Clean Air Ducts for Better Health

A close up of a dusty air duct Air ducts are some of the most neglected components of residential areas. All your attention normally goes to the maintenance of the kitchen where you do all your delectable cooking. Or the bathroom where you do your weekly bath bomb relaxation. Or the entertainment room where you Netflix and chill.

This ought to change. Your air duct system keeps your home’s indoor air quality safe. With poor or unsafe air quality in your house, your cooking will most likely taste sub-par, your bath bomb relaxation suffers interruption due to suffocating smells, and eventually, you will Netflix on edge.

Below are signs that your condo air duct needs cleaning.

Warning Signs to Watch out For

If you are not knowledgeable with the technicalities of air duct systems, you can rely on telltale signs that speak of air duct deterioration, such as:

Vermin Infestation

If you find yourself waking up at night to strange noises coming from the crawlspaces in your roof, insects and rodents must have infested your air ducts. This means you have a compromised system.

Excessive Dust

Checking your air ducts for dust or debris build up should be a part of your home maintenance routine. If neglected, this could lead to dust accumulation in your living spaces.

Mold Growth

Your air duct system’s visible surfaces should be free of mold. In case of its presence, you have a problem, which you need to address ASAP.

Health Risks

Neglecting condo air duct cleaning poses various health risks. Poor air quality in your home can lead to accumulation of mold and dust mites. These are triggers of allergic respiratory symptoms. For those living with asthma, their health issues will worsen under this condition.

Molds also produce foul-smelling volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and mycotoxins.

These threats should be enough to make you take notice of your air ducts. Get them cleaned.

Yoga Kills… Illnesses

YogaIn this busy world of technology, a lot of people gain so much stress and anxiety. This makes people find ways to escape from their complicated world. Some people go on vacation, travel, hit the gym, and go for extreme adventure. Others choose to be at peace and engage in Yoga.

Well, Yoga is a great form of mind control, but many still think that it is not for them. However, yoga professionals and enthusiasts prove that it is for everyone. They attest that yoga kills the negativities of our lives. Here’s how YOGA does its job.

Yoga kills stress and pressure.

The worst cause of every disease is stress and it can hit anyone. In the stages of life, students experience stress the most. They have to wake up early, take exams, group projects, do homework, be competitive, and be pressured by their parents. They have to do everything at once every day; thus, making no time for stress relief. Some alarming statistics show that students complain and suffer from health issues. That is why Yoga experts proposed to have Yoga and Meditation Retreats in campuses, too. Yoga teachers suggest having a regular meditation in order for students to control their environment and not allowing it to control them. Time is always the best cure.

Yoga fights and kills chronic back pain.

Long sitting and standing can cause back pain, especially at the lower back. This happens to most adults who spend their life sitting in front of their computer. You have probably complained about it, too and set an appointment with a doctor. You might have taken medicine and some series of examinations, but the result is minimal. Here is how Yoga helps you fight back this pain. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) helps us focus on and be aware of our discomfort and pain. This cognitive cure has proven results that it actually alleviates pain faster than medicine and other treatment in a short span of time. But, if you are still too busy for this, find time to do some yoga poses, stop what you are doing, and do some stretches even for just ten minutes a day.

Yoga kills and detoxifies bad fats and other toxins in your body.

Yoga is not only meant for losing weight and diet. Since it helps you control your mind, it also makes way for a healthier and cleaner body. Those who do yoga, turn into vegans, which is quite hard for most of us. Yoga helps us clear our mind from troubles. If you succeed in doing this, then it is time to cleanse your body. One doesn’t work without the other one. A cleansed body generates a peaceful mind.

Yoga kills your materialistic side.

When you go to yoga and meditation retreats, you have to set aside your gadgets, luxuries, cameras, social media, etc. Most retreats are convened away from the busy city. It will be useless for you to bring those things as they interrupt your focus. Being in a retreat opens a great chance to connect with people and strangers who wish to be at peace. Since your time and day revolves around those people, your love for materialism dies. That is the power of yoga; something we can never outsmart.

You have probably heard of these benefits, but have spent no time to practise them. Yoga is just around the corner. It is a life-changing experience for everyone regardless of age, gender, or status. You’d better set time for it before those negativities kill you.

