Here’s why using anti-pollution masks is not a fool-proof solution

Air pollution is on the rise. Most of the Indian cities wake up to a thick layer of smog shadowing beautiful skylines, rich heritage, and most importantly, the routine of its citizens’ daily lives. While Delhi tops the outdoor air pollution charts, other states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar are where children are affected most. A Greenpeace report by India states that around 47 million children in India are severely affected by extreme levels of air pollution. Experts went as far as to say that the condition is so bad in Delhi that people may have to be evacuated.

To stay safe from the harmful effects of hazardous pollutants, people resort to using anti-pollution masks. Due to the constant rise in air pollution, the sale of these anti-pollution masks skyrocketed. People were seen purchasing more masks as stepping out of their homes without one was not a safe option anymore. But are anti-pollution masks completely reliable? The general sentiment regarding these masks are that, once they are worn, you cannot be affected by any harmful pollutants existing in the environment. This, sadly, is not the case.

Let us list down why masks are not a sustainable solution to air pollution.

  1. Authentic anti-pollution masks are too expensive for most people.

There are different types of anti-pollution masks available in the market. Of these, there are two types that can safeguard you from the ultra-fine particles in the air: N99 and N95. They are tested, medically approved, standard products that are recommended by experts. However, these masks can only be afforded by people who belong to high-income groups. While the cheapest masks are available for Rs. 250 to Rs. 300, the price of a pack of three good-quality masks ranges from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 2200. The latter is unaffordable to middle-class families.

  1. Masks are not comfortable, durable or sustainable

Due to the bad air quality during winters and preceding months, people are forced to wear masks for the entire day. While trying to live their lives normally, wearing these masks makes it difficult for people to breathe and communicate freely. The masks also make them feel suffocated and uncomfortable. Cab drivers, salesmen and other individuals, whose profession demands that they remain outside constantly, are repelled by the idea of functioning with a mask in spite of being completely aware of the repercussions of not wearing one. In addition to this, they cannot be used for more than two to three days as the filters wear off. Hence, the anti-pollution masks are not considered to be durable or sustainable.

  1. There is a lack of availability and awareness about anti-pollution masks

The headlines and news flash warnings of decreasing air quality in major metropolitan cities. The usage of anti-pollution masks is encouraged and promoted everywhere. However, people from low-income groups still do not have any idea about the concept of masks, where they can find good-quality ones or what are the pros and cons of using the same. People who are aware of the masks are unaware of the correct way to wear them. Due to this conundrum, the success stories of people wearing masks as a means to protect themselves from air pollution is not talked about.

If not anti-pollution masks, then what?

For the longest time, majority of the population believed that anti-pollution masks were the solution for outdoor air pollution. However, the reality is that they are not the safest option available in the market anymore and people are becoming aware of this. We need a more concrete solution to stay safe from outdoor air pollution. To begin with, the entire society needs to make a collective effort to stop adding on to the existing air pollutants. Work towards a greener earth and a healthier planet. To combat air pollution, avoid stepping outside in the morning or at night when pollution is at its peak. Check the air quality before venturing into an area. Indulge in a healthy diet that includes food rich in Vitamin C, magnesium and omega fatty acids that help your body fight allergies. While you are indoors, ensure your home is deep cleaned to eliminate dust mites and allergens; bring home indoor plants to circulate fresh air and install an air purifier for complete protection against pollutants.

In times like these, when air pollution is rampant and air around us is toxic, we suggest that you opt for a reliable and long-lasting solution. Ensure the safety of your little ones and the elderly by bringing home an air purifier like Dr Aeroguard which not only purifies the air but releases Vitamin C and negative ions which make the air rejuvenating. Safeguard your family from indoor air pollutants with Dr Aeroguard air purifiers. Book a free home demo today. 

