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Three unsuspecting winter health wreckers

by Tania Griffin

Winter is now in full force: You’ve likely had to refill your vitamin stash already, your scarf is as important as pants, and the gas bottle bill is becoming a weekly expense. 

While boosting your immune system, layering up and keeping warm are essential to keeping your health in check this winter, there are some unsuspecting ways the cold weather may be catching you off guard. 

Trevor Brewer, director of air treatment specialist Solenco, outlines some of the most unsuspecting health wreckers:

  1. Gentle warmth, not scorching heat!

While a hot shower, heater or fireplace sounds like the only thing that’s going to get you through the wintery days, it’s important to consider your skin’s natural protective barrier. Icy temperatures and low humidity naturally leave your skin feeling dry, tight and even itchy or painful. Exposing an already weakened skin barrier to high temperatures is only going to exacerbate the problem, leading to skin sensitivity, cracks and even eczema flare-ups. It’s important to protect your skin’s protective barrier as far as possible. Brewer says one of the most natural ways to do this is by sticking to warm instead of hot showers, using heaters or fireplaces in moderation, or using them in conjunction with a quality humidifier that can correct the level of humidity in the air, adding moisture to it and protecting your skin’s barrier.

  1. Beware of excessive moisture

“Too much moisture can also be detrimental to your health,” says Brewer. Have you noticed the condensation on your windows when the heater has been on, and the windows shut? Just breathing in a room with poor ventilation can cause condensation and damp, resulting in mould issues. Mould can cause anything from minor allergic reactions to serious respiratory conditions, including asthma. If you’re in the habit of closing all the windows when you’re trying to trap heat in, or if you’re just fighting the resident damp in Cape Town and Durban, then a dehumidifier will help you combat both excess moisture and any recurring mould issues.

  1. Indoor air quality matters

Another issue caused by insufficient ventilation and too much time spent indoors is the accumulation of indoor pollutants. “Along with the build-up of bacteria, dust mites, pet dander and seasonal viruses, particles called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from commonly used household products can cause anything from headaches, dizziness and light-headedness to respiratory issues and allergies,” says Brewer. Think cleaning products, aerosol sprays, personal care products and even new furniture or carpets. “If you’re not taking stock of what you’re breathing in on a daily basis, then you should be using an air purifier with a multi-stage filtration system that can remove particles like VOCs from the air to keep you and your family protected.” 

Brewer says you can now track and measure pollutants, including VOCs, as well as assess temperature and humidity with new portable air quality monitors like the Atmotube PRO, making it both easy and convenient to navigate the challenges of winter air quality and enjoy a healthier, more comfortable indoor season.

Portable air quality monitors like the Atmotube PRO produced by Solenco.

“Understanding the various ways in which the colder weather can affect your health allows you to proactively prioritise long-term well-being for yourself and your loved ones,” he concludes.

With more than a decade of sourcing and distribution experience, Solenco products are stocked by South Africa’s largest retailers such as @Home, Hirsch’s, Makro, Takealot, Clicks, Builders Warehouse and YuppieChef.

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