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Jul 01

The Essential Four C’s of Healthy Living

The healthy living starts with the food safety and food safety is a matter of concern when you want to live a healthy life. What to eat, how to eat, when to eat is all what matters when it comes to healthy living. However, to live a healthy life, there are number of factors that contribute towards your health.

Healthy living is as important as living itself, the main points to remember to operate a healthy life can be reduced to the four C’s:

  1. Cleanliness
  2. Cooking
  3. Chilling
  4. Cross-contamination

 

So, how all of this works, Lets see:

Cleanliness

How I can explain this—it’s just a matter of day to day life. It involves leading a life with good personal hygiene and keeping working areas, work surfaces and hand contacts surfaces clean.

But how? You can do it by stopping the spread of harmful bacteria by:

Washing your hands regularly with some good anti fungal soap, especially after visiting the toilet, after handling raw foods and before touching ready-to-eat-food.

Things to remember while cooking your food:

Don’t handle food when you have upset or ill stomach, such as diarrhea or vomiting

Don’t touch food if you’ve got a cut or sore: if you get one, wash your hand with anti fungal soap and cover it with waterproof plaster to avoid any infection.

Cooking

How you cook and what you cook determine the the way you lead your life. You have to be very attentive while you cook food, you can’t let the bacteria to stay on your food. Proper cooking kills food poising bacteria such as listeria, salmonella, E.coli O157 and campylobacter. It’s extremely important to cook food thoroughly, especially meat.

If you are a gym junkie, you have to be a bit more careful when it comes to cooking food.

  • Cook food only when you’ve taken a shower after your gym session.
  • Don’t eat right away with dirty gym hands..
  • Take a bath with one of the best anti fungal soap to keep all grime of the gym away from kitchen
  • Cook food right through and piping hot- at least at 75 degrees Celsius.

When reheating food make sure it’s piping hot all the way through and don’t reheat it more than once.

Chilling

Well, don’t take it otherwise and chill around to lead a healthy life. Chilling here means to keep your food refrigerated or at right temperature to prevent bacteria growing and toxins forming.

Food always need to be refrigerated especially packed food. Make sure to store food in the fridge and not leave it  outside overnight. Eating healthy is the very first step towards a healthy lifestyle or healthy living, therefore these four C’s concern all the food habits we need to inculcate in order to have a healthy life.

However, when it comes to chilling, refrigeration of food is most important and fridges should operate at between 0 to 5 degrees Celsius for that matter.

The food that needs to be chilled, if kept at room temperature, food poisoning bacteria are meant to grow on that thereby, multiplying to dangerous levels.

Cross-Contamination

Transfer of bacteria from foods- usually raw  to other foods is known as cross-contamination. There is no doubt about the fact that bacteria can transfer directly when one food touches another, or it can happen indirectly from your hands, equipments, work surfaces or utensils.

This is one of the main causes for food poisoning. Serious food poisoning can always be prevented by following a good hygiene and correct storage and food preparation.

Always prevent this deadly cause of food poisoning:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly after touching raw food.
  • Keep the two secrets: raw food and ready-to-eat separate
  • Store raw meat in sealed containers at different shelf of the fridge from other foods.
  • Chopping boards have more germs than our toilet seat in general, therefore wash your chopping board every time you chop something on it.
  • Knives and utensils should be ultra clean

 

Living healthy isn’t a matter of chance, you can live as healthy as  you want, if you follow these  essential 4 C’s of food healthy living.

 

Author Bio:

Evie Dawson is a Boston based health and food expert who loves to write about cooking hygienically. She stresses on using best anti fungal soap to maintain hand hygiene while cooking to live healthy.

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