Simple Ways to Cut Germs From Your Life
By Genevieve Cunningham
Germs are everywhere. When we're young, we're taught all about germs. We're taught how germs invade the body, how they make us sick, and how to get rid of as many as possible -- through good habits and cleanliness. As we get older, we don't give a lot of thought to germs unless we're sick. But should we keep germs in the back of our minds? Should we consciously think about ridding ourselves of germs on a daily basis? If you want to be as healthy as possible, we definitely should! To limit your exposure to germs and keep yourself well, take a look at these simple tips to add to your life right now.
Wash More Often
Because we pick up germs from all over the place, it's really important to wash your hands multiple times per day. It's not enough to wash at a restroom break. We need to wash after we touch much-used items, before eating any food, or any time that we sneeze, cough, shake hands, or engage in a similar activity. This is a simple way to regularly remove germs from our bodies and protect ourselves from illness.
Carry Hand Sanitizer
It's not always possible to run to a sink right away to wash and remove germs. Maybe we're in the car or in the middle of an activity, and we can't immediately wash our hands. In these instances, it's a good idea to have hand sanitizer at the ready. Carry a bottle in your car, in your purse, and keep one in your office. Though it's generally believed that hand sanitizer is not quite as good as washing your hands with soap and water, it can definitely remove germs and will work better than nothing at all when you're in a pinch.
Boost the Immune System
Even when we're diligent about protecting ourselves and reducing exposure to germs, we're still going to be exposed. We can't live in a bubble. But we can work to boost our immune system. When we have a strong immune system, our body is ready to attack any germs that do get through our good habits and other defenses. How do we boost the immune system? We eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, take vitamins on a regular basis, get exercise every day, and spend a little time outside daily. These habits -- and others -- help keep our immune system strong and our bodies in an overall healthier state.
The more we can cut germs from our daily lives, the healthier we'll be able to keep our bodies. Can we eliminate all exposure? Of course not, and we wouldn't want to! But we can definitely protect ourselves through limited exposure and good habits. Use these tips to keep germs away from your body and out of your life starting right now.
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