 

Things You Should Know Before Buying an Air Purifier

‘Air pollution is turning Mother nature prematurely gray’. – Irv Kupcinet

As the entire country celebrated the beginning of a New Year, Delhi, yet again, had a major environmental setback. People stepped out of their houses with friends and family to commemorate the end of a remarkable year and were ambushed by the worst Air Quality Index. The day’s average Air Quality Index was recorded at 400, which was classified as ‘very poor’ by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).  Similarly, the AQI of Mumbai dropped down to 281 on 1st January.

One can’t escape the outdoor air pollution by staying indoors. The harmful air pollutants are capable of entering your home and adding to the already existing indoor air pollution. According to WHO, 4.3 million people a year die from exposure to household air pollution. So, are you and your loved ones not safe anywhere? The solution to this concern is taking a few precautionary measures to safeguard your family from indoor air pollution.

Here is a list of steps you can take to purify your indoor air:

  1. Ensure your home is properly ventilated
  2. Bring home houseplants that purify air indoors
  3. Deep clean your home effectively
  4. Invest in an air purifier

One of the easiest ways to make your indoor air healthy is by investing in a good air purifier. Before you make such a huge investment, here are some things that you should know about air purifiers.

What is an air purifier?

Air purifiers are devices that remove contaminating particles (dust, pollen and dander) from the air.

What are the benefits of an air purifier?

  • A good air purifier eliminates harmful pollutants from indoor air, making it healthy
  • It traps allergens and pet dander released by the pets in the house
  • It helps get rid of indoor smoke caused by cooking gas, fireplace, cigarettes, etc.
  • Air purifiers are portable and can be fit in any room comfortably
  • It helps you breathe fresh, healthy  air throughout the day

What are the things to consider before investing in an air purifier?

  1. Before buying an air purifier, make sure to consider the size of your room. There is a wide range of sizes available in the market. Always go for a size that is capable of purifying a larger space than your actual room size.
  2. Do your research about the filters in the air purifiers. Ensure that these filters are able to trap allergens, dust, molds and bacteria and purify the air effectively.
  3. Many purifiers in the market emit a buzzing noise as they are switched on. To relax in your home peacefully, invest in one that produces less or no noise.
  4. Before investing in any air purifier, ensure that the servicing plans are accurate. This will help increase product life and keep it functioning efficiently for a longer period.
  5. As air purifiers become a long-lasting part of your home, do consider the style and design of the product before buying it.

As mentioned earlier, it is extremely essential to know about the filters present in the air purifiers. Here is a list of filters that are present in an air purifier:

  1. Anti-dust filter:  Anti-dust filters in air purifiers eliminates dust, dirt and pet dander from the air.
  2. Anti-allergen filter: The anti-allergen filter traps, fungal spores and pollen in the air that can trigger allergic reactions.
  3. HEPA filter: The HEPA filter removes ultra-fine particulate matter up to 0.3 microns.
  4. Deodorization filter: The Deodorization filter absorbs harmful gases, VOCs, smoke and foul odour present in the air
  5. Anti-microbial formula: The anti-microbial formula destroys bacteria and fungi from the air, making it healthy to breathe
  6. Diatom filter: The Diatom filter is present in the shape of tiny balls that get rid of harmful chemicals in the air.
  7. Therapeutic filter: The Therapeutic filter not only purifies the air but also adds Vitamin C to it.
  8. Cold Catalyst Filter: The Cold Catalyst Filter decomposes volatile compounds like methyl aldehyde, ethanethiol, etc.
  9. Vita-Ion filter: The Vita-Ion filter releases negative ions in the air to purify it. The negative ions make sure the air you breathe is rejuvenating.

Air Purifiers give you a comprehensive solution to make your indoor air healthy. With the air quality deteriorating by the day, air purifiers are not a luxury but a necessity. So, take a step towards healthy living and bring home Dr. Aeroguard Air Purifiers, certified by German ‘gui Labs’. Dr. Aeroguard air purifiers with their advanced filters, not only purify the air in your home, but also make it healthy with Vitamin C. Book a demo here.

A healthy beginning to a healthy year

‘Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life’.

We are at the end of 2017. Another fruitful year has passed by. With a bagful of memories, we are all set to welcome 2018 with open arms and optimism.

