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Nutrients to Keep You Healthy, While You #StayAtHome

By Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND, Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition.
 
While we shelter in place and practice social distancing, many of us may feel wary of the one errand we’ve generally taken for granted– the grocery run.
 
Now, going to the grocery store takes even more planning as the visits are less frequent and options are more limited. Because of these restrictions, it’s easy to make selections that are not the healthiest or to be tempted by high-calorie comfort foods – which often contain too much fat, salt and sugar.
 
Now more than ever, our health should be a top priority. This means making choices to nurture our bodies even more so than we did before COVID-19 impacted our lives. When we make poor choices – such as selecting foods that are high in calories but short on important nutrients – we can be overfed and yet undernourished. Starches and sugars may fill our bellies, but we may be lacking many important nutrients that support overall health, including the health of the immune system. 
 
Nutrients We Need More Of
 
Every few years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases data that reveals the state of the American diet. Reports have previously highlighted that many of us are eating plenty, yet lacking certain nutrients from our meals. In particular, we are losing out on what can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
 
Here are essential nutrients we should pay more attention to:

Fiber – Best known for helping with regularity, high fiber foods are filling and relatively low in calories, making them one of the best allies when it comes to weight management. Certain fibers can also encourage the growth of ‘good’ bacteria in your digestive tract. These beneficial bacteria help support immunity because they serve as an initial line of defense, by crowding out potentially harmful bacteria that might enter the digestive tract. You can get more fiber by including more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Use fruits and veggies as snacks, add them to smoothies, sandwiches, salads, soups and stews, and replace refined grains with whole grains.

Magnesium – While it’s not a mineral we typically think about, magnesium contributes to hundreds of bodily functions. Magnesium supports the health of your immune and nervous systems, supports muscle function, and assists your cells in producing energy.  Magnesium is abundant in plant foods like leafy greens, nuts, beans and whole grains, so try snacking on nuts, or toss some beans into a leafy green salad.

Vitamin D – Most people associate calcium with healthy bones, but your bones need Vitamin D too, since it helps your body absorb calcium from your diet.  Vitamin D is also needed for proper muscle function and supports the activity of the immune system. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include eggs and fortified dairy products; a daily walk outside can help too, since your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight.

Potassium – This mineral supports the function of nerves and muscles and helps regulate blood pressure. Potassium also supports chemical reactions in the body that generate energy from food. One reason many people don’t get enough potassium is because they don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables – the most abundant sources of this important mineral.

Many women also don’t get enough calcium or iron:

Calcium – Calcium is critically important for bone health. Adults need at least 1,000 mg of calcium each day, or the amount found in three glasses of milk. However, many women don’t eat enough dairy products, either because they simply choose to avoid them, are following a vegetarian or vegan diet, or because they are sensitive to lactose. However, calcium can also be obtained from leafy green vegetables and some fortified foods.

Iron – One of iron’s key functions is to support the transport of oxygen to cells and tissues. Women who are premenopausal lose iron routinely with their monthly cycle, which is why it is so important to ensure they have adequate intake. Meat is an excellent source of iron, but those on a plant-based diet can obtain iron from beans and fortified cereals.

 Eating for Wellness
 
The great news is that most of these nutrients can be found in foods that are easy to buy in bulk and maintain a long shelf life until your next essential grocery run.
 
Dry goods like oatmeal, lentils and whole grain pastas and cereals can be great sources of fiber, iron and magnesium, and some cereals are also fortified with Vitamin D. The most important feature is to ensure that you’re buying “whole grain” to get the full benefit, so read labels carefully.
 
Produce that lasts the longest includes apples, citrus, onions, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and carrots.  And keep in mind that frozen fruits and veggies pack the same nutritional punch as their fresh counterparts, so  stock up on them when you find them.  Fruits and vegetables are great sources of fiber and potassium and a single carrot provides a days’ worth of beta-carotene, which helps protect the health of cells, including cells in the immune system. The body also converts beta-carotene to vitamin A which supports the health of the skin, including the specialized immune cells that reside there. 
 
Finally, fermented foods are also great options that provide beneficial probiotics (the ‘good bacteria’) to the digestive system. Some fermented foods, like tempeh or Greek yogurt, are also excellent sources of plant-based protein (and yogurt is a great source of calcium) and both foods have relatively long shelf lives. Protein supports immune function in a number of ways – among them, the body uses protein to manufacture antibodies, and protein supports the health of the skin and the cells lining the digestive and respiratory tracts. 
 
