By Katie Evans, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Public Speaker
The experts say that the next 2-3 weeks will be challenging for us all in the US. There are some easy ways to make your family safer and healthier.
I’ve been helping people live healthier for over 35 years. Here are some tips I’ve gleaned during that time.
- When you wash your hands or use sanitizer, create friction between your hands. That’s what breaks down the fatty shell around the virus and destroys it. Remember to clean all your fingers and thumb separately–briskly!
- If you have a feather pillow, put it into the dryer on high heat for 10-15 minutes. That kills the dust mites and germs. You can also wash your pillow. Takes awhile to dry it well, which you must do because damp feathers don’t smell so good! DO NOT DRYER YOUR FOAM PILLOWS . THEY COULD CATCH ON FIRE.
- If you use a CPAP machine, clean the mask daily with antibacterial soap. Antibacterial does not kill viruses, but it keeps it more germ free. Clean your hoses at least once a week. An ER doc recently said on TV that CPAPs may help you breathe easier if you are symptomatic.
- Throw your bath towels into the dryer on high heat after each shower/bath. Viruses love damp, dark spaces. (Getting the sense there’s a theme here??). Wash weekly, at least.
- Use face clothes only once, then wash.
- Every evening, toss dish towels into the dryer on high heat. Wash as needed.
- Dryer (see, I made up a new word!) your blankets at least once a week.
- Toss your wet dish sponge into the microwave for 2 minutes. Make sure it’s pretty wet or it could catch on fire.
- Rinse your pet’s dish (es) and scrape off any food residue. Wash in the dishwasher. Don’t worry, the heat kills the germs.
- Clean your bathrooms, especially around the sink. Do your best to keep that area dry.
- Put the top back on the toothpaste.
- Drink lots of water–divide your weight in half and drink that number of ounces daily. Dehydration happens if you contract the virus, so stay ahead of any possible problems.
- Build up your immune system by eating fresh fruits and veggies loaded with vitamin A, C, and E. Zinc is also important. Find throat lozenges if you can. Should you become symptomatic, they will ease your throat.
- About 40% will lose their sense of smell then taste coming down with the virus. Play a game with your kids every morning: Have them close their eyes and smell something and tell you what it is. If they can’t, call your primary provider.
- Go walking every day. Get out of breath so your lungs get a good work out. The virus attacks lungs and the more you can exercise them now, ideally, the better you may feel if you become symptomatic.
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