Germs always look for ways to infiltrate your body, start breeding and make you sick. They could invade through a cut on your skin, the dirty air that you breathe in, a food that wasn’t properly prepared, a coin that you touched, or a doorknob with a cold virus in it. But your immune system can immediately detect them and start releasing white blood cells to fight them.
The human body works constantly to fight off germs, bacteria, and viruses. You can help your immune system in its duty to protect your body by consuming anti-microbial and anti-bacterial foods.
- Crushing or chewing garlic will release allicin that can boost your body’s strength in fighting fungus, yeast infections, and candida overgrowth.
- It contains live enzymes that produce hydrogen peroxide, which is responsible for disposing of germs and other foreign elements in the body. Drink a teaspoon of honey in warm water to jump-start your day.
- Coconut oil. This natural oil contains medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides (MCT) that help fight bacteria. Two of the most commonly known MCTs are caprylic and lauric acids, which are great at treating skin infections.
- Aside from serving as a natural antiseptic in treating cuts and wounds, a glass of turmeric tea or milk, when consumed, can clean up your internal systems to boost your body’s immunity.
- Not only is this tropical fruit sweet and juicy, but it is also effective at fighting bacteria that target the throat and mouth. Drink fresh pineapple juice if you have inflamed sinuses.
- This vitamin C-rich fruit removes free radicals in the body that can cause diseases. Drinking juice made out of two lemons should give you your body’s daily requirement of Vitamin C.
- Infected throats, colds, and cough can naturally be healed by sucking on raw ginger. It contains sesquiterpene that targets the bacteria causing these illnesses.
Proper Hand Washing Helps
Something as simple as hand washing can help keep germs at bay. Here’s the proper way to do it:
- Wash your hands as frequently as you can, especially when you just arrived at home, in the office or at school, and after doing certain activities throughout the day, such as using your computer, preparing food, or eating. Don’t ever forget to wash your hands after using the bathroom, sneezing, blowing your nose, or petting an animal.
- Wash your hands without your bracelets and rings, so germs won’t have anywhere else to hide.
- Scrub your hands with soap as much as you can for 30 counts. Don’t miss out on the spaces between your fingers, your forearms, and your wrists. Use running water. Scrub the nails, too, and it helps if you keep them short.
- Don’t neglect the soap or its dispenser. Clean them after scrubbing your hands as well so they won’t become a bacteria haven.
- Dry your hands off with a clean towel and use your sleeves to turn the tap off.
Clean Your Home Properly
You’d think that your regular cleaning routine is enough to give your family a clean and safe home to live, play and eat in. But there are several cleaning mistakes that you may also be making, allowing germs to still haunt your home and your family.
- Develop a proper cleaning routine. Clean from top to bottom and left to right to avoid further spreading the dirt and bacteria around the house.
- Disinfect sponges first before using them. Sponges that are left sitting damp at room temperature overnight are great homes to bacteria and germs. Before using them, heat them up in the microwave for two minutes at full power to get rid of E. coli. Fill it with water first, make sure it doesn’t have anything metal in it, microwave it, and let it cool before removing it. Watch out! It’s going to be very hot.
- Don’t forget about your mattress. Otherwise, dust mites would gather. Wash your mattress covers in the hottest water setting.
- Do your laundry with hot water. This should keep bacteria from transferring to everyone’s clothes.
- Disinfect cutting boards. Did you know that cutting boards contain 200 times more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat? Wash them first, then spray them with 5% vinegar and leave them as they are overnight. Finish the disinfecting process with bleach or alcohol the next day. You may also clean them with disinfecting wipes.
- Wash trash cans regularly. Scrub them regularly before replacing your used garbage bags with fresh ones.
- Wipe germs off your bathroom surfaces. Disinfecting wipes can be of huge help to you if you use them properly. Use them to clean the light switch, soap dish, sink, and other hard surfaces, vanity, faucet handles light fixtures, and the wall behind your faucet. Wipe down the top of the toilet tank, lid, flusher handle, top and bottom of the toilet seat, lip of the bowl, base of the toilet, and the floor around it. You can also use the wipes on the baseboards and vents.
Eat the right food that can strengthen your body’s immune system, wash your hands properly, and clean your home well without the usual cleaning mistakes. These should help you lower the risks of exposure to germs, hence reducing the chances of you and your loved ones getting sick.
This is a guest post by Mariam N. Mariam is a cleaning expert working with Sono Supplies. She has been interested in health and cleaning issues since she was young and wants to share her knowledge and experience with others who are not indifferent to cleanup. Mariam is deeply convinced that house cleaning is a critical part of hygiene. On a regular basis, she delivers new cleaning expert advice on how to treat products, tools, different items, which sometimes include medical instruments and equipment as well.