Winter has arrived! With the changing weather comes the risk of various diseases such as asthma, colds, coughs, lung infections, chest congestion and other communicable diseases. One of the main reasons that can be attributed to this is the fact that common hygiene practices are usually neglected during this season. Therefore, it is important to take the necessary precautions to protect your family from illness.
In this post, we help you with some winter hygiene tips that you should keep in mind. Follow these simple and effective hygiene tips to stay healthy when the weather turns pleasant again.
The best tips for a full healthy winter
Ventilate the rooms
As the bitter cold sets in, you may feel the urge to keep the doors and windows closed and shut yourself in a cozy indoor room. However, did you know that if a room is constantly closed, microbes are more likely to live and reproduce inside. Germs and bacteria tend to multiply actively in warm and humid areas, and a closed room means that there is no circulation of fresh air and sunlight, causing it to fill with stale and unhealthy air. Leave windows and doors open for a few minutes a day. This helps circulate clean air in the room and helps remove harmful organisms, unpleasant odors, dust and mold. It also lets in sunlight, which is believed to be nature’s way of fighting infections and reducing your chances of getting asthma. allergiescold and cough.
Wash your hands regularly
Winters can be extremely brutal on your hands. The main reason for winter’s wrath on the hands: lack of moisture. It can make them more prone to redness, cracking, dryness and extreme sensitivity. Cold, dry air can also make your hands more prone to ailments like laryngitis, dermatitis, colds and flu. Regular and proper hand washing is the best defense against viruses and bacteria that can make you sick during the winter. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds to prevent the spread of germs. Be sure to wash your hands before and after eating, after using the toilet or touching animals or pets. It is also important not to touch your face with unwashed hands, as germs transferred from your hands to your face can cause infections.
Clean your heater
No matter what type of heater you use, electric or otherwise, you need to clean it regularly because it attracts dust and dirt. So try to clean it regularly by wiping it with a soft cloth to avoid spreading allergens that can cause chest infections and asthma. If the heater was put away during the summer, your heater is most likely full of dust. Use a soft microfiber cloth to clean the heater of accumulated dust.
Place your mattress in the sun
If it’s a warm, sunny day, put your mattress outside in the sun. This will get rid of germs and allergens and reduce the risk of developing mold or fungus. Just remember, in addition to airborne dust that settles on your mattress, other nasty things like sweat, dead skin cells you shed, and other bodily fluids are also lurking under your sheets. Therefore, it is important to ventilate the mattress and change the bedding frequently.
During the winter it can be tempting to stay curled up in your blanket all day, but getting enough sunlight is essential. Sunlight provides the body with essential vitamin D, which is one of the most important ingredients for more than 1,000 chemical processes that take place in the body. In addition, it helps to heal certain wounds faster, strengthens immunity and prevents common winter diseases. Make sure you get at least twenty minutes of early morning sun.
Chilly mornings can probably make you want to skip the shower. However, regular bathing in lukewarm water during winter not only removes the dirt, sweat and dead skin cells that build up on your body, but also prevents you from contracting a bacterial or fungal infection. Make sure you wash your hair regularly. Winter’s dry, cold temperatures can have a negative effect on your hair. The dryness in the air can strip all the moisture from your scalp and cause dandruff. Therefore, wash your hair regularly to get rid of flaking as well as itchy scalp.
All of the above tips can help you sail happily through the winters! In addition to the above tips, consume immune-boosting foods and incorporate an active lifestyle to help your body protect itself from colds, coughs, and other infectious diseases.
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