Winter air - it is so dry.
Especially in the areas that have to keep the heat on constantly.
Most of the cold and flu sicknesses are caught during this time of year.
And one thing that doesn't help with keeping them at bay is the dry indoor air.
Our bodies are wondrous machines, but they need our help sometimes to keep fighting and working correctly.
Many winter sicknesses are breathed in through our mouth and nose, and the mucous membranes that line these cavities work hard to move those germs out fast.
But the dry air causes these membranes to shrink which makes it pretty hard for them to perform their job.
Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air can help.
And anything that helps to ward off sickness is worth a try.
This is the second year that we have used a warm moist humidifier.
And even with it on high, I can only get the humidity to about 32 in the house.
The recommended indoor humidity is be between 40-50 for the most comfortable and healthy level.
Without the humidifier, the level is 19, which is very dry indeed!