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Side portrait of a beautiful healthy young woman breathing fresh air with her arms raised and outstretched up while in the snowed mountains during a winter snow day, outdoors.In our last blog, we revisited the topic of indoor air quality during the wintertime. Whether we like it or not, the coldest months of the year are coming up! And, as a result, we should all be taking measures to ensure that our respiratory systems don’t suffer the consequences that often come with winter’s colder air. Taking precautions will be especially important for asthmatics. And while our last blog offered some very helpful tips, there are a few more to go around.

Here are three more ways to make cold weather breathing a breeze:

1. Eliminate or minimize gluten, dairy and sugar consumption. We’re going to wager a guess and say that most of you may be surprised to see this tip topping our list. It’s true, however, that what you eat can affect how you breathe. On Care2.com, Michelle Schoffro Cook explains that gluten-rich foods (that include those made with wheat, rye, oats and barley) often present problems for asthma sufferers.

As well, “dairy products like cheeses, butter, ice cream, milk, and cream are mucus-forming and can aggravate inflammation and respiratory conditions,” Cook informs us. She recommends dairy-free beverages like almond or coconut milk as alternatives. As well, she notes that asthma sufferers are also sensitive to sugars of all kinds. “If you have a sweet tooth, opt for a piece of fruit or sweeten your beverages or foods with natural stevia,” she advises.

2. Try herbal remedies when asthma symptoms arrive. Most asthmatics are used to steroid-based inhaler medicines such as Ventolin. In fact, they’re so popular that most people envision the blue L-shaped “puffer” when they think of someone taking asthma medication. While this medicine is commonly known to help asthma sufferers open up their airways, naturopath Mim Beim highly recommends some herbal remedies that are known to control and treat asthma symptoms.

“Herbs such as euphorbia and grindelia are well known by herbalists as broncho-dilating and anti-inflammatory,” she writes on BodyAndSoul.com, “Licorice is another much loved herb that can reduces spasm, and is gently demulcent, gentle on the mucous membrane that line the lungs. A steam vaporizer by the bedside is an excellent way to ease symptoms during the night, with the addition of some essential oils to boost the therapeutic value.”

3. Do away with scented candles and perfumes. It’s not unreasonable to want to fill our homes with sweet smells. It can be comforting to light candles that are made with perfumes. Sure, they usually smell great. But as Cook reminds us, the perfumes in these products contain lung irritants. “If you want a fresh-smelling home add orange rinds and cinnamon sticks to a pot of water and boil it on your stove for 10 to 15 minutes,” she recommends.

Cook also insists that we skip on the perfumes. “Perfumes can contain up to 400 different ingredients, 95% of which are chemicals used in the single ingredient ‘fragrance’ and are derived from petroleum products,” she writes, “Many of these ingredients cause coughing and aggravate respiratory conditions in addition to headaches, depression, and other symptoms. Switch to a natural essential oil-based product if you just can’t live without perfumes.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we completely understand the need to have a sweet smelling home. But we’re also aware that the best way to have such a home is to keep it clean and free of irritants to our respiratory systems. We also know that there may be issues that you’re not even aware of. This is where our Air Quality Services come in! We highly recommend them for the best possible indoor air quality this winter.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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