Having proper hand hygiene is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Proper handwashing 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. Here are ways handwashing helps prevent infection:
- We touch our faces so many times without realizing it. Germs can easily infect us through our eyes, nose, and mouth – and ultimately make us sick.
- Think about all the food and drinks you touch throughout your day. Food touched by dirty hands is a quick and easy way to transmit germs.
- Germs can also infect the objects you touch on a regular basis. Think of things like doorknobs, railings, elevator buttons, and clothing.
- 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 a diaper
- 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. Get every area of your hand covered with soap – including between your fingers and under your nails.
- Continue Scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands completely.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
And If You Don’t Have Access to Soap or Clean Water?
Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce germs. When handwashing is not an option, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (one that contains at least 60% alcohol). While alcohol-based sanitizers are great in a pinch, use caution as sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs or harmful chemicals.
Help Your Health
Good handwashing 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 handwashing! 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 first line of defense to fight infections. The immune system relies on a number of variables to maintain full effectiveness – and that includes 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!
* This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please contact a medical professional for advice.