Keeping kids safe and healthy is often the number one goal of any parent or caregiver. However it can also seem like one of the hardest goals to achieve. Below are some simple tips and tricks to keep kids and family members safer and healthier.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Although many are aware of the great benefits of drinking water not enough take advantage of it. Most experts recommend a typical individual gets at least 5 to 10 glasses of water a day yet the average person gets nowhere near that amount. Not only does water help to keep skin and organs hydrated but it also helps keep weight in check and can also make skin, hair and nails look and feel better. Drinking water may also help ease and even prevent colds and flu like symptoms. Aim to drink at least 5 cups of water a day and research more information on how water can be beneficial to your health.
Proper Hand Washing
Another way to keep kids healthier is to teach them proper hand-washing skills. Not only do dirty hands spread germs but they can also spread a variety of other nasty things. Hands should be washed before cooking, before eating, after using the bathroom, after petting animals, after blowing your nose, after touching someone who is sick, after changing a diaper and many other things. The proper way to wash hands is to wet hands with clean running water, then apply and lather up soap by rubbing your hands together for at least 20-30 seconds being sure to get in between your fingers and your rest. Then rinse hands well under clean running water and dry using a clean towel or just allow them to air dry.
Probiotics offer a large variety of health benefits, especially for young children. Not only are they great for your digestive system but also your overall health. Some of the benefits of taking probiotics include regulated bathroom habits, possibly keeping heart and cholesterol health in check, allowing for more weight loss and more. Probiotics can be found in supplements as well as a wide abundance of different foods. Some of the most common foods that have probiotics in it are yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, certain types of cheeses, pickles and other fermented foods. Many wonder how a probiotic should be taken and should probiotics be taken on an empty stomach? While this all depends on each individual many experts do agree that probiotics are more beneficial when they are taken with or right before a meal.
Too many people underestimate the value of getting enough vitamin C in your diet. Not only does vitamin C help to heal wounds and cuts but it also helps to prevent certain illnesses such as the flu or cold. Vitamin C also helps to keep the bones and teeth healthier. While the recommended dose of vitamin C varies from individual to individual most adults are recommended around 65 to 90 mg a day. Although there are a variety of vitamin C supplements on the market it is also found naturally in a variety of different foods. Some foods that are high in vitamin C include brussel sprouts, tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries, papaya, broccoli and even lemons.
Overall, these are just a few simple tips for keeping your family healthier and safer. Some other good things include eating a diet rich in whole foods, avoiding sugary caffeinated drinks such as soda, ensuring each and every family member gets in an adequate amount of exercise and also ensuring good sleeping habits.