How Air Pollution Affects our Brains

For most people, it’s easy to see how air pollution can have a negative impact on respiratory health. After all, it is inhaled into the lungs and through the passageways of the respiratory system; also, anyone who’s ever been in the midst of a lot of smoke – like a bonfire – knows how it can make you cough and splutter. Indeed, the impact that air pollution has on the lungs and on breathing is apparent, but a couple of new studies show a tentative link between pollution and reduced brain performance that is sure to surprise you.

New Information about Pollution and the Human Brain

Hundreds of studies have delved into the effects of air pollution and the respiratory system; far fewer have taken closer looks at the relationship between pollution and the brain. That is beginning to change, though, as several highly respected research groups are examining the ways that air pollution may affect the human brain. Two of the most recent studies – one by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, and the other by a joint effort between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard University – present some truly eye-opening information.

The Columbia Study

In the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health study, which was authored by epidemiologist and director Frederica Perera, New York City five-year-olds were the subject of the research in question. The study found that five-year-olds who had been exposed to higher than usual levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, while still in utero had IQ levels four points lower than those who weren’t exposed to such elevated levels of PAH. The study was conducted by having expectant mothers wear air monitors during their pregnancies, and IQ tests were administered to the children around age five.

The Harvard/UNC-Chapel Hill Study

If news that PAH may play a role in lowered IQs in children isn’t revelatory enough, the joint study by Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may be. This 2008 study took a look at a group of people aged twenty to fifty years and found connections between elevated levels of ozone and reduced attention spans, slower reaction times and compromised short term memories. With this study, it is apparent that air pollution’s effects on the brain strike people of all ages and at all levels of development.

What the Studies Mean

Based on these two recent studies – and on several others that are constantly being conducted – it is plain to see that a link of some sort does exist between elevated levels of air pollution and impaired brain function. The Columbia study, in particular, should concern parents-to-be who want to give their children the best start on life possible. Escaping to the country from the smog-filled city, though, really isn’t good enough. Indoor air quality is a major concern, and since most of us spend the majority of our time inside our homes it’s safe to say that it plays a major role in the pollutants that we breathe.

What You Can Do

On a broad scale, it’s apparent that much more needs to be done about levels of exhaust and traffic-related pollution. However, it’s possible to take a proactive approach by making a few key changes in your own life.

 

Staying indoors on especially smoggy days is one great tip. Keeping an eye on Air Quality Levels that are published by local watch groups is another smart way to stay on top of things. However, keeping the indoor air quality of your home as high as possible is imperative – and air cleaners can help.

HEPA Air Purifiers For Mitigating The Effects Of Air Pollution

HEPA air purifiers remove up to 99.97% of airborne particulates from the air in your home; they help with sinus, allergy, and asthma relief and can help protect your respiratory system from harm. Since these recent studies suggest a link between lowered brain functioning and air pollution, it’s possible that using a HEPA based air purifier can lessen the chances of incurring such damages yourself.

 

If you’re interested in using topnotch HEPA air purifiers in your home, you can rely on the experienced and exceptional services of Renaud Air. In turn, you can reduce the chances of exposing yourself and your loved ones to harmful airborne particulates and air pollution that might compromise the health of your brain and your body.

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Recipe of the Week: Grilled Chicken

Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Grill time: 30 Minutes

INGREDIENTS

Alabama White BBQ Sauce
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup cider vine
  • ½ of a lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. horseradish
  • 1 tsp. pepper,
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

Step 1
Preheat your grill to 375°F, prepare to sear over direct heat, and finish your chicken using indirect heat.
Step 2
Rub the chicken on all sides with the Montreal Chicken Rub. Place the chicken, skin side down (if you have skin on) over direct heat. Sear for 5 minutes, or until the chicken releases from the cooking grids without sticking. Flip the chicken and place it over the unlit burners, but still close to the heat. Grill for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer says 165°F (75°C).
Step 3
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the Alabama Sauce. In a small bowl or a measuring cup, mix the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, lemon, garlic powder, horseradish, pepper, dijon, cayenne pepper. Whisk it well and salt to taste.
Step 4
When the chicken is ready, serve it with your favorite veggies like carrots or something seasonal. Top with loads of sauce. Try it on potatoes too!