As a common practice, people are ready with their list of ambitious resolutions.

Some promise to learn a musical instrument in a month, some plan on quitting smoking or alcohol, while others choose to take up a hobby. These resolutions sound fantastic on paper but fulfilling them with diligence and sincerity is something that Only a few achieve. In addition to this, people are drawn towards making bigger and better resolutions, ignoring the small and simple ones.

Joyce Meyer once rightly claimed, ‘I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you’. So, this New Year, how about you add a few simple healthy resolutions to your list, and let the healthier you enjoy 2018 with good health!

  1. Water is your best friend; drink it

Drink adequate amount of water—this is a fact that has been established by many experts and health specialists. Stay constantly hydrated to maintain essential bodily functions and feel fresh. Ensure that you have a water bottle with you at all times, and consciously remind yourself to drink water at regular intervals. Slice fresh pieces of cucumber, oranges or lemons to add some flavour and nutrition to your water. Bring home Dr Aquaguard Water Purifiers and ensure that you and your family are drinking only healthy water.

  1. Life is too short to stress out

As you enter the New Year, make sure that your stressful days reduce in number. No matter how eventful your day was, if it is combined with stress, it takes a huge toll on your health. Chronic stress can result in insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, etc. To avoid this, start small sessions of meditation, spend some quality time with your friends and family & participate in relaxing activities (vacation, spa, etc.)

  1. Reboot your fitness regime

Losing weight is one of the most common resolutions! Regular workouts and gyming sessions are planned out well to achieve your magical number. However, as the excitement of the New Year fades away so does the enthusiasm of going to the gym. Hence, to combat this problem, set smaller goals for yourself. Chart out a jogging or an evening walk schedule that can be achieved with minimal efforts. Starting with this gives you a great head start to move on to physically exhausting exercises.

  1. Breathe in healthy air, breathe out worries

The alarming headlines, thick smog in the air and the sudden drop in air quality has left many people worried. Greenpeace’s report named Airpocalypse says, ‘As many as 1.2 billion deaths take place every year due to air pollution’. It’s high time we take a few steps towards analysing the quality of the air we breathe in and ensure that it’s healthy. This coming year, ensure the air you and your family breathe indoors is purified through Dr Aeroguard Air Purifiers. You can also bring home a few air purifying plants to circulate fresh air in your home.

  1. A tidy house leads to a tidy mind

Stressful schedules and endless errands lead to a cluttered home. A cluttered home can result in dust mites breeding in your bed and sofa & accumulated dirt in hard-to-reach surfaces. How about stepping into a new year with a de-cluttered and tidy home? Begin the new chapter of your year with a spotless and healthy home. Invest in the Euroclean range of vacuum cleaners that help to deep clean your home and make it a healthy living space.

A new year is a fresh start to a new life. So, a few simple steps towards a healthier life will definitely help you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy year ahead.

The young minds of India deserve to breathe in healthy air!

“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” – Nelson Mandela

Children are the ones who have the ability to transform the society with their free will, imagination, creativity, and unique thought process. They are our most valuable resources and it is our responsibility to nurture, protect, and educate them.

On one side, the world is inventing brilliant technology to shape these minds, while the other side is failing to keep the environment healthy for them. On the basis of a report, 92% of the world population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Talking about a similar issue, Delhi reports around 30,000 deaths annually due to air pollution, making it the fifth leading cause of deaths in India.

The air quality in Delhi has hit an emergency level of PM 2.5 at 397 mg/cubic metre which is six times higher than the ‘safe to breathe’ limits. The nation’s capital is deluged in fatal smog that has resulted in many accidents and life-threatening diseases.

Studies have shown that children are at highest risk of facing multiple hazards due to this condition. Their vulnerability to respiratory diseases is primarily because of the following reasons:

  1. High exposure to air pollution due to extended time spent outdoors.
  2. They have fragile lungs which are still developing.
  3. They inhale more pollutants per kilogram of body weight than adults.
  4. As respiratory tracts are narrower in children, irritation may result in proportionately greater airway obstruction.

