Sometimes it's the simplest things that make the biggest difference in our health -- like the "simple solutions" from Shaklee's Dr. Jamie McManus that you'll find below. We've heard them before but they are well worth repeating, remembering and doing!
While you are doing step #2 frequently, make sure your hands don't get all dry and cracked. Stay away from anti-bacterial soaps and lotions. Read "Five Reasons Why You Should Probably Stop Using Antibacterial Soap." Even the FDA has noted that they are no more effective than soap; they could be dangerous; and has given manufacturers until 2016 to pull them off store shelves! You don't need to kill every germ, you just need to wash them away! Teach your kids and yourself to wash your hands while singing "Happy Birthday" twice to make sure you wash long enough; and use Shaklee's Get Clean Hand Wash Concentrate. It's a non-drying, gentle formula that conditions and moisturizes your skin with every use. It makes a great body wash too; it's safe for the the whole family; and since it is extremely concentrated, you only need a little bit. It lasts and lasts and you save money. Follow up with Hand and Body Lotion to lock in moisture for up to six hours and even help strengthen nails and cuticles. (See links at end of post.)
Posted by Dr. Jamie McManus on Nov 12, 2014 in Shaklee Health Wise
Here are a few simple steps you can do to support your immune system:
- Stop touching your face: Studies suggest that people touch their face around 3-4 times every hour. While that may not sound like that often, you touch your face far more than you wash your hands. The key here is that each time you touch your mouth or nose you are risking transferring bacteria and viruses from contaminated surfaces to your body. This “self-inoculation” is the primary way colds and flu spread through a population. (You can also contract a cold or flu when someone coughs or sneezes and you breathe it in.) Scientists who study the spread of disease suggest that learning to avoid touching your face may be the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of getting the cold or flu.
- Wash your hands often: Even if you train yourself to avoid touching your face, you still need to wash your hands often. Every surface your hands come in contact with has the potential to be contaminated with bacteria and viruses. Washing with warm soapy water, scrubbing for at least a minute is a good habit to practice throughout the year (and not just during cold and flu season).
- Exercise: The key to understanding the benefits of exercise for our immune systems is that it all depends on how much you exercise. Moderate exercise does appear to boost immunity and inactive people do seem to get more colds than active people, but extreme exercise (especially in elite athletes training for competition) does the opposite. If you have a moderate exercise program, continue that throughout the year to get the most benefits from exercise. If you don’t currently exercise, start slow and build up to a regular routine.
- Sleep: The importance of good sleep to your health can’t be underestimated. While not many studies look at sleep quality and the immune system, a small study of healthy young men reported a drop in the number and function of white blood cells (neutrophils) with just one night’s poor sleep.
- Diet: Your immune system relies on you to nourish your body well in order to have the basic building blocks for its many functions. The general recommendation for a healthy immune system is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid excessive alcohol intake, and eat a low-fat, low-sugar diet.
Jamie McManus, M.D., FAAFP
Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Science, & Education
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