Home Remodeling? Avoid Toxins
If you’re planning to spruce up your home, be aware that building materials and carpeting can emit toxic chemicals into the air. There are environmentally friendly products available, so it’s possible to make a greener choice. Susan Cozzi, ASID, an interior designer in Boca Raton, Fla., who specializes in environmentally friendly design, recommends the following:
- For flooring, use wood, ceramic tile, or linoleum (not vinyl).
- If you prefer carpets, choose wool instead of synthetic materials, or consider sustainably produced plant fibers, such as sisal, jute, sea grass, or paper (see meridameridian.com).
- Look for carpets, carpet backing, and adhesives with a CRI Green Label from the Carpet and Rug Institute (carpet-rug.org).
- For all types of building materials, including insulation, drywall, cabinetry, countertops, paint, and hard flooring, look for certification by Greenguard Environmental Institute (greenguard.org).
And always, keep your home well ventilated during and after remodeling work.
Red Clover Beats The Blues
Among postmenopausal women, daily supplements containing 80 milligrams of red clover isoflavones, taken for three months, reduced depression and anxiety by 80 percent, according to an Austrian study. Researchers compared efficacy of red clover to that of a placebo in a group of 109 women. Results were published in Maturitas.
Wondering where to go for an outdoor adventure? Whether you’re planning a vacation or just looking for a break on the weekend, search the National Park Service Web site (nps.gov) or find local walking and biking trails at trails.com.
Green Tea Prevents Tooth Loss
Drinking green tea may help to preserve teeth, according to a Japanese study published in Preventive Medicine. Researchers analyzed the correlation between tooth loss and green tea consumption among more than 20,000 people between the ages of 40 and 64, and found that those who drank one to two cups daily had 18 percent less risk of losing teeth, and those who drank five or more cups daily faced 23 percent less risk. Other research has shown that green tea or extracts in supplements may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, protect vision, reduce risk for heart disease and some cancers, and help with weight loss.
Breathe Easier With Magnesium
Magnesium improved lung function in people with asthma, according to a study published in the Journal of Asthma. Researchers at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash., compared the impact of 340 mg of magnesium or a placebo, taken daily for just over six months, on 55 asthma sufferers. Among those taking magnesium, lung function improved by 6 percent. The mineral may improve the ability of lungs to expand and reduce inflammation.
Only 2 percent of Americans are getting enough potassium, 4.7 grams per day, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Yet, the mineral is vital for maintaining normal blood pressure and overall health. Although any diet rich in fruits and vegetables should provide healthful amounts of potassium, for an easy boost, try R.W. Knudsen Organic Low Sodium Very Veggie juice. With 740 milligrams of potassium per 8-ounce serving, it contains only 70 calories. The following are some top food sources of potassium: