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Health & Hygiene Tips

Here are some tips to help keep you healthy and prevent the spread of viruses and other germs. I always have wipes and paper towels with me when I leave the house. Perhaps you can come up with some tips of your own?

* ALWAYS wipe supermarket shopping carts and baskets before touching them.
* Keep your fingers away from your nose, mouth, ears, and eyes unless you have just washed your hands.
* After washing your hands in a public restroom do not touch any common surfaces (door handles) without using protection, such as a paper towel.
* Use protection (paper towels) when opening/closing all public doors.
* Use caution when touching common items in a restaurant: menus, salt & pepper shakers, ketchup containers, etc. Utilize special caution when serving yourself at a buffet.
* Be careful when handling cash, credit cards, slot machines, key pads, and other screens including ATMs. Many, many people have most likely touched these items before you.
* If you have to pump your own gas make sure to wipe your hands when finished.
* If you rent a car or you just had your car serviced or repaired, wipe down all areas you think were touched, especially the steering wheel.
* When staying at a hotel wipe down the common surfaces including: remotes, phones, tables, toilets, faucets, sink counters, and handles on closets, drawers, and refrigerators.
* Wash your hands as soon as you return home, bring the mail in, or touch trash cans.
* Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them (including bananas and other things you peel first). Rinse all cans, bottles, and jars before opening.
* Wash your hands after handling all library items. Wipe all books before reading them. Who knows where they have been!
* Soak toothbrushes for 15 to 20 minutes each week in peroxide. When the seasons change, change the toothbrushes.
* If you suspect someone in your family has a virus, soak dishes and silverware in boiling water before washing. Disposable products could also be used. Don't share common items like towels and toothpaste. Wash surfaces regularly, especially door knobs.
* For wound care, put the antibiotic ointment onto the bandage, not directly onto the wound, then cover.
* When dispensing pills, such as medications or vitamins, pour from the bottle into the lid, then dispense.
* An inverted banana peel removes some warts and skin tags. Simply rub the banana peel on the affected area or secure it in place safely. This treatment may require some persistence to see results.
* For women who are regularly disrupted while sleeping and must get up to urinate, a condition known as nocturia, try this. During the day each time you urinate stop the flow midway, hold it, and pull up on the muscles surrounding your bladder while you count to 10. This will help strengthen those muscles. Then finish urinating. Do this as many times a day as you can until you see results. Once you can sleep through the night without having to get up to urinate, incorporate a once daily maintenance program.
* Make a commitment to start eating better today. For example, remove one unhealthy food and include one healthy food every one to two weeks. You may find that you don't miss the unhealthy foods as much as you thought you would and, even better, you might like the healthy foods better than you might have thought.
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