Looking after your hygiene is the first and foremost way to prevent yourself getting ill and from spreading illness to others. Good hygiene will enable you to avoid inadvertently spreading or picking up bacteria that can grow to become illnesses or infections. This is achieved in a number of ways, but largely through avoiding the bacteria having places where it can thrive and be transported.
There are countless hygiene tips all of which would help to make you safer from spreading bacteria and disease. However here we will list just a few hygiene tips and a bit about how each can help you to avoid spreading illnesses etc.
Wash your hands correctly
You of course appreciate the importance of washing your hands regularly and particularly when you have been to the toilet or before you intend to cook or handle food. However it is also important to understand how to wash your hands and there are certainly ways and ways of doing it. One tip for example is to ensure that you wash your taps while washing your hands. If you do not, then you will find that you end up touching the taps – putting your bacteria on them – then washing your hands to make them clean, then touching the bacteria again and getting it back on your hands when turning it off. If you wash the tap as you wash your hands, then you will avoid getting your hands covered in bacteria again when you touch them at the end.
Carrying tissues can make a very huge difference to your hygiene in a number of ways by giving you somewhere to wipe your hands, or something to sneeze or cough into. This is so important as without a tissue you are often forced to just cough or sneeze into your hand in order to avoid coughing or sneezing into the air or at other people. This then means that you have the bacteria on your hands and anything you touch will subsequently be affected by this bacteria. So you cough and bacteria and germs leave your mouth – you catch them on your hands – your open the door – then later you come back and open the door and they’re on your hands again or on someone else’s.
You should also regularly clean your home in order to remove bacteria that does collect. For example if you do not wipe down your kitchen surfaces with some kind of disinfectant from time to time then you will risk getting bacteria from old food and from residents of the house coughing and sneezing on your food when you prepare it.
Boost your immune system
The place that these germs and bacteria eventually end up is inside the immune system. If you can stop them at this point then they won’t go any farther or cause problems so ensure that you get lots of sleep, that you eat well and include lots of vitamins and minerals in your diet, and that you general take steps to strengthen your immune system so that you can fight off infections.
Maintain oral hygiene
For your personal hygiene there are few things more important than good oral hygiene. The reason for this is that your mouth can tend to attract bacteria and germs due to being warm and moist, and due to the fact that you often put your fingers in it etc. This is very bad for you because that bacteria then has a direct pathway to your body and can this way cause disease or illness and results in a continuous assault on the immune system. Failure to maintain oral hygiene has as a result been shown to correlate with conditions as seemingly unrelated as stroke and cancer.
Sharing things like cutlery, glasses, towels, toothbrushes etc can all be a way to pass bacteria on from one person to another. It is important to avoid this then – and particularly when a member of the family has an illness.