5 Ways to Improve Your Health

It is very important for us to stay healthy so that we got the energy to do what we want to do in our day to day life.

Here's an article that will teach you the ways to improve your health so that you have the necessary energy to achieve the things you want in life.

WHO wants to be sick? At the very least, an illness is an inconvenience and an expense. You not only feel bad, but when you are sick, you may not be able to go to work or school, earn any money, or look after your family. You may even need someone to look after you, and you may have to pay for expensive medicines and treatment.

Well has it been said that “Prevention is better than cure.” Some illnesses cannot be avoided. Still, there is much you can do to slow down or even prevent the onset of illness. Consider five things that you can do today to get on the road to better health.

Items used for good physical and dental hygiene
According to the Mayo Clinic, “one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness” is to wash your hands. One of the easiest ways to catch a cold or influenza is to rub your nose or your eyes when your hands have been contaminated by germs. Your best defense against such contamination is to wash your hands regularly. Good hygiene can also prevent the spread of more serious conditions, such as pneumonia and diarrheal diseases, which every year cause the death of over two million children under the age of five. Even the spread of deadly Ebola can be minimized by the simple habit of washing hands.

There are certain times when hand washing is particularly important to protect your own health and that of others. You should wash your hands:

  • After using the toilet.
  • After changing diapers or helping a child to use the toilet.
  • Before and after treating a wound or a cut.
  • Before and after being with someone who is sick.
  • Before preparing, serving, or eating food.
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose.
  • After touching an animal or animal waste.
  • After handling garbage.

And do not take it for granted that you are cleaning your hands properly. Studies have shown that a large percentage of those who use public toilets do not wash their hands afterward or do not wash them correctly. How should you wash your hands?

  • Wet your hands in clean running water and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together to make a lather, not forgetting to clean your nails, your thumbs, the backs of your hands, and between your fingers.
  • Keep rubbing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse in clean running water.
  • Dry with a clean cloth or a paper towel.

Such measures are simple but can avert illness and save lives.

A glass of clean water and pieces of lemon
Obtaining sufficient clean water for one’s family is a regular chore in some countries. Yet, access to clean water can become a concern in any part of the world when a main supply that is usually good to drink becomes contaminated as a result of a flood, a storm, a pipe break, or some other issue. If water does not come from a safe source or is not stored correctly, it can cause parasite infestation, as well as cholera, life-threatening diarrhea, typhoid, hepatitis, and other infections. Unsafe drinking water is one of the causes of an estimated 1.7 billion cases of diarrheal disease every year.

There is much you can do to slow down or prevent the onset of illness

Cholera is most often contracted when a person drinks water or eats food that is contaminated with fecal matter from infected people. What steps can you take to protect yourself, even in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, from this and other types of water contamination?

  • Ensure that all your drinking water—including the water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing food and dishes, or cooking—comes from a safe source, such as an adequately treated public supply or sealed bottles from a reputable firm.
  • If there is any possibility that your piped supply has been contaminated, boil your water before use or treat it with an appropriate chemical product.
  • When using chemicals, such as chlorine or water-purifying tablets, follow the maker’s directions carefully.
  • Use quality water filters, if available and affordable.
  • If no water-treatment products are available, add household bleach, eight drops per gallon of water (two drops per liter), mix well, and then let the water stand for 30 minutes before using it.
  • Always store treated water in clean, covered containers to protect it from possible recontamination.
  • Ensure that any vessel used to take water from your stored supply, such as a ladle, is clean.
  • Handle water containers with clean hands, and do not dip your hands or fingers into water used for drinking.