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Good Hygiene Begins with Hand Washing

By Virginia Laird

Good hygiene is always a concern, especially for those who have young children. Teaching your children the routine of bathing, brushing teeth daily, and hand washing is time well-spent. Believe it or not, there are a great number who do not have an understanding of the importance of healthy habits. Health and wellness experts advise that, although all these habits are vital to your health, as your children prepare to go back to the classroom, hand washing often should be of great concern. A few reasons you should make washing your hands often a priority include:

  • Good hygiene can keep you healthy
  • Washing your hands often is best
  • Soap and water is better than hand sanitizer

Good Hygiene Can Keep You Healthy

Establishing good hygiene habits is one great way to stay healthy. Some research suggests the good hygiene begins with the habit of washing hands routinely. It is recommended that hands should be washed after using the restroom, before handling food, and after coming into contact with others, among a variety of other times. When it comes to hygiene and your health, no measure should be cut out.

Washing Your Hands Often is Best

Washing your hands often is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and illness. Research suggests that those who wash their hands at least seven times a day may be skimping on the number of times they should actually be washed. Health and wellness experts suggest that washing with warm water and soap can help flush away harmful bacteria that can lead to illness.

Soap and Water is Better than Hand Sanitizer

Because hand sanitizer has been known to cause severe dryness and cracking of the skin for some, soap and warm water is the best remedy to keep your hands clean. Another reason health and wellness experts think washing is better than frequent use of sanitizer is due to the chemicals used to create it. Many of these chemicals have proven to be harmful to health. Although these professionals admit that there is a place for sanitizer, using soap and water is the best choice (where available).

Begin today making washing your hands a priority. Keeping your hands clean, and teaching your children to do the same, can help keep your home healthy throughout the school year and encourage the flu will pass you by.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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