Dust Mites in the Home, and What You Can Do About Them

We recently found this information on the www.familydoctor.org

website, and thought it would be really good information to share in our


“What are dust mites?

Dust mites are tiny bugs that live in your home. They measure about 1/100th

of an inch in length, which is smaller than the period at the end of this

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The Botanical Mattress: The All Natural Latex Mattress

Looking to make your life more green, organic, and botanical? Thinking about starting where you spend one-third of your life – in bed.

A 100% all-natural latex mattress is made from the sap of rubber trees and is completely botanical.  It is antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and resistant to dust mites.  This makes an all-natural latex mattress a great choice for those with allergies or who want a greener, botanical mattress than traditional mattresses.  A latex mattress is also very comfortable, making it a great mattress for anyone looking for a comfortable mattress too.

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Natural Latex Mattresses: Freedom From Dust Mites!

Dust mites are a common allergen in the home, collecting in carpets, on window coverings, in mattresses, and anywhere dust finds a place to settle.  Although the perception that mattresses double in weight every 10 years due to dust and dust mites is a myth (see http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/mattress.asp), those with allergies or the desire to lessen their contact with dust mites are frequently turning to 100% all-natural latex mattresses.

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100% All-Natural Latex for Chemical-Free Sleep

Many people these days are looking for ways to live a greener, more chemically-free life. Since we spend about one-third of our life sleeping, going chemical-free with your mattress is a great place to start.  One of the best ways to do this is with a 100% all-natural latex mattress.

A 100% all-natural latex mattress is completely botanical and made from the sap of a rubber tree.  It is hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and dust mite-free.  Quite simply, it is the cleanest mattress you can find and ideal for those with allergies or those looking for a greener mattress alternative.

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Watch Your Back – Preparation for Outdoor Winter Activities Prevents Injury

Tis the season for shoveling and winter sports. We thought this article from the American ChiropracticAssociation (ACA) provides great advice in preparation for these events:

“When snow, ice and frigid weather blast into town, watch out, says the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Winter recreational activities and chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose body is not in condition. Winter sports like skating, skiing and sledding can cause painful muscle spasms, strains or tears if you’re not in shape. Even shoveling snow the wrong way, clambering awkwardly over snow banks, slipping on sidewalks and wearing the wrong kinds of clothing can all pose the potential for spasms, strains and sprains.

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Exercise Can Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

I have heard this question often:  “Can exercise lower my risk of type 2 diabetes?”

The answer:  Absolutely! In a recent study of 41,000 women, it was found that moderate exercise (walking, biking, etc.), done four times per week, cuts the risk of diabetes in half as we get older. This is a very exciting finding! It was also found that 8% of diabetes found in inactive adults may have been prevented with moderate exercise. Although there are genetic factors involved in acquiring type 2 diabetes (previously called adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent), the biggest culprits in the development of the disease are inactivity and excess body fat. This research shows yet another debilitating disease that can potentially be avoided through moderate exercise.

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Need Better Sleep? Pills Are Not the Answer

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola in his article, The Top 5 Natural Sleep Aid Tips, the number of Americans getting eight or more hours of sleep per night has dropped 34% between 1942 and 2013. Dr. Mercola goes on to say that number of people getting less than five hours of sleep per night increased from 3% to 14% in that same time period.  These stats are alarming.

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One Easy Thing To Do To Add Fitness to Your Busy Day

Want to add fast and easy upper body fitness to your day but find you are crunched for time? Here’s an exercise that is as simple as washing your hands. In fact, you should do it every time you wash your hands, or every time you are in front of a counter. Here’s how:

Every time you are in front of a sturdy counter, sink, or bar, do ten or more push ups.  That’s it.  It’s that easy.  It is amazing how often we are in front of a sink or counter and can do this in such a short time.  Place your hands shoulder width apart on the counter and slowly lower your chest to the edge of the counter.  The stronger you are, the farther away you should place your feet from the counter.  You can also vary the width of your hands to place the emphasis on different muscle groups.  Place your hands closer together for more triceps (back of upper arm) work; place your hands farther apart for a greater emphasis on your chest.

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Lack of Sleep is Bad for Your Body

How a lack of sleep can affect your body and your health is something I don’t need research to tell me. I have always been acutely aware of this and make sure I get enough sleep to stay as healthy as possible.

The article, What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep , written by the Brain and Spine Team of the Cleveland Clinic, points out the following things that can happen if you don’t get enough sleep, including, but not limited to, lack of alertness, impaired memory, relationship stress, impacted quality of life, and an increased likelihood of car accidents.  Even missing as much as 1.5 hours of sleep can have an impact.  Chronic or continued lack of sleep can also lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Obesity, depression and a lower sex drive are also potential problems.

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Why Your Workout Should Be One of Your “Top Four” Each Day

Research has shown that if your workout is not one of your top four priorities of the day, it won’t get done.  Do I believe this?  Absolutely!  I have seen it in my 30+ years as a fitness professional as well as in my own life.  If your workout or exercise time is not on your “have to do” list, it is likely to get pushed aside for other things.

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