Tower Garden to Table

During quarantine, a lot of people have taken to starting new hobbies: baking fresh bread, meditating, knitting, and even gardening (it is Springtime, after all!). But, what do you do if you want to flex your green thumb, but you don’t have enough yard space?

You ditch the soil altogether! Instead, save yourself the dirty fingernails and mud-stained clothes by using a Tower Garden!

You’re welcome to see our Tower Garden growing in our office — just give us a call and let us know that you’re interested in learning about it!

What is it?

Good health starts with positive, sustainable habits, like eating wholesome foods.

Tower Garden lets you easily grow your own fresh, nutrient-rich foods using a vertical growing system WITHOUT the use of soil. The advanced technology offers a cleaner, simpler, and more efficient way to grow fresh, healthy food for your family.

Tower Garden uses an aeroponic growing system — the same technology NASA uses — to grow plants using only water and nutrients. Research shows that aeroponic systems grow plants 3x faster and produce 30% greater yields on average. In fact, Tower Garden can grow more than 150 different wellness-promoting plants, with the exception of root crops such as potatoes and carrots. Check out the entire plant list here!

The new Tower Garden HOME is ideal for indoor gardening, while the Tower Garden FLEX is slightly larger and can be used indoors or outdoors.

A Tower Garden HOME Growing System kit is just $55.83/month for 12 months and includes a variety of starter seeds and everything you need to grow up to 32 full-sized greens and herbs. A Tower Garden FLEX Growing System kit is even less! At $51.67/month for 12 months, you can grow up to 20-full sized vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers!

Why are they good?

Food is the third-largest expenditure in Americans’ budgets. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than $7,000 on groceries and eating out per year, and guidelines laid out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) show that a family of four can spend between $890 and $1,287 per month.

So, why not cut your grocery list in half by growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables year-round in the comfort of your own home? Not only do you avoid the learning curve and mess of a traditional outdoor garden, but you save time and space: each model takes up less than 3 square feet and requires as little as 10% of the space and water you’d use with traditional growing. And the best part? With Tower Garden’s advanced technology, it’s almost impossible to screw up!

They’re great for classrooms, people with limited outdoor space, and even offices! If you’ve visited AFC over the last few months, you would have seen our beautiful Tower Garden! From our first sprouts in January to the beautifully mature vegetables growing in March, we’re happy to say that we’ve had more than a handful of clients ask us to take some of our Basil, Spicy Baby Greens, and Rainbow Chard home with them!

If that isn’t enough, having a Tower Garden in your home could be good for your mental health, too. Not only do plants make us feel better, but they also give us increased energy and bring feelings of vitality and an improved state of mind — which is something we could all use right now.

Whether you’re bored during quarantine, want to educate yourself and your family on the importance of home-grown food, or just want to add a little color to your home, give Tower Garden a try!

The Tele-Working Survival Guide

Dear patients,

For many of you, working from home means setting up shop at the dining room table or working from the couch.

Make sure that you’re set up for success without hurting your hips, back, neck and shoulders.

In this video, Dr. Scott Lamp talks about how to work from home without hurting yourself!

Part 1 – Introduction

Part 2: Ergonomics, Teleworking Basics and Peripheral Devices

 

 

Part 3: Memory Pegs

Introducing Joselyn

Our family at AFC just keeps getting bigger!

Introducing Joselyn!

Because one new face just wasn’t enough, we’d also like to introduce Joselyn!

Joselyn has been working as an administrator for over 5 years while also getting her AA in Science and continuing her education in public health.

She loves working with people and cares deeply about their overall wellbeing.

She’s happy she found Ashburn Family Chiropractic, where she is surrounded by positivity.

Please welcome her next time you come into the office!

How to Boost Your Immune System Against Illnesses Like Coronavirus

We’re hearing your concern about coronavirus and wanted to let you know…
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

We fully expect to stay open and allow our patients to stay on their current recommended treatment plan. Our message about obtaining maintaining your overall health and well-being hasn’t changed and it’s even more important now.

Rest assured that we always practice the highest standards for hygiene and cleanliness.

Here are a few reminders about how to boost your immune system as this novel virus spreads throughout our area.

