How to Make a Car or Room in Your House Allergen Free

One of the readers of this blog sent me an email about a month ago and asked me this question: How do I make my car allergen free? It has had lots of animals in it and I’ve tried everything I can think of to get rid of the allergens.

So I thought I would address this in a blog post. This information will apply to both cars, homes, a room in a house and anything else that are trying to make allergen free.

1. Know and understand that depending upon the animals, pollen, dust, or other allergens that have been in the car or room in the past, you may not be able to make that space totally allergen free. That is just a reality and is another reason why you need to take action to take charge of your own health with diet, nutrition, supplements and more.

2. Purchase hypoallergenic cases, and covers for the car seats and for any furniture that you have. These can help protect them and make it a lot harder for allergens to hide inside them.

3. If the carpet has not been replaced recently consider replacing it. This applies only to rooms in a house and you will want to test a sample of the carpet before doing it.

4. Stop cleaning your house and car with commercial cleaners and chemicals. Use natural cleaners instead. This can be huge for many people and most people do not understand this but cleaners have allergens in them and can make allergies worse for many people.

5. Consider re-painting the room if at all possible.

6. Hire a professional to thoroughly re-clean your car using as many green cleaners and as few chemicals as possible.

Other ideas? Comments?

25 Resources for Gluten Free Food

Finding gluten free food can be a real pain. Especially when you want to find gluten free food that tastes good and that is easy and quick to eat when on the go. Here are 25 great resources or places to get gluten free food.

1. Health food store. Nowadays many grocery stores have gluten free food but often health food stores have even more.

2. Enjoy Life. This brand has created a whole line of delicious gluten free cookies.

3. Blue Diamond- a brand of great tasting gluten free crackers, and other gluten free products.

4. Quinoa- this great gluten free grain is similar to rice

5. Google gluten free restaurants and your city and you will be amazed at what you will find.

6. Dish Freely- an iphone app to help you find gluten free dishes nearby.

7. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables- they are gluten free. Yes I know but I couldn’t resist including it.

8. Ask your favorite restaurant when you order if they have a gluten free version. You will be surprised how many places can do this for you.

9. Udis bread. This company makes great tasting gluten free bread.

10. Find a gluten free bakery. Use Google to search for them in your local area. They are starting to appear everywhere and many of these bakeries also have their food in grocery stores as well.

11. Nutrition and supplement stores.

12. Read specialty magazines. Living Without is a great example.

13. Go to youtube and search for gluten free food and see what ideas appear.

14. Ask your friends on facebook for ideas.

15. Ask twitter for ideas about gluten free food.

16. Ask your friends and family.

17. Check amazon.com This may seem crazy but amazon has a large selection of food including gluten free food.

18. Check out any organic or natural food based cafes or restaurants. These are growing in popularity and most have at least a selection of gluten free food.

19. Search meetup.com for gluten free meetups then attend and ask the attendees for ideas.

20. Find support groups for celliacs and get great ideas.

21. Check out the gluten free expo that comes to most major convention centers about once a year.

22. Attend other health and wellness expos and ask.

23. Do an online search for gluten free recipes.

24. Experiment with making your own gluten free food.

25. Look in the food isles at the store for gluten free versions of other foods. Usually they are right next to each other and easily viewable.

What other ideas do you have about finding gluten free food?

A Guide to the Gluten Free Lifestyle

If you’re curious to know my personal strategies that have already helped thousands of people improve their health and live a gluten free lifestyle easily and at a lower cost, click here to learn more.

Pros and Cons of Using a Neti Pot for cleansing your sinuses

Have you used a neti pot to help with cleansing your sinuses? Many people do. I use them and have for years. However, it is not always the best way to unblock your sinuses. Here are some pros and cons for using a neti pot for cleaning out your sinuses.

Pros

Neti pots are inexpensive and a great way to get a large amount of water and saline or other medicine into your sinuses without the hassles of Q-tips, kleenex, or other methods.

Neti pots are proven to be an effective method for clearing out your sinuses.

Neti pots are pretty simple to use

Cons

They can harbor unsafe bacteria if you are not careful. For example back in December two ladies died from improper use of a neti pot.

They can be a pain to use without a large sink to catch the water, you can end up with a big mess. Without the proper solution, they can cause more damage than they help.

So how do you avoid the cons and make a neti pot work for you?

I recommend:

using distilled water or filtered water rather than tap water
adding a few drops of peppermint, melaleuca, or another essential oil to to the neti pot solution
using only a high quality of saline solution that is designed for neti pots instead of just plain salt or anything else
making sure that you keep your neti pot cleaned out rather than letting it sit and collect bacteria in it.