Were living in an age of superbugs. But panic is not the way to go. Instead, get informed, stay clean and healthy, and stock up on the good stuff:
- Sleep 7-8 hours night
- Take your antioxidants and multivitamins
- Take in healthy calories (cut out the junk and processed foods and drink; up the intake of whole grains, vegetables, fruits and fish rich in omega 3 oils)
- 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3x-a-week
- 20-30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise (weights, yoga, pilates) 2x-a-week
- Manage stress (the exercise covers part of this)
- Daily disinfection
Why is infection such a concern now? Start with decades of self-medication and prescription-happy practices, add the unabated contamination of our natural food sources and our processed food-heavy diet, blend in sleep deprivation, stress, and couch-potatoism, and youve got great agar for opportunistic pathogens. This mix of bad medication habits (stopping antibiotics when you feel better but before the prescribed dosage is finished makes bugs stronger), polluted food (e.g. mercury-laden fish, steroid-pumped cattle), and unhealthier bodies (poor diet, lack of exercise, too little sleep, too much stress) helps “super” germs (those that have mutated into new, sometimes more powerful strains resistant to drugs) grow and spread.These are serious issues that need long-term solutions. But instead of succumbing to paralyzing panic, here are some really rather simple precautions that you can take to reduce the risk of infection to you and your loved ones.1. Get Healthy. A healthy body is better equipped to fight off infections.âœ“ Eat less processed foods: white rice and bread, snacks, chips, sodas, anything with preservatives or coloring, most food and drink that comes pre-packaged in a bag or bottle
- Eat more natural, healthy, less processed foods: brown/multi-grain rice and bread, lots of fruits, vegetables, and water, some lean meats; fish for healthy oils (but to control your mercury intake, eat a variety of fish of species small enough to fit on your plate whole.
- Exercise about 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week: make sure to get in a combination of cardio and weight-bearing work.
- Stop smoking.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Manage your stress levels
- Take multivitamins daily, and
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
- As children and the elderly are often the most at risk, lead by example and stock your kitchen with only healthy options.
2. Sneeze In Your Sleeve.
Sneezing or coughing in your hands is no longer the height of hygiene. Because your hands touch so many things, its now recommended that you sneeze or cough into your shirt sleeve at the crook of your elbow. Because its far more likely to accidentally touch a hand than a shirt, just this small adjustment in public behavior (like never spitting in public) can help prevent the spread of infection.3. Keep a Clean House.Leptospirosis
is one of several diseases that can be transmitted by insects, mold, and other organisms common to most homes (this potentially deadly disease in particular is from spirochetes found in rat or other mammal urine or droppings, and can enter the bloodstream even from a tiny prick while gardening).
Dont let food sit out for long, cover drains, clean well and frequently. But dont overdo it with bleaches and cleaning agents as an overdose of fumes from these products can be harmful, too.
4. Get Regular Checkups.
Be disciplined about annual doctor visits and ask questions: about new vaccines, vitamins, or treatments for flu and other diseases.
5. Hands Up!
Many infections are transmitted by touching things exposed to sick people (often from droplets from their noses or mouths, or their hands after touching their noses/mouths).
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds singing Happy Birthday To You twice in a row (silently or practicing your falsetto, your choice) is a pretty good guide.
Both after washing as well as repeatedly throughout the day, use a disinfecting hand sanitizer.
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