DISEASE-CAUSING VIRUS, BACTERIA and GREEN TIPS
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There are viruses and bacteria in our homes. Recognizing these intruders may help us reduce the risk.
Virus is airborne. But, according to Public Health Agency of Canada, 80% of sickness like colds and flu come from contaminated hands.
1. Eat healthy food and more green leafy vegetables to maintain a strong immune system.
2. Make sure hands are clean before eating, after using the comfort room, and before preparing food.
3. Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth with your hands.
The human skin has natural resistance to infection. Most simple cuts and abrasions heal quickly because the human skin has a bactericidal property.
We both have beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria existing within our human selves.
1. Beneficial Bacteria
Not all bacteria are harmful. To mention a few:
a. Lactobacillus Acidophilus
These bacteria grow inside the lower gastrointestinal tract which help normalize the intestinal flora
and improve regular bowel movement. This gut flora carries 100 trillion microorganisms in the intestine more than the number of human cells of the body.
Beneficial bacteria synthesize Vitamin K in the lower intestine. But it is sad to know that antibiotics and constipation destroy the friendly Acidophilous bacteria.
Banana feeds the natural Acidophilous bacteria of the bowel. There are milk products that contain Lactobacilli. I take a concentrated product called Lactobacilli (Carica product), which is taken by spoonful that my doctor recommended for asthma and allergies.
This bacteria acts as an agent to break down dead organisms and organic wastes for decomposition. This bacteria is present in our compost to be able to produce organic fertilizer.
c. Bacteria for food industry
Different bacteria are used for the production of buttermilk, yogurt, cheese, pickles, etc.
2. Disease-causing Bacteria
Some of these harmful bacteria that we should be careful about are:
a. Salmonella - Causes typhoid, gastroenteritis from food contamination), blood poisoning.
b. Meninggococcal - Infects the brain.
c. Tubercule – Infects the lungs
d. Staphyloccocai- Infects the skin (acne), blood stream (blood poisoning), and bones (Osteomyclitis)
1. Keep the kitchen clean
- Sponge absorbs most of micro-organisms from utensils according to a study. So, it is best to change the sponge regularly and expose it under sun.
- Clean the kitchen sink using soap and hot water to kill microorganisms.
2. Clean the fruits and vegetable very well. Wash them even if you will not the eat the outside covering.
3. Separate raw meat and seafood from other food when storing.
4. Use different knives and chopping boards for meat and seafood, and for fruits and vegetables.
5. Thaw meat in the chiller of the refrigerator or in a container that has no leak. The temperature of 40 or 140 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 to 60 degrees Celsius will cause bacteria to produce fast.
6. Heat food, sauce and soup at 70 degrees Celsius.
7. If food is cold, keep cold. If hot, keep hot. Food should be eaten within 3 to 4 days.
8. When grocery shopping...
- Make sure fruits and vegetables have no damage so bacteria would not enter.
- Check expiration date.
- Always wash reusable shopping bags or baskets. Those with meat and fish drippings should be washed with soap and hot water to kill bacteria.
- Travel time of frozen food from the point of purchase to the home should be 30 minutes.
9. Eating in restaurants...
- Check the cleanliness of table cloth, plates, waiters, etc.
- Leftover food should reach the home within 2 hours especially if temperature outside is 32 degrees Celsius according to the Food and Drugs Administration of the United States.
True, there are many microorganisms that pose a threat inside our homes. But as humans, the superior species, we can counteract through diligent care and simple housekeeping solutions.
Watch out for Part V : HOME CHEMICALS and DIY GREEN TIPS
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