Are you spending “enough time” on these habits?

Posted 01/29/2014 | By HealthCorps

How much time do you spend washing your hands?

Probably not enough time.  Make sure you take a sufficient squeeze of  soap, use warm water and scrub those hands for as long as it takes to sing the full “happy birthday” song.  That duration will help to remove most pathogens from your hands.  A new recommendation is to use regular “plain soap” in lieu of anti-bacterial soaps.  The FDA is now reviewing the claims and safety issues associated with anti-bacterial soaps and specifically the chemical ingredient triclosan.

How much time do you spend rinsing your produce?

Probably not enough time.  A quick rinse is better than nothing, but you should remove produce from its packaging and place it in a colander and rinse under warm water for a minimum of a minute.  Using a safe produce wash can also help to remove pathogens, especially if you are eating produce with the skin still on.

How much time do you spend brushing your teeth?

Probably not enough time.  Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for about 3 minutes and then floss carefully, at least twice a day.  Your oral health is directly connected to your general health, so spend more time on those pearly whites and your gums.

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