You may wash your hands a lot and sometimes you even use a sanitizing wash. So it’s no wonder that you think you are protected from day to day germs. Not so fast. Almost every part of our daily life is filled with germs that we don’t know about or don’t want to know about. Even though most of us are not dying or even getting really sick, some of our belly aches, respiratory infections or cases of diarrhea may be due to germs we didn’t know existed. Germs aren’t the only hidden health hazards. Sun, stress and clothing are among some of them. Here are some unexpected places that can carry hidden germs and health risks.
When you’re busy at work it’s easy to just grab your lunch and mow down right at the computer. According to a new American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods Home Food Safety program survey, 27% of us eat breakfast at our desks, most of us chow down lunch there (62%) and 50% of us spend the rest of the day stuffing our faces with snacks in our cubes or offices. Now, speaking of germs we wish we didn’t know about, your desk may harbor 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Yikes! So if you’re an avid desk eater make sure you are regularly wiping down all surfaces and sanitizing. Always try to use a plate or a napkin and refrain from letting your food make direct contact with your desk.
At The Gym
You may not think of a gym as a place to create health problems when the reason you go is to get healthy. Unfortunately gym can foster a lot of hidden health hazards. Bacteria in poorly maintained pools can spread disease. Antibiotic-resistant staph infections can be picked up in crowded locker rooms and from heavily used exercise equipment. To stay germ free at the gym, be sure to wash your hand before and after using any equipment; Wipe down any equipment that you’ve used when you’re done; Always wear flip flops in the locker room and shower. If you’re suffering from a cold or other illness, try and steer clear of the gym to avoid passing on those germs.
This one might have you stocking up on sanitizing wipes for your purse. According to researchers, grocery store shopping cart handles have more germs than public restrooms, which make them one of the worst public places for germs. When picking out produce, keep in mind that these are items are usually unpackaged and have handled by many. So before you bite into that apple, take a minute to wash it properly. Rub the produce with your hands, or scrub with a vegetable brush, to remove potential bacteria in all the grooves and crevices. Experts say that it’s important to wash it well, using proper technique. It’s better to be safe and wash all produce, even bananas and melons with tough skins and rinds to remove any dirt, pesticides, or bacteria.
Skinny jeans are in just about everyone’s closet. The trend has even reached the men’s department. They may be stylish but what you didn’t know if they could be hurting your health. The compression of the tight jeans could potentially trigger something called Meralgia Paresthetica, which is a neurological condition where a major nerve on the outside of your thigh is compressed. This happens often times by tight clothing. This can ultimately lead to symptoms that include tingling, burning and numbness in your legs. To avoid developing this condition choose pants are easy to put on and don’t squeeze to much around the legs.
Alright ladies, fess up. How many of you have spent an entire day and night in pain just to wear your favorite pair of stilettos? You may want to rethink them. Heels point the the foot downward, reducing its ability to flex and absorb shock which leaves the knees and hips to pick up the slack. Putting this much constant pressure on your joints can lead to arthritis. Overtime, the short-term issues such as corns, callouses and ingrown toenails can lead to long-term problems such as hammertoes and bunions. Make sure to switch out your heels for flats often and limit the time you spend in stilettos.
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