Taking vitamins, making regular doctor checkups, and exercising daily are great ways to improve your overall health and avoid an illness. However, your physical hygiene also plays a huge part of how healthy you are, and how at risk you are of developing an illness based on the passing of germs and bacteria.
It’s especially important for those who work with children or the elderly to be hygienic. This is not only because you could pass on bacteria to someone with a weak immune system, but because in preschools and continuing care homes hygiene is often weak and germs are passed more frequently. So, what can you do to minimize your contact with germs, and your ability to pass them to others?
At the forefront of proper hygiene is hand-washing. Of course, showering daily and wearing deodorant is also practicing proper hygiene, but it’s not going to help you in a situation where germs are being passed around. When you go anywhere outside of your home, be it the mall, the library, a classroom, or the office, you run the risk of picking up and passing on bacteria. These tiny particles live on desks, tables, doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards, and anywhere else hands frequently visit.
Frequent hand washing, especially before you touch your hands to your mouth, eyes, nose, or ears, is important. Make it a habit to wash your hands before and after each meal, to wash your hands before and after using the washroom, and to wash your hands before and after you blow your nose or rub your eyes. This will keep germs from going in and keep germs that get on your hands afterwards from going back onto public surfaces.
Cover Your Mouth
When you yawn, sneeze, or cough, be sure to cover your mouth and nose. This halts the spread of germs from one person to the next. Not only does it protect those around you from getting your germs, but it minimizes the amount of air born bacteria and debris that enters your body when you open your mouth to do any of the above. Be sure to wash your hands after covering your mouth and nose for any reason. Or, if you’ve touched a surface around a public area, wash your hands before covering your mouth and nose to keep bacteria away from your face. A good way to minimize hand and mouth contact is to cough or sneeze into your inner elbow, rather than your hand.
There’s not always a sink and soap around, which is when sanitizing hand gels come in handy. You can now also purchase sanitizing hand wipes, which are convenient for on the go. Whether you’re traveling in a car, on a bus, or on a plane, without constant access to a bathroom, or you’re on a hiking trip and don’t know when you’ll be able to wash your hands with soap and water next, these tools will help minimize bacterial intake and keep you clean.
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