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Tips for a Healthy Fall

Fall - the season the leaves turn pretty, the weather gets colder, and all you want to do is bundle up. For many, this means your activity decreases too. Try to remember to stay active, but there are some other things you can do to keep yourself healthy this Fall!

Think beyond the pies and the jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkins are great for other things too! Pumpkins offer both Vitamin A and C in its pulp and the seeds are also packed with phytosterols, which helps lower cholesterol.

Fight off the seasonal candy craving. If you buy candy for trick or treaters, buy only enough for the kids. Try waiting until the day of Halloween to buy it as well. That way the in-house temptation isn't haunting you through the month.

Pass on the chips and dip. Football season usually involves lots of sitting and food grazing. Instead try setting out raw veggies and other healthy snacks.

Start your turkey day off right. Before your big Thanksgiving meal, start your morning with a high protein and fiber breakfast. This will boost your metabolism and help prevent sugar cravings!

Now that we've got a game plan, let's all have a healthy fall and go into the holidays feeling GREAT!

Breathe Easy

Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in much greater amounts than we should be breathing on a regular basis. Living and working in places with less than ideal air contaminants and less than ideal ventilation can cause "sick building syndrome" which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation.

Furnishings, upholstery, and cleaning products in homes can emit a variety of toxic compounds. Pollen, bacteria, and mold can also cause indoor air pollution. Outdoor air contaminants like car exhaust can also find their way into your home.

Now that we know how bad the air can be in our homes, how do we fix it? It's a lot easier than you might think! One of the best ways is to place some of these common houseplants around your home. The following nine houseplants not only help clean the air in your home making it safer for you, they're also nearly impossible to kill.

1. Garden Mum

Removes: Ammonia, Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Xylene

2. Spider Plant

Removes: Formaldehyde and Xylene

3. Dracaena

Removes: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Xylene

4. Ficus/Weeping Fig

Removes: Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene

5. Peace Lily

Removes: Ammonia, Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene

6. Boston Fern

Removes: Formaldehyde and Xylene

7. Snake Plant/Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Removes: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Xylene

8. Bamboo Palm

Removes: Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene

9. Aloe Vera

Removes: Formaldehyde