Helpful health tips mom knows

9 health tips mom says that will never hurt

During May, the most special being in the house is celebrated, Mom, that woman who gives her life and who throughout the years continues to worry every second about the well-being of all family members, that is why we must recognize some health tips mom says that could help you live a healthy life.

Thanks to the well-known “lectures” that Mom repeated to us since childhood, many have acquired habits that turn out to be especially useful when it comes to keeping good health.

Let’s remember some of those mom tips and why they are still valid:

1. Wash your hands:

Washing your hands is the first line of defense against viruses and bacteria, this prevents the spread of many diseases, from a simple cold to more complex diseases such as meningitis, bronchitis, hepatitis A and of course, COVID-19.

It is estimated that only one out of five people wash their hands after using the bathroom, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), conducted a study in 2005 about handwashing habits and these are some of the results:

  • Only 83% of adults wash their hands after using the bathroom.
  • 32% of people do not wash their hands after sneezing or coughing.
  • And only 42% of respondents said they wash their hands after touching their pet.

To stop the spread of germs, it is necessary to wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, thus reducing infant diarrhea by up to 50% and respiratory infections by 25%.

2. Wear sunscreen:

Mothers are always looking to protect the skin by using sunscreen that helps create a barrier against ultraviolet rays, this is because children’s skin is immature and cannot protect itself from the sun’s rays and other sources of light that can cause burns and heat stroke and can increase the chances of skin cancer.

According to a survey carried out by the Barcelona College of Pharmacists, only 5% of the population uses the necessary amount of sunscreen and 23% do not know if the protection index, they use is correct for their skin.

3. Brush your teeth:

Tooth brushing aims to prevent potentially pathogenic bacteria from maturing and developing over time. Brushing your teeth prevents cavities, gum inflammation, and annoying dental pain.

According to a study carried out by the National Institute of Health of Colombia (INS), caries is the dental condition with the highest prevalence in national surveys. The disease occurs in a greater proportion in people between 19 and 44 years old, followed by children between 5 and 14 years old, on the other hand, this group of pathologies was more frequent in the female sex.

4. Don´t rush eating:

Mom always insists on eating slowly and chewing well, since children often want to finish eating quickly, so they can go outside to play or watch TV. But the reason is that with this small action the jaw is developed, the gums are strengthened, the teeth are healthy and the risks of choking on food are avoided.

When we eat at a calmer pace, we can benefit in many ways such as promoting digestion, the absorption of nutrients, avoiding gas, hiccups, and the feeling of bloating.

Eating slowly and consciously allows you to perceive the signal of the satiety hormone earlier, this simple gesture reduces caloric intake and favors the weight loss process.

5. Turn the volume down:

One of Mom’s typical phrases is “turn down the volume before you go deaf”, this is because loud noises from music, or other sources, can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss.

A study by the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology (SEORL) showed that young people between 12 and 35 years old make exaggerated use of headphones and earphones. Before the age of development of hearing loss was around 60 years, now, due to inappropriate use and other factors such as noise pollution, the average age for manifesting hearing loss has dropped to 40 years.

On the other hand, tinnitus, a medical term for ringing in the ears, could develop, generally, this is solved with a good night’s sleep, but the damage could become permanent from continuing to be exposed to loud noises regularly.

6. Don´t sit too close to the T.V:

Although no study has shown that getting too close to the television has a permanent negative effect on our eyes, the truth is, it can cause fatigue and dry eyes, headaches, and blurred vision, these symptoms are not permanent and can be solved by giving the sight a rest.

On the other hand, spending too much time watching T.V can be one of the causes of sedentary habits in people.

7. Eat your greens:

Thanks to mothers, we develop healthy eating habits, since vegetables and fruits, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are a source of important fibers to improve health in general and reduce the risk of developing certain diseases, such as heart disease and some types of cancer.

The regular consumption of fruits and vegetables guarantees the intake of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers, essential nutrients, and antioxidants, this helps reduce cholesterol levels, improves intestinal transit, helps with antiviral, antibacterial, and detoxifying functions.

8. It´s bedtime:

She knows it: sleeping equals health. Like food, sleep is vital for survival, experts believe that while you sleep, the brain performs tasks of sorting and storing information, replenishing chemicals, and solving problems.

The number of hours that are needed depends a lot on the age of the person, babies need 14 to 15 hours of sleep, children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep, and adults need 7 to 8 hours of rest at the night.

Studies show that not sleeping the necessary hours during a night can make a person feel grumpy and clumsy, after two days without sleep the brain will find it difficult to do basic tasks such as thinking and making decisions, after five days the person will begin to hallucinate.

The Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University measured the quality and speed of an individual’s response after a day without sleep and concluded that sleep deprivation has its consequences: staying awake for 24 hours produces the same disability as three whiskeys drunk in an hour.

9. Go study:

As if it were a muscle, the brain must be constantly exercised, it has been scientifically proven that people who are physically and intellectually active tend to have a better quality of life, are more independent, relate better, and have greater initiative.

Neurologists recommend keeping the brain busy with useful intellectual tasks, permanent study, and maintaining the pleasure of learning by learning, all this has a favorable impact on the development of dementia, slowing down the degree and depth of these.


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