Tuesday, January 21, 2020

3 Prevention steps to minimize risk to viruses.. even the Wuhan Coronavirus

  Remember a few years ago when we had a scare from the H1N1 Virus?  News of a new virus headed our way is unsettling at best.  Thankfully, fear of the unknown is usually worse than reality.
   Still, I remember getting a report from the Center from Disease Control (CDC) on our best prevention steps. It was so simple and yet so effective. Today's news of the novel virus from Wahun China, reminded me of that report.

The CDC had this recommendation:  Wash your hands
I was shocked!  Really? Wash your hands! That's their report?
      I know, it sounded too simple.  Prevention usually does. It works

1. As soon as you come home from being out in public... wash your hands. 
 this simple act stops potential viruses and germs from entering your home
Since that original CDC report, I have made washing my hands as soon as I get home a habit 

2. Before you eat...wash your hands.....
     We are so used to eating on the run, out of our homes and in-between.  When was the last time you sat down at a meal after you has washed up for dinner?  This old practice had a reason for existence.

3. After getting your hands dirty..
    If you have been out digging in the dirt, blowing your nose, going to the bathroom, using your cell phone, touching your remote control, computer screen... wash your hands.  
Also, clean high contact areas (door knobs, cell phones, faucets) and most used items

    Here's the thing, whether you are talking about cleaning or your health- prevention is more powerful and hurts less than restoration.  Residue free homes start with prevention for a reason.  I believe in creating healthy homes and healthy bodies.  If we spent 90% of our time in prevention practices and habits...much of our restoration work would be unnecessary.

 Here are a few more preventative steps to build your immune system 
Get your zzzzz's
7-9 hours of sleep 
Bring fresh air inside...and... go outside and get some fresh air
 while your at it, go easy on artificial fragrances and disinfectants 
Use food as your medicine
If you feel sick... stay home and see a doc
 Don't spread your germs around town
Move
 exercise does a body, mind and soul good
Hydrate... 
warm water, lemon water, ginger tea
Clean
 focus on high contact areas such as 
          door knobs, cell phones, faucets, light switches, TV remotes, handles, computer screens
Relax, smile and breathe slow and deeply


Here are a few things to reduce and build your immune system
    Reduce White Sugar and white flours and highly processed foods with little nutrition
 I'm talking white- highly processed- eat real food
   Stress- reduce your stress, stressors and toxins
    Reduce electronics in the bedroom
 cell phones, TVs, computers etc.  Keep at least 6 feet from your bed
   Reduce over filling your schedule
    Take it easy and relax sometimes
 
Much of theses lists are simple habits. 
 Habits that create healthy homes, lives and can prevent illness. 
 Healthy doesn't have to be complicated. 

Prevention does need to become intentional though. 
It's easy to grab a bag of chips or a fast food meal and start eating.  
Pausing to nourish, to wash your hands and eat slowly...takes some practice.

  We don't have control of what happens around the world but we do have control of what we do. 
 By focusing on what we can do like creating healthy habits and doing some easy preventative actions we can relax.  

Stay happy, as you stay healthy,
       Denise Frakes
             Transformational life & Nourishing home coach... at your service
       

   




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