Humidifiers: Debunking the Dependence

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Humidifiers: Debunking the Dependence

“Moisture” has long been the preferred control strategy for respiratory illness. We’re told that by putting water vapour back into the air we can not only counter the damaging effects of cold, dry air, but also reduce respiratory infections caused by airborne viruses and bacteria.

But not only will use of a humidifier/vaporizer/evaporator make you feel better, but it’ll also allegedly make you look good too: making your skin appear softer and more radiant. Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Because not all of us can just pack up and move to Florida, it’s no wonder these devices have become a go-to in most households around the world. In fact, Americans purchase a whopping 10 million humidifier-type devices every year!

It’s a booming industry, and the market’s loyalty to the technology and confidence in it runs deep.

While natural health interventions are great because they reduce our reliance on pharmaceuticals to combat illness, humidifiers are not without risk and limitation.

1. New versus old world

Compared to salt therapy, at-home humidifying technology is built on new science. Using vaporized moisture to treat respiratory illness has been around since the 1920s, however, (and a fact surprising to most people with a humidifier at home) its effectiveness not conclusively supported.

Halotherapy is, by comparison, an ancient method. It was discovered by a Polish Physician, Felix Boczkowski in 1843, while stationed at a salt mine in Wieliczka. He observed that miners’ frequent exposure to aerosol salt in the mines had a transformative effect on their respiratory health. Cue the invention of Speleotherapy: “Speleo” translating to “of/inside a cave”

Interesting fact: based on these observations, Dr Boczkowski’s predecessor developed mineral spa therapy where people come to bathe in minerals and salts (also known as balneotherapy).

Modern, holistic halotherapy like that used by the Salin Plus Salt Therapy device mimics the natural microclimate of these salt mines, so you can enjoy these health benefits, long term and from home.

2. How it works

Humidifiers relieve nasal congestion by adding moisture into and clearing the sinuses, while also soothing the throat.

The Salin Plus Salt Therapy device draws air in through a fan and special micro-crystalline filter and disburses micro crystals of dry sodium chloride (salt), under five microns for inhalation.

The salt micro particles penetrate deep into the lungs to clean, humidify and reduce inflammation. Salt fluidizes mucous, reducing edema from the mucosa lining the airways, while anti-bacterial properties reduce bacteria in your respiratory system and improve wellbeing.

3. Safety for babies and small children

In 2005, the University of Utah raised a question about the safety of using humidifying devices for infants and small children due to the risks associated with breathing in the powdery build-up of metal deposits that can form in the machine’s reservoir.

That same year a government report cautioned against the use of humidifiers for children with asthma.

Much of the risk associated with humidifier use seems to come from operator error and cleanliness of the device. That same government report also warned that using harsh chemicals to clean the reservoir can cause serious lung injury.

The Salin Plus Salt Therapy device releases a low, therapeutic dose of pure, ionic salt (98% pure sodium chloride, plus trace elements of calcium chloride, magnesium and iodine): safe for and effective on newborns, infants, toddlers and small children. It’s also effective in the treatment of asthma for people of all ages.

No mess. No fuss. The device is clean, easy to operate and safe for use for every member of the family. The only maintenance required is a filter change two to three times a year! It’s that simple.

4. Moisture (Part One)

While moisture can be a good thing in the treatment of some ailments, it also poses some very serious risks.

According to indoor air specialist and assistant vice president for national policy at the American Lung Association, moist environments provide an ideal breeding ground for mold and bacteria. An improperly cleaned humidifier becomes a cozy, germ incubator that also aerosolizes nasty microorganisms into the air you breathe.

This is particularly concerning for small babies, children and people with serious respiratory conditions like asthma and chronic bronchiolitis.

Salin Plus Salt Therapy is a dry device! No water wells, no boiling water, no steam and no washing or sterilising needed. It delivers only tiny particles of dry, pure salt aerosol while cleansing the air of 98% of airborne pollutants at the same time.

5.Moisture (Part Two)

Moisture around the humidifier is also cause for concern. If there is a film of dampness on surfaces surrounding the device, or moisture is visible in the air: you have a problem (and not just for your paint job!).

As we know, moisture feeds the microorganisms we do not want in our homes and air. Mold and bacteria can irritate and compound respiratory illness, and prolonged exposure can have very serious consequences, felt most severely by children. The Salin Plus device is easy to maintain and due to the use of dry, ionic salt it has no corrosive effects on the furniture and surfaces surrounding it.

Do yourself a favour and ditch your old humidifier: breathe better and sleep better, with Salin Plus Salt Therapy!