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Get UnSICK for the Holidays.

December 16th, 2014 by Annette

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Stomach bug? Annoying sinus infection? You don’t have time for this. Wouldn’t you rather take time off from work to catch up on last minute holiday preparations and feel well instead? Get unsick…

During the holidays, more people get sick because colder weather forces us indoors, where you have a lot more contact with individuals in closed areas. Every time you touch a doorknob, refrigerator-door handle, remote control, water faucet, or you reach into a bowl of snacks — all well-utilized places, especially during the holidays — well, let’s just say you’re not the first person to do so.

Our bodies are made to protect us from getting sick but when we’re overloading our body with toxins along with other factors — lack of sleep, stress, coming off a recent illness — that adds to our body burden and increases our risk.

Here are simple steps you can take to help boost your immune system and stack the stay-well odds in your favor.

SANITIZE AND DISINFECT YOUR SURFACES: It’s probably common sense not to shake a sick person’s hands when you want to prevent a cold — but that’s far from the only place that you can pick up germs. A recent study looked for the presence of viruses on surfaces and found that the flu virus was found on as many as 50 percent of surfaces. So consider sanitizing and disinfecting your surfaces to minimize your exposure to germs and help prevent colds and the flu. Click here to learn more and schedule a service today.

 CONTROL YOUR HUMIDITY: Cold viruses thrive in dry conditions. Dry air also dries the mucous membranes, which can lead to a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. Excess humidity can cause fungi, mites, molds, mildew and other sick makers to thrive.Artificial heating tends to be very drying, so you may want to buy a humidifier to keep your air moist enough that it doesn’t dry out or dehydrate your sinuses.

Did you know? Medical studies indicate that maintaining your home’s humidity restrains the survival of various viruses, including ­influenza, polio, measles, and herpes.

 DRINK CLEAN WATER: Staying hydrated will keep your body strong and ready to fend off cold germs and the flu virus. In fact, one recent study found that drinking plenty of water may boost a particular immune response to enable your body to better fight the viruses. But is your water clean? Get your water quality tested. Drinking unfiltered water can do more harm than good. Consider a water filtration system to ensure you and your family are getting the purest water needed to feel your best.

 PURIFY YOUR AIR: We spend over 90% of our time indoors, where our air is two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environment, and in some cases, the air measurements indoors have been found to be 100 times more polluted! Inadequate ventilation is a primary cause of indoor air pollution and is why pollutants rise in homes during the winter. An air filter, especially a HEPA type filter, can help remove airborne dust and germs that cause cold, flu, asthma and worse conditions over time.

Get UnSICK – A healthy home starts TODAY!
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