How Supplementation Can Help
 
A well-balanced diet should provide the essential nutrients to optimize your body’s healthy functions. However, the reality is that even with a balanced diet, no one eats perfectly every day – particularly during these uncertain times when our usual foods may not be as readily available.  That said, this is when the right supplementation can really help. For example, if you can’t get the recommended 25 grams of fiber from fruits, veggies and whole grains, or enough calcium from your usual foods, you can work in fiber or calcium supplements. A daily multi-vitamin or the use of fortified foods –  like cereals or meal replacement shakes or bars – can be consumed to help supply the vitamins and minerals your body needs to perform at its best.
 
During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, use it to your advantage to take care of yourself and your body. Plan out your grocery list and stock your freezer, refrigerator and cupboards with healthy staples. Focus on the important nutrients you may need to increase in your diet and choose foods accordingly. It’s a great time to start getting creative in the kitchen–you may even be surprised at what tasty meals you can put together with what’s already in your pantry!
 

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Transforming Your Home With Self-Care In Mind

If you’re searching for methods of transforming your home into a self-care sanctuary, you may be surprised to know that you don’t exactly have to spend a fortune to achieve this healing goal. Your home should showcase optimal comfortability level and while you should view your home as the one place in the world you can truly let go and just relax, you will benefit significantly health-wise from making small impactful adjustments to your day-to-day lifestyle as well. From reducing anxiety and stress to an improved ability to find quality sleep on a regular basis, making necessary changes will benefit your life in many ways. Therefore, incorporating self-care routines such as hand and nail care, while making physical changes to your home will be an effort that will continue to pay off. 

The following home adjustments will increase your quality of life and transform your home into the ultimate calming sanctuary.

Relaxation Through Nature

Bringing nature indoors has become an increasingly popular design trend in recent years, and for several notable reasons. While the visual appeal of natural elements, such as pot plants and elegant wall fountains for the indoors will drastically transform your bland space instantly, the health benefits of nature will impact your quality of life through inducing calm and relaxation. This is because simply being around nature will help you feel more at ease, and there is ample scientific evidence to support the fact. Even though you don’t have to transform your home into an indoor jungle, adding a few indoor plants and incorporating the soothing sounds of running water with even a small water wall will be enough to summon an absolutely blissful atmosphere. 

Other methods of bringing nature in, suggest that creating a small and practical kitchen herb garden or creating a display shelf of assorted crystals and gems are also incredibly popular. It is key to avoid going overboard and rather build up a natural aroma in your home as you go, as this will help you actively create an interior design you are comfortable with, rather than making extreme changes that may feel overwhelming.

Focus On Comfort

So many homeowners make the all too common mistake of designing their homes with visual appeal in mind while neglecting elements such as comfort. Even though the visual appeal is important, many would agree that it is far more important to feel comfortable in you home rather than focus on methods of impressing guests with your modern design talent. Therefore, a simple way of transforming your home without spending too much is to simply assess your current home design and consider which elements are cramping the comfort level. Perhaps you could add a few more cosy scatter cushions, or remove overwhelming decor items that take up space and harden the atmosphere. Your home should be decorated for you, and not for your guests. Adding comfort items such as candles, cushions, and area rugs is a great and affordable way of enhancing comfort in your home.

Keep Your Home Clean And Fresh

There’s no denying that countless homeowners around the world truly underestimate the impacts of a clean and fresh home. As many feel that a cluttered and cramped living space impacts their quality of life, a clean home will have the opposite effect. However, if you are not entirely fond of cleaning, it would be wise to consider creating a cleaning schedule that allows you to complete one or two tasks per day as this will help you reduce the overall effort, while you are able to keep your home clean in general. You could designate Mondays for dusting, Tuesdays for laundry, and so on. Alternatively, you could also craft a calming cleaning schedule and change your perspective on the chore by considering cleaning as a detox of your home that will ultimately detox your daily life from dust, clutter, and other smothering negatives that live in our homes.

Repaint With Relaxation In Mind

Painting your home is an extremely affordable way of increasing property value, and instantly sprucing up your property as well. However, if you opt to repaint with relaxation in mind by opting for calming colours such as neutral colours and soothing tones, you will be able to notice an immediate impact on the general atmosphere in your home. Therefore, you should avoid bright and bold colours such as emerald green and shocking pink as these are by no means relaxing colours. Grey palettes and pastels are perfect when considering your comfort.

