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The Benefits of Routine Hand Washing

By Virginia Laird

With start of school just around the corner, there is an increasing importance surrounding washing your hands. Many students may need to be taught this healthy habit. Still, some may wonder why washing your hands is taught to be extremely vital in maintaining good overall health? There is no need to continue to wonder about this topic, and explaining its importance can be simple. Research suggests that routine hand washing can be linked to good health and wellness. Healthcare professionals across the nation constantly encourage patients to thoroughly wash to prevent illness. A few reasons why you should wash your hands often include:

  • Washing the hands often can decrease the spread of illness
  • Washing your hands is less harmful than sanitizer
  • Hand washing encourages healthy hygiene

Washing the Hands Often Can Decrease the Spread of Illness

Those who do not wash their hands often are the ones who spread the germs the most. Due to the fact that you may not be aware of those who do and do not choose to practice good hand washing, it is best to wash after coming in contact with others. Doing so can decrease your chances of becoming ill with the flu, cold, or stomach bug.

Washing Your Hands is Less Harmful than Sanitizer

Many people have increasingly started using sanitizer rather than soap and water. Although sanitizer can clean the hands, it is more harmful to the body and soap and water. Sanitizer is made of unhealthy and harmful chemicals which have been proven to cause some damage to the body. Health and wellness experts suggest that where there is soap and water available it should be what you choose to use to keep your hands clean.

Hand Washing Encourages Healthy Hygiene

If you were trying to teach your children how to have healthy hygiene habits, one great place to begin is washing your hands. Experts suggest that the most basic healthy habit to teach your children is keeping their hands clean and germ-free. Starting this habit can lead your children to understand the importance of routine bathing and brushing teeth, among others.

It is important and necessary to have healthy hygiene habits. Start working with your family on this right away to avoid illness throughout the year. Good luck and may your family have a healthy and happy school year!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Loganville, Ga.

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