This season is a huge transition between flu season and allergy season. If you’re not sick, you will be. If your allergies haven’t hit yet, they’re coming. Our house has personally battled 2 weeks of viruses, 3 weeks of the flu and now a week of allergies, just since February. I think it goes without saying that, everyone wants to be as well as possible. Keep reading to see my favorite tips I’m implementing on how to keep your house on top of germs and pollen.
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1. Get plenty of rest. Rest is your body’s natural way of recharging. If your body isn’t well rested, it doesn’t have the energy to combat your day to day germs and allergens. It’s not always fun to go to bed early but I’m the first to call it a night at 9pm, if possible, because without the proper amount of sleep my body starts to wear out and I get sick every time. Sleep is also excellent for managing anxiety and mental clarity.
2. Wash your bedding and pillows frequently. We all know we’re supposed to wash our sheets but to be honestly is frequently moved to the bottom of the priority list, at least in my house, because clean underwear take precedence. You spend, on average, 1/3 of your day in bed. Sweat and dirt are on your sheets. They sit there and you lay on them every night. Washing your sheets at least once a week and changing your pillowcase, nightly, helps to keep your bed a clean and less germ-y space. Getting a brand of washable pillows will help with this as well. Even with changing your sheets, your pillows still hold all the fun stuff. Sweat, drool, moisture and the like.3. Eat a clean and moderate diet. I think it’s safe to say that everyone feels better when they eat better. Your body works hard to digest and process what you eat. If you’re filling your body with processed foods and excess sugars and carbs, your body had to work harder to break them down and collect what it needs. Your body also has to work longer and harder to process food if you eat more of it. We’ve all sat down, had a huge meal and thought, “Man I could use a nap.” That’s because our body is working in overdrive to process our food. Eating moderately and in healthy amounts puts less stress on our body and allows it to do other things, like fight off colds and viruses.
4. Stay Hydrated. Our body is 70% water. It needs water to function. Our bodies use water to push everything our body needs out through our bodies via the blood stream. When you’re dehydrated your blood thickens. Your blood pressure goes up and your body has to work harder to push blood (containing oxygen, sugar, etc) to your organs.
5. Take a multivitamin. Your body, just like it needs enough sleep, needs all the proper vitamins and minerals to function at its highest capacity. Realistically you would have to eat an insane diet to get all your body needs everyday. Even when having a clean diet, your body still lacks a portion of what it needs. When you provide your body with everything it lacks from your diet it can function better and more efficiently.
6. Take a daily probiotic. Probiotics are excellent for your body, especially your digestive and immune systems. Probiotics regulate and balance the healthy and bad bacteria in your body. They help fight all sorts of things and are extremely helpful when taking antibiotics because they supply good the bacteria that antibiotics knock out.
7.Increase your vitamin C. Your body can not store high amounts of Vitamin C, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough. Most people have a Vitamin C deficiency, because they aren’t eating the proper amount of fruits and vegetables daily. Vitamin C is essential to the immune system, improves overall health and may help fight against other health issues such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and more.
8. Get outside for 30 minutes daily and open your windows. While this won’t necessarily help with allergies it is important to get fresh air for your mental and physical health. Your home circulates the air inside it. If there are bacterias and allergens in the air, you will breath in the stuff that makes you sick, continually throughout the day. Getting outside and breathing in fresh air will give your body a chance to relax from fighting what you breath inside your home. In the same way, opening up your windows and allowing that fresh air to come in and circulate through your home will allow your body to have a break.
9. Wash your hands and bathe. This may seem obvious but it’s very important. Washing your hands is crucial. Your body is full of moisture and moisture breeds bacteria. Your hands touch your face an average of 3,000 times a day. Every time you touch your face you bring germs in contact with your mouth which means you’re ingesting these germs close to 3,000 times a day. Likewise, showering regularly will cut down the amount of germs on the surface of skin.
10. Sanitize your home surfaces. Cleaning is super important. Keeping the surfaces we touch clean cuts down on the transfer of germs and allergens to our body. Coupled with personal hygiene, this makes a huge impact on your health.11. Ingesting Elderberry Syrup and local raw honey. Typically elderberry syrup contains elderberries, raw honey and cloves. Elderberries contain high amounts of flavonoids which is a type of plant pigment that, on a metabolic level, is said to act like antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants protect your cells and can lower the chances of infection and even cancer. Cloves have tons of benefits but improving digestion, anti-inflammatory, regulating blood sugar and aiding the immune system are some of the most popular reasons for ingestion. Raw honey is excellent for the body as well. Honey has natural antibacterial properties and has been used for ages to help the body fight off infection.
*The next few are debatable and not accepted by all medical professionals as safe or helpful. However, we have found them to be beneficial in our home*
1. Essential oils. There are many studies done on the impact of essential oils with are literally the essence of nature in oil form. Safety and effectiveness are debatable so first do your own research before using them. Currently we use lemon, lavender and peppermint in our diffusers to help combat allergies. We also use Thieves and OnGuard to fight illness and ward it off. These contain the same basic ingredients. Thieves contains lemon, clove, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary. onGuard contains orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon leaf, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary. There are many different brands that sell essential oils, Doterra, Youngliving, Plant Therapy, and Rocky Mountain Oils are a handful that a reputable and pure from what I understand. Oils can be used in various ways varying from ingestion to topical use but, again, do your own research before using them in any form.2. Himalayan Salt Lamps. This one is pretty controversial and the studies are not super helpful. But, I can tell you what we do know. Salt absorbs moisture. The heat from the light in the lamp causes the moisture attracted by the salt to evaporate. The moisture in the air contains germs and allergens. So in theory, the salt lamp can eliminate allergens and germs in the air by absorbing and evaporating moisture.**I am in no way a medical professional and do not intend any of this to act as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional and do your own research before making any decisions regarding the heath of yourself and your family.**
I hope this was helpful and has given you and your family some great ideas to start aiding your bodies and living happier healthier lives.