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HAND × NAIL CARE

How to prevent hands from cracking and staying hydrated:

•Moisturize one to two times a day with a cream such as Cerave Cream or Aveeno Eczema Cream.

•Choosing a fragrance-free formula is also a good idea.

•It is generally best to opt for cleansers that only have gentle ingredients.

Neutrogena Hydroboost Gel prevents dryness without clogging pores and absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving any residue and is perfect for year-round use.

•Avoid antibacterial soap, which can be drying. Unless you’re instructed to use antibacterial soap for medical reasons, then just use the regular stuff instead.

•I don’t think you can use too many products as they will all be absorbed into your skin.

•Other products can be added to target specific concerns, like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for acne, or hyaluronic acid for irritation or dryness.

How to prevent nails becoming brittle and weaker and advice for strengthening your nails:

•Wear gloves when hand washing dishes or cleaning.

•Do not use antibacterial soap. 

•Moisturize cuticles with Aquaphor, Vaseline or CND Solar Oil.

DermaNail Conditioner – use twice a day; Helps dry, brittle nails.

•Biotin – a vitamin which accelerates nail growth (My favorite is vitafusion Gummies for Hair, Skin, and Nails because it contains a good amount of Biotin and is also a multivitamin).

•Keep nails short; file nails gently; avoid nail trauma (such as using them to open packages or remove lids from cans).

•For soft nails – use Nailtiques 2 Plus Lacquer or Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthener.

•Use nail polish remover that does not contain acetone.

*Tips provided by Elizabeth Mullans, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist practicing in Houston, Texas.

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How to Stay Active and Healthy While Traveling

When traveling to new places most people tend to over-indulge, treat themselves and then be depressed when they come home feeling heavier and less healthy. Traveling and staying in shape don’t generally go hand in hand but that doesn’t mean it is impossible to keep your health in check while on the go.

To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of the most important things you need to remember if you want to stay active while also having fun and enjoying your trip.

Endless fitness possibilities

It can be a bit difficult to stay active when traveling since a workout routine works very well at home where you know which route you’ll take, what you’ll wear, your favorite dual station bag stand at the gym and so forth. When traveling you can feel overwhelmed and not following your routine can quickly lead to a feeling of guilt and anxiety.

It is important not to let yourself feel overwhelmed by this feeling and remember that you don’t need a gym to work out. You can do pull-ups in the park, use a bench for step-ups, the stairs for bear crawls, and so on.

This is what makes traveling so invigorating for people since it lets you experience new things and test your body in new environments. When you are traveling there are also plenty of activities that you can throw yourself into such as beach volleyball, swimming/snorkeling, surfing, rock climbing, tennis, and so many others.

Other tricks that can help you get some exercise include opting for the hotel stairs instead of the elevator, hiking up a hill so that you can get a better view of your surroundings, or simply going on a walk to explore the city. Just because you’re not at the gym it doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good workout while also enjoying your trip.

Diet and nutrition

Your diet and nutrition are just as important if you intend to stay fit and healthy but it can be difficult to balance things since, for most people, food is a key part of travel. Experiencing all that the local cuisine has to offer and sampling as much of the street food as possible is certainly part of the experience.

You don’t need to give all this up. Instead, you need to find a balance between treating yourself and keeping your healthy diet. The best way to try everything without overindulging is to share your meals with other people so that everyone can get a taste of each dish.

What’s more, try to be aware of liquid calories as well, especially alcohol since beers, wines and ciders are drinks that are very high in calories.

Don’t stress

With all that being said, the most important thing to remember is that everything will be alright and you don’t need to stress yourself too much. Try to enjoy your trip regardless of how little time you may have left for exercising.

There are plenty of uncertainties when you are traveling, especially when going to foreign countries and this can really turn your workout routine upside down. We understand just how stressful it can be to find a balance between enjoying your trip while also staying in shape. To that, we say that you shouldn’t worry.

Just because you don’t work out for a few days or weeks doesn’t mean that you will lose all your progress. Studies have shown that for the average person it takes up to four weeks for weights and about one to two weeks for cardio before your fitness starts to decline.

This is assuming all you do is stand in bed all day and when you’re visiting places you’ll end up walking for the most part of the day which will give you a good workout for your legs and will help burn some of the calories from those delicious foreign dishes.

