I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t like being sick. Some diseases spread easily through physical contact and in many ways they can be prevented. I am talking about good hygiene as the first and the most powerful first line of defense. Personal hygiene is one thing we can do to minimize the chances of being infected by common illnesses that spread through physical contact. In this article I am trying activate the conscience of the small things we all can do to prevent many of the common diseases we suffer from. I attempt to use our everyday life and how we can use simple controllable elements to help us live healthier.
Simple practices like washing our hands after we visit bathrooms could be very beneficial. Before using bathroom you can wash your hands if you are not too pressed because you are likely to transfer bacteria and viruses through self-contact. Washing your hands after shaking hands with someone who tells you that they are sick is very important. Do this as soon as you are able. Also wash your hands before serving meals. Often people forget washing hands after helping a child or changing diapers. Don’t forget to wash your hands after sneezing or coughing or after handling garbage. After touching animals, it’s definitely time to wash your hands.
It would be naïve of me to write about washing hands without helping people on how to wash their hands clean. Wash your hands with clean water and rub them together with soap if possible. Do this for at least 20 seconds. Go through you palms, around the fingers, your nails, and around your thumps.
Make sure that all your drinking water is clean and safe may it be through treatment or just boiling it where clean water supply is in doubt. Handle clean water in a safe manner; clean hands, use good filters and in clean containers. Be conscious of the piping if you use tap water and where possible. Be conscious of the source of the water. If you doubt the piping boil the water before drinking it. If the water is fetched from an open source, definitely boil it and store it in a safe clean manner. Drink only clean water and make sure that it is stored in clean containers. Handle the storage with clean hands as well.
You are what you eat, believe it or not. In fact when you eat matters too. Too much sugar and solid fats can potentially lead to being overweight. Eat more fruits and drink more water instead of too many sugary products. Doctors warn against too much sodium too because it can cause high blood pressure. For those who like fruits a lot, wash them well before eating them because they grown in farms and there is manure and possible other chemicals. Avoid food cross-contamination; avoid placing foods in surfaces when you just had raw eggs or poultry or fish or generally meats.
There still more to health than what you eat. A good night sleep is as important as Physical activity. Lack of sleep is a serious health risk by itself and can lead to car accidents, low concentration in school, stress and feeling tired all the time. Children have better growth outcomes with enough sleep. The body needs to be rested and repaired and rejuvenated. Lack of exercise can lead to overweight, diabetes, blood pressure, high cholesterol and even heart attacks. Let’s talk about how to sleep well. Go to bed and try to wake up the same times. Make your bedroom and beddings comfortable to relax and sleep. Avoid electronic gadgets that delay your sleep. Health personal coaches recommend light meals or snacks instead of heavy meals before sleep.
Finally do your medical exams regularly and at any time your personal efforts to prevent or control illness you must see a doctor. This is because what you may think you are sick may be just a symptom other serious health problems. Create a good trusting professional relationship with your doctor and ask your doctor questions because the Patient Bill of Rights allows you to do so.
Of course there is more to health than just there items I mentioned. However, these are just but a few controllable items that can make a huge difference in our health. Involve your doctor in these decisions to make sure you are safe.