  • Chiropractic Adjustments are proven to improve and enhance all your body’s systems, including your immune system. We fully expect to stay open to help keep you on your current treatment plan.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to clean between your fingers and under your fingernails. It’s the best defense we have against this virus.
  • Remember to eat whole, nutrient-dense foods. Fruits and vegetables are packed with the vitamins and minerals we need to support immune health. It's best to gain as much nutrition as you can from whole foods (ask us about our garden tower!). In the office, we have supplements and essential oils to give you that extra boost.
    • Juice Plus+ (Clinically Proven, Whole Food Based Nutritional Supplement)
    • Standard Process (Strengthen your immune system w/herbal supplements)
    • doTERRA Essential Oils (aid in immune support)
  • Drink plenty of filtered water. It keeps you hydrated and removes toxins from the body.
  • Get some exercise — and some rest, too! Moderate exercise and a healthy sleep schedule are critical to ensuring your immune system is operating at peak efficiency.
  • Detox your body! Through our Ion therapy footbaths, we can help remove impurities from your liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, lymphatic system and skin, where toxins are stored.
  • Get a Massage! Build-up of stress can make you more prone to getting sick, so consider coming in for a massage. Massage has also been shown to improve the immune system, by promoting passive lymph movement.

We’re here to help you!

Call us for more information at (703) 450-4900.

micronutrients

The Importance of Micronutrients

micronutrientsThe holidays are a stressful time for a lot of people. From the pressure to give the perfect gift to the time crunch of fitting in all the holiday parties, a lot of people’s health takes a back seat.

As our stress increases, our ‘weak links’ come out — our treat-filled diets plus stress lead to inflammation in the gut and body, so health issues that you may normally have under control such as digestive issues, anxiety, aches and pains can all flare up. In fact, people can gain an average of 3 to 5 lbs. over the holiday season.

January is a great opportunity to get your body back in balance and start rebuilding with a good, clean system.

One of the best ways to do that is by adding micronutrients to your diet.

You’ve probably heard of the “big three” macronutrients — carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins — that your body needs to function. Micronutrients are all those vitamins and minerals that are necessary for things like keeping you energized, immune function, bone health, fluid balance and so much more. These can include vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc, to name a few.

When your body doesn’t get enough of these and other micronutrients, you may feel tired, in pain, foggy, depressed and otherwise run down.

One of the best ways to replenish these micronutrients is with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, but with our busy lives, sometimes we’re too busy to get always have fresh produce on hand. Dr. Judy has a variety of concentrated fruit, vegetable and berry-based capsules and chewable tablets that are a great way to bridge the gap between what you do get and what you should get — and rebuild those all-important micronutrients.

If you’re interested in giving your body a great reset this January, ask Dr. Judy about her regimen and how you can reclaim your energy this winter.

Cold vs Allergies: Which Do You Have?

Cold weather is finally here! That means it’s time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, warm sweaters, and.. fall allergies. 

 

If you’re experiencing a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, or coughing, you may be one of the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies each year. Or, you could have a cold –– and telling the two apart isn’t as simple as it may seem. 

 

Allergies and colds are two very different diseases. Allergies are an immune system reaction to substances like pet dander and pollen, while the “common cold” is an infection caused by a virus that typically lasts 7 to 10 days. 

 

Colds are transmitted through virus droplets that a sick person sheds when they cough or sneeze, and, despite its name, you can catch a “cold” at any point in the year — Yes, even in the summer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the average healthy adult catches two or three colds per year.

 

While seasonal allergies are most common in the springtime, when hay fever and allergies caused by trees are heightened, many Americans experience seasonal allergies during the early fall months, too. Cool autumn air can even harbor irritants that are just as aggravating as pollen (Seriously!). 

 

So, why do people confuse the two so easily? 

 

It’s all about your symptoms – and the way you respond to them. Once you learn the difference between allergies and colds, you can find the right method of relieve for your symptoms — fast. 

 

One major signifier that you struggle with allergies and not a cold? Timing. If your cold-like symptoms develop suddenly and occur for long periods at the same time each year, you likely struggle with seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, people with allergies may be more prone to catching colds. 

