15 Ways to Prevent Colds and Flus During the Holidays

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The winter holiday season, although fun-filled with endless great indoor and outdoor family activities is also a hotbed for the spread of common flus and colds. Here are 15 ways to help prevent you and your family from getting the flu or cold during the holidays.

  1. If you haven’t had a chance to get the flu shot for you or your kids, make sure that you get it soon, since it takes up to two weeks for your immunity to develop. Don’t worry if your child is afraid of needles, since this year there is now a nasal spray available to help prevent the flu.
  1. Avoid drinking alcohol, because it is said to disrupt important REM sleep and weaken your immune system if consumed in high quantities.
  1. Drink black or green tea with lemon and honey, since drinking tea and breathing in steam simulates the cilia (hair follicles) in your nose, which moves out germs more efficiently. And lemon thins mucus, while honey acts as a natural antibacterial.
  1. Make sure that you consume an adequate amount of protein rich foods, such as fish, eggs, and yogurt.
  1. Clean off work-out equipment at home or the gym with sanitizer wipes prior to using them.
  1. Sanitize your office space, and especially things which have been used by a large number of people, such as microwaves, fridges, computers, and reception desks, since rhinoviruses can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours.
  1. If you think you are getting the cold, take cold Eeze lozenges with zinc for a few days to relieve cold symptoms quicker, such as a sore throat.
  1. Do a nasal rinse using a bulb syringe and nasal saline irrigation product from the local pharmacy or make your own nasal rinse saline irrigation solution at home using the following simple steps:
  1. Mix 3 teaspoons iodide-free salt with 1 teaspoon baking soda.
  2. Next add 1 teaspoon of this mixture to a cup of distilled or boiled water.
  1. According to paramedic, Kristina Economou from Monterey California, she and her work partner create juice drinks before work, which include super healthy ingredients, such as kale, broccoli, apple, arugula, and lemon, so that she can get the recommended amount of 9 fruit and vegetable servings every day.
  1. Avoid using water fountains and stair railings.
  1. Massage therapist, Christine Nelson from Las Cruces, New Mexico, says she gets a massage once a month to improve circulation, which boosts immunity by nourishing cells with more blood and oxygen, while also relieving stress.
  1. According to David Katz, doctor and author of Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well, making sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep is a great way to prevent yourself from getting colds or flus, since this is the amount of sleep our body requires to stimulate an immune response from our ‘natural killer cells’, which attack viruses.
  1. Making sure you wash you and your children’s hands thoroughly with soap on a consistent basis is essential to prevent the spread and pick-up of harmful cold and flu germs.
  1. Cleaning your smartphone on a regular basis with sanitary wipes is another excellent way to avoid germs being spread from other people who may come in contact with your phone or the un-sanitary surfaces it comes in contact at work or school.
  1. If you are planning on going away for the winter holidays and need a healthier and effective alternative to alcohol-based hand sanitizers, try safeHands alcohol-free hand sanitizers, which have been proven to kill 99.99% of germs. In addition, safeHands is available at many popular U.S. pharmacies and stores, such as Walgreen’s, Albertson’s, and Office Depot or you can also purchase safeHands hand sanitizers on our website at https://safehands.com/shop/.

 

Sources

Aviva Patz. Health.com. 20 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu.

 

SafeHands Customer Profile: Kelly Luton

SafeHands non-toxic, alcohol-free hand sanitizers come in very handy in a variety of everyday situations, such as when you and your family do not have access to clean water and soap for washing your hands. In addition, SafeHands hand sanitizers have been used by our customers, such as Kelly Luton from Nashville, Tennesee, as a way to avoid germs spread by her registered therapy companion dog, Sugar to people at a variety of different locations where she volunteers, including: assisted living centers, health clinics, schools and churches. Moreover, Kelly uses SafeHands unscented, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, rather than alcohol-based hand sanitizers, since Sugar pulls away when alcohol-based or scented hand sanitizers are used.

