It’s National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

May brings more than flowers to those with allergies or asthma. Unfortunately, for the millions of Americans who suffer from some form of these conditions, it also brings red, irritated eyes, sneezing, dry throat and cough, and even wheezing and respiratory problems. It’s no surprise then that since 1984, May has been designated National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. And a peak season for suffering means it’s also a peak season for education.

By the Numbers

The number of Americans suffering from asthma and allergies are staggering. According to the CDC: 

  • About 25 million Americans have asthma (20 million adults and 5 million children).
  • About 24 million Americans have hay fever, rhinitis, or nasal allergies (19.2 million adults and 5.2 million children).

While some people have one or the other, many suffer from both. And although the numbers demonstrate the vast amount of people involved, they do not clearly show the devastating impacts they have on the people who have them, as well as their families. This is only exacerbated by the fact that neither is curable.

It’s Often About the Air We Breathe

For people with allergies and asthma, it often comes down to the very air we breathe—air that a majority of people take for granted, not even considering whether it is harmful or not. In fact, due to pollutants, it is harmful in some respects to most people, but for those with allergies or asthma, it could be even more damaging. There are a variety of pollutants in our air that can easily aggravate allergies and asthma, making it difficult for that person to breathe. Air pollution can also lead to chronic respiratory diseases and impair lung development. And, surprisingly to some, this is not limited to outdoor air.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, indoor air can be just as harmful, or even worse than outdoor air. When anyone is managing asthma and allergies, they should take steps to make sure their indoor air quality is as healthy and as clean as possible.

Indoor allergens that affect air quality include –

  • Scents. These can be good or bad. Think scented candles, potpourri, and perfumes.
  • Chemicals. These are in cleaning supplies and pest treatments. (Note that Norwex provides environmentally friendly products to reduce chemicals in your home.)
  • Mold. Mold grows near sinks, showers, and toilets, anywhere there could be a water leak, in basements, in the soil of overwatered house plants, and even on older produce.
  • Pet dander and dust mites. These are often found on sofas, beds, bedding, surfaces, and furniture.
  • Cockroaches (alive or dead). They like warm, damp conditions and food sources.

Special Offer from Nikken

Our partners at Nikken recognize the importance of breathing clean air – both outdoors and indoors – by decreasing air contaminants. Through their innovative solutions and effective products, they strive to help the global wellness community breathe clean air. And in honor of National Asthma and Allergies Month, Nikken is offering the KenkoAir Purifier at a 30% discount from May 3rd through the 31st!

For those not familiar with this groundbreaking product, its features include:

  • Creation of a refreshing environment (due to negative ions).
  • Automatic adjustment to pollution levels.
  • Replaceable HEPA filters.

Due to the KenkoAir Purifier’s multistage filtration process, it effectively cleans the air by capturing particles, neutralizing odors, and removing even the smallest fragments (up to 0.3 microns) with up to a 99.97% efficiency.

Not only can you take advantage of Nikken’s generous 30% discount offer (US $487.94; CN $655.51, after discount), but you can also share it with your friends and family! Click here, then go to Products -> Rest and Relaxation -> KenkoAir Purifier

While there are no cures for allergies and asthma, they can be managed effectively. And maximizing exposure to clean air is a great start. Remember, a better connection to the clean air you breathe is a better connection to the world around you. For more information about avoiding pollution and clean air benefits, please schedule a call. I’d be happy to help guide you along your wellness path.

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