Next Phase of Pandemic Sheds Light on Indoor Air Quality

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As a nation, we have been relatively successful in reducing air pollution through advances in environmental protection, which is great, but I have always been vocal about the need for improvement of indoor air quality, as well. One positive outcome of COVID (I try to be an eternal optimist!) is a new focus on developing technology advances to improve indoor air quality. Now that we are entering a new phase of this pandemic, where precautions are declining and indoor gatherings are increasing, closer attention will be paid to this important issue.
 
A recent New York Times article, “The White House Emphasizes the Importance of Indoor Air Quality as the Pandemic Moves into a New Phase,” discusses new guidance from The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provides building managers, contractors, and business owners with best practices on ventilation, air filtration and air disinfection. Air quality was the topic of a recent White House blog, “Let’s Clear the Air on COVID” that goes into detail on how to bring clean air into rooms while also cleaning the air already in the room, and mentions the benefits of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI).
 
I have been cognizant of how to rectify my body against air pollution and improve the indoor air quality in my own home, so given all the national attention to this topic, I thought it would be timely to share my personal tips.
 
Disinfect
 Air disinfection is a major component in improving indoor air quality
Air disinfection is a major component in improving indoor air quality, but it can be overwhelming for consumers to choose the right technology to bring into their living and working spaces. When I am evaluating products, I channel the famous movie character Jerry Maguire and think “Show me the data!”. So when I came across nUVo Traveler, designed by Energy Focus, I was pleased to see it was independently validated for reducing 94.1-99.9% of airborne pathogens within 30 minutes. This portable air disinfector, which uses UVGI technology, is designed to safely destroy molds, bacteria and viruses (including influenza, SARS-CoV-2, etc.) without the hassle of having to change a filter (yes, it is filter-less!) and runs on 4-hour rechargeable batteries. When I am both at home and on-the-go, I have nUVo Traveler in tow!
 
Detox
 No matter how healthy and proactive you might be, some toxins are unavoidable.
No matter how healthy and proactive you might be, some toxins are unavoidable. I personally do a quarterly detox to help my body rid itself of all the toxins it has accumulated over the past three months. The detox plan (which I created for my A-List Diet) isn’t complicated. It’s not a “juice cleanse” and it includes food. Even better, it only takes a week to notice a significant difference in how you feel.
 
Boost
 take 5 mg of folic acid a day, along with 100 mg of vitamin B6 and 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12
I take 5 mg of folic acid a day, along with 100 mg of vitamin B6 and 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12. These three nutrients work together in the body to combat numerous threats to your heart health — including air pollution. Research out of Columbia University suggests you should add B vitamins to your regimen when you’re trying to offset the effects of air pollution.
 
As we continue to navigate this new phase of the pandemic, I will continue to keep you updated on my personal experiences and preferences to keeping myself safe, happy, and healthy. I am happy to “air out” my protection plan to improving indoor air quality and rectifying the body against pollution.

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