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Spring Cleaning For Health

Posted May 17 2010 3:51pm

Spring is here and with it the traditional spring cleaning. A dirty house can contain health threats such as mold and bacteria as well as hazardous clutter. Some of the spring cleaning tasks can improve your health as well as make your home healthier and safer.
Disorganization can have a negative effect on both physical and mental health. These tips for your annual spring cleaning ritual can help to kick-start your health while ensuring your home is healthy.
Be selective about cleaning products. Household cleaners can leave residues or produce fumes. Read labels to determine which are hypoallergenic and non-toxic for both people and the environment.
Clean air conditioning and heating filters. Filters, ducts and vents should be thoroughly dusted and cleaned to reduce exposure to pollens and other airborne allergens.
Check home areas for mold. Toxic substances, such as mold or pests, can cause allergic reactions.
Cleanse your body’s system. While doing your house cleaning, begin cleansing your body of the heavier winter foods, such as meats and grains.
Yard work. Reduce stress and boost overall health with exercise in the form of yard work. Making your outside environment welcoming and inviting can have physical and mental health benefits.
Dispose of medications. Ensure that all unused or expired medications are discarded.
Check alarms. Change batteries and test all carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms.
Feng shui your space. Practice feng shui by placing things within your home in a harmonious way. Balancing your environment can enhance the flow of chi, or positive energy in the home.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.

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