Cold weather also indicates the start of the cold & flu season. While not all of us may get sick, why take the chance? We have all heard the best ways to take care of our bodies – take your vitamins, drink plenty of water, and wash your hands to minimize germs – but what about your home? It’s possible that a few small changes to your home can also help boost immunity.
Read on for 3 tips to ensure your home keeps you on track for your healthiest winter season yet.
So Fresh and So Clean (air):
All homes have filters built into furnaces, and while those are efficient at trapping most dust and allergens, there is something even better – The HEPA filter. These smart little filtration systems block up to 99.97% of allergens and dust and are even known to trap some bacteria and viruses. Talk about fresh air! Most existing filtration units cannot handle the HEPA filter, but there are add-on units as an option, so reach out to your local HVAC company for more information.
Aromatherapy has also shown some benefits in purifying the air in your home. Thieves oil smells amazing and has been widely popular in the health & wellness community on preventing sicknesses. Lemon is also a natural detoxifier that also doubles as a natural household cleaner. Perfect for keeping those germs at bay!
The Best Natural Vitamin:
There are many studies touting the benefits of vitamins, but nothing beats the free boost and wonderful feelings we humans receive from SUNSHINE! Natural light stimulates the body’s production of Vitamin D – the “Sunshine” vitamin, uplifting our mood instantly. As the winter season is full of long nights and less sun, ensuring your body gets at least ten minutes of sunlight a day. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Protecting our skin is just as important now as in the summer, especially in bright and sunny Alberta.
Catch Some Zzzz’s:
Us humans are nothing without our sleep. Rest is our body’s way of naturally recharging our batteries, and ensuring you get a minimum of 7-8 hours a night is especially important to fight off colds and sickness. Creating a restful environment is key in encouraging our bodies to get the rest they need.