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6 Tips for a Healthy Heart This Valentine’s Day

While flowers and chocolates may be the most traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, experts say that giving the gift of heart health can not only brighten your loved one’s day but keep that spark alive all year long for both of you.

Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women, killing more than 610,000 people every year.

Here are 6 ways to give the gift of a healthy heart:

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Work Out

Exercise is one of the most important things we can do to improve our overall health. Living a sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity, which leads to diabetes, high blood pressure and ultimately puts us at risk for heart disease and stroke.

Try working out three times each week and aim for 150 minutes total time each week.

 

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Disconnect

We spend far too much time connected to electronic devices and far too little time connected with our loved ones. Too much screen time is associated with less quality sleep and sleep deprivation can put you at risk for heart disease. Spend quality time together without cell phones or tablets.

Have a heart-to-heart conversation and set aside a time each and every day to make this happen.

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Start Cooking

Joining a cooking class is a great way to spend a romantic evening.  Along with exercise, diet plays a huge role in how we look and feel. Taking a cooking class to learn healthier ways to prepare favorite foods is a wonderful way to bond as a couple and learn new skills that you can share at home.

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Quit Smoking

Smoking remains the number one preventable cause of death today. Smoking puts you at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, vascular disease and lung cancer — not to mention it makes your breath and clothes smell terrible.

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Start Dancing

Dancing is a great aerobic activity and a surefire way to rekindle the romance in your love life. After a dinner out, head to the nearest dance club or studio to have loads of fun and burn off the evening’s calories and reducing stress.

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Limit Stress

Stress is directly associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Stress also increases your blood pressure and heart rate. Taking a series of yoga or mindfulness meditation classes can teach you stress-busting skills. Stress activates the brain to tell the body to release hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol which can put extra strain on the heart.

Learn to be mindful of the small things that make you smile. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an appreciation for your heart and make a commitment to keep your heart healthy.

 

Study Reveals How Dust Can Increase Likelihood of Asthma

Researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) revealed why dust exacerbates asthma so severely: bacterial protein. Doctors and asthma sufferers have long recognized the effect dust has on asthma symptoms, but it has never been scientifically clear as to why the effect is so acute. The study by the NIH and Duke University identified a bacterial protein as the culprit worsening the allergic reaction. Such a component had long been suspected, but the presence of a protein flagellin in house dust has since been documented.

The research, which studied both humans and mice, was published by Duke University Medical Center and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The article discusses how protein flagellin is not itself an allergen but is able to boost allergic responses in scenarios where allergens are present. The study also showed that there is a gene in people and mice that allows for the detection of the flagellin. After inhaling common house dust, the mice who had the appropriate gene responded to the presence of the flagellin with mucus production and obstruction and inflammation of the airways. The mice that did not have the gene did not respond to the flagellin and responded to the dust in a much milder manner.

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In the human portion of the study, scientists were able to show that people with asthma had higher levels of antibodies to fight flagellin than non-asthmatics did. This data suggests that common house dust is a major component in the development of asthma, and many asthma sufferers can significantly reduce their symptoms, or even possibly eliminate them, by following a thorough cleaning regimen.

To combat dust, people should ensure that their home is well sealed but also well ventilated, and they should use a portable HEPA air purifier. Additionally, it is important to dust on a daily basis and perform an extensive dusting once every week. The best way to dust is to use a slightly damp cloth or microfiber cloth and then vacuum immediately afterward. The vacuum should be a model that uses a HEPA filter.

The benefit of a HEPA filter is that it removes 99.97 percent of all airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, which includes virtually all dust particles. Along with regular cleaning, HEPA filtration is the best way to combat dust. For this reason, many allergy and asthma sufferers depend on HEPA air filters to ensure easy breathing and optimal indoor air quality.  A top quality HEPA air purifier can effectively remove the airborne contaminants you and your family breathe. Ensure that the air in your home is as clean as it can be: Buy a HEPA air purifier from Renaud Air today.

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What are HEPA Air Filters and How do They Work?