 

Symptoms of the common cold include: 

 

  • Sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, in addition to coughing and sneezing 
  • For more severe colds: headaches, fevers, and body aches 
  • If symptoms last more than a week or two, the virus may contribute to a more serious infection, such as a sinus infection, pneumonia, or bronchitis 

 

Allergy and cold similar symptoms: 

 

    • Sneezing 
    • Coughing 
    • Sore throat 
    • Runny nose 
    • Nasal congestion 
    • Watery eyes 

 

Telling them apart: 

 

The symptoms that colds and allergies DON’T share can be more telling than anything. Colds are more likely to cause fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, and fevers. Allergies are more likely to cause itchy eyes, wheezing, and skin rashes such as eczema or hives. 

 

When trying to decide what ailment you’re experiencing, consider these three things: 

 

  1. Time of the year 
  2. Duration of symptoms 
  3. What treatments are helping 

 

Consult with Dr. Judy if you are unsure about which category your symptoms fall under. 

 

Natural remedies for seasonal allergies: 

 

  • Detox your body by eliminating fried foods, sugar, alcohol and other toxins from your diet or try liver supportive foods and herbs such as milk thistle, turmeric, artichoke, citrus fruits, and nuts 
  • Cleanse your nose with a neti pot, sinus irrigator, or nasal oils
  • Try acupuncture to help address underlying imbalances within the body 
  • Take probiotics to help stimulate the production of immune-enhancing substances
  • Add essential oils like peppermint, basil, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil to your bath, tea, massage oil, or oil diffuser to help reduce allergy symptoms 

 

Natural remedies for colds:

 

  • Stay hydrated with water, juice, or warm lemon water (with honey) to help prevent dehydration and loosen congestion
  • Sip warm liquids such as tea, soup, or warm apple juice to soothe aches and increase mucus flow 
  • Add moisture to the air by using a cool vaporizer or humidifier 
  • Boost your Vitamin C intake to reduce phlegm 
  • Most importantly, rest: your body needs time to heal. 

 

Dr. Judy uses Standard Process supplements and doTerra essential oils to promote a healthy immune system all year round. If you are suffering from Cold or Allergy symptoms, speak with Dr. Judy at your next adjustment and get the relief you need!

Ticks: Dangers, Prevention Tips, and Treatment.

Ticks are a sensitive subject during the summertime in North America. And for good reason: a quick google of the word ‘tick’ will bring up stories such as “A New York Man Was Killed by a Rare Brain-Infecting Disease Spread by Ticks” and “Ticks are Reaching Record Numbers in North Carolina” – and it’s only August. 

 

Adult ticks – which are about the size of a sesame seed – can be active any time the temperature is above freezing, but they are most active during the warmer months. They are particularly pervasive from March to mid-May and from mid-August to November.

 

Ticks can be infected with bacteria, viruses or parasites, and carry pathogens that can be passed onto humans through the bite of an infected tick. The most commonly found tick-borne illnesses include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever. 

 

In the United States alone, more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); however, health officials have acknowledged that the true number of cases is likely much higher. 

 

Lyme has been diagnosed in almost every state, but recent reports show that 90% of cases stemmed from 14 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

 

Celebrities from Shania Twain to Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Yolanda Hadid, and Ben Stiller have been outspoken about their battles with the illness. Lavigne has even used her platform to spread awareness, famously telling People Magazine in 2015 that she was “bedridden for five months” due to her crippling symptoms. 

 

There is no direct way to test for Lyme disease – doctors can only test for the presence of antibodies that your body releases in response to the disease. If a test comes back negative, it may be that the antibodies haven’t built up enough to be detected, so if you think you have Lyme disease, it’s important to start treatment as soon as possible. 

 

Lyme disease – transmitted by the black-legged tick – has been called the “Great Imitator,” because its symptoms can mimic hundreds of other medical problems.

 

Symptoms of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may be subtle or pronounced, and range from digestive and respiratory issues to vision impairments, neurological issues, and skin problems. 

 

Prevention Tips (and what to do if you’ve been bitten) 

 

Be tick aware. Use these prevention tips to maximize your safety!

 

  • Avoid areas where ticks live: woodpiles, long grass, leaf piles, and beach grass.