Finally, what’s crucial is to enjoy your vacation since at the end of the day, any trip can be a once in a lifetime opportunity and treating yourself a few too many times for a couple of days won’t negate all the effort that you’ve put into your body.

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The Future of Sleep and How to Embrace it

Without a doubt, there are still plenty of people who advocate for the ’hustle’ way of life – a life fueled by caffeine and a couple of hours sleep each night, where you aim to do as much as you possibly can in as little time imaginable. But fortunately, there are also voices (getting louder by the week) who have begun to shift the focus towards rest and getting an actual good night’s sleep.

Sleep is one of the most underrated factors of health. It does wonders for the human body: it helps prevent illness by boosting the immune system and by keeping our hearts healthier, it keeps our brains working better, and it provides us with that much-needed energy and focus.

And as we are beginning to realize just how important (not to mention enjoyable) it is, the consumer-focused and technology-driven modern society has begun to make some significant advancements in the way we sleep.

Let’s explore where the future of sleep is heading, and how you can embrace it to your own benefit.

The sleep market is expanding

Three years ago, the sleep market in the US was estimated to be worth around $28.6 billion. It is also expected to grow another 5% each year in the next three years.

That fact alone is enough to tell you that sleep has a very bright future ahead. More and more companies are investing their time and resources into coming up with innovative and creative products, while customers embrace sleep as the next trend.

There is more choice available

While previously, you didn’t really think much about what you slept on and what kind of pillow you had – as long as it was comfortable enough – today you have practically unlimited choice.

Different companies focus on providing all kinds of different options that will fit into any lifestyle and preference: firmer mattresses, softer mattresses, mattresses made of different materials, and so on.

Finding the best mattress for your sleeping specific needs might take a bit of time, but with so many options at your disposal, it is certainly no longer mission impossible.

Make sure you test a couple of different models out before you make your final choice. After all, who knows what you actually like if you have only ever slept on one model.

Quality sleep is no longer out of reach

When shopping for a mattress a couple of decades ago, you had to go to your local department store and make your decision there. Today, you can order one from anywhere in the world and have it delivered straight to your bed.

This means that you are practically no longer limited by any means. True, shipping costs may be a factor to consider, but chances are you will be able to find a company that may not have a store near you, but that does home deliveries at a reasonable price. 

It’s no longer just about the bed

Sleeping is about more than just the bed you sleep on and the pillow you nest under your head every night.

You can now buy a sleep machine that not only emits different sounds (and lights), but that can also be hooked up to an app that tracks your sleep cycle and that will wake you up at the most opportune moment. There are aromatherapy products that will help you fall asleep more easily. There are meditation and sleep apps that will soothe you into a lull.

Not to mention, there are the temperature regulators, the innovative alarm clocks, the auto blinds that will wake you up with natural sunlight, and so on. The choices really are starting to look limitless.

Tailored to your needs

Finally, the future of sleep is all about personal choice and individual preferences. There is no longer just one option and one make available – of anything.

You can customize your pillows and mattresses and duvets and blankets in terms of fabric, size, color, pattern, and everything in between. 

If you have a non-standard sized bed, you can more easily than ever before find the sleep paraphernalia to go with it. If you are looking for a specific combination of colors (which previously meant you have to buy several sets of pillowcases), now you can buy them individually or in a set of your own design.

You can literally make your sleeping experience into anything you want it to be – and more.

Final thoughts

Sleep, one of the most important pillars of a healthy and happy life, finally seems to be getting the attention it deserves. With that attention comes the ability to customize, tailor, and shape your sleep experience whichever way you want to. Now, all that’s left to do is convince everyone else that sleep is not for the weak, or the wicked.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Helpful Tips to Find the Best Dental Insurance Option for You

Have you ever had a toothache? If so, you know how important it is to have access to quality dental care when it’s needed. It’s even more beneficial if you can seek regular dental checkups and cleanings, as this is going to prevent an array of common dental problems.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have dental insurance, the cost of these treatments and checkups may prevent you from seeking this care as often as you should. The good news is, there are an array of dental insurance plans to choose from. Keep reading to learn how to find the best dental insurance option here.

Consider Your Family’s Needs

Each member of your family should have preventative care checkups, cleanings, and X-rays. If you have children, they will need a few extras, such as sealants, fluoride treatments, and sometimes, braces or other dental appliances. For children who are involved in sports or who are very active, mouth guards may be needed.

