Household heating systems in the winter and air conditioners in the summer can rob the indoor air of its natural moisture. The lungs and respiratory tract are dependent on moisture to function effectively. The Vicks Vaporizer helps provide appropriate humidity levels to keep respiratory systems moist and healthy and helps relieve the mucous associated with cold and flu symptoms.
The Vicks Vaporizer helps relieve the symptoms of nose and throat congestion, coughs and a parched throat by thinning mucous and draining sinus passages. This clears the nasal passages for easier breathing and relieves dry, scratchy throats. Using the Vicks Vaporizer overnight ensures sleep is more restful with gentle, natural steam therapy.
The importance of healthy humidity
Water is one nutrient that all forms of life must have to survive. All functions of the body require sufficient moisture to work properly.
The lungs and respiratory tract are good examples of body systems that are dependent on moisture to work well and must function effectively to prevent infections. If the body has sufficient water, mucus forms a layer of moisture to trap cold and flu viruses, pollutants and other debris in the air you breathe. This protection is vital in helping to prevent upper respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Dryness causes damage to the cells that produce mucus, thus when the air is dry the respiratory system’s natural protection is weakened, causing people to have a higher incidence of colds and flu.
Colds and flu begin making their seasonal rounds during autumn and winter. Part of the reason for increased respiratory illness during this time is because the humidity levels in the air reaches its yearly low. Heating units and reverse cycle air conditioning in homes and offices also further remove moisture from the air.
The solution is to increase moisture in the body by increasing the level of moisture in the home and office. Doctors have always advised drinking plenty of fluids for proper health. Breathing in humidified air follows the same logic.
At times, relative humidity can drop to as low as 10% - drier than the air in the Sahara Desert. Most people experience problems when the relative humidity level drops below 25%. A comfortable humidity level should not be higher than 50%. This level of humidity helps people breathe better, sleep better, improve the complexion and relieve cold and flu symptoms. It also stops dry-out damage to plants, paintings and furniture and helps save money on heating bills, since proper humidity allows people to feel more comfortable at lower temperatures.
Steam vaporizers boil water and emit a warm, pure vapour into the air. Vaporizers are recommended for use in the dry winter months, as they provide the following benefits:
Steam inhalation is fast acting without the side effects such as drowsiness or rebound congestion, which are associated with many nasal sprays. It is ideal for use when medication has worn off, but it’s too early to re-medicate.