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TIP OF THE MONTH

January

Health and Hygiene

One of the most effective ways to protect ourselves and others from illness is good personal hygiene.  Some good hygiene habits include:

Washing hands.  This is the most basic and the most widely suggested hygienic habit.  Washing hands with soap and water thoroughly for at least 15 seconds greatly prevents the spread of germs like staph, MRSA or other serious infections.

Trimming your nails.  Long nails can harbor bacteria and yeast.  Keeping your nails short will reduce the amount of bacteria your nails can harbor. Make sure to pay special attention to cleaning under your nails when washing your hands.

Dental Hygiene.  Daily brushing and flossing can prevent bad breath, gum disease and even heart disease!  The same bacteria that cause gum disease are linked to heart disease.

Bathing.  Showering is part of a daily routine primarily to promote cleanliness and prevent odor, disease and infection. Most cultures encourage a daily personal hygiene regimen. Showering is also a very relaxing, therapeutic activity.  To prevent body odor during the day, you can use deodorant or an antiperspirant which also helps eliminate wetness from sweat.

Sleeping.  It is recommended that adults sleep 8 to 10 hours per night.  Sleep deprivation can lower your immunity and leave you more susceptible to illnesses.

Practicing good hygiene has physical as well as emotional benefits.  Having good personal hygiene makes you feel good about yourself and gives you confidence.  People who have poor hygiene, disheveled hair and clothes, bad breath and body odor are often seen as unhealthy and may be treated differently by others.

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