You need adult dental insurance for things such as replacement of missing teeth, gum disease, and tooth sensitivity. Seniors may have health problems, such as heart issues and diabetes, which means preventative dental care is still crucial.

What Dental Insurance Plans Are Available in Your Local Area?

You need to begin narrowing down the options for dental insurance by what’s available in your county, state, or even Zip code. Most insurance companies don’t offer all the plans they have in each region, so you can keep things simple when you only compare the plans that you have the ability to purchase.

Try to Find a Plan with Several Dentists and/or Dental Practices

For several reasons, you may want to have over one dentist to go to or choose from for dental care. If you limit your options to just one dental practice or dentist, what will happen if you can’t go during their office hours, or if you end up having a problem with one of the dentists or staff members? Make sure your family has the flexibility of being able to choose between dentists or dental practices.

Consider All the Related Costs

When you are looking for a dental care provider, one of your first considerations is the monthly cost, called the premium. You also need to look at the deductible costs, or the total amount of money that you are going to have to pay out of pocket for the dental services before your insurance will kick in.

You should also consider the maximum annual limit. The majority of insurance companies will cap the total amount they will pay each year for dental treatments. If you reach this annual cap, then you will have to cover any other costs for treatment. This is especially important if there is someone in your family who suffers from serious ongoing dental issues. There are some insurance plans that will also limit the total number of a certain procedure that is allowed each year. Make sure you factor this into your decision.

Find Out What Treatments are Covered in Each of the Plans You Consider

The majority of routine dental treatments will be covered under your dental insurance plan. However, there are some plans that will not cover certain treatments, such as dentures or teeth whitening. While other plans may cover these treatments, they may only cover them to a certain amount of time. Be sure that you know precisely what is going to be covered and what isn’t covered by the insurance plan before selecting one.

It’s also important to note that there are some insurance plans that require a waiting period. In fact, you may have to wait up to 18 months before you can get the coverage needed for specific procedures. This is typically the case for dental work that is more expensive.

Consider Savings Plans or Discount Dental Plans

Completely unique from insurance, dental discount plan or savings plan allows you to join a group where you can enjoy discounts on specific services. Keep in mind, this isn’t insurance, it will just help you save money on the services and treatments that you need.

Finding a Dental Plan that Works for You

There is no question that you want to find a dental insurance plan that works for you and your family’s dental health needs. You need to consider the factors here to feel confident in the decision that you ultimately make. Don’t rush in and automatically choose the plan with the lowest premium cost; as this is going to result in higher costs for the deductible and out-of-pocket procedures. 

By taking your time, considering all the factors here, and learning about the dental insurance options available in your area, you can choose the coverage that will help ensure you and your family’s good oral health now, and in the future. 

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CLUB 360

Club 360 is a hands-on training pop-up event. A fitness × lifestyle activation, promoting wellness and fun to an elite community of exercise enthusiasts. It’s a full sensory experience, combining music, style, taste, scent and flavor.

Helmed by emergjng Los Angeles DJ and notable Equinox WEHO Group Class Intructor Kupah James. With top notch accredited personal trainers in tow (Kollins – Mayweather Gym Miracle Mile, Anthony Sovinsky – Equinox West Hollywood, Frances Flores, Equinox West Hollywood), attendees will be able to indulge in a four hour aerobic social engagement with light bites, LIVE DJ, pyrotechnics as well as healthy handcrafted cocktails. Vendors within the realm of wellness will be sprinkled throughout venue to provide samples and gift bags.

This will become LA’s most talked about ‘Sunday Funday’ immersive atmosphere focused on the following:

Burning

Cardio

Core Training

High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Metabolic Conditioning

Mind-body

Muscle Confusion

Plyometrics

Location: TBD

Date: TBD (preferably on a Sunday)

Time: noon-4pm

Workshop Schedule

Yoga: noon

HIIT Training: 1pm

Abs: 2:30-3pm

Boxing: 3-4pm

Every hour, we will accost members with phyiscal challenges, competing with each other for prizes.

For instance, “How many pushups can you do?” And, “How many punches can you throw in a minute?”

Membership: $59 (includes access to all workshops and 1 drink coupon).

VIP Membership: $79 (includes 2 drink coupons, lite bites and a small gift bag and/or appreciation token to honor at a later date).

*There’s possible opportunities for celebrity sightings and a percentage of proceeds to go towards a non-profit organization.

