The last couple of years we have been witnesses to some major climate changes, and the four seasons we were once accustomed to are slowly being replaced by unpredictable weather, and sudden temperature changes. To make this situation even worse is the fact that all these circumstances are encouraging incubation of various microorganisms that can jeopardize the health of your family. Fortunately, although we can do very little to prevent the mentioned climate changes there are more than enough things we can do to keep our families safe.
Clean and Disinfect
Do not get these two terms confused, cleaning your home with things like soap will remove germs, disinfecting will destroy them. Be sure to do both, and be very thorough while dealing with these tasks, even if that means you should sometimes consider cleaning services to land you a hand. Also, keep in mind that germs tend to dwell on the places you usually do not expect them to be or you usually do not clean too zealously. Here are some of them:
- Kitchen sink
- TV remote
- Salt and pepper shakers
- Computer keyboard
- Kitchen sponge
Wash Your Hands
Sure, this may sound old and redundant, but it is nevertheless worth repeating, especially considering how sloppy we are while washing hands. Remember, you are not doing that because you have to; you are doing that to get rid of all the bad things you may have accidentally picked up and remain healthy. Encourage your family to wash their hands every time they come in contact with something unclean and, of course, to put some effort into it. Finally, consider using natural hand sanitizers –You can never be too careful.
Consume a Lot of Vitamins C and D
Do not get us wrong, there are no bad vitamins, but vitamins C and D will be the best allies in fighting threats like flu viruses.
- Vitamin C. This essential nutrient is necessary for the maintenance of scar tissue, and blood vessels.You can find it in dark leafy vegetables, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, and tomatoes. Surprisingly enough, one of the foods richest with Vitamin C are non-other but good old yellow bell peppers.
- Vitamin D. With its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, Vitamin D is the Vitamin that takes more direct role in this fight, so it is very important to make sure your body has plenty of it. You can find it in tuna, salmon, eggs, ricotta cheese, and beef liver, or even help your body produce it itself by catching some sunrays (do not expose yourself more than 15 minutes during summer).
Let Your Family Sleep
We are perfectly aware that today’s world is very busy place and that sometimes 24 hours a day are simply not enough. Cutting the sleep, a, however, will not be of any help. You see, when you are sleeping your body is rebuilding itself, producing virus-attacking cells, and strengthening the immune system. Pushing your body too far without enough rest can only make you more vulnerable. Make sure then, that you and your family get at least 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
Encourage Active Lifestyle
Getting enough exercise can help any person to improve their cardiovascular health and reduce the likelihood of major chronic diseases. So, try to promote active lifestyle within your family as much as you can. Kids and adolescents (ages 6-17) should get at least 60 minutes of exercise (or increased physical activity) per day while the adults (18-64) need at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week.