 

  • Apply doTerra’s TerraShield Outdoor Blend which contains powerful essential oils and other plant oils known to provide outdoor protection in a natural, safe way.

 

  • Alternatively, other EPA-approved tick repellents (such as DEET) can be used, but we recommend trying natural products first. 

 

  • Remove your clothing once you get home and toss it into the dryer for 10-15 minutes at a HIGH temperature. 

 

  • Examine yourself and your pets DAILY.

 

  • Check EVERYWHERE: ticks love to hide and are often found in hairy, hot places on your body. (Yes, even your armpits.) 

 

For more information on all common tick-borne diseases, go to  https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html

 

How Chiropractic Can Help with Symptoms

A Science Daily report shows that 15% of patients with Lyme disease develop central nervous system involvement – resulting in painful, sometimes debilitating symptoms. And, this is not exclusive to Lyme disease: it can be felt by any tick-borne illness.

 

New research also indicates that inflammation plays a major factor in the neurological changes associated with Lyme. Chronic Lyme symptoms include fatigue, restless sleep, aching joints and muscles, speech problems, decreased short-term memory, and pain and/or swelling in the knees, shoulders, elbows, and other joints. 

 

Inflammation is a normal and healthy way for the body to preserve itself. It helps the body to heal by removing harmful irritants and pathogens. The issue arises when inflammation becomes chronic. At this point, the body responds by creating even more inflammation.

 

While there is no one answer or quick remedy for fixing the ailments caused by Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, anti-inflammatory drugs have been used to prevent inflammatory reactions in the body. For people who don’t want to take medication, or have found that it isn’t enough to resolve their pain, chiropractic adjustments can help with the aches and pains by triggering a positive response in the immune system.

sunscreen safety

How to Buy the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin this Summer

It’s 2019. By now, everyone should know: you need to wear sunscreen.

Not only is sunscreen helpful in shielding your skin from harmful UV rays — the #1 cause of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society — but it also helps to prevent premature aging, sunburns, and blotchiness of the face.

UV rays penetrate the skin every time they come in contact with the sun. Because of this, it is important to practice safe sunscreen use all year long, not only in the summertime when the days are longer and the sun is stronger.

It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours to protect your skin from sunburns. Although you may not see the benefits right away, the advantages of using sunscreen can be seen later on in life.

Studies have found that sunscreen offers better protection against the sun than wearing a full-length dress; in fact, cotton dresses offer zero protection altogether.

These results answer the age-old question, “Why wear sunscreen?”, and yet, with so many options on the market, consumers are still left wondering exactly which sunscreen to buy.

Choosing a Sunscreen

When choosing a sunscreen, always consider the ingredients, not just the label or marketing — which can be false or misleading. Sunscreen should contain, at least: Titanium dioxide, Octyl methoxycinnimate (or OMC), Avobenzone (also known as Parsol), and Zinc oxide.

Sunscreen should:

  • Shield your skin from harmful UV rays
  • Prevent premature aging
  • Lower skin cancer risks
  • Lower blotchiness of the face
  • Prevent sunburns
  • Prevent tanning
  • Enhance skin health

Finding the right brand of sunscreen for your skin can be difficult and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are countless varieties of sunscreens available at affordable rates on the market today — the FDA estimates that there are over 12,000 sunscreen products sold in the U.S. alone.

What to look for:

  • Choose a sunscreen that is waterproof
  • Choose a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30
  • Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen or gel that is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic
  • Choose a sunscreen that is dermatologists approved (recommended, but not necessary)

What to avoid:

Almost two-thirds of all sunscreens recently evaluated by the Environmental Working Agency would not be considered safe and effective under newly proposed FDA standards. This year, the group analyzed more than 1,300 products with a sun protection factor (or SPF), and, as reported in 2018, over 60% of the products evaluated don’t offer adequate sun protection OR contain harmful chemicals. The 2019 products, judged by the FDA found similar results.

Under the proposed rule, Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide have been classified as GRASE, or, “generally recognized as safe and effective.”

The two ingredients that are not classified GRASE are PABA and Tolamine salicylate.

For more information on the studies, take a look at this information about sunscreen safety:

https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/prevent/is-sunsceen-safe

 

How to manage a sunburn:

In addition to pure aloe vera gel, which can sometimes feel sticky, you can use Lavender essential oil for sunburns.