**Group discounts for parties btw 4-8 people.

***Additional vendors can include: athleisure brands, CBD, wine tasting, spirits tastings, organic shots, vitamins, supplements and skincare.

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How to Choose air Purifiers

In homes and business premises, poor air quality has a direct impact on the health of the occupants. Exposure to pollutants, fine particles and pathogens can lead to serious diseases. Follow our tips for choosing the right purifier for your situation.

How does an air purifier function?

A turbine propels air through filters that target certain pathogenic species through physical or chemical processes, by capture or transformation.

The pre-filter, upstream of all the others, captures hairs and other volatile wastes that can hinder the proper functioning of the system. Then, discharged solids, the air circulates in a series of different filters composing the purifier. It is this combination of filters that defines the purification quality of the device, which can be used to deal with particles of at least 0.3 μm (micrometers) such as bacteria and viruses.

The filters making up the air purifiers can be particulate, ionization, combustion, photocatalytic or plasma. Each filter corresponds to a use, a precise filtration to deal with several types of pollutants.

Why purify the air?

The air of our habitats can be polluted by many sources: the paint that covers the walls; the furniture decorating the living room; the road traffic if you live in the city or the factory in the corner of the block or neighborhood. 

A purifier therefore cleans the air of the room where it is located and reduce our exposure to pollutants that sometimes prove to be carcinogenic.

Ozone production: health risks

When we talk about an air purifier, we quickly fall on articles mentioning the dangers of ozone. Breathing air containing more than 120μg / m3 for 8 hours a day irritates the mucous membranes and respiratory tract and causes asthma. Aggressive air ionization processes produce large amounts of ozone, incompatible with occupancy by other living beings. For home use, make sure that the purifier does not produce ozone.

VOCs: attention danger

Volatile Organic Compounds are emitted by manufactured products that contain glues, solvents or during the burning of certain materials. Furniture made of chipboard, melamine, laminate flooring, synthetic leathers, foam sofas or mattresses are all sources of formaldehyde that can make your air unhealthy. These formaldehyde are recognized as carcinogenic by health authorities. It is therefore necessary to limit its concentration in the atmosphere.

Air purifier: which filter for which use

The filters that you may encounter on the shelves of a seller of air purifiers are various and numerous; each has its own use:

Particle filter

Characterized by the minimum size of the particles that it can capture, expressed in micrometer (μm) or millionth of a meter and for High Efficiency Particulate Air, a HEPA filter is required. These filters can filter up to 99.97% of particles with a diameter greater than or equal to 0.3 μm. These particles are combustion ashes, pollen, dust produced by tires and brake pads. They are responsible for respiratory diseases such as asthma. You will understand that it is essential to have a particle filter of good quality, especially if you are allergic to pollen, asthmatic or if you live near a major road. 

Ionization filter

Ionization is the process by which we add or remove electrons from the atoms of molecules to modify their properties. This filter removes electrons from particles and pollutants in the air. Once these particles become neutral, they are less aggressive. 
 

Combustion filter

Bacteria, fungi and particles are burned upon contact with a surface heated to 200 ° C. The air is of course cooled before it is transmitted again in order to avoid harming the comfort of the occupants.

Plasma filter

When ionized air contains as many free electrons as there are neutral atoms, we speak of plasma. A large amount of energy is used to excite the oxygen molecules that are sent into the room air. They will then oxidize the various pollutants and destroy them. The aggressive nature of this filter is intended for industrial use only, it is therefore prohibited for commercial or residential use.

Purifier: noise nuisance

The airflow and turbine can produce a loud noise that can be annoying in a living room, an office where you need concentration or in any other small place. This requires checking the sound pressure, expressed in decibels (dB). A sound pressure of 50 dB corresponds to a normal conversation, which is already a lot for a room.

Below 20 dB, the device will be more discreet. This result can be obtained by very virtuous devices or at variable speed. The volume of air treated per hour can then be decreased, to limit the noise, or, on the contrary, increased, to quickly renew the air of a room. This turbo mode is valuable for very exposed and occupied premises.

What maintenance for an air purifier

Each of the filters mentioned above brings its stone to the room and their proper functioning. Dust, hair and debris taken from the pre-filter must first be removed by hand.
 
