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4 Home Goods to Boost Personal Health

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Home Goods for Healthy Living #4: Humidifier
Dry winter air is not only a nuisance, but a health hazard. The lower the indoor humidity levels, the more likely it is the flu virus will survive and spread, according to a recent study from Oregon State University. Plus, a humidifier will make you more comfortable if you do get sick, soothing symptoms like dry nasal passages, a scratchy throat, and cracked lips—even speeding up healing, explains Jan Gurley, M.D., an internist in San Francisco and the founder of docgurley.com.

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It may be worth spending more for a humidifier with a humidistat. This feature allows the machine to cycle on and off on its own, keeping a steady level of humidity in the room. Gurley recommends cool-mist models, which last longer, and are cheaper to buy and to run than warm-mist ones.

The best humidifiers:
Honeywell Cool Mist Humidifier with Germ Free Humidification (HCM-350) ($70; target.com)
Graco Programmable Cool Mist Humidifier ($75; walmart.com).

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