Did you know your family members spend over 80% of time indoors, either at home, office or school where the level of indoor pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors?
Did you know too that piling on layers of bulky polyester clothing can overheat your body and then leave you feeling COLDER?
Read on for few little known tips to help keep your loved ones safe from winter nasties - both inside and out.
Drink Plenty of W-A-T-E-R
It is obvious you will not feel like drinking water when you are cold.
According to doctors, it is in fact much easier to become dehydrated during cold weather. Just take one look at your scaley winter skin and that shows it clearly!
So, be particular about tracking your fluid intake ensuring you are still getting at least 1 - 2 litres of water per day. Hot water with lemon makes a nice winter warmer and counts towards your total intake.
Make sure you and your loved ones are getting enough too. Kids can get sick very easily and studies show being dehydrated can lower the body’s defences by affecting the ability for the immune system to function optimally.
A great way to get hydrated is drinking hot tea. For kids and infants, hot milk, warm water with lemon and honey or any other nutritional hot drink can serve the purpose of maintaining hydration. There are some great herbal healing ice blocks recipes from The Eco Mum that you can try here too!
Layers Are Best
During bitter winters, you may think of throwing on the bulkiest jumper or jacket when heading outside for any work or for any other activities.
Instead, think about layering warm clothes that are less bulky and made of more natural fibres allowing your skin to breathe. Sweating under polyester will cause you to feel cold due to the dampness and trick your body into trying to cool you down - when you need to stay warm.
For bottom layer, you can choose a moisture wicking fabric or something made of pure wool - like spencers and woollen thermal under garments. For the middle layer, choose an insulated fabric like cotton or pure wool. Avoid polyester if you can as your skin can not breathe.
The outer layer should always be waterproof especially in wet weather. Wool is naturally waterproof and is an eco-friendly option allowing your skin to breathe.
Indoor Air Quality
As you will be spending the vast majority of your time during the colder months indoors, it is vital to ‘flush out’ the indoors areas as often as possible. If you think about it, you will be breathing vapours and potentially germs in and out, all day.
You may have the fire going which dries out the indoor air or a gas heater which emits vapours that are harmful causing headaches, lethargy and dizziness.
If you do not open doors and windows for 3 months the air in your home has been circulating around and around, being breathed in and out over and over again. The oxygen level in the air you breathe lowers over time making you feel tired and lethargic. This is also how alot of air borne viruses and bugs can be shared amongst family members so frequently.
If you are going out, open up doors and windows and turn off heaters - you can heat the house when you get back in. Try to open up the house once a week at least to allow fresh air to circulate.
You will instantly feel more alert and refreshed because you are breathing in air that is higher in oxygen. Who wants to keep breathing in second and third hand air and germs all winter anyway?
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