Tips to Ward off Future Illnesses

Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND
Someone extremely wise said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Many individuals keep going and going until they are completely worn out to the point of illness.
Do not let this happen to you. Take some time to prevent future illnesses using simple everyday precautions. Preventing illness is a simple matter of habit. It is so easy to get into bad habits that it stands to reason that good habits are equally easy to learn.
Learning good health hygiene and proactive health habits will surely give you something to smile about; for starters, you will feel and look better and secondly you will save money on time out from work, money spent on doctors, and prescriptions that can give you many side effects.
Good Healthy Hygiene
As simple as it may sound, hand washing is really still one of the best ways to prevent illness. Make it a habit, a good habit, to begin washing your hands after every visit to the store. While it may be commonplace to want to start putting those groceries away and get on to cooking or carpooling, the best practice is to come home and immediately wash your hands. Those supermarket carts are full of germs waiting to spread.
If you can, pack some towelettes in your purse or in your car. The simple act of washing up your hands a bit before you touch your nose or mouth or worse yet, your food, is a great way to ward off germs and viruses.
Proper Rest
We all live in a society where multi-tasking is not only a way of life, it is expected. Without proper rest, however, your body does not have the opportunity to regenerate itself. If your cells are not refreshed, then your body will not be able to fight when an enemy attacks the immune system.
Proper rest is essential to optimal health.
Stay Hydrated
We all hear about the benefits of staying hydrated and drinking water. Most of us probably even say that we will do it tomorrow, but tomorrow comes and we forget.   If you do not like water, try adding lemon or lime or try any of the many iced teas, lemonades, or low calorie drink mixes. As long as you are drinking, you are staying hydrated.
In addition, do not forget that fruits hydrate and refresh your skin, too.
Eating right, staying hydrated, getting proper rest, and a little personal hygiene go a long way in warding off future illnesses. All it takes is a little practice.

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