9 Ways to HELP Your Friends and Family This Holiday Season in Health, Love and Life
Tis’ the season to give gifts of appreciation that are needed, appreciated and utilized. Especially for family members and loved ones you know well with complaints (like health issues or excessive debt, etc.).
For those you haven’t received their list, carpe diem – this year, add a twist
Make a list of what your friends or family members may be wishing they could be thankful for … items they may not have fully shared, yet they are having trouble achieving or solving health wise. As always, for virtually every problem there is often a solution, sometimes a simpler solution than they may realize. In this time of giving and sharing, what better way to show your friends and family that you care than to present them with a solution to the problem that has been plaguing them, without them even having to ask! Here we’ve compiled some common problem areas along with suggestions to help those in your life who may be afflicted (many of these make great potential presents).
1. They Have Asthma, Allergies or Breathing Troubles
Many allergic reactions are triggered by airborne particles in your home’s indoor air. Your home is actually much like a sealed jar filled with contaminants that have no way of escaping. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states:
“There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas,
kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home, release pollutants intermittently. These include smoking, the use of unvented or malfunctioning stoves, furnaces, or space heaters, the use of solvents in cleaning and hobby activities, the use of paint strippers in redecorating activities, and the use of
cleaning products and pesticides in house-keeping. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long periods after some of these activities.
If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Unless they are built with special mechanical means of ventilation, homes that are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can “leak” into and out of the home may have higher pollutant levels than other homes. However, because some weather conditions can drastically reduce the amount of outdoor air that enters a home, pollutants can build up even in homes that are normally considered “leaky.””
The gift of a high quality air purifier is one of the best gifts you can give. One effective against mold, mildew, organic odors, and chemical vapors (such as formaldehyde) pollen, dust, pet dander, and smoke would be ideal.
2. They Have a “Stinky Commute”
Have you heard that their “commute stinks!” Millions of Americans commute an average of 25.5 minutes each way to work each day, but for an increasing numbers of workers that number is growing — a lot
About 3.3 million Americans are “stretch commuters,” meaning they travel 50 miles or more each way to get to and from work, according to the National Household Travel Survey released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Of these, 19 percent travel at least 100 miles to work and 6 percent have earned the designation of”super stretch commuters,” traveling 200 miles to work each way.
During this time they’re exposed to dirty air whether they’re on the road or in a train. A new study investigation by the Chicago Tribune found that levels of soot or diesel exhaust – which has been linked to heart attacks, cancer, and brain damage — in train cars is up to 72 times higher than the outside air
If your loved one spends any time on the road, a Car Ionizer could be a great gift to solve the problem of exposure to dirty air when unit is stated to eliminate pollutants and allergens from the air in a car, on a train or on a plane.
If detachable, it can be used anywhere to help reduce chances of getting an airborne virus and to reduce odors and exposure to toxins. This is a perfect gift for anyone with asthma, allergies or nagging coughs, as it will help them to breathe easier throughout the coming year.
3. They “Never Have Time to Exercise”
Many people have good intentions to work out, but can’t find the time (or money) to go to the gym. An exercise DVD could solve this challenge for the person difficult to buy a gift who has seemingly everything except the time needed to work out at a health club or gym.
4. They Complain about Digestive “Stomach Problems
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) impacts one in 10 Americans about once a week, and virtually everyone has
experienced it from time to time. This chronic digestive disease occurs when stomach acid or bile flows back into
your esophagus, irritating its lining and leading to other symptoms including heartburn — the most common symptomof GERD.
If your loved one has GERD or regular digestive trouble, probiotics (good bacteria) taken in combination with digestive enzymes will help to restore optimal functioning to the digestive tract and help reduce digestive disturbances such as GERD. A high-quality probiotic can relieve GERD pain by restoring balance of the gastrointestinal tract.
5. They’re Always Saying They are “Stressed Out!”
A destress and or relaxation DVD could literal lifesaver to anyone who is struggling with stress
6. They Have Trouble Sleeping (give them something other than DRUGS)
For anyone who has trouble sleeping at night, the Sleep CD – – with music could help your loved one find restful sleep. Users of such CDs have reported falling asleep faster, waking up less throughout the night, falling back to sleep
faster when awakened during the night and feeling more rested the next morning
7. Their Often Rubbing their Nose or Saying their Sinuses are “Stuffy”
Americans suffer from 1 billion colds a year and another 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis – that’s a lot of stuffed up noses. If you’re one of the billions suffering from these stuffed up sinuses, congestion, headaches
and difficulty breathing through your nose, you know the toll it can take on your health.
One of the best options for sinus relief has been around since ancient times and still holds true as one of the most effective, safe, and soothing options for sinus health. Nasal cleansing, also known as nasal irrigation, involves using a neti pot to pour a lukewarm saline solution (pure water mixed with natural salt) inside one side of your nostril while tilting your head sideways so the water runs out of your other nostril. Offer your friend or loved one a neti pot and their sinuses will thank you!
8. They’re “Concerned” About Spreading or “Catching Germs”
Considering that Americans touch about 300 different surfaces every 30 minutes, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid all germs. However, there are ways to dramatically reduce your risk of spreading, and getting sick from, these pesky invaders. The best continuous addition or alternative to soap and water (before and after you wash your hands) — ideal for use when you can’t get to a sink or have been washing your hands to the point they are
getting dry and cracked — are micro fiber cloths. Keep one in your pocket for a discrete way to wipe germs on your hands away throughout the day!
9. They Complain About Physical Pains and or Muscle Tension
For those that have periodic or ongoing physical complaints, some may have simply never had a chiropractic adjustment or massage. They could become forever thankful for a gift certificate that awakens them to the benefits.