Archives: Health

Sep 1 2015

Back to School Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy

back to school kindergartenAs the college kids flock from the nest, we still have our young elementary school kids getting ready to go back to school. At this point, you’re no longer worried about dorm cleanliness; we’re worried about making sure our kids stay healthy!

As most teachers often admit, the classroom is certainly a cesspool of germs and bacteria that can certainly infect your child and soon get the whole family sick.

So we at Crucial Vacuum have some valuable tips for you on how to keep your kids healthy as they head back to school.

Covering Their Mouth

back to school sneezeNot only should you be wary of other children infecting your kids, but teaching your child healthy habits can ease the minds of other parents and stop the spread of awful sicknesses.

Things like carrying tissues in their bags, or teaching them how to cover their mouth by doing the Dracula pose (sneezing/coughing into the elbow) can help them stop spreading germs.

Teaching your kids how to instinctually cover their mouths will make your life easier and help the poor teacher who will probably become sick as well.

Sleeping and Exercising

back to school playing outsideIt’s important to get your kids immune system working overtime during the cold season. An active lifestyle and a healthy sleep schedule can really help the immune system work off any sickness.

It is suggested that children younger than the teens should get at least ten hours of sleep.  Sleep deprivation can reduce the body’s immunity by 30%

Giving your child a lot of outdoors time with fresh air and running around is also a great boost. The bacteria and pollen in the air will go into your child’s system, allowing it to adapt and become resilient to sicknesses. And of course, exercise makes the immune system run quicker.

What They Eat

back to school eating healthyIf your child eats a lot of fats or sugary drinks/foods it can suppress your child’s immune system.

Giving your child fruits, vegetables, and foods that are high in antioxidants and healthy vitamins can keep the immune system working at its full potential. So we recommend you stock up the pantry with healthy food and snacks that you can pack in their lunch boxes!

Vitamins and Supplements

Providing your children with vitamins and supplements is a good start to a healthy system right before the school year. Before they go off, giving your child a chewable vitamin, or multivitamin can be a great system enhancer.

back to school chewable vitaminProbiotics are another immune system booster that comes highly recommended. They’re helpful in avoiding outbreaks such as strep throat and the flu.

However, you should always consult with your pediatrician if any of these vitamins may pose a risk for your child, because in large quantities, ingredients such as iron can have its risks.

Washing Hands and Sharing Germy Objects

Reinforcing hand cleanliness is absolutely important. Their hands are the top source of catching germs that cause sicknesses. Practice hand washing with your child every time they come in from the outdoors, whenever they touch public handles or rails, and touch items that belong to other children such as pencils back to school washing handsand crayons.

Introducing your child to using hand sanitizer is a great idea so that they could bring a bottle with them to school and maintain cleanliness even when you’re not around.

Most importantly, teach your child what not to share. They should not share cups, lip balms or even writing utensils.

It’s Not as Scary as it Sounds

Ultimately, it may be inevitable that your child gets sick. It happens from time to time and you can’t preserve them in a bubble of safety their whole lives. Children get sick so their immune system gets stronger. It really is inevitable, but if you follow our tips, you can always limit how often your child gets sick because frankly, if your child gets sick, so will you.

We wish you a healthy back to school from your friends at Crucial Vacuum!

Aug 25 2015

Six Health Benefits of Coffee Drinking

health benefits of coffee

Most of the world enjoys coffee, and more than enough of them drink it daily to get them through the day, but did you know that there are health benefits of coffee?

From numerous doctors and collegiate studies, there’s a flood of benefits by having your daily brew!

Coffee is a Healthy Source of Antioxidants

According to researchers at the University of Scranton, coffee is actually the number one sources of antioxidants in the United States.

What this means is that antioxidants in your cup of coffee provides oxidation for the cells in your body, keeping your body healthy.

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Apr 14 2015

Solutions for Dealing with Ticks this Summer


Who couldn’t use some solutions for dealing with ticks now that the warm weather is here?

We all know what ticks are and lets face it they’re terrible little parasites that plague any outdoor activity we may have in mind. They also suck blood, which adds another level of creepiness to them. Its important to take preemptive measures in avoiding ticks year round, but they are most active come spring and summer time. These solutions for dealing with ticks will have you enjoying the warmer months and staying worry free. So before you allow some bloodsucking parasite onto your body give this blog post a read and stay safe.


Dress the Part

Whenever you’re outside, especially in a wooded area, it’s important to dress appropriately to avoid contact with these little monsters. Wear light-colored clothing. This will help you identify any tick on your body easily. Ticks love hair and fur, in the case of pets, hopefully you don’t have fur, but hey who am I to judge. Anyway, since ticks love hair be sure to wear a hat. Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks. It may not be fashionable but neither is Lyme disease. You’ll be thankful. Continue reading »

Mar 19 2015

Its National Poultry Day – Cleaning Tips for Dealing with Raw Chicken


In honor of National Poultry Day, (yes this is actually a day) we here at Crucial Vacuum are discussing all things fowl including how to thoroughly cleanup after handling raw chicken.

These cleaning tips will leave your kitchen bacteria free and help you avoid getting food poisoning from that dreaded bacteria known as salmonella.


Most food-based illnesses could be avoided by simply washing your hands properly before and after handling food; this is especially true when it comes to raw chicken.

I’m not talking about a quick rinse under water that’s room temperature. I’m talking about a thorough rinse with hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub your hands completely, the front and back, as well as your fingertips and wrists.

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Mar 5 2015

7 Sleeping Tips to Get Adjusted for Daylight Savings Time


Who’s ready to lose an hour of sleep this weekend? I can tell you’re all so excited to have your sleeping routine thrown off and start this Monday morning off even grumpier than normal. As of this Sunday March 8th at 2 a.m. we’re Springing Forward, gaining a little bit of sunlight, but losing that essential hour of sleep we all so desperately need after a long weekend. Aside from getting an extra large coffee come Monday morning and begrudgingly strolling into work use these 7 sleeping tips to get adjusted for daylight savings time.

Slow and Steady People

Monday mornings are lame to begin with, but to make this coming Monday a bit more tolerable start going to bed 15 minutes early tonight and every night coming up to Sunday. Both your mood and sleeping pattern over the next few days will have you ready to Rock-and-roll come Monday and it won’t feel like you’ve lost an hour at all.

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