Turn on your humidifier and take a deep breath. Ahhh... Much better.
Our bodies need moisture in order to thrive. We are encouraged to drink lots of water and apply lotion to our skin when it starts to dry out. But sometimes we need more help than that. A humidifier can replenish the air with its missing moisture. Below are five ways you can benefit by running one in your home.
Stuffy or runny noses, itchy and red eyes, sneezing or coughing, headaches and brain fog. If you suffer from allergies, you will know these symptoms well. Humidifiers can reduce the effects of allergies by hydrating your nose and throat, freeing nasal passages to trap bacteria and dust before they enter your respiratory system. It also sends out moisturizing vapors into the air, which will capture airborne pollens and allergens before you can even inhale them.
Dry weather produces dry and itchy skin. Sometimes it doesn't matter how much lotion you slather on or water you drink. The dry air zaps the moisture right out of your skin. A humidifier will help restore moisture back into the air and prevent your skin from drying out or cracking. It can also help limit any dandruff production by preventing your scalp from drying out. All you have to do is turn the machine on and let it will get to work, restoring your skin back to its normal hydrated state.
When your nasal passage ways dry out, your body will produce more mucus, which could lead to snoring and even sleep apnea if the snoring becomes chronic. Turning on your humidifier while you sleep can open up your respiratory passages and alleviate snoring, sore throats, dry mouths, and stuffy noses. You and your family can sleep peacefully throughout the night as you will be able to breathe deeply once again.
Viruses like the cold and flu can spread much more easily in dry air. Higher humidity levels allow for moisturized air to attach to the virus and weigh it down so that we can sweep it up with a broom instead of breathe it in through our noses. A humidifier will protect your air quality from harmful viruses as well as provide your body with the rest it needs. If you already have contracted a cold or the flu, dry air will only force your mucus to thicken and nasal passages to become congested. Higher humidity levels in the air will moisten your nasal passages, loosen impacted mucus, and improve your recovery.