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Good Practice for Healthy Living

Good Practice for Healthy Living

5 Healthy Living Tips to Avoid Getting Sick

People are often looking for secret pieces of advice or the new groundbreaking method to help stay healthy. In reality, the most effective tips to maintain good health are not a secret at all. In fact, they are usually common sense!

Here are some of the most basic, yet effective ways you can stay healthy year-round!

 

1. Wash Your Hands

Handwashing is crucial in preventing illness. It greatly reduces the spread of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Washing your hands is particularly important when you are at work, travelling or already sick. It is an essential way to protect not only yourself, but your family, coworkers, and others.

Follow these five steps every time you wash.

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

 

2. Stay Properly Hydrated

Every organ in your body (including the largest organ, your skin) needs water to function. We are losing water constantly throughout the day through perspiration, going to the bathroom, and even breathing. This is why it is so important to properly replenish your water supply. By appropriately monitoring your fluid intake, your body will be able to maintain its energy and strength levels. Eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is a good and easy goal to remember. Keeping a water bottle with you helps to remind you to stay hydrated and helps keep plastic out of landfills and body of waters.

 

3. Get Enough Sleep

Sometimes we cut back on our sleep due to work, family, or our favorite TV shows. However, if it becomes a regular part of your life, not getting a good night’s sleep can lead to you being susceptible to falling ill. A string of nights of short sleep can even lead to long term health issues like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and poor mental health. It is crucial that adults between the ages of 18 and 60 get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

 

4. Have a Balanced Diet & Exercise Regularly

The benefits of a proper plant-based diet are clear. From lower risk of obesity and diseases to improved well-being and increased energy, maintaining a balanced diet is a great way to support overall health and wellness. By filling your body with the proper nutrients and vitamins without any of the artificial stuff, your body’s natural immunity will be better poised to fight illness. Sprinkling in some wellness herbs into our diet can also provide an extra boost of immunity. Don’t forget to maintain a consistent level of physical activity! The CDC reports that 150 minutes of moderate activity per week is sufficient to support a healthy lifestyle. That could be 30 minutes of activity, 5 days a week. Breaking efforts into smaller chunks makes it easier for most adults to manage time and find balance. Click here to check out some wellness and fitness products.

 

5. Stay Home When You Are Sick

Even if you follow each of these tips to a T, you will still catch the flu, get a stuffy nose, or just feel crummy from time to time. When this happens, it is important that you both prevent any spreading of your sickness and allow time for recovery. Some vital actions are to ensure this are: avoid close contact with others, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth, dispose of tissues, and clean and disinfect frequently. Give yourself enough time at home to fully recover. Even if you aren’t 100%, you should consider staying home until you are totally back to normal.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

https://www.cdc.gov/features/sleep/index.html

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