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Staying Healthy This Winter

Winter is just around the corner. Some of you are breathing a sigh of relief for the cooler temperatures or school being in full swing. Others are acutely aware the flu season is upon us or perhaps most of us are more on edge since the dawn of the COVID era. Regardless of illness, none of us enjoy being sick even if it generally helps build up our immune systems. But who wants to build their immune systems up by relying solely on being sick? Yeah, me neither. Luckily for you there are some really easy ways to fortify our bodies so when we come into contact with viruses and bacteria that are meant to harm, our bodies are like the 1967 version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, ready to put down any threats quickly. Unfortunately, that also means that if we aren’t careful our immune systems might resemble someone more along the lines of Napoleon Dynamite or the Lion’s defensive team… yeah, I went there. No one likes to lose, especially when our health is involved. Here’s the juicy stuff: five things you can add to your routine to build up that immune system and help keep unwanted viruses and bacteria at bay.

Elderberry syrup. It’s packed with nutrients and elderberries are one of God’s gifts that naturally fortify our bodies. Take one teaspoon daily for prevention and a few teaspoons daily while ill until you are feeling better.
Vitamin C. Our bodies use vitamin c for many different processes but it is critical for immune function. High doses of vitamin c can help our bodies recover more quickly from illnesses and it’s water-soluble so if you’re worried about taking too much, your body will naturally eliminate the excess!
Drink lots of water. Lots and lots of water. And then when you think you’ve had enough, drink more. Water is like the oil in your vehicles, you might have all the working parts but they can’t move or do what’s necessary without the right … agent. Water also helps our bodies flush out unwanted products.
Sleep. Getting a solid night’s rest is vital for our bodies to continue functioning optimally. Typically adults need 8 hours of sleep every night. If we want our immune systems to be tip-top, then we need to give them the time to work and rest properly.
A clean home environment. This is where we spend most of our time and if we aren’t keeping it cleaned then naturally viruses and bacteria will hang around for a time and be ready to strike. Don’t give them a chance! Standard cleaning is bare minimum and even hidden places that you may easily overlook are important. Think of the trim around your doors or window frames, ceiling fans, and the fan in your fridge that without some cleaning will spread more dust and pollutants around. Dusting isn’t most people’s favorite activity but the pollutants that are bad for us don’t have wings- they move around in the dust. Periodically checking under your sinks for leaks or wet spots so you can stop moisture before anything has a chance to grow. These extra steps to your cleaning regime take less than 30 minutes of your weekly cleaning. So it’s a win-win for time and cleanliness! Standard cleaning works well on the surface but for a more effective deeper cleaning that neutralizes viruses and kills bacteria and even mold spores, fogging is your best bet! Midwest Enviro Solutions provides consulting and can come to your home and give you a comprehensive list on how to keep your indoor space healthy as well as provide fogging services. They even leave you with a home care maintenance kit that allows you to keep up the cleaning for a time using the same solution in the fogging.

There are so many ways for us to work hard and keep healthy so I hope these tips give you a starting point from which to jump off into better health. For more information on how to receive a home sanitizing, head on over to Our team will be more than happy to help prepare your home for the cooler months ahead, so you can focus on enjoying the season.