1. Regularly wash hand with soap and hot water
The chemicals found in some soaps have health and environmental concerns. Look for bath, shower, and bar soap products that don't contain Triclosan, a common antibacterial chemical that bioconcentrates in the food chain, is hazardous to marine life, and breaks down to carcinogenic dioxins and furans.
2. Learn about hand sanitizers
California Governor Arnold Schwartzeneger has actually issued an executive order to help combat the H1N1 virus that recommends alcohol-based hand cleaners.
However, it is not clear that common hand sanitizers are actually better than soap and water, unless the alcohol content is over 60%. But these high concentrations of alcohol can also present potential health risks to children.
3. If you do get sick, stay hydrated with lots of water
If you feel you need juice, watch out for added sugars. You might be surprised how many juices use high fructose corn syrup to help sweeten them. HFCS accounts for 10% of all calories in the overall U.S. diet, according to the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, and closer to 20% in specific segments of the population including children. The USDA estimates that the average American consumes 17 teaspoons of HFCS every day.
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