It's raining, it's pouring.....here are 5 tips to help you stay safe and dry this storm season.
When it comes to keeping good health when it's cold and wet outside, here are some small things you can do to keep you healthier.
These tips may be just the thing that makes the difference in your resistance to the 'office bug and flu' this season.
Tip 1 - Boost Your Vitamin and Mineral Intake
Vitamins and minerals are essential for people's bodies to work properly. Although you get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat every day, some foods have more vitamins and minerals than others.
Vitamins fall into two categories: fat soluble and water soluble. The fat-soluble vitamins — A, D, E, and K — dissolve in fat and can be stored in your body. The water-soluble vitamins — C and the B-complex vitamins need to dissolve in water before your body can absorb them. Because of this, your body can't store these vitamins. Any vitamin C or B that your body doesn't use as it passes through your system is lost. So you need a fresh supply of these vitamins every day.
Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help cells and organs do their jobs. A regular supply of nutrients will help you to ward off those winter colds and flues.
Tip 2 - Hunt out Household Mould
Is household mould a health hazard?
The short answer is YES. Mould is extremely dangerous to our health (even to our pets health). When you breath in mould spores your chance of succumbing to infections and sickness increases. Some of the common health complaints associated with mould include: sinus, skin and respiratory infection, yeast infections, headaches, aching joints, asthma, fatigue, loss of libido, depression and anxiety. There have been numerous stories reported in the media of people living with infestations of mound within their homes and their declining levels of health. Interestingly, when they move out their health begins to improve again.
How does mould spread?
Wet weather, damp conditions, steamy/humid bathrooms and poorly ventilated areas are all super prone to outbreaks of toxic mould. Unless mould is treated at the source and in the right way it will continue to spread.
How Serious is this?
Dr Peter Dingle, environmental scientist and presenter of the SBS show Is Your House Killing You?, says that in the US mould is now being referred to as the "asbestos of the new generation".
"The effects of moulds and dampness on the respiratory health of children are comparable to the effect of passive smoking and include other effects such as asthma and chronic bronchitis," he says. "Mould exposure is associated with catching more colds, more infections in the lower respiratory system and irritation of skin, eyes, fever and headache. In severe cases, it can cause death."
Tips for Killing Mould
- Glen20 helps alleviate mould - spray and wipe application (be careful not to breath in spores)
- A natural solution of seven parts naturally brewed vinegar and three parts water applied with a microfibre cloth
- Effective mould removal involves mechanical removal - that is, physical action with clothes, vacuum cleaners, brushes and high-pressure cleaners
- If you have a serious, entrenched mould problem, seek professional help
- To prevent mould in cupboards, hang sticks of chalk - they absorb moisture from the air
- To prevent mould growing on books, lay a line of chalk sticks behind the books to absorb moisture. Dry the chalk out and reuse.
Tip 3 - Driving safely in the wet
When the rain comes down, the roads can get crazy. The roads become slippery, it is harder to see, your windscreen fogs up, your brakes are less effective, and some people drive faster in the rain....
What can you do?
Slow down and increase the distance between you and the cars ahead. In wet weather, try and leave a 6 second gap between the car in front and you. Replace your old, gnarled windscreen wipers. When you are caught out in that heavy downpour, this is one tip you'll wish you actioned.
Have you seen Victoria Road in the rain? It can be quite dangerous.
Watch for water on the road - cars can 'aquaplane' after hitting flows of water and glide out of control across the road. If you cross a flow of water, slow down to 30/40 km/hr. After you pass the water lightly tap on your brakes to dry the pads. Don't drive across flooded roads - the water can be deceptively deep.
Tip 4 - Dry those wet shoes and socks!
There is nothing worse then walking around with wet socks and shoes. This can happen on your way to work, on your way home from work, when you step into the deceptively deep pool of water....
Here is what to do for wet shoes:
- remove insoles
- stuff shoe with crumpled newspaper
- place shoes on a towel on floor
- direct a high speed fan at shoes to help them dry faster
- after an hour replace the newspaper with fresh, dry newspaper
- replace the newspaper again after 2-4 hours if the shoes are still wet
Here is what to do for wet socks:
- place in clothes dryer (sounds obvious)
- place at least one dry bath towel into the dryer with socks - the towels absorbs water from wet garments, so your socks will dry faster
- run dryer for 15 minutes, then remove towel. Run dryer without towel until the socks are dry.
Tip 5 - stay regularly adjusted!
You know that regular adjustments help keep you subluxation free by keeping unwanted (and damaging) pressure off your nerves. You are much healthier for it.
My friends, it commonly takes several adjustments to get you and your family back on track again.