Simply Healthy Living

 NATURAL CLEANING – What is Clean?

Clean should be defined as removing all dirts, grease plus harmful microbes without leaving residual of harmful chemical.

With flu season around us, toxic cleaners and disinfectants are tempting especially with pricing and publicity from major suppliers. But have you ever consider the natural and non-toxic alternatives which are more effective than those traditional products?

The two most effective natural disinfectants are thymol and stabilized chlorine dioxide.

Thymol is a constituent of thyme oil and is registered with US EPA, Health Canada as a highly effective disinfectant. Thymol outperforms traditional disinfectants but is Generally Recognized as Safe (G.R.AS.) by US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide is one of the most powerful and effective food safe sanitizer formulated for indoor environment and food industry. Also, registered with US EPA, US FDA and USDA as a broad-spectrum biocide, bactericide, tuberculocide, fungicide and virucide.

This pairing can effectively eliminate 99.99% of major pathogens providing a 24/7 around the clock disinfection for your home and workplace. Flu season is never fun, now you can prevent it naturally & safe!


GREEN RENOVATION – Your Nose Knows !!!

Do you know that many home-related health problems can be sniffed out with your nose? Your nose is always the first indicator to detect for problems like fresh paint. Chemical odour from furniture and cabinets, adhesive from flooring and carpets, musty smell from sewage and hanging ceilings, and more.

Renovating our dream home has been a fun and exciting experience, which every family is for.

Babies and children have a higher resting metabolic rate — meaning their rate of oxygen consumption is greater than adults. As a result, they are much more susceptible to harm from breathing in pollutants and can develop respiratory, cognitive and developmental health problems. I wish I knew then what I know now.

People spend 90% of their time indoor, and health hazards chemical inside in your homes affects your family’s health.

A green and non-toxic renovation can be good for you physically and emotionally. Design and material selections should focus on natural air and lighting while reducing the risk of indoor environment pollutants. According to Health Canada, indoor air pollution is linked to varies health problems, such as, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, allergies, neurological effects and even psychological problems such as depression, hypersensitivity, etc.

Therefore, using non-toxic materials and good ventilation techniques can increase both living and healthy indoor environment quality in your home.


QUALITY INDOOR AIR – Out with the Old, in with the New !!!

Air pollution is commonly thought of as an outdoor air problem, but numerous studies have 
shown that indoor air pollution is typically worse than outdoor pollution. This is true even in urban centers as we spend nearly 90% of our time indoor. A multitude of factors shape indoor air quality (IAQ). Naturally occurring irritants such as dust, mold, and pet dander can build up. Pollutants also include harmful chemicals that are off-gassed by cleaners, textiles, and building materials. These include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, phthalates, and other banned substances that are nonetheless still present in many buildings, such as lead and asbestos. Radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer, occurs naturally but can reach unsafe levels on the lower levels of almost any building.

Airing out your home for just a few minutes daily will help to let stagnant air out and fresh air in. Even in the winter, cracking your window a few inches to increase airflow is a good idea. This is especially important if someone in your home is sick.

Increase treated fresh air ventilation is the best solution. We tend to keep our windows tightly shut in the winter, but flinging open a window is not the answer, Outdoor air contains by-products of gas emissions from cars and trucks, industrial pollution, as well as dirt and mold.

Best solution? “Use Professional HEPA air purifier with fresh air port, which is a 10-inch high screen with extra filters,” he says. “It adjusts to most windows and allows fresh air in, helps escort indoor pollutants out.”

Install a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Stand-alone HEPA air cleaners are another option for cleaning the air in a single room or apartment. If they use a fan to draw in the air, they can be noisy.


HEALTHY WATER – Water Quality

Studies have found disinfecting chemicals can be absorbed into your skin and lungs if you don’t filter them out first.

Shower filters may seem like something you could live without, but often many important things are hidden in the smallest of details. Chemicals in many shampoos and soaps and the way they can react with the chlorine in our potable water to create more chemical chaos, one easy way you can do that is by installing a shower water filter and replacing toxic shampoo.

Do I really need a shower filter at home?

If you are living in rural areas or places using nature water for shower, you MAY get away from a shower filter, but if your shower water is coming directly from your government’s water supply, YOU BETTER DO. All governments need to ensure their potable water are safe from microbial and thus a comprehensive disinfection process is required. Disinfection chemicals, such as chlorine, are hazardous to your health.

Most people are aware of the need of drinking water filter is to remove harmful chemical and microbial from their drinking water, but often they neglect the importance of shower filter, especially for people suffering from respiratory diseases, like asthma. Chemical dissolved in water can be an asthma trigger and heated water increase the volatility of chemical which pose a higher risk when inhaled. People with skin allergy problem, like eczema, and hair loss can also be a direct result from chemical in shower water.

The American Journal Of Public Health, in 1992, published the results of a ten year study that showed how chlorine in our water caused significant increases in certain types of cancer and stated that “up to 2/3 of our harmful exposure comes from inhalation of steam while showering”.

Childhood asthma in North America increased by over 300% in the last two decades even though outdoor air quality has improved. According to Hong Kong Asthma Society in 2011, around 5% of our population suffering from asthma. Medical science now suspects a large part of this increase is due to a decline in indoor air quality, much of which can be traced to synthetic chemicals that vaporize and become airborne from shower water.

Other than the obvious health benefits of showering in filtered water, the cosmetic benefits are even more noticeable. Anyone who has ever gone swimming in a chlorinated pool can relate to the harsh drying effect that chlorine has on your skin and hair. Without the effects of chlorine and other chemicals found in tap water, your skin and hair retain moisture more effectively for a younger, healthier look and feel.

To conclude, “The need for, and benefits of, showering in chemical free water are equal to or greater than that of drinking chemical free water. “

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