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REST - Why do we need to rest?

Why do we need to rest? Think of sleep like eating. When we get the right amount of food, we feel great. Too little we are still hungry, too much we feel full and uncomfortable. Just like eating, when we don't get enough sleep, we are tired and cranky and too much we feel lazy and not motivated. Get the right amount of rest, and you will feel terrific!  Sleep is essential to maintain both physical and mental health. It is necessary to understand that during sleep, our bodies are busy repairing, becoming stronger, and processing memories and events. Sleep allows the body to consolidate and solidify all the occurrences that have happened during the day. Adequate sleep gives us...

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The Environmental Impact of Cleaning Products

We all want to live and work in spaces that are healthy, clean, and well-maintained. Cleaning products help in that pursuit. They remove dust, allergens, and germs from our indoor environment. Have you ever considered the environmental and health impacts of the cleaning chemicals? Environmental Impacts  Commercial use of cleaning products affect the indoor and outdoor environment and can lead to pollution and waste.  Water Pollution – Thousands of chemicals from cleaning products are washed into streams and rivers. Some persist in the environment and enter the food chain.  Air Pollution – Volatile organic compounds (VOC) in cleaning products can affect indoor air quality and add to outdoor smog. Plus, transportation leads to carbon emissions from trucks.  Waste – Many containers are not made...

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The Effects of Cleaning Products and Air Fresheners on Lung Function

Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. In a recent review of the “Damaging effects of household cleaning products on the lungs,” researchers noted that the “[a]dverse respiratory effects of cleaning products were first observed in populations experiencing high level[s] of exposure at the workplace, such as cleaners and health-care workers, with a primary focus on asthma.” But the occupational use of disinfectants has also been linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases like emphysema. And now we know it’s not just workplace exposures, but also “common household exposures” that are “risk factor[s] for...

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