Reprinted from SkinnyMom.com
While coughing coworkers and sneezing citizens on the sidewalk may seem like the biggest source of illness, we are actually exposed to a number of hidden germs throughout the day. It is these hidden threats that catch us when we are least expecting it. From makeup routines to cleaning supplies, we surround ourselves with contaminated objects on a regular basis without even realizing it. These 10 activities that we take for granted as a staple in our schedule will reveal just how exposed we are to illness each and every day.
Don’t let beauty come at a price! Eye makeup can become contaminated with bacteria and fungi (gross!) and cause some pretty serious eye infections. Make sure you wash your hands before you reach for your mascara, and try not to share your makeup with anyone. It’s also a great idea to go ahead and replace your eye makeup every two to four months to ward off potential infectious germs. (via Everyday Health)
While it may seem logical to save yourself the time and the calories and just skip breakfast (you’re not even that hungry, right?), there’s a reason why it is the most important meal of the day. Most of the food we generally consume for breakfast — especially yogurt — contains probiotics, which are essential for destroying infections. If you just take a minute to throw together a quick breakfast, you could be saving yourself a trip to the doctor during flu season. (via MSN Healthy Living) Click here for some quick, healthy breakfast options.
Just because you’re chopping up nutritious ingredients for a healthy meal doesn’t mean you are protecting your immune system. Without even realizing it, we often use the same cutting board when we dice veggies and when we cut up raw meat. Even if we wash the board in between uses, bacteria often remains lodged in the surface. Try to use different cutting boards for cooked items or produce, and raw meets to avoid food poisoning. (via Eating Well)
Before you sit down to churn out some work on your computer, make sure those hands are squeaky clean. It has been shown that the objects on office desks, especially computer keyboards, contain over 400 times the amount of germs than an office toilet seat. Tons of bacteria manage to hide right beneath your fingertips. Try to keep an alcohol-based sanitizer close by to keep your keyboard germ-free. (via Everyday Health)
You’re a mom, so battling stress is a natural part of your daily routine. However, overreacting causes a cortisol spike that ultimately decreases your immune system’s ability to ward off illnesses. So rather than giving your hubby the silent treatment for watching the game instead of helping out with dinner, or stressing over something your boss said, try to find a hobby that relaxes you. (via MSN Healthy Living)