We know everyone is different, but all parents are bonded by a common goal: we all want to make sure our families are happy and healthy. That’s all there is, right. Nothing else matters. They can get into the hobbies they want, take the classes that take their fancy, aim for the college that motivates them most and eventually choose which career to go down. So long as they happy and healthy, we parents can sleep well at night.
The problem is making sure we are doing all we can on that front. Most of the time we can trust our instincts to deliver the best guidance possible, but we’re only human and that means there will be times when we doubt ourselves.
Unfortunately, there is so much information out there it can be hard to know where to look and what to take notice of. Well, that’s where we think we can offer a spoonful of help because we’ve spoken to those best placed to help: doctors. Trust us, you may be surprised by some of their guidance.
Water Is A Real-Life Wonder
The benefits of water are as close to infinite as anything can get, which is why you need to encourage your family to drink as much of it as possible. Offer them a glass of water before they have a snack to reduce the chances of them boredom eating. This is important because both hunger and thirst originate in the hypothalamus, which makes it hard to distinguish which one we are. That isn’t all, though. Staying hydrated will also reduce mucus and keep sinuses open, as well as stop skin from going dry and cracking. It is the secret weapon on parents need to know about.
Wash Your Hands & Then Wash Them Again
Pretty much everything that is going to knock you for six and see you alternate between your bed and the porcelain pillow gets spread through hand-to-hand contact. Cold germs, flu viruses, the bacteria that causes vomiting and diarrhoea, all of these tend to get spread through your hands. That is why you need to scrub them with the same frequency as a surgeon. As soon as you get home, make sure you and your family get the bacteria and viruses off your hands by scrubbing them with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds, including your wrists and under your fingernails.
Get The Right Protection
We don’t want to step into the political arena at all, which is why we won’t comment on the state of our healthcare. All we want to say is, well, it’s really confusing to know which Medicare supplementary insurance plan is the best value. To help you with this, you should contact GoMedigap and ask them about the Medicare supplement Plan G, which is becoming more and more popular because it offers the second most coverage of all the options. The reason why the doctors we spoke to mentioned this is simple: it is far better to be protected than to leave your family open to risks. The whole point of this blog is to help you keep your family safe and healthy, which is what insurance is there for.
Eat Your Meals As A Family
This is just so you have a better barometer of what they are eating, or because family time is the best time of the day or something that boosts everyone’s happiness levels. It is also because kids that eat meals with their families are far more likely to eat fruits and vegetables, while simultaneously shunning processed foods and super-sugary drinks. You don’t need us to tell you how important this. Luckily, the good news doesn’t stop there because kids that chow down at family meals also take in way more vitamins and nutrients. In terms of family life, there isn’t much that can top a good old fashioned family dinner filled with laughs and stories.
Choose The Best Doctor
It is way too easy to just fall prey to the default options out there; the doctor your coworker sees, the one that is closest, the one whose name jumped out at you in the insurance company directory. This is the person that will be looking after you and your family we’re talking about, which is why you need to make sure you do your due diligence and get the best one available. A great source of information on this front is the ABMS, which lets you search for certified doctors by both name and speciality. Another little tip is to ask their age. This may sound strange, but so long as they are your age or younger (although not younger than 26), you will find you have a doctor for life. Having someone that knows you and your family really is comforting because continuity is a big part of getting a correct diagnosis.
Have A No-Shoes Home
This isn’t something the doctors we spoke to suggested simply because they are clean-freaks, or have a thing for feng shui, it has a lot to do with tracking germs into your home. That’s right, it isn’t just dirt that will get traipsed into your carpets, it is also an infinite number of germs. You don’t know what you are your kids have walked through, but chances are it included pesticides, smoke, toxins, allergens, dust and a plethora of other nasties. Actually, to give you a realistic figure, our shoes tend to host an average of 420,000 different bacteria, which should be enough to convince you to stop wearing your shoes beyond the front door. Add a shoe rack, dedicate a little portion of the hallway, hang up a sign that politely tells guests you don’t want their disgusting shoes in your home; whatever it takes to stop your home become a germ infested war zone you should do.
And there we have it, the best ways to keep your family – your spouse and kids – as happy and healthy as possible. And with these checked off, you can now get a good night’s sleep, which is another great way of staying healthy.