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Do We Need To Make Every Day A Bug Busting Day?

Friday, 5 February 2016  | 

Do We Need To Make Every Day A Bug Busting Day?

31st January saw National Bug-Busting Day, of which there are actually three a year - 31st January, 15th June and 31st October, once pre-cold and flu season, once in the depth of it, and once for summertime clean hand health!

But just how much do we need to worry about busting bugs? We read a great piece recently on how not washing your hands (Now Don’t Wash Your Hands - The Times - November 3rd 2015) about how “The things we thought were a healthy way to live are either unproved or not a healthy way to live in the modern world”[1] and it’s in fact thought that our obsession with cleanliness has led to the rise and rise of allergies we are seeing. 

Allergies are an immune response, and if we’re not exposed to as many germs or as much dirt our immune systems don’t have the chance to strengthen and develop, which can lead to a weak immune system. 

So should we practise super hand hygiene every day? Well yes and no, but perhaps not to obsessive levels. If you are in a situation where you know you are likely to be more susceptible to germs, such as visiting the hospital, at a festival or in public places (especially around cold and flu season) then yes we would recommend practising super good hand hygiene to help prevent the spreading of germs that could lead to cold and flu, or stomach bugs.

And did you know there’s actually a recommended way to wash your hands? Follow these steps below to ensure optimum hand cleanliness! Many people will look for antibacterial soaps, however did you know that there is often a very harmful ingredient in these called Triclosan. Research has shown that triclosan:

  • Alters hormone regulation in animals
  • Might contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs
  • Might be harmful to the immune system

If you are concerned about germs spreading on hands, look for hand soaps that contain natural antibacterial ingredients, such as tea tree, coconut oil, lavender, citrus and grapefruit seed oil.

Finally, for hand hygiene on the go, try Dr Bronner’s Hand Sanitizing Spray, certified under the same National Organic Program that certifies food, this organic hand sanitizer is free of gmo-alcohol and petro-carbomer thickener and has added organic glycerin for moisturising the skin. The formula also contains aforementioned organic lavender oil for not just a nice fragrance but also antibacterial properties.

Ref [1] http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/article4602687.ece