Reasons Why You Should Seek Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic DentistryThere are several reasons that lead people to seek cosmetic dentistry. You may not be comfortable with the tilt, shape, size, or color of your teeth. Therefore, people go for cosmetic procedures in order to fix their teeth and improve their looks. Cosmetic dentistry helps to boost a person’s confidence and self-esteem. However, it does not only serve the aesthetic purposes but also helps in enhancing a person’s health. Choosing to have a cosmetic procedure is a worthy decision for it comes with a number of benefits. You can have your tooth properly fixed with denture repair, for example.
Scottdentistryaz.com gives two popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and their health benefits.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure commonly used to conceal tooth flaws that include chips, cracks, and discoloration. The procedure begins with the creation of a composite resin substance that resembles the natural color of your teeth. Subsequently, a dentist applies the substance to the damaged areas of your teeth. Tooth bonding does more than enhancing your appearance. The composite material strengthens and stops your teeth from decaying. Additionally, if the chips and cracks are left unattended, the situation may get worse resulting in bone loss.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is used to correct improper bite alignment. Apart from its cosmetic purposes, the procedure improves a person’s overall health as it reduced the increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease associated with misaligned teeth. Additionally, it eliminates tooth damage, jaw pain, and headaches associated with poor bite alignment. Therefore, orthodontics enables patients to chew, bite, clean, and maintain their teeth, in addition to providing one with a beautiful smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is not only a convenient solution to flawed smiles and oral health issues; it is also reasonably affordable. For this reason, you can augment your oral health and appearance with a cosmetic dental procedure.

Don’t Become a Cancer Statistic: Get Screened Now!

Female DoctorIn 2011, cancer was the top cause of death in Singapore. While cancer is unfortunately common, doctors may treat and potentially cure many types, most especially in their early stages. Cost-effective and simple screening tests detect certain types of cancer even before symptoms show.

Types of Cancer Screening Tests

The Academy of Medicine Singapore’s Screening Test Review Committee recommends these cancer screening tests:

  • Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy and FIT (Faecal Immunochemical Test)

Colonoscopy involves an endoscopic exam of your colon and rectum, which is your large intestine’s inner lining, using a tiny video camera or fibre optic camera mounted on a flexible, narrow tube. The camera passes through your anus to enable direct and clear visualisation of your large intestine and your small intestine’s lower portion.

Doctors collect tissue samples or biopsies. Through this, they may also remove tumours and suspicious growths.

The FIT test or stool test involves testing for blood in your stool, which may be an indication of colorectal cancer. Start taking annual FIT tests when you reach 50 years old. You should also start getting a colonoscopy every 10 years when you reach 50.

  • Cervical Cancer: Pap Smear (Papanicolaou)

The test involves scraping sample cells from your cervix during a pap smear. Doctors thoroughly examine these samples using a microscope to see if there are any abnormal cell changes that may be cancerous or pre-cancerous. The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) says early detection results in better survival rates. Sexually active women or those who’ve had intercourse should have pap smears every three years starting at age 25.

  • Breast Cancer: Mammogram

The Singapore Cancer Society names breast cancer as the number one cancer killer of Singaporean women. Mammogram involves examining the breast via low-energy x-rays to check for early cancer signs. The radiographer will position and compress your breasts between plates connected to a special camera capable of taking x-ray images.

A radiologist will check the images for any abnormalities. Women should begin getting yearly mammograms starting age 40. Women aged 50 and above should get mammograms once every two years.

Screening for other types of cancer may not be for the general population. Speak to your doctor if you have increased risk factors and wish to undergo screening for other cancer types.

Food Safety Practice: Keeping the Bacteria Away

bacteriaFood requires proper storing and handling to ensure safe consumption. We need to be extra careful when preparing our food to prevent contamination. One of the ways to minimise the risks of bacteria in your food is by keeping your kitchen and entire house clean.

Here are a few more pointers when it comes to handling and storing food:

It is all about proper packaging

Proper packaging is important to protect your food from bacteria and extend its shelf life. Store your leftovers immediately, as leaving them out in the open for too long may cause spoilage.

Always check the expiration date on the product’s packaging. If you are repackaging food to another container, make sure you indicate the expiration date. Expired food can cause food poisoning, and may even be fatal without immediate treatment.

Wash your food and your hands.

Wash meat products thoroughly before storing or cooking; the same goes for fruits and vegetables. Bacteria can grow on the skin and leaves of fruits and vegetables, so it is best to place them under running water before cooking or eating.

Wash your hands properly when handling food. Our hands are among the common means of bacterial transfer. Food authorities also recommend wearing gloves if you have a cut or a small injury on your hands.

Utensils and appliances and should be clean.

There are times when washing might not be enough to get rid of bacteria. Sterilise your utensils regularly to remove any contaminants or bacteria that may transfer to your food. A quick soak in boiled water helps in killing bacteria on your utensils.

Use separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables to avoid cross-contamination — wash and dry cutting boards immediately after use.

Separate your food.

Store your food in different containers; do not place different vegetables and fruits in one large bowl. This helps in preventing the quick spread of bacteria. Do not dump everything in your refrigerator, as this can spread germs easily.

Throw away food that has been in your fridge for too long. It is easier to overlook food items inside your refrigerator if there is too much in it. Label your food with information and indicate how long you intend to keep them.

People have this tendency to grab whatever is in sight and eat it, especially little children. Implement these food safety precautions to minimise tummy aches and other problems.