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How To Not Get a Cold

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I’m not a doctor. And I don’t play one on TV. But I do know a thing or two about keeping crud away.

Remember in that Seinfeld episode when he was so proud of himself for his non vomiting streak? Well, I’m kind of like that with cruds. Okay, last spring’s food poisoning was not the flu! Sometimes you just can’t help it.

But for the most part (knock on wood) I don’t get too ill. A sniffle. Maybe. But my days of bronchitis and sinus infections seem a thing of the past. Why? Because adamantium, that’s why. No. Just kidding. I think it’s because I’m looking after myself.

Here’s how I protect myself and my family from yucky stuff all year long, not just winter. But let’s face it, winter sucks. How many times are kids sick in the winter? All the time.

Tip #1-

WASH YOUR HANDS! This is not optional. This is required. And here’s how you do it. You come in the house, you set down your purse, keys, phone, and YOU WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS! This goes for EVERYONE. If someone isn’t washing their hands, it kind of blows the purpose of keeping germs at the door.

My husband will be all, comes in, gets a glass of water, sits down, pulls out his laptop, and I say, “did you wash your hands?” And he replies, “Oh, yeah, no. I forgot.” And then I flog him for his lack of cleanliness. Just kidding.

But seriously. Wash your hands as you enter the house.

Tip #2-

GET PLENTY OF REST. I know what you’re thinking. “Fudge you Rebecca. If I wanted sleep I wouldn’t have had children.” I know. I know. But seriously. Not resting is what gets you rundown, your immune system compromised and your body out of whack. If you can feel some crud coming on- go to bed. Say no to that PTA meeting. Don’t take your kids to the bounce house. Let them play in the street while you take a nap. Okay! Just kidding. I know. But do what you can to slow down.

Tip #3

INVEST IN A GOOD QUALITY AIR PURIFIER IN YOUR HOME. This would be the Venta Air Purifier in my home. It’s the best German engineering available. It humidifies, purifies and signifies that you’re smart. Smart because you know that dust particles and dry air are a bonanza in your sinuses during the winter, and you are preventing that party from starting. Clean air and moistened nasal passages are helpful in keeping colds at bay.

 

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Tip #4

Acupuncture. Oh for crying out loud! Stop being a baby and telling me you think it’s hokey placebo stuff or scary needles. My kids have done it. It’s not scary. I do maintenance acupuncture once a month that helps keep my chi flowing like a river through Montana. I don’t get migraines anymore, I don’t have sinus headaches or infections anymore and I can see through things. Ha!

Tip #5

DRINKING LOTS OF TEA. I’m a huge tea drinker. I drink coffee too. But I pretty much keep it to one shot of espresso per day. Tea is everything. I’m drinking it constantly. Oh, and I don’t smoke and I eat kale. Sometimes. But I don’t do weird things with coconut oil or have my lady bits steamed. So I draw the line the line somewhere!

Now. If Murphy has its law about me and I drop ill from some Shanghai flu tomorrow, I will burn this post to the ground.

But truthfully, I just wanted to share with you my wisdom so that you can stay healthy and well.

Cheers!

*********************this is not a sponsored post. All words and opinions and mine and I haven’t been paid to write them.****************************

An air purifier you need

We are having the worst summer or the best summer, depending on how you look at it. I hate the high temps.  It’s been a solid 3 weeks of 80 degrees and reaching into the 90s here in the great Northwest. I’m DYING. I know that is overly dramatic (ahem, hence my byline) BUT, seriously, this isn’t cool. Knock it off Mother Nature! You’re pissing me off. And the forecast this week is for mid 90s. Seriously. I’m starting to look forward to Christmas at this rate.

We don’t have central air. Most homes in Seattle don’t. If we lived in Texas we’d be sitting pretty because this would seem like average summer weather and we’d have our air conditioning cranking out to keep us cool. Instead, we have fans. And screens. So we wait until 10 o’clock at night when it’s cool and open everything up and blast whatever cooler air there is outside to bring inside. As well as hope and pray that none of the neighbors are using their fire pits which just sends campfire smoke straight into our house. That’s a whole different rant from me!

Thankfully, we have a portable a/c unit in our master bedroom that hooks up to our window and we can run that for a couple of hours to cool off just our room. Owen has been sleeping on the floor with us because his room is still 90 degrees even at 10 pm, and he has a loft bed. That means, he’s 5 feet off the ground and heat rises, so he doesn’t want to sleep up there!

What does this all have to do with an air purifier you ask?

Well. With the ratchet nasty air quality we are having because of the extended heat, that is leaving a hazy film in our sky, AND the constant running of fans and a/c units, my skin and sinuses are not happy.

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This is not me. Duh.

BUT- to the rescue is the Venta Air Washer. What is a Venta Air Washer you ask? Well it’s the finest German engineering for a humidifier and air purifier there is.

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Small, medium, and large. Pick your size, Goldilocks.

My first experience with a humidifier was way back when Emma was 2 and she had the worst croup. It was the first time she was so sick. It was Christmas Eve and I didn’t know what was going on. The doctor said when she coughs like a barking seal, she needs a humidifier in the room she’s sleeping in. I had never used a humidifier before. We went to Rite-Aid and bought one. It was decent, I guess. It had these gauzy filters inside that needed replacing often. If you didn’t replace them, they would mold and then of course, you’re pushing moldy air around and that isn’t healthy! I was grateful for the effects of the humidifier for Emma’s cough, but it was such a pain to maintain. It would get moldy quickly and it was loud.

When the Venta company reached out to me, I was very curious to see their product. We haven’t had croup in this house for years! Yes, I have still considered a humidifier, especially in our room while we sleep to improve the air quality. Now at least allergens, pollen, dust, (even bugs) are getting filtered out without having to even think about them. I don’t know how to explain the saturation of steam in the air as a function of temperature- and if I did, you wouldn’t believe me, right? But I do know that the Venta is pretty freaking simple.

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See the wheels turn and then the fan spins. Got it?

You take it out of the box, add water and plug it in. That’s it. Yes, you have to add water every day. Yes, you do need to clean it out once in awhile, but it’s gosh darn easy.

If your family is in need of something that will work like a Mercedes on the Autobahn to improve your indoor air quality, whether you just want to, or you need to for medical or allergy reasons- check out the Venta Airwasher. It’s ausgezeichnet!

 

I was not paid for this review. I was given product for the purpose of the review only. All words and opinions are my own.