Each type of filter has an interview of its own. Refer to the manufacturer’s technical documentation to see if the filters are cleanable and how to proceed with doing so. Handle them with care and scrupulously respect the instructions to avoid damaging them. The procedure to follow is often to pass under warm water, over a damp cloth or a soft brush and then let them dry before putting everything back in place again. 
Disposable HEPA filters should be replaced periodically. Check the periodicity of the replacement and the price of the consumable to avoid it from being ruined.

Maintenance-free filters, such as combustion ones, need to be replaced when they are no longer working. The availability of these spare parts guarantees a long-term usage.

Consumption and sizing of the air purifier


Power consumption

The nominal power of the device characterizes its consumption during normal operation. For a simple hepa filter, the power required to turn the turbine is merely a few watts (W).

The UV, ionization or combustion filters are more greedy and a multi-level purifier can consume a hundred watts. This power is sometimes more than the device can handle.

Dimension: air treatment cycle

It is considered that to obtain a good quality air, the device must be able to treat 3-4 times the volume of the room in one hour. Multiply the volume of cubic meter of your room by 3 or 4 and you will have the volume of air in cubic meter per hour. If this purifier is intended for a living room, you can opt for a design air purifier. If you want to be able to move it around the house or office, a compact model weighing less than ten kilograms is perfect.

How to regulate hygrometry with an air purifier

The humidity level, or hygrometric rate of the air of a house should be in a range between 30 % and 70 %. Underneath, dry air causes certain respiratory diseases and facilitates the spread of viruses including influenza. Beyond this, excess moisture condenses on cold walls. This moisture promotes the appearance of mold on walls, clothes or anything made from leather. In addition to the unpleasant smell, spores released into the atmosphere cause asthma attacks in vulnerable people.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, skincare, hygiene

Quick Tricks for Clearer Skin


Clear skin makes a huge difference in how you look, and it’s one of the few parts of your appearance that can also impact your overall health. While you can dye your hair or change your clothes, there’s not really a one-and-done solution for flaky, stretched or wrinkly skin. Still, there are a few quick tricks that might help you get into a good skincare routine, most of which will take hardly any time out of your day.


Wash Your Face


It might sound silly, but lots of people forget to wash their face properly when they wake up. You don’t need to get special soaps and formulas involved – just splash some water onto your skin and dab it off with a cloth or towel. Not only does this help clean your skin by washing off any dirt and dust, but it’ll also help shock you awake if you’re still drowsy. Plus, looking hydrated is always a good thing, and water can make dry skin look smoother for a short time.


Look For Skincare Kits


Trying to juggle different brands together can be difficult, and it can take a while to complete a daily skincare routine if you’re using a whole range of different cleansers, moisturizers, and other formulas. Pre-made kits can speed up the entire process and are also much more likely to work together properly. Most companies that offer individual products will usually also sort them in bundles: if you’re already buying a lot of products from sites like misumiskincare.com, it might be worth looking into skincare kits to help you build a proper routine.


Use Sunscreen


Sunscreen will keep your skin protected from all the wrinkles, blotches and spots that can be caused by heavy exposure to sunlight. While it’s always good to get natural sunlight, but too much can cause more harm than good. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in hotter and brighter times of the year, it’s a good idea to put on at least a small amount of sunscreen every day. It only takes a minute or two at most.


Sleep Properly


Sleep is one of the best natural remedies for bad skin, since it doesn’t take any extra effort or time, and can help manage the hormones that cause skin inflammation and stress. Make sure you’ve wiped off any makeup before you get into bed, and try to get at least seven hours of sleep each day. You might need to alter your daily routine slightly, but your body will thank you for it.


Find Allergies


Allergies and intolerances can cause all kinds of problems, and skin issues are no exception. It’s entirely possible that you’re using, eating or spending time around something that’s making your skin worse. If you have the time, try to get yourself checked for common allergies or poor reactions – it makes a bigger difference than you might think, and it can even stop major breakouts or acne-like rashes that other people never get.

360 MAGAZINE, Nicole Avena, PhD

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4. Wash Your Hands, and Face. Washing your hands is a no-brainer, but don’t forget to wash your face! We often touch our face with our hands, and germs can be sitting there just waiting to invade. 

5. Use Sanitizer. Keeping your work and home areas clean of viruses is important. Use sanitizer to wipe down the places where germs might be lingering, such as door knobs, bathrooms, faucet handles, and keyboards.

Nicole Avena, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is the author of several books, including Why Diets Fail, and What to Eat When You’re Pregnant.