In order to combat this tough situation and safeguard children from any type of allergies and respiratory concerns, parents can take the following measures:

  1. Reduce stepping outdoors

If you see an increased level of pollution outside your home, avoid stepping outside unless it is absolutely necessary.

  1. Invest in an air pollution mask

In case you or your loved ones wish to step outside, do wear an anti-pollution mask to avoid inhaling harmful pollutants.

  1. Increase ventilation

With a proper ventilation system in your home, the indoor air pollution can be minimized to a greater extent. Use an exhaust fan while cooking to suck all the cooking fumes outside your home. You can also go for trickle vents to circulate air in your home and help in reducing the chances of indoor air pollution.

  1. Bring home houseplants

It is believed that houseplants can purify and rejuvenate air in your homes. A few of the preferred plants that can help in cleansing the air inside your home are Peace Lily, Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, Spider Plant, etc.

  1. Deep clean your home

Ensure your home is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. The absence of dust mites, dirt and allergens will keep the air inside your home purified.

  1. Invest in an air purifier

Bring home an air purifier that will purify your indoor making it free from pollutants, contaminants, and smoke.

As breathing gets tough for adults, it gets tougher for the young ones. The future of our country is in danger and we need to do something to take care of it. So this children’s day, let’s take a step towards safeguarding children’s health by taking all the precautionary measures. You can start by bringing home Dr Aeroguard SCPR 300 and ensure that your little ones breathe in purified air.

Safeguard your family from the fatal wave of post-Diwali air pollution

Diwali symbolises different things to different people; a festival of lights, the time to gorge on sweets, a night to dress up in your best Indian attire and so much more. But the festival is also infamous for the fireworks. Bursting crackers not only affects people’s health but also leaves a rising trail of pollution in its wake.

As bursting firecrackers continue to affect the environment during the festive season, burning of crops and the change in season adds its fair share to the rise in air pollution. The air quality index has increased at an alarming rate in the last few years, and this year is no different. According to an International Commission Report, India accounts for the highest pollution-related deaths in the world (source – NDTV). While air pollution is a concern throughout the year, the week after Diwali is a bane for people with respiratory disorders, especially children and senior citizens. Studies suggest that the air India breathes is turning more toxic by the day, causing an average of two deaths per day due to air pollution.

Outdoor air pollution is unhealthy for people, but sadly it doesn’t just stop there. The polluted air enters your home and your lungs, making you and your family prone to allergies and respiratory concerns. The other undermined factor contributing to respiratory concerns is poor indoor air quality. Research has shown that indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. The major sources of indoor air pollution are fumes released while cooking, anti-pest sprays, tobacco smoke, Volatile Organic Compounds released from domestic cleaning agents, paints, adhesives, etc. Another source of this concern is poor ventilation of indoor air, because of which the stale and polluted air continues to be in the home itself.

With the idea of not further adding to the air pollution this year, people have been quite conscientious and responsible with bursting firecrackers. Many switched to a ‘no crackers Diwali’ motto and served their part in bringing a change. Just as people are taking steps to reduce outdoor air pollution, you should also take measures to curb indoor air pollution.

Here are a few other measures you can take to protect yourself from the the ill-effects of air pollution:

  • Wear an anti-pollution mask while you step out to protect yourself
  • Use safe, chemical-free products for household chores
  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Place potted plants in your home to have fresh indoor air
  • Avoid stepping out in the presence of thick smog
  • Improve your home’s ventilation
  • Invest in an air purifier

One of the most effective ways to cope with the issue of rising air pollution in your homes is investing in an air purifier. Air purifiers help to remove pollutants, contaminants, and smoke from the air you breathe, making it safe and pure to breathe.

Amidst all the festivities and celebrations, the environment takes a huge hit. Not just that, your health too is impacted. While we bring about a change and celebrate Diwali in an environmentally friendly way, it’s a slow and long process. To protect yourself and your family from the threats of indoor air pollution, bring home a Dr. Aeroguard air purifier today. It offers a range of air purifiers suitable for every need and space, giving you pure and healthy air to breathe.