Lavender will help your skin to heal and prevent scarring. It can be used on its own or blended with other essential oils like peppermint or melaleuca (tea tree oil) to give it some extra oomph!

If you find yourself — after a long day in the sun — with a harsh burn, try one of these aloe vera alternatives:

  • Cool compress: Put 2 cups of cool water in a bowl. Add 10 drops of lavender (or 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint or melaleuca oil) and soak a clean washcloth in it. Apply to the burned area for 20 minutes. Repeat as necessary.
  • Healing bath: For an all-over sunburn, take a cool or lukewarm bath with 10+ drops of lavender in it. Alternately, take a baking soda bath. Add 1/2 cup baking soda, 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint or melaleuca for a soothing, healing soak.
  • Roller ball: Fill a small roller bottle half full with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil. Add 10 drops lavender oil (or 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint or melaleuca oil) for a soothing and cooling blend to roll over the affected area. (Note: do not apply to blistered sunburns!)
  • Spray mist: Put 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Add 10 drops of lavender (or 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint or melaleuca oil) and mist over the affected area.
  • Healing balm: For future sunburns, you can create a soothing balm. Melt 4 oz. of coconut oil on your stove or in the microwave. Add 40 drops of lavender oil (or 20 drops of lavender and 20 drops of peppermint or melaleuca oil) and stir. Pour into a clean jar and cap. Allow to cool. When needed, rub a small amount over the affected area. (Note: do not apply to blistered sunburns!)

The Takeaway:

To protect you and your family from the sun, Dermatologists recommend that you:

  • Seek shade during the sun’s strongest hours: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses to protect your skin from the sun
  • Apply sunscreen to all skin that clothing won’t cover

And, of course, have a great summer — in or out of the sun! As Stylecraze.com suggests, “Enjoy the sun 365 days with a liberal dab of sunscreen.”

 

New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy and Healthy Spine

Is it March already?

The District has experienced many extreme snowfalls this winter, as well as fluctuating high and low temperatures. Luckily, permanent warm weather may be right around the corner! Beginning at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th, get your clocks ready to spring forward for Daylight savings time!

As you prepare your mind and body for spring, why not update your New Year’s resolutions as well? Studies have shown that most Americans tend to make resolutions that focus on weight loss, diets, finances, or relationships, but, there’s one important health-related goal that people tend to overlook: their spine.

Leave your back pain in 2018 with these  tips for a healthy spine:

  1. Practice at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day

Doctors often recommend 30 minutes of exercise each day to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, increase heart health, improve memory, productivity, and self-confidence, and boost your overall mood.

Lesser known, however, is the life-altering benefits physical activity can have on your spine. The last thing you want to do when your back in aching is get up and go for a run, but, research shows that getting your body in motion is beneficial for your spine!

A regular routine of aerobic and strength training exercises can help alleviate neck or back pain by reducing the likelihood of and/or severity of flare-ups, keeping the spine functional and mobile, burning calories to help achieve or maintain optimal weight (this can remove excess pressure on the spine), and increasing the production of endorphins which act as a natural painkiller.

To strengthen your back, stomach, and leg muscles, try:

  • Partial Crunches
  • Hamstring Stretches
  • Wall Sits
  • Pelvic Tilts
  • Bridges

To strengthen your lungs, heart, and blood vessels (and help you lose weight), try:

  • Swimming and other water aerobics
  • Elliptical or step machines
  • Biking
  • Walking

For a combination of both, try:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates

For severe pain, start with shorter intervals of exercise, such as 5-10 minutes of walking or swimming, and gradually work your way up to a more extensive routine.

2. Improve your Posture

Spinal discs are loaded three times more while sitting than standing. During long periods of stationary activity, stress is added to your back which can lead to backaches, muscular pain, and headaches.

If you work at a desk all day, practice good ergonomics by positioning your monitor at eye level, standing tall with your shoulders pulled back and spine in a neutral position and feet flat on the floor. To avoid hunching or straining your neck, hold your cell phone, tablet, or other mobile devices in front of your face when using them.

