Ways on How to Take Good Care of the Hands.
God gave us two hands, the left and the right…
Our two mighty hands help us in majority of the things that we do such as holding or carrying things, reaching for high objects, typing, shopping, taking a bath, eating, writing, playing basketball, and many more.
We use our hands everyday so why not give them a treat everyday?
What are the ways on how to take care of our hands?
There are six ways on how to take care of our two hands.
- Eat nutritious foods.
You should eat nutritious food. Be familiar with the well-balanced diet. Include the three basic food groups in your meals – go, grow, and glow foods. Your meal should contain sources of carbohydrates, protein, and vitamins and minerals. Eat fruits and vegetables. They are rich in different vitamins and minerals. Drink plenty of liquids, which include water and fruit juice. In addition, eat foods rich in calcium. Calcium helps in the development of our bones. Eating calcium-rich foods will help the growth and development the bones and joints of your hands, making them strong. Eggs and milk are good sources of calcium. Avoid too much fat, junk foods, and alcohol.
- Have enough rest and avoid fatigue.
Our hands need rest after long hours of work. Rest restores lost energy from heavy work. In addition, adequate rest is essential to having a good skin condition. Stress causes increased oil secretion as well as skin wrinkling. So it is suggested to have enough rest to relieve fatigue as well as to bring back energy to your hands.
- Smoke out!
Smoking could result to arterial vasospasmic disorders that affect the upper extremities, which include our hands. Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a vasoconstrictor. As a vasoconstrictor, nicotine would narrow the passage of blood, raising the blood pressure and increasing the heart rate. In addition, smoking contributes to the bad state of the skin. Why? It’s because nicotine and other harmful substances in tobacco decreases the oxygen level in the blood.
- Avoid trauma to your hands.
Extreme temperatures can adversely affect our hands. Aside from getting burns, touching too hot or too cold objects can cause tiny underlying veins to surface or break. Avoid excessive cuticle trimming. Excessive cuticle trimming would result to drying up of the skin of your hands. Instead of cutting your cuticle too often, try pushing cuticles back gently.
- Moisturize your hands
Lotions retain moisture levels of our hands. These make our hands soft and these also keep our hands from becoming dry. Using lotions adds a feeling of comfort and refreshment to our hands. In addition, when you apply lotion to your hands, there is a massaging effect that relieves pain from fatigue. Also, the massaging manner during lotion application enhances good blood circulation, allowing adequate oxygenation of cells and tissues. It is effective to apply lotion while the hands are moist like after taking a bath or after washing you hands.
- Wash your hands
Our hands touch everything so it harbors different microorganisms, which are not visible to the naked eye. Handwashing remains as the universal precaution against infection. Washing with soap in running water and with the application of friction, decreases the microorgansisms on your hands. Thus, there is a decreased chance of having infection. Mild soap is recommended because it almost has a balance pH value. In addition, you should not use harsh soaps such as detergent when washing your hands. If your hands are exposed to harsh soap, you should clean or rinse them thoroughly.
With our hands, we can do a lot of things…
But without them, we cannot do many things…
This means that our hands are very helpful in our daily living.
We use our hands everyday. They are our frontliners.
And because they do many things for us, then we should take good care of them.