If you are considering to purchase an air purifier and have read some product reviews, I’m quite sure you have come across word HEPA. When searching for the best air purifier, you will come across with many new words like AHAM, CADR, ACH, activated carbon and others. The biggest mistake you can make is to purchase an air purifier without even knowing what those words mean.

So, what is HEPA?

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air.

How Do HEPA Filters Work?

HEPA filters use several different principles to capture air pollution. What is the secret? It is how the glass fibers of HEPA filters are arranged in a unique configuration, so it captures large particles such as mold, dust, and other allergens while clean air can freely pass through. The adhesion principle helps to trap large contaminants inside the filter while fresh air can circulate through with no hassle. It was a big accomplishment to create this structure of HEPA filter and a production line to produce them to provide this new product to consumers.

It is not the HEPA filter structure alone that makes it so effective.

  • Contaminant particles are being trapped in contact with glass fibers.
  • Airborne particles will be pressed against the filter by stronger air flow.
  • Dust and other particles attract each other and stick together, in result airborne particles will be attracted by contaminants which are already trapped inside HEPA filter.

Thanks to all principles mentioned above HEPA filters can collect up to 99.9% of contaminants which are larger or equal to 0.3 microns in diameter.

Can you imagine what impact HEPA filters can give on the air quality in your home, since most particles fall into this size category? They are an excellent choice for people who suffer from allergies, hay fever or asthma. HEPA filters offer the highest efficiency in removing airborne particles such as mildew, pet dander, pollen, dust, mildew spores and other dangerous allergens.

Must Know Things Before Buying An Air Purifier With HEPA Filter

Just the same as everything else, all air purifiers are not created completely equal, the same thing applies to HEPA filters. I want you to know few more tips in case an air purifier you are willing to buy HEPA filter. The first thing to be aware of is marketing because a bunch of air purifiers which are advertised as having HEPA filters, in reality, doesn’t have them. Mostly it is masked with words – HEPA-Like filters, which are far away from HEPA filter standards.

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Just make sure you look very carefully because there are also True HEPA filters, and they are the best and most efficient. Usually, advertisements will assure that HEPA-Type filters can remove up to 99.9% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns in diameter. Those are not lies, but you should know that HEPA-Type filters are nowhere close to True HEPA filters. The air filtration level offer by True HEPA filters is much higher. It is your responsibility to know those facts and not buy the first air purifier you see.

Companies make these very similar terms and product names on purpose, to confuse consumers and gain benefit from the fact that people usually don`t dig deep. The biggest problem for the consumer is the time he needs to spend to read reviews and learn facts. But it’s exactly what you should do to save time and money in future.

And That`s All For Now

Well there you have it, all the information you should know about True HEPA and HEPA-Type filters.  We covered all the basic things everyone should know before buying the best air filter for your needs. After knowing these tips you should be able to make the right choice, and above all to save money in long term.

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Places to Watch SuperBowl 51 in Hong Kong

There’s no sporting event in America as big as the Super Bowl, especially Lady Gaga will be performing at the half-time show. Don’t miss out this big event, watch the live broadcast this year at some spots serving up tailgate favorites. The game starts on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00am.

HALCYON

Halcyon will be showing America’s biggest sporting event on their vast 2m x 3m screen, and offering American style bar snacks and breakfast bites, all for just $250 per person (includes a comlimentary beer, coffee or freshly squeezed juice). There will also be 2-4-1 deals on American ale, Asahi and botttled beer!

Book It: Call +852 3162 3710 or email at info@halcyon.asia

Halcyon, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

 

LINGUINI FINI:

Your favorite Itailain spot will be broadcasting the game live on February 6 from 7:30am onwards. Chow down on the buffet spread including Sausage & Peppers with Chili Mostarda, Wings with Gorgonzola Aioli, New York Style Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza, Mini Meatballs, Build your Own Italian Sub Sandwich, all for just HK$369 +10% per person. The Bar Team will also be serving pitchers of LF Beer, Mimosas, Bloody Marys for you to enjoy during the game.

Book It: Call +852 2387 6338 or email at info@linguinifini.com.

Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, www.linguinifini.com

 

STONE NULLAH TAVERN:

For only HK$300+10% per person, American Football lovers can feast upon an array of breakfast favorites including Applewood smoked bacon and breakfast sausage patties, Creamy French style scrambled egg with parmesan cheese and chives, Toasted brioche bread and English muffins with butter and preserves, Kickin’ Buffalo wings and BBQ ribs with Fresh pineapple, watermelon, honeydew melon and strawberries. To accompany the Endless Breakfast Buffet, customers can opt for Beefed up Mimosas, juice, or coffee.

Book It: Call +852 3182 0128

Stone Nullah Tavern, G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.stonenullahtavern.com

 

FORBES 36

Join for a special package for the Super Bowl. Its HK$399 and includes a full breakfast and 2 standard drinks. Advance booking is required.  It opens at 7am!

Book It: Call +852 2813 5335

Forbes 36, G/F, 36 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Facebook Page

 

AMERICAN CLUB

This favorite hub to watch sports is open for members and their guest – so if you can find a friend member…head here to watch the big game.  This is a direct feed from the USA (so it includes the half time show and all the famous Super Bowl ads)! It’s on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 7:00am – 11:00am.

Book It: +852 2842 7400

American Club, Town Club: Floors 48 – 49, Two Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong Country Club: 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB

Open to members and guests (guests must be accompanied by a member). Live at the Sportsman Bar Starts at 7am and cost is HK$128 per person.  It includes All English Breakfast Buffett: Eggs, Fried Bread, Sausage, Mushrooms, Grilled Tomatoes, Bacon Baked Beans, Hash Browns, Toast, Coffee or Tea. NOTE: Kids under 12 are not permitted.

Book It:  +852 2830 9531, sportsmans@hkfc.com

HK Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, +852 852 2830 9505, www.hkfc.com.hk

 

TRAFALGAR:

Starts at 7:30am and includes a buffet breakfast and 1 drink. Prepaid discount is HK$180 $200 or pay at the door! Beer Pong and Pitchers are available.

Book It:  www.trafalgar.com.hk

Trafalgar Wan Chai:  5/F, 5 4-62 Lockhart Road,The Broadway, Wan Chai, Hong Kong,

Trafalgar Causeway Centre:  Shop 10, 1/F, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong www.trafalgar.com.hk 

 

Is Your Air at Home Hazardous to Your Health?

We’re so picky about the foods we eat to stay healthy. We spend lots of money on exercise equipment to remain physically fit and pay a hefty price for the world’s best mattress for comfort, but is the air we breathe in our home of the best quality?

In order to enjoy the things we so carefully choose, and live a quality healthy life with those we care for, we must be pro-active and provide a healthy environment for our families. Our lungs, which filters the air we breathe, should be protected from chemicals and contaminants that are polluting our natural resources that we take for granted. Annoying symptoms such as tightness in the chest, coughing or irritated throat, may be the onset of a respiratory problem.

In an unhealthy environment, where the air is filled with smoke, mold or the smell of mildew is apparent, breathing in this contaminated air could soon affect your health. The health effects of breathing dirty air are more evident at night. You may have difficulty breathing and be disturbed with a constant cough. The tossing and turning keeps you awake and without any rest. This in turn, prevents you from having a productive day at work or school because you were deprived of a good night’s sleep.

A study from the Ohio State University Medical Center has shown that breathing unhealthy air tends to raise blood pressure as well as cause vascular inflammation in adults. Also of important concern is the effect of polluted air upon the developing lungs of children. Exposure to air pollution in children could make them prone to developing chronic respiratory infections or asthma.

Since it’s easier to provide your child with healthier air quality in your home than you can outdoors, the solution is with a quality HEPA air filter. A medical grade HEPA air purifier will easily eliminate 99.97% of airborne contaminated particles from the air inside of your home.

Once trapped inside the HEPA filter, the contaminants will not be recirculated into the air. Particles from dust, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, bacteria and even viruses are eliminated from the HEPA filtered air and provide a fresh clean environment. It helps alleviate symptoms brought on by chronic respiratory problems such as asthma. It may prevent further damage to those not yet affected with breathing difficulties.

Providing healthy indoor air and a safe environment for your family with the use of a high quality, medical grade HEPA air purifier may be the best investment you make for your family and home.

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