How To Stay Healthy This Winter : Our 3 Top Tips
Put the following advice into practice for a merrier, more marvelous holiday season.
1) MAKE SURE THERE’S ENOUGH MOISTURE IN YOUR HOME
When temps plummet we close our windows and heat our homes, causing indoor air to become extremely dry. This can do a number on people, pets and furnishings. It leaves skin and hair dry, increases our chances of getting sick (germs and viruses thrive in dry environments) and leaves wood to split, paint to chip and electronics to become damaged.
The solution? Invest in a humidifier. It will do your respiratory system, sense of wellbeing and possessions a world of good.
At this time of year, the relative humidity indoors can plummet to as low as 15%. With a humidifier, you can increase that dramatically and get it to where it should be, which is between around 45% (under 30% is too dry and over 50% is too high).
2) STAY HYDRATED BY DRINKING H20
The importance of consuming enough water is not stressed enough! For females, 6-8 glasses (or half your body weight in fluid ounces) is what’s recommended.
Without proper hydration, the immune system can’t do what it wants to do: prevent microbes from spreading, multiplying and consequently causing an infection. It also leaves skin dry and flaky as opposed to soft and supple.
Downing several cups of cool water might not be terribly alluring when the weather outside is frightful. That being the case, here are some tips to help you stay on track:
*Make a habit of downing a glass before each meal.
*Increase your intake of water-based foods count like fruits, veggies and soups.
*Turn water consumption into more of a treat by jazzing it up with a sprig of mint, a squeeze of lemon, a teaspoon of honey or even fruit-infused ice cubes.
*If warm water is what you want, go for it! Turn on the kettle and pair it with fragrant, flavourful tea.
3) WASH HANDS WELL (AND REGULARLY)
During these frigid winter months, our immune systems are at their most vulnerable and it’s wise to do whatever we can to keep bacteria at bay. A key way: washing them off our hands – which can end up in and around our mouths and eyes where they can enter our bodies.
It’s widely understood that washing hands is important, but believe it or not, washing properly is an entirely different story. To do it right, start by getting your hands completely wet, then for about 20 seconds, after working up a later, scrub both sides of your hands, in between your fingers and wrists, and under your nails.
Although natural soap and water is best, natural hand sanitizers (often containing anti-bacterial ingredients like rosemary, peppermint and citrus essential oils) do the trick. Make sure to have some on you at all times. And stay away from antibacterial products that contain the chemical triclosan, as their frequent and widespread use can create resistant super bacteria.