SafeHands hand sanitizers are a very safe and effective alternative to alcohol-based and scented sanitizers for this type of situation, as well as in many other commercial settings, such as grocery stores, hospitals, and schools, since SafeHands has been scientifically proven to be safe and effective at removing 99.99% of germs. To learn more, visit http://safehands.com.

Simple-Safe Ingredients Found in your Grandmother’s Medicine Cabinet

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SafeHands active ingredient, Benzalkonium Chloride (topical antiseptic), is listed and recommended in the FDA TFM guidelines and is an active ingredient that has been used in eye drops, nose sprays and mouth washes for 60 years. SafeHands is gentle, but tough on germs. Its unique formulae serves as an antiseptic germicide – that destroys viruses alcohol-based hand sanitizers cannot. In fact, according to Microbiologist Jason Tetro at the University of Ottawa, alcohol-free hand sanitizers have been proven to last up to 8 hours, which is much longer than alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which evaporate after 10-20 seconds. In addition, we have proven through clinical studies that alcohol-free hand sanitizers, like safeHands are healthier for your skin than alcohol-based hand sanitizers. For instance, in a study performed at California State University, Fresno where 20 volunteers were administered our hand sanitizer several times over several hours, only one volunteer reported mild skin irritation on their hands. Also gel-based hand sanitizers are not as effective at preventing and removing germs, since they have been proven to increase the dirt on your skin after repeated use, due to removal of protective natural skin oils and entrapment of dead skin cells by the polymer thickeners used in gel-based hand sanitizers.

Besides being healthier for your skin and removing germs that alcohol-based hand sanitizers cannot, safeHands is much safer to have around young children, since it is non-toxic and non-flammable, unlike alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which can cause poisoning and flash fires.

To learn about our latest specials on safeHands non-toxic, alcohol-free hand sanitizers, visit https://safehands.com/shop.

 

Sources:

Wall Street Journal. How Hand Sanitizers Sans Alcohol Stand Up.

 

Simon Property Groups Health Fair and Open Enrollment

safeHands believes in good health. When Simon Property Groups reached out to us to donate to their Health and Open Enrollment Fair,  we didn’t hesitate to send them safeHands.  Here are some photos of the event.

Allergic To Hand Sanitizer?

Some people are sensitive to regular and common hand sanitzers.  These people experience symptoms which can include dry skin, red blotches, or an extreme cooling or burning sensation when applied to the skin. Not everyone… but some people have very sensitive skin. 

If your precious hands are unable to tolerate alcohol, then you should give us a try. We are an alternative. 

safeHands® Sanitizers are for people with sensitive skin that cannot tolerate alcohol.

Our safeHands® brands do not contain alcohol.  If you are allergic to your current hand sanitizer there is no need to worry anymore.

Non-Toxic, non-flammable, non-stinging and it also leaves your skin soft.

It all starts with SafeHands!!

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A Healthier and Better Option

Hand sanitizers can be found in almost every purse or backpack nowadays. It has become an essential item for almost anyone. The use of hand sanitizers skyrockets with cold and flu outbreak every year, as well as, other germ-related diseases.

A lot of these hand sanitizers contain alcohol in different concentrations. For this reason, people had the notion that using hand sanitizers is the best way to kill germs.

SafeHands familyHand sanitizers are perfect for people who are always on the go or who love the outdoors. It is utilized as the best way to kill germs when soap and water is not immediately available. (Source CDC)  It cleanses the hands and is conveniently stored in small bottles so they can be kept in purses, pockets or bags.

There are different kinds of alcohol used in hand sanitizers and since there is no standard component or percentage issued by the FDA to regulate these, there’s really no exact method to determine how effective these can be. A recent study found out that ethanol, a certain type of alcohol is used in many hand sanitizers and a lot of kids are using these hand sanitizers to get drunk. Kids are getting more creative nowadays and are using different methods to make hand sanitizers more potent by adding specific compounds. Given child’s access to the internet where almost every bit of information can be found, more and more kids are taking in ethanol–or their hand sanitizers–and using it for recreational purposes.

