Why do you still get infections when you use antibacterial soap? Why do your colds and flu bouts last so long? Why do you suddenly have athlete’s foot when you never did before?If you get infections all the time, there’s something you are doing that is contributing to causing them. Knowing how to prevent infections is one of the most critical pieces of health information you need to stay alive. Here are 7 ways you can reduce the chances of getting infections.
1. Get More Rest
Your body will beat infections to the ground at night while you’re snoozing. Get to bed as soon as you feel an infection coming on. Your body has amazing restorative powers if you tap into them.
2. Change Your Toothbrush
How often do you change your toothbrush? If you don't change your toothbrush monthly, you are putting a tool into your mouth that is gaining more and more bacteria every day.
Make sure you change your toothbrush after you develop a cold, so you don’t reinfect yourself, and then again at the end of all the symptoms.
3. Change the Sponge in Your Kitchen Weekly
Do you use a sponge to wipe up kitchen counters and clean dishes? A sponge is the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria, and every time it gets wet, the bacteria are multiplying rampantly. They go dormant when the sponge dries out. You have two choices here – put your sponges in the dishwasher to sanitize them weekly or replace them frequently.
4. Clean Your Bathtub at Least Once a Week
When you take a shower or bath, you brush off all the old skin cells, which are covered in bacterial flora. If you don’t clean the bathtub afterward, the old skin cells and bacteria end up caked on the sides of the tub. When you step into the tub again, you have now attracted the bacteria to the bottom of your feet.
The best time to clean the bathtub is at the end of your shower while you’re still in the tub. Otherwise, clean it at least once a week.
5. Never Shower at the Gym
Everybody seems to do it – shower at the gym. But the gym is a public place, and many people have compromised immune systems who go to the gym. They could be harboring the athlete’s foot fungus. One report stated that most gyms did not sanitize their showers regularly, if at all. This means the athlete’s foot fungi is waiting for the next warm body to jump onto. Sure, you could wear thongs in the shower, but then how will you remove the fungi from the bottom of the thongs?
Best policy: don’t shower at the gym.
6. Wash Your Hands Frequently
This one is a no-brainer, but many people are still using antibacterial soap, which is a big mistake. Antibacterial soaps only kill bacteria temporarily, followed by a rapid breeding of new bacteria. Plus, the ones that do come back to life are likely to be resistant to the chemical that is used in the soap. So now you are toying with resistant bacteria – ones that have mutated in order to survive. And that’s getting into scary territory, should you happen to come down with an illness that needs an antibiotic.
Don’t mess around with antibacterial soaps and sanitizers, and never take antibiotics for a cold or flu. You will end up harming your health.
7. Take Your Vitamin C Consistently
Vitamin C is an immune system booster. Even hard-nosed anti-nutritional supplement proponents can’t ignore decades of research that established how vitamin C boosts immunity and is related to your body’s production of interferon.
When you supplement with vitamin C though, you have to take it consistently. You can’t take 1000 mg one day and 500 mg or 0 mg the next. Your body loves vitamin C and gets used to working with the levels you are taking. It becomes a shock to the body to suddenly not receive any. Stay consistent with it.