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Does hand washing really kill germs and keep you healthy? You probably remember your mother saying, “Wash your hands.” Millions of mothers can’t be wrong! Hand washing is an easy, inexpensive way to stay healthy. It kills germs. It can increase your chances of warding off colds, the flu, respiratory infections, skin and eye infections, and infectious diarrhea.

How to wash.

Women who farm are always washing their hands. But like anything else, it has to be done correctly. To receive the full benefits of hand washing, remember to use soap and scrub every part of your hand. Be sure to include the palms and backs and wash thoroughly between your fingers and even under your fingernails. If working in a short-sleeved or sleeveless top, wash past your wrist too. Continue the washing for twenty seconds.

You pick up germs all day long from the farm, other people, surfaces you touch inside your home, pets, etc. So you have no choice but to make hand washing a habit throughout the day. This can become so routine that you think it is automatic and that you’re good to go. But all too often we skip washing when going to the bathroom, help a child use the bathroom, or even change a diaper. And what about after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose? Of course you wash your hands before eating as well as before and after you prepare food. But what about after disposing of any kind of garbage, tending to cuts and injuries or taking care of someone who is sick? These small things are not to be taken lightly. You are at the center of your family, the reason why they’re happy, healthy and thriving.

How to dry.

A study on hand-drying methods indicated there is no major difference in the effectiveness of one above the other. However, it is important that you dry your hands thoroughly. If they are damp after washing and drying, bacteria can still remain. If you are away from home and have to use an air dryer, do not rub your hands together. Doing so can bring bacteria in your pores up to the surface of the skin. If possible, fight against potential germs by using a paper towel to turn off the water faucet and open the door. It’s quite possible to pick up more germs on your way out of a public bathroom.

Sometimes you need to wash your hands, but you don’t have access to soap and water. Hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs, but they can certainly help. Use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Be sure to apply the it to every part of your hands, palms, back, fingers, and between fingers.

Whew! Now aren’t you glad you listened to your mother and washed your hands? Always remember that washing your hands correctly increases your chances of enjoying good health.

 

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5 Hidden Ways Exercise Improves Well-Being

Some benefits of working out are obvious; exercise keeps you fit, slender and allows us farm girls to continue doing what we do. Less apparent advantages, though, are just as vital for your well-being and shouldn’t be overlooked. Once you realize how exercising more can help you be happy and healthy, you’re more likely to want to put on your running shoes or visit the gym and just go for it.

The feel-good factor

You might not always feel terrific before working out. In fact, one of the reasons you don’t always want to make an effort to exercise may stem from low energy or being in a negative mood. When your blood starts pumping as you take action, though, the feel-good factor comes into play. Your body produces chemicals that increase vitality and improve your mental state.

Enhanced motivation

Have you ever noticed how people who exercise on a regular basis are motivated? You might imagine they were born with the enthusiasm to be productive and throw themselves headlong into life, but this isn’t the case. Working out improves your mindset, not just by making you feel better, but also by providing mental clarity. Exercise shifts the brain fog that makes you lethargic and uninspired. With a clear head, you want to be industrious and get things done.

Less anxiety

Exercise can reduce depression and worries. While you walk, run, or workout, your stress lifts; this is partially due to hormones but also stems from taking action. Most people sit around doing nothing but worry when they are down, which intensifies their condition. Getting up and moving leaves less time in which to fret and affirms you are positive rather than in a state of despair. Your brain responds by decreasing stress chemicals. Plus, being proactive by exercising helps you see you are capable of being effective, which means you can change your mood.

Boosts self-esteem

Exercise helps you stay in shape, and when you’re fit, you look and feel attractive. While your appearance isn’t the most important aspect of you, it does influence your self-image. The way you see yourself has an impact on how confident you are, so you succeed in life. Also, when you look awesome, you are socially confident and less concerned with your appearance. Instead of checking it every five minutes, you relax, safe in the knowledge you look fabulous.

Healthy love life

Your love life will improve if you exercise regularly. You’ll be more self-assured due to your beautiful body. Additionally, studies show women are more likely to feel aroused when they exercise often, and men suffer less from erectile dysfunction when working out is part of their routine.

If you want to feel terrific, worry less, and have greater confidence and motivation, plus a better love life, start exercising more. Of course, you’ll also enjoy the obvious benefits of working out, like better health and a fitter body.


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