It's World Health Day which means lots of articles on diet and nutrition. Okay, but those can take some time to render an affect on your body.
There's something your can do RIGHT NOW to avoid getting sick and spreading germs:
LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR HANDS
|Washing Your Hands IMMEDIATELY Reduces Your Chances Of Getting Sick!|
Hopefully, this is something you do every day, but are you doing it to maximize the amount of germ killing you're doing? Here are some tips to remember:
WHEN TO WASH YOUR HANDS
- Preparing food or eating
- Touching your eyes (whether to put on make-up or inserting or removing contact lenses)
- Treating wounds, giving medicine, or caring for a sick or injured person
- Preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry
- Using the toilet or changing a diaper
- Touching an animal, their toys, leash, or waste products
- Touching dirty laundry
- Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands
- Treating wounds or caring for a sick or injured person
- Handling garbage, household or garden chemicals, or anything that could be contaminated — such as a cleaning cloth or soiled shoes
- Touching exercise equipment at the gym
- Coming home from work or school
- Getting off public transportation
- Shaking hands with others
HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
- Wet your hands with cold, running water. Using warm or hot
water doesn't increase germ killing, and it actually raises your
odds of skin irritation (source).
- Apply liquid, bar, or powder soap. Don't use anti-bacterial
soap – it costs more and is no more effective at killing germs
than regular soap, plus it contains chemicals that can actually
damage your health.
- Get a lot of lather going! Lathering and scrubbing creates
the friction necessary to lift the dirt, microbes, etc. from your
skin. Make sure you get the backs of your hands, under your
fingernails, and the space between each and every finger. Scrub for
at least 20 seconds (or two rounds of The ABC Song).
- Rinse well and dry your hands with a clean towel or paper
towel before using a towel or your elbow to turn off
SO WHAT ABOUT HAND SANITIZER?
Hand sanitizers are great, but only when soap and water are not available (don't be lazy – go to the sink!). Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol and remember to:
- Apply enough to your palm to wet your hands completely (source).
- Rub your hands together, again
vigorously, covering of the surfaces and getting in the nooks and
crannies until your hands are dry.
For a fun, catchy tune on how to wash your hands, watch the YouTube video below:
HAPPY WORLD HEALTH DAY!
Now go wash your hands!