Hello! I wanted to hop on the blog and let you all know about my latest purchase to keep our home clean with the Air Doctor indoor air purifier. After much research over the last year and a half of living in California, and experiencing multiple wildfires, we finally bit the bullet and invested in an air purifier. Honestly I so wish I would’ve made this purchase when I was living in New York or Texas this past decade since I suffer from chronic sinus infections and allergies. I now understand it could have dramatically helped reduce my symptoms! But, can’t change the past so focusing on breathing in all the clean air in my future, ya feel me? 😉
Indoor air can actually be way more toxic than the air we breathe outdoors.
So, what contributes to the indoor air pollution?
The outside environment swirling with smoke from wildfires and local pollens, ragweed, cedar and the like get stuck in your home along with the chemicals already inside. Little guys called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are emitted into the air from toxic chemicals like formaldehyde found commonly in paint, flooring, carpet, and furniture. My Mom and Dad actually built their home in Waco with no formaldehyde because of its strong connection to cancer.
Also, most furniture and mattresses have flame retardants. (Side note: consider investing in a nontoxic mattress, especially since you sleep a large part of your life and chemicals are seeping into your precious bod every time you lay down- yes they go through your sheets. Trust me, I’ve researched this scary shiz!) The list goes on with toxic cleaning supplies, synthetic air fresheners or fragrant candles, etc all contributing to toxic indoor air. Lastly, stuff like mold, pet dander, dust mites, and other crap are brought in your home from your shoes.
As Jenna Covello of Agent Nateur says, “Itchy nose and throat, sneezing and wheezing, watery eyes, coughing, nasal congestion, and fatigue are all symptoms that can be caused by toxins circulating indoors that we inhale. Then there are more severe and long term health conditions such as hormone dysfunction, autoimmune disease, asthma, chronic respiratory infections, pulmonary heart conditions, and even cancer. It is our environment, not genetics, that has the most impact on our overall health.”
If you’re freaking out, don’t panic just yet. There’s a lot of small, easy steps you can take to help combat this toxic overload. For one, we like to have a lot of indoor plants (like snake plants) that naturally help purifier the air. I also regularly vacuum, dust, and clean with nontoxic cleaning supplies like Branch Basics. Of course, I’d also urge you guys to consider investing in an indoor air purifier. This has a huge impact because they are able to filter out microscopic particles found in mold and viruses.
I researched different options for over a year and finally decided on the Air Doctor.
It’s important to note that the Air Doctor has an UltraHEPA Filter (high efficiency particulate absorbing). Not to get too science-y, but basically it’s said to be 100 times more effective than ordinary HEPA filters. It is also certified to filter 99.5% of all particles down to 0.003 microns, versus HEPA systems, which only claim to remove particles down to .3 microns. Air Doctor is a dual-action Carbon/Gas Trap/VOC Filter, which eliminates dangerous ozone, gas, and volatile organic compounds (like formaldehyde that we chatted about earlier in this post) from your air.
Honestly I chose this one given the names that back it up. All my favorite doctors and trusted health focused sites like Dr. Mark Hyman, Chris Beat Cancer, Agent Nateur, and Wellness Mama support this brand of filter.
I actually considered getting the Molekule for a long time, which looks like a great option as well due to its patented PECO (Photo Electrochemical Oxidation) technology. The brand states on it’s site that this is able to destroy the viruses and toxins found in the air that a traditional HEPA filter only catches and potentially could release back into your air. In my opinion this seemed like relatively new tech and ultimately, I felt confident in my Air Doctor purchase due to the camp of people who backed Air Doctor.
They also have a great discount program.
I used Wellness Mama’s discount. It ended up costing me about $350 (originally $629) versus the Molekule priced at $799 with a $120 discount available on their site. However, I am considering getting the Molekule mini filter for a second room in our apartment!
We placed the Air Doctor in our bedroom as a recommendation from my Parsley Health functional medicine doctor. (PS- I talk about how to find your own functional medicine doc in this post here!) By having the filter in our bedroom, we get to breathe the cleanest air possible while we sleep. This is when all of our bodies naturally rest, repair, and detoxify. It’s so cool because when you turn the filter on it will show a small light that is either red, yellow, or green. This signifies the quality of the air. Living in West Hollywood right now, where there is SO much SMOG and environmental pollution, every day when we get home from work and turn it on, it is RED. It’s so wild to think I was breathing in dirty air for that long. Yuck.
It’s been a game changer for my keeping my allergies and sinus symptoms under control.
When we first moved into this apartment, I was waking up extra stuffy every morning. I would like be constantly blowing my nose from about 7-10am. My poor little nose has had so much relief since getting the Air Doctor. I am beyond happy I came across this brand and decided to make the purchase. 100% satisfied and happy customer here. 🙂
Ok, and that’s it! I hope this is helpful! Do you suffer from allergies and sinus issues? Or maybe live in an urban city around a lot of pollution? Have you thought about getting an indoor air purifier? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time.