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By Varun Gujral
October 14, 2015
Category: Footwear

As you know we are into the fall season, weather shares its finest when all night open windows blend the perfect brisk, cool morning SO glorious you kick your feet and shake your head knowing when it's time to get out of bed. The fall weather is so perfect I just smile inside knowing I'm not spending big bucks on AC to maintain the house temperature. It's that time of year shopping centers have overwhelming displays of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas décor. Tis the holiday season coming, and coming fast!

With the fast approaching holidays and transition from fall weather to winter weather comes other things...Like colds, sneezing, the flu, coughs, and sharing germs! It's the worst when you have to take off a day or two or even a week of work to be sick. Of course we know practicing good habits like hand washing, disinfect and sanitizing surfaces such as counters, doors, keyboards, cellphone, and toys. It is always a good idea to stay hydrated, and not share foods or drinks. Don't touch your eyes, mouth, and nose. Use antibacterial and practice "elbow cover" whenever you cough or sneeze to prevent the spreading of germs. Eat well and get your sleep. As we have gone over these reminders, there is probably one that you haven't thought of. Removing shoes before going into your house will reduce the amount of bacteria, toxins, and dirt that comes into your home.

A study that the University of Arizona did in 2008 stated that a shoe had an average of 421,000 bacteria on them. Of that 421,000 it had 9 different strands of bacteria. We walk through places like public bathrooms, sidewalks where birds and dogs have pooped and then walk it right into our home. Harmful toxins are tracked into the house from shoes by walking on a recently treated lawn, or walking on a site where coal tar has been used as a sealant on asphalt roads. Lastly dirt won't kill you by itself, but when tracked into the home where children and babies are on the floor with toys and fingers in their mouths, it's probably not a good idea. Besides, less dirt equals less cleaning.

So a word from your podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ, keep yourself going this holiday season by taking your shoes off before entering the house. Leave your shoes and those nasty coughs, colds, and sneezes at the door. It will keep you healthier and one step better to avoid sickness this holiday season.

By Varun Gujral

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