Monday, April 28, 2014
3 Things I Know about Staying Healthy
On the other hand, about 25 years ago, after my third (or was it fourth? I forget...) serious bout of pneumonia, my doctor at that time told me that I could no longer afford to catch a cold. Not even sniffles. Forget about it. Too risky.
Are you kidding me? What do I do, put myself in a bubble? Don a hazmat suit every time I want to hug my kids? Well, actually, I figured out that a few very easy precautions can be surprisingly effective at warding off common contagious diseases. For some people that is a big deal. For others who have more important things to worry about than a little thing like a cold, come over here and let Granny give you a smack! And then read on...
I don't know about you, but my skin is much too sensitive for such harsh treatment all the time. In my own home, I simply wash my hands frequently with soap and hot water. I set small bars of luxurious, moisturizing soaps in beautiful dishes, and pretty bottles of hand lotion next to every sink in the house, and I use them. Maybe 50 times a day. Every time I pet the cat. Every time I blow my nose. Every time I clean up something dirty. Every time I touch food -- before and after. Every time I enter the house from outside. Before I eat. Before I hold a child. Definitely after I hold a child! Etc. (Now if only I could get everyone in the house to do the same. Because every time I grip the handrail that goes downstairs to the play room... Yuck!)
In samples gathered from the handles and child seats of grocery carts in four different regions of the U.S., researchers identified human saliva, mucus, urine, feces, and bloody juices from raw meat. Ever heard of E. coli, staphylococcus and salmonella? They are lurking in the very spot where you set your bag of bread. So the next time you are in the grocery store, pick up a pack of santizing wipes. Pick them up first and swab down your cart before you pick up anything else!
With all that being said, I am aware that we can't sanitize the world. Nor do we want to because we all need some amount of exposure to build up our immune systems. But your kids will contact plenty of germs from playing with dirt and petting the dog and hugging their friends. (And you will contact plenty of germs from hugging them!) These suggestions, as simple and low-tech as they may be, are very effective at limiting exposure to the nastiest of nasties. And that alone can make a huge difference in maintaining your good health. I'm pretty sure about that.