In addition, choose the right office chair! The purchase is worth the comfort. For help choosing the right chair, go to http://ow.ly/3U9S30nVU7z.

3. Stay Hydrated

This may go without saying, but water is an imperative source of nourishment for our bodies, and especially our backs! Because the discs between your vertebrae are composed almost completely of water – and play an important role as “shock absorbers” – maintaining proper hydration is key to successful back health.

When not properly hydrated, these discs begin to shrink, which can lead to swelling and eventually pain or worse case, a ruptured disc.

So, drink lots of water throughout the day to keep your muscles and intervertebral discs healthy, happy, and hydrated!

5. See a Chiropractor

Getting adjusted regularly might not be at the top of your priority list, but, it should be!

Routine adjustments from your chiropractor can help correct misalignments and imbalances before they cause back pain or other serious health issues.

When your spine is aligned correctly, your muscles, nerves, and joints can reach optimal functionality and enable your body’s restorative healing properties.

Become a practice member today with Ashburn Family Chiropractic. We’re here to help!

humidity in winter

Winter Weather: A Humidifier May Help Keep You Healthy

Temperatures have dropped as low as 11 degrees in the area this winter, and though it may not be as cold as the record-breaking chill of the Midwest, it’s important to take extra precautions to stay safe during the remainder of the season.

While turning up the heat, keeping tissues on hand, and cleaning the surfaces of your home can contribute to maintaining a healthy environment, homeowners often overlook one of the most important necessities: a humidifier.

When the air in your home is dry, you’re more susceptible to discomforts such as congestion, bloody noses, irritated vocal cords, dry coughs, cracked lips, sinus congestion, and headaches – which humidifiers have been known to treat.

This invaluable appliance has also been proven to ease the symptoms of the flu or common cold by adding moisture to the air and effectively reducing skin, nose, throat, and respiratory irritation.

On top of the many benefits that humidifiers add to human wellbeing, they can be great for your houseplants, too! Houseplants can become more vibrant, and wood floors, wallpaper, and furniture may last longer!

Signs You Need A Humidifier

According to Healthline.com, “When used with care, humidifiers can make a significant difference when it comes to dry skin and airways.”

Here are a few of the common reasons to consider using a humidifier in your home or office space:

  1. Your Hands and Lips are Constantly Dry:

Central heating can cause a 20-30% humidity level dip, which can make your skin lose moisture. Lack of moisture can leave your skin feeling tight, dry, flaky, or itchy. The skin on your hands and lips are especially vulnerable to moisture loss.

Quick fixes like hand lotion and chapstick may do the trick for a day, but, a humidifier would naturally – and seamlessly – rehydrate your skin!

  1. You Experience a Frequent Dry or Scratchy Throat:

Do you suffer from recurring seasonal colds or bacterial infections like strep throat? There are more than 3 million cases of strep throat and 1 billion diagnosed colds each year in the U.S. alone. When exposed to dry, indoor air, your vocal cords can become irritated.

A humidifier can help maintain the optimal levels of humidity in your home while soothing and lubricating your throat.

  1. You Live or Work With Kids

If you live with kids – or someone who works with them – then you know one thing: germs spread quickly!

According to Compactappliance.com, humidifiers can help you avoid getting the flu altogether. Studies have shown that the flu virus is able to survive longer in low humidity. By adding moisture to your environment during the flu season, you’re creating a less-than-ideal setting for the virus to thrive – decreasing your chance of catching it.

  1. You Snore

As if the heightened risk of developing illnesses and unpredictable weather weren’t enough, dry air can also contribute to your snoring symptoms! Lack of moisture in the air causes the nose to become congested and throat to swell, resulting in restricted air movement through the nose – that’s where humidifiers step in!

Maintaining optimal humidity levels encourages natural air movement and reduces snoring.

  1. You Have Allergy or Asthma Symptoms

Research suggests that being exposed to too high or too low levels of humidity can increase the risk of asthma-like symptoms.

Humidifiers can relieve the symptoms of people who struggle with dry sinuses or airways who are prone to allergic reactions.

 

While a humidifier is not a cure-all for winter sickness, flu prevention or the symptoms listed above, it may help. If you have severe snoring or sleep apnea symptoms, allergies, asthma or other medical conditions, please let us know!