Having proper hand hygiene is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Proper hand washing helps us avoid getting sick. Not to mention stops the spreading of germs to others. There are a number of diseases and conditions that are spread by not washing your hands with soap and clean water.
A germ is defined as a microorganism that causes disease. These kinds of microorganisms can get onto hands after people use the toilet or change a diaper. But they are also spread in less obvious ways. Such as after handling raw meats that have invisible amounts of animal poop on them. A single gram of feces can contain one trillion germs. Germs can also get onto your hands if you touch an object that already has germs on it. When these germs get onto our hands and are not washed off, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick.
Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because:
- People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth and make us sick.
- Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. In certain conditions, germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks.
- Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
- Removing germs through handwashing, therefore, helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
When Should You Wash Your Hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- When caring for someone who is sick
- When treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- Once you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze
- After touching an animal, animal feed, animal waste, pet food, or treats
- After touching garbage
What is the Proper Way to Wash Your Hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
And If You Don’t Have Access to Soap or Clean Water?
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations. But use caution as sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and might not remove harmful chemicals.
Help Your Health
Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses. Anything from the common cold to more serious infections such as meningitis, the flue, and even bronchiolitis. Don’t underestimate the power of hand washing! The time you spend at the sink could save you trips to the doctor’s office!
Chiropractic Care and Boosting Your Immune System
Most people are aware of the benefits of chiropractic care for back and neck care. However, there are many other advantages of adding it to your wellness routine. Our immune system is the body’s line of defense to fight viral and bacterial infections. The immune system relies on many factors in order to maintain optimal health including nutrition, exercise, posture, being well rested, and having a healthy spine.
A single adjustment could help to start boosting your immune system. Not to mention you’ll feel more relaxed too! Chiropractic care may be a great addition to your wellness routine. Just like proper nutrition and regular exercise can keep your muscles strong and mind sharp, regular adjustments can keep your immune system heightened. Contact us to schedule an introductory session and get your immune system in tip-top shape!