Did you know that asthma is on the rise?

According to the latest statistics, more than 25 million people are affected!

Of even greater concern, is that asthma in children is on the increase, resulting in a lot of missed school days.

The culprit?

VOC’s – chemicals found in many household items, and what you should NOT be breathing.

VOC’s stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. Even the word volatile sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it?

You know how, when food has gone bad, it typically has a rather awful smell?

Well, think of VOC’s as being the household equivalent to rotten food.

Just as you wouldn’t eat food that has obviously seen better days – you really don’t want to surround yourself with toxins that poison your environment and the air you breathe, do you?

That is why we need to pay particular attention to our children’s sleep environment.

While statistics show that at least 57% of today’s children are sleep deprived, what we’re talking about here goes beyond just making sure they are getting enough sleep!

Let’s say your children are, in fact, sleep deprived.

If you add toxins and food allergies to the mix, they are at an even greater disadvantage.

So how do you ensure adequate sleep, aside from sending them to bed at an appropriate time?

First, make sure their bedroom is as dark as can be – even when using a night light.

Next, if you’re redecorating, be sure to use non-toxic paints on the walls and preferably non-toxic carpeting on the floor.

That way, you can rest assured they are breathing safe, clean air.

Toxins are found everywhere, by the way, not just paint and carpets.

The following items are all on the ‘suspect’ list:  furniture and fabric, paints and household finishes – adhesives, wood, fabric finishes, and cleaning products.

Many of these also include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen which is extremely common in glues of every kind.

(That’s what makes them flexible).

The good news?

Alternate, healthier choices are available for almost everything, even those toxic finishes.

In fact, if a manufacturer tries to tell you that a water based finish is less effective, that actually is NOT true.

(They just don’t want to bother with water based finishes cause they’re more difficult to apply).

So there you have it.

These are just a few simple ways you can clear up the indoor air quality in your home while benefiting your children, as well as everyone in the family!