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3 Reasons You Need to Wash Your Hands More Often

By Virginia Laird

Do you wash your hands enough to stay healthy? Research suggests that hand washing is something many fall short on. For some, it is due to a reliance on hand sanitizer. For others it may be due to a lack of understanding of good personal hygiene. Health and wellness experts suggest that routine hand washing can be key in keeping you and your family healthy throughout the school year. A few reasons you should wash frequently include:

  • It is almost flu season
  • Touching food without washing can cause illness
  • Washing often is simply good hygiene

It is Almost Flu Season

With flu season around the corner, washing your hands frequently is necessary to help prevent the spread of germs. If you think about it, everything you handle was handled by someone else. It is others' hands that you have no clue as to where they have been or what germs may be on them. Although it would be nice to live in a world where worrying about others' hygiene is not an issue, it is not reality.

Touching Food Without Washing Can Cause Illness

Because you handle a variety of things with your hands, it is best to wash them prior to consuming or preparing any food. Handling food with filthy hands can spread harmful bacteria which can lead to illness. Washing with warm water and soap should be priority when dealing with food.

Washing Often is Simply Practicing Good Hygiene

For those who wonder how often hands should be washed with soap and water, research suggests that at least seven times a day is best. However, most should wash much more than this. Health and wellness experts advise that good hand washing practices can keep you healthy and should be included as part of healthy hygiene habits. Although there are times when hand sanitizer will suffice, there is no replacement for using the tried and true soap and water. Start making frequent hand washing a routine part of your day right away.

It is never too late to begin practicing healthy hygiene habits. Make sure your house is stocked with plenty of hand soap. As your kids head back to school, washing often can help prevent the spread of germs that your children will surely come into contact with.

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

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