Hand washing for health

I am talking about hand washing…  a not so fun topic but an important one.

BUT I think you should read on if your health matters to you 🙂

Were you taught to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ two times in a row with warm soapy water when washing your hands as a young child?  OH- just me?  What did you do?

December 3-9, 2017 is National Handwashing Week.  Yes, that is truly a thing.

Are you ready for some scary statistics?  The below info is from this helpful site.

*80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch? According to the CDC, 78,000 patients die each year from Hospital Acquired Infections, which many are believed to be caused by poor handwashing.

*1 out of 3 people wash hands after sneezing or coughing.

*1 out of 5 people don’t wash their hands after touching money.

*1 out of 3 E. coli occurrences is caused by not washing hands before handling food.  

Does that make you sick to your stomach?  Did you just go and wash your hands?  Yup, me too!

Growing up we always heard from our Mom and Dad- wash your hands!  As we grow older, we somehow stop washing as much.  Or we get lazy?  I am not sure.  BUT washing our hands should be one of the most important steps we take to stop the spread of germs.

Speaking of laziness it has led to a big push in hand sanitizers.  Don’t get me wrong, in a pinch I still use them.  However, did you know that our use of hand sanitizers has led to a rise in resistance to the good bacteria?  According to this Scientific American article, scientists are believing all these gels, soaps, and wipes are making us sicker.

The best thing you can do:  use soap and water (I use this).  Also, using a hand lotion like this will keep your skin’s Ph at it’s healthiest level so that all your good bacteria can thrive and give you the best protection against pathogens (bad bacteria).

Tis’ the season to get sick and washing your hands is a simple way to stay healthy. Stay healthy, friends!