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a High End Home Air Purifier

Are you looking to buy an air purifier for your home?  If you are, you will soon see that you have a number of different options.  There are a number of brands to choose from, as well as a number of price ranges.  One type of home purifier that you will want to examine is a high end air purifier.  Did you know that there are a number of benefits to owning high end air purifiers?  There are and a few of these reasons are highlighted below.

1 – Better Brands

Most the makers of high end home air purifiers are well known.  Since you do have a number of different options when looking to buy high end home air purifiers, you may be wondering how you can go about finding the best.  You may find the best luck with doing research online, as it can be done quickly and easily.  You can also get a number of good ideas, in terms of quality, yet affordable brands.  To get started, perform a standard internet search with phrase such as “best air purifiers,” “top ten air purifiers,” or “high end air purifiers.”

The AHAM-certified seal lists a rating for tob...Image via Wikipedia2 – Better Results

High end home air purifiers are known for producing better results.  These results include cleaner air.  Unfortunately, many individuals wonder how you can tell that an air purifier will produce better results.  The good news is that you do have a number of different options.  For starters, check ratings and reviews online.  This can be done by visiting online stores that allow ratings or reviews or websites that are based solely on rating products.  Both of these website types can be found with a standard internet search.

Another great and relatively easy way to tell if a high end air purifier can produce better results is by examining the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR).  This is the rate in which an air filter can deliver clean air.  Most times, high end air filters and purifiers have high CADRs. 

3 – Last Longer

High end air purifiers are known for their strength and durability.  This means that many are able to last longer, especially when compared to the cheaper alternatives.  In fact, a large number of high end air purifiers come with warranties or you should have the option to purchase an extended warranty plan.  This can help to give you comfort in knowing that you are purchasing an air purifier that will be able to keep your home’s air clean for years to come.

4 – Come In a Number of Different Formats

All air purifiers, including those that are considered high end air purifiers come in a number of different formats.  In addition to different makes and models, there are also different sizes.  Another common difference or choice that many have involves filter or filter-free air purifiers.  They both have their own pros and cons.

Filtered air purifiers are preferred by many buyers.  One of the reasons for that is because they can actually see that the air is being cleaned.  Many like to see the dirt, toxins, and other pollutants that have accumulated on their air filter.  For many, this serves as proof that they did make the right purchase decision.  As for filter-free air purifiers, they are convenient and they can help to save money over time, even though they do cost more upfront.

5 – They Are Easy to Find and Buy

High end air purifiers are available for sale both locally and online.  Due to their increased cost, many discount stores and department stores do not sell high end home air purifiers, but most home improvement stores do.  If you are looking for the largest selection of affordable, high end air purifiers, the internet is also a good place to look.  As previously stated, you can use the internet to compare prices.  You can even make your purchase right online, through a number of reputable sources.

A few high-end air purifiers:
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Air Purifier Reviews - Video

Air purifiers can be very helpful for reducing toxins in your home, and increasing the health of its inhabitants. However, they also can be expensive, and how can you be sure they are really working and doing what they claim to do?  This quick video news report discusses the results of testing several air purifiers, and also offers a couple of tips for improving the air in your home before you take the extra step of buying an air purifier.

Which Air Purifiers Work Best?
Consumer Reports tested out several air purifiers.

Here is the air purifier which came out the best in the Consumer Reports tests (not only did it work well and emit no ozone, it also costs quite a bit less than some of the other leading brands):

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Do You Need An Air Purifier?

It is estimated that each year millions of Americans think about purchasing an air purifier for their home or their business. Are you one of those individuals?  If so, have you purchased an air purifier yet?  Unfortunately, a large number of individuals think about purchasing an air purifier, but not everyone ends up making that purchase. One of the reasons for that is because many individuals wonder whether or not they really need one.

A Sharp FU-888SV Plasmacluster air purifier.Image via WikipediaWhen it comes to owning an air purifier, anyone can own one.  You do not necessarily have to meet certain criteria to be able to benefit from the use of an air purifier. Honestly, you could just be someone who is looking to breathe clean air.  If that is the case, you could definitely benefit from the purchase of an air purifier.  Despite the fact that some individuals have no set reason for wanting or needing an air purifier, there are others who do.  If you find yourself one of these individuals, as described below, you may want to seriously think about purchasing an air purifier for your home or your business.

Air purifiers work to clean the air. They do this by preventing harmful particles from passing through their collection grids or filters.  These particles may even include dust particles.  For that reason, if you have allergies associated with dust, you may very well find that an air purifier works to remove or completely eliminate your allergy symptoms.  In turn, this may make your days and nights more pleasant and enjoyable.

In addition to reducing allergies associated with dust, air purifiers can also help those with allergies that are related to pets.  You will find that multiple air purifiers not only trap pet hair, but they also trap the air particles created by pet droppings.  These dangerous particles are not only harmful to those who have allergies, but to everyone else who is in the home. In addition to eliminating particles created by pets in the home, you could also use an air purifier if you have a business that is centered on pets. These types of businesses include pet grooming shops and vet offices.

You may especially want to think about purchasing an air purifier if you have young children at home.  Children tend to be more susceptible to illness. With cleaner air, your child’s health may improve quite a bit, especially if your child spends a lot of time indoors.  In addition to being used in traditional homes, you may also want to purchase an air purifier if you run or operate a daycare center.  An air purifier may not only improve your health, but the health of all of your children.  Essentially, this will make for happier and healthier children, which is extremely important when running a daycare business.

Tobacco smoke in an Irish pub before a smoking...Image via WikipediaAn air purifier may also be ideal for those who are smokers. Even if you are not a smoker, there may be someone inside your home who is.  If this is the case, you will want to seriously consider purchasing an air purifier.  Most air purifiers, especially those designed specifically for smoking households, may help to reduce secondhand smoke.  Secondhand smoke is bad for everyone, but it is especially bad for children.  Of course, you will want to try and not smoke around your children, but if you do, you will want to purchase an air purifier, if not for your own benefit then for the sake of your children.

As mentioned above, those operating a business centered on pets or kids could benefit from the use of an air purifier; however, they are not the only types of businesses who could benefit. If you are business owner, whether you run a small retail store or an office, you may want to think about getting an air purifier.  As mentioned above, air purifiers help to keep the air clean. In reality, this means that your employees will be healthier. In addition to better performance, you may also find that an air purifier helps to reduce the illnesses being spread throughout your building.  In turn, this may not only result in better performing employees, but employees who end up requesting less sick time. 

If any of the above mentioned examples are true for you, you may want to consider purchasing an air purifier.  Whether for your home or your business, you will reap an unlimited number of benefits to owning and using one.
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Examples of some popular air purifiers: