Often we think of winter as flu season and it is but the truth is that the germs that make us sick can be found and make us sick anytime of year. Although we have wonderfully designed immune systems, we still must be ever vigilant in the fight against germs on our bodies, in our work spaces, our vehicles, schools, homes etc, It is a never ending fight between us and them. Thankfully most of them can be defeated easily if we just will take the time and caution to fight the battle wisely.
One of the biggest and most effective defenses against germs for you personally is efficent, consistent handwashing. it seems so simply and yet we often forget it. One of the main ways germs get from out there to inside our body is via our two hands. I encourage you to watch my short video on handwashing below.
Handwashing - Some quick tips:
When drying, use a clean towel. So often we defeat the purpose of washing when we use a dirty towel. This is especially prevalent in our homes. As an example, let's say your 8 year old is in a hurry after potty time. He only wets his hands briefly in the sing for a second or two (in order to please you that he "washed" after potty)
He did not keep them under the running water long enough to wash the germs away, only to make them wet. Now he grabs the towel and applies friction in order to dry them. Where do those germs end up? That is right. They are on the towel. The next time others with wet hands use that towel, germs are likely spread. That bathroom towel is always a bit suspect for hidden and sneaky germs. Change it often especially when people are sick in your home. Consider using paper towels especially during sick days.
Watch my short video for more ideas.
Beating germs around the house.
Germs hang out in many places around the house.
Dish rags hanging around the kitchen sink where everyone places dirty dishes or tosses half empty glasses.
Here is a great slide show we found on WebMD that will give you fantastic guidance for beating germs at home.
Click here to view the slideshow....
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Mayo published an article I think is a helpful reminder that it is not just one thing we do that can keep us healthy, but a combination of many. From exercise to eating to less commonly talked about things like laughing, there are many factors that can help us keep well.
Click here to read the article from Mayo.
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