 

A healthy heart is a happy heart!

In this fast-paced life, no one has the time to stop. Compelling timelines, never-ending meetings, to-do lists, responsibilities, and the chase to achieve our goals, all of it consumes most of our time. While it’s healthy to be competitive and strive for the best, it’s not healthy to have a stressful lifestyle. Harmful habits like smoking, unhealthy diet and not getting regular sleep add on to the stress on your body. All of this takes an extreme toll on your heart’s health. It is observed that cardiovascular diseases are the major causes of mortality globally, including India. So how do we look after our heart better?

Let’s take a look at the list of things which we can include in our daily life to have a healthy heart:

  1. Quit smoking today:

Smoking is extremely bad for your health. It affects the vessels that supply blood to your heart and other organs. It also damages blood vessels and causes irreparable damage to the heart. Even passive smoking increases the risk of a stroke by 30%. It’s high time you take care of your heart. So make your life healthier and go smoke-free.

  1. Reduce your alcohol consumption:

Alcohol consumption affects only your liver, you may say. But excessive alcoholic consumption can  result in Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy. This condition results in dilation and thickening of your left ventricles. Although the onset of this heart condition occurs in a much later stage of life, it is wise to cut down on your drinks to safeguard your heart from any future complications.

  1. Keep in check your cholesterol and blood pressure:

Increased blood pressure and excessive cholesterol can also take their toll on your heart. As both of these conditions are risk factors for a heart disease, it is advised to keep them in check with regular health check-ups and change in lifestyle.

  1. Get active:

A day job doesn’t give you enough time to work out regularly. However, simple workouts like brisk walking, and jogging helps you avoid the risk of health conditions. In addition to a healthy work out, spending some time out in fresh air is good for you.It makes you feel relaxed and uplifts your mood. Similarly, we must also make sure that the air we breathe indoors is pure to keep ourselves healthy! To ensure healthy air inside your home, invest in a trustworthy air purifier like Dr. Aeroguard to safeguard you and your family from air pollution, allergens and VOCs.

  1. Keep yourself calm by meditating:

Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety. It helps to lower blood pressure, breathing rate, adrenaline levels and cortisol levels, producing a sense of calm. Meditation helps you to rebalance and stay centered, which is important for a healthy and happy life.

  1. Enjoy a healthy and a nutritious meal every day:

Make healthier diet choices daily to keep your health in check. Your diet is the source of nutrition for your body, and junk food will not suffice in meeting those requirements. Choose healthier fats, less salt and fresh fruits and vegetables which will enable your body to perform optimally and to regulate bodily functions appropriately. When cooking at home, ensure that you use purified water to prepare your meals, and eliminate the risk of waterborne diseases, bacteria or new age contaminants from entering your body. To do so, bring home Dr. Aquaguard water purifier to give you and your family the assurance of drinking healthy water.

Fast paced life and its various aspects can challenge you both mentally and physically, leaving you in constant state of stress and exhaustion. The onus of balancing out work and play in our lives, is in our control. A few simple changes in lifestyle, improved diet, and meditation can all help you to take care of your heart. This World Heart Day, do your heart a favour. Take a step towards a healthy heart and a happy life.

Pollution: The latest threat to Indians

Picture the streets of any Indian metro city. Traffic jams and endless lanes of cars are not hard to imagine. The roads within the city are chockablock with vehicles and the outskirts are typically bordered with factories and industries. While these indicate progress, they also bring along a massive cloud of pollution that has covered cities with a blanket of pollution and smog.

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Indoor Air Pollution – Causes, Effects And Solutions

Living in a luxurious home with the best air-conditioning might not be good enough to keep you anxiety levels low. Considering your overall health, invisible elements within the confines of your home should also be given equal importance. In spite of the tech-savvy world, people are still taking issues such as indoor air pollution lightly that can be equally hazardous to your health.

Read on and find out all that you need to know about Indoor Air Pollution.

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