Twelve ways to avoid asthma while loving your pet.

Written by David Kane


Copyright 2005 David Kane

Any asthma sufferer allergic to their pet would improve their condition if they found another home forrepparttar animal. Yet many cannot face going through with this and decide to keeprepparttar 139325 pet and suffer. However, you can take steps to make living with your pet easier.

Firstly, understand that a shorthaired animal can trigger asthma as easily as a longhaired animal. The problem is not hair. Animal saliva, sweat, urine and dander (flakes of dead skin) can act as powerful allergens. Petting, grooming or vacuuming can stirrepparttar 139326 allergen intorepparttar 139327 air leaving it to float throughrepparttar 139328 air for hours.

If you cannot bear to part from your pet try these measures:

1. Decide which areas ofrepparttar 139329 house will become your exclusion zones. I recommend you never allow your pet into at least two rooms,repparttar 139330 bedroom and lounge. You may want to add other rooms torepparttar 139331 list. If your pet once slept in those rooms, wash as much ofrepparttar 139332 bedding or upholstery as possible and consider buying a new mattress and duvet. Keeprepparttar 139333 animalís bed in another room, perhaps a utility room or lobby. For a cat, sprinkle some catnip there to makerepparttar 139334 area seem more attractive.

2. Make sure anyone handling your pet washes their hands before touchingrepparttar 139335 asthmatic person or enteringrepparttar 139336 pet-free rooms.

3. Keeprepparttar 139337 pet outdoors as much as possible. You could build it a shed or out-house and make it as warm and comfortable as you can. Feedrepparttar 139338 pet there sometimes so that it feels at home.

4. If you allow your pet intorepparttar 139339 house consider replacing allergen friendly surfaces. Furniture should be made of wood or have leather or vinyl covers. Carpets should be replaced with cork tiles, vinyl flooring or linoleum. Another option is to polishrepparttar 139340 floorboards.

5. Regularly airrepparttar 139341 house and keep some windows ajar whenrepparttar 139342 cat or allergic person is inrepparttar 139343 home. You could get an HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrester) air filter to keeprepparttar 139344 air throughout your home as pure as possible, but it will only remove airborne allergens, not those left on furniture and carpets.

The Importance Of Vitamins To Your Body

Written by Charlene J. Nuble


The body needs a minimum amount of vitamins and minerals each day to remain healthy and function properly. A balanced diet normally supplies sufficient vitamins. However, serious disorders can still develop ifrepparttar diet does not meet your bodyís needs. Symptoms of a deficiency in vitamins and minerals usually appear whenrepparttar 139246 lack is already in a relatively advanced level.

For instance, people who do not have enough ofrepparttar 139247 vitamins A, B1 and B2 suffer from recurring tiredness, mental or emotional disturbances, loss of appetite and chapped lips, among others.

The common causes of these vitamin deficiencies include poor eating habits, alcoholism, emotional stress,repparttar 139248 improper absorption of vitamins and minerals (usually due to liver or intestinal disorders),repparttar 139249 intake of medicines that interfere withrepparttar 139250 ingestion of vitamins and lack of exposure to sunlight.

If you constantly feel sluggish and suffer from chronic health-related inconveniences, you might be short ofrepparttar 139251 vitamins your body needs to function properly. Doctors will usually prescribe supplements that addressrepparttar 139252 lack of vitamins and minerals inrepparttar 139253 body. However, also keep in mind not to overdo it, as an excess of vitamins can also be harmful.

Do you still need to take vitamins even if you maintain a healthy diet? The answer is yes. Proper food consumption should be accompanied byrepparttar 139254 right vitamins and minerals. Vitamins serve as buffers inrepparttar 139255 event that your diet does not meet your daily requirements fully. Surely you canít calculate how much vitamins and minerals your body takes in with every meal you consume. And while most people take vitamins to avoid common deficiency-related diseases, not all products available cater to what your body requires. There are those that still lack what you need.

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