It is therefore recommended that parents monitor their child’s use of hand sanitizers. We know that it is the best way to kill germs but when kids get creative, then that’s when parents should come in. Hand sanitizers, unless it is free of alcohol  should be kept out of reach when not in use.

 

Benzalkonium Chloride in Hand Sanitizer

Benzalkonium Chloride  is the active germ killing ingredient in Alcohol Free safeHands Hand Sanitizer Foam.  BAC has been around for over a hundred years.

Uses for Benzalkonium Chloride

  • Skin antiseptics,  to protect scrapes and cuts
  • Over-the-counter single-application treatments for herpes, cold-sores, and fever blisters.

    Benzalkonium chloride Structure

    Benzalkonium Chloride Structure

  • Preservative in pharmaceuticals and personal care products such as eye, ear and nasal drops, as a preservative
  • Pharmaceuticals such as throat lozenges & various leave-on skin antiseptics
  • Hygienic towelettes and wet wipes
  • Cleaners for floor and hard surfaces as a disinfectant
  • Soak solutions for surgical/dental instruments prior to high-level sterilization
  • Spray disinfectants for hard surface sanitisation

Alcohol hand sanitizers like safeHands that are based on benzalkonium chloride are more effective due to better residual activity and less irritant than alcohol gels. As an antiseptic, it has the advantage of not burning when put on a wound like a papercut, which is not the case with ethanol-based antiseptics or hydrogen peroxide.  (Source: Wikipedia )

Spread Truth! Not Germs

From: Dr. Jay
Inventor of Alcohol Free safeHands hand sanitizers.

As with everything important in life – like driving, relationships, or being a parent (not necessarily in that order!) – knowing how NOT to spread germs is an acquired skill, as opposed to something we’re born with.  And learning how to not spread germs is oh-so-important, as it’s one of the cornerstones to staying healthy… and we all know that when we are healthy, we have a much better chance at also being happy in life.   So first we would like to spread some truth on the subject of not spreading germs.  You’ll see in most major health magazines around this time of year write about the Center for Disease Control’s suggestions for preventing the spread of germs.  Some of these suggestions, like sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm (NOT your hand) – and then throwing the tissue away – are common sense to most of us who have had a mother.

Other suggestions include washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (mom would approve) and, if you don’t have access to a sink, to use hand sanitizer… Which brings us to a “Spread Truth. Not Germs” lesson!

You see, most of the time when there’s a suggestion to add the use of hand sanitizer to one’s being-healthy repertoire, the recommendation is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  However, the FDA is looking into possible health effects from the usage of popular hand antiseptics.  (Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fda-raises-questions-about-hospital-hand-sanitizers/

In addition, the internet has shown countless examples of how teens have used the alcohol in hand sanitizers in their alcoholic beverages, children have been rushed to the emergency room after ingesting hand antiseptics containing alcohol and fires have been set using the sanitizer.

burn free hand sanitizer papercutsThe team at safeHands are dedicated to keeping you SAFE and protected from germs, are here to tell you that sanitizing doesn’t have to hurt!  You can sanitize without compromise!  At safeHands®, our Alcohol Free hand sanitizer kills more germs, is non-toxic.

 

 

So, welcome to our Alcohol Free Mission!!!
Let’s continue to “Spread Truth. Not Germs.”  Together.

 

Steps To Protect You and Others From Flu

Flu is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. It’s highly contagious.

You can take the following actions  to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):

Actions to do Each Day to stop the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer

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  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

 

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doc prescribes them.

 

  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For people with high risk factors, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health condition or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
  • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Sources: CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu.

CDC Resources For Illness Prevention

We have gathered some resources from the CDC on preventing illness this season. Take advantage. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us as well too. We may even use your questions as an article.