Today I spent my morning in a doctors office. No, not because I’m sick but because these darn kidney stones are giving me another run for my money. I finally found out though that they are calcium stones, so it is all diet related. They said no more chocolate, nuts, peanut butter or cola’s. Aghh! That just kills my day right there. 🙁 I guess no more coke’s and snickers bars for breakfast, eh? Either way, they want me to undergo another IVP and bladder scope. I just did this 5 months ago so I am thinking nope. . not again. Does anyone have any advice for ways to get rid of calcium stones naturally? I’d love to hear about it.
Either way, as I was sitting in the doctors office I was thinking about germs. Yes, that’s kinda what I do. I was thinking about where the germs were hiding and made up a weird little game in my head of hide and seek with the germs (I think I REALLY need to get out more). But what I thought about seemed to be ground breaking for me. . so I thought I’d share my new found thoughts.
It’s no surprise to anyone that we are in the midst of cold/flu season. We are all doing our best to wash our hands, eat healthy and stay healthy. But what might be a surprise to you is that you may be over looking cleaning some of the most germy things you own.
Here are a few things that you should be cleaning, but might not be.
1) Your cell phone. Yes, you probably touch your cell phone more times in a day than anything else. I don’t know about you but I often use my cell phone at the grocery store to look up sales, coupons and recipes while I shop. So while I am handling the chicken packages, shopping cart and other germ surfaces I am also handling my phone. To clean my cell phone I simply use an antibacterial wipe. They also make wipes specifically for phone cleaning I’ve heard.
2) Your gloves. If you are like me and living in a snowstorm you probably are wearing gloves more often than not. I wear my gloves to pump gas, push shopping carts and open doors. I also catch myself scratching my nose or rubbing my eyes with the same gloves. How often do we remember to wash them? Not very often. They normally just go back in our coat pockets until we need them again. So toss them in the washing machine every now and then to keep them clean.
3) Your car steering wheel. Same thing, just use an antibacterial wipe and give it a wipe down every once in awhile.
4) The bottom of your purse. Ok, this one you really don’t need to clean but you should be aware of the germs that are lurking on it. Just think about where you set your purse down. The shopping cart, the floor, the bathroom floor maybe? Do you also set your purse on your kitchen counters or table when you walk in the house? I have a hook that I hang mine on when I walk in the door because that totally grosses me out.
5) Your fabric shopping bags. These should be cleaned after every shopping trip to avoid cross contamination. You don’t want to accidentally put your fresh produce in the same bag that your raw chicken was in. Simply machine wash them before re-use.
6) Your computer keyboard. Especially at work. Especially if you eat your lunch while you work.
I know that germs are everywhere and we really cannot avoid them, but these few things might help a little bit this cold/flu season to keep you healthy. The best defense, I think, is washing your hands, not touching your face, eating healthy and getting plenty of rest.
So, my Monday started off with no fun and a horrible new diet restriction.. . but it can only get better right? At least that’s what they say! How’s your week starting off?