Keeping your lungs healthy!

I have been reading about asbestos lately. How often do you hear that? My guess is not very often. But, I have. And guess what? It is linked to the big C. Cancer!  Being exposed to asbestos can put you at risk for developing mesothelioma cancer.  A very rare but aggressive type of cancer that is known to develop in the lining of the lungs.

Asbestos was used in many industries early on. It wasn’t until the 1970s when the US Product Safety Commission banned its use in wallboard patching compounds and gas fireplaces. For houses built before the 80s, it may very well be in your home.

With that, there are other polluntants at home that could be doing more harm to your lungs than good too. Below is a quick list of several air pollutants commonly found in homes and ways to avoid these:

  • Toxic cleaners. I am guilty myself of buying any cleaner without looking at labels, but some chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to health problems like asthma. Nowadays, there are many non-toxic options on the marketplace and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a website to easily help you locate these. Or, you can even opt to make your own cleaner.
  • Smoke. This is a no brainer and luckily, most people do not like their houses to smell of smoke. However, if you have a household guest that wants to light up in the house, tell him or her to take it elsewhere.
  • Radon. This invisible gas can cause cancer and it can be found in any home. So what can you do? Test your home. The National Radon Program Services has helpful tips on testing your home.
  • Leaks and Drips. If you have a leak in your home, the standing water can encourage the growth of mold. Be observant and fix any leaks you find throughout your home.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These can be found in air fresheners and aerosol spray products, among other household items. VOCs can lead to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and headaches. This article I read from The Organic Institute states, “A clean home really shouldn’t smell like anything.” I like a fresh scent in the home, but fragrant air fresheners may be doing more harm than good.

I love the graphic below and hope that it helps build more awareness of healthy lungs. What is one thing you will do at home to keep your lungs healthier?

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Pregnancy Update: 25 weeks

September and October are the busiest months for me with work. November might be too, but I am hoping it slows a bit. We’ll see. Since I work for a benefits company, we work hard during these months to prepare for the new calendar year. So with that, I have been distant from my computer (and this blog) lately.

Since it has been awhile, it is only fitting to give a little update. I am at 25 weeks today! Little guy is growing a ton. Want to see Prego the Cat?

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What I love about being pregnant so far:

  • Feeling little guy kick. He has been very active lately and especially likes to move whenever I am hungry or sitting/laying down.
  • 2nd trimester energy. I know I am almost out of the 2nd trimester, but I hope I can hold on to this energy as long as I can. I enjoy working out right now (with modifications, of course)!
  • How nice people are to me. I don’t know if it is solely because I am pregnant, but I love how nice people are right now. I have had doors held for me by strangers and the women that I workout with are so motivating and always tell me how great I am doing.
  • My brother asking me how his nephew is doing. Little guy is already bringing joy to the family.
  • Not really caring too much about nutrition. I know, I know.. I am a pregnant dietitian. Shouldn’t I care? I think as long as baby is getting calories and I am taking my prenatal, all is well in the world. Some foods simply do not appeal to me right now so eating 5 vegetables a day is not going to happen. I don’t overeat simply because it is uncomfortable if/when I do so I eat what I can and what I want at that time. It really is interesting to see how taste buds change with pregnancy.

I had a virus earlier this week and then my husband caught it. It was such a scare. I ended up passing out during one of my vomiting episodes (I had 9 different vomiting episodes by the way… my poor body!) and it scared me so bad we went to the hospital. I didn’t know if passing out could affect the baby so we had to be safe. That hospital bill won’t be fun to look at, but at least it gave me peace of mind. Little guy’s heartbeat was fine the whole time. Thank God! We are feeling back to normal today. I think we may celebrate with a yoga class and a Starbucks tea (holiday cups, anyone?).

Hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween! Welcome to November.