Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose: How to Keep Them All Healthy

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We all know the old ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ song, and you’ve probably sung it to your kids hundreds of times.  Today we’re going to concentrate on the other features in the song; namely, the ones on your face. As these are all directly linked to your senses, we want to make sure these all stay as healthy as possible for as long as we can and the same goes for the kids. So, here are just a few ways that you can protect your facial features and keep your senses operating as well as they possibly can.

Eyes

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Having your eyes tested every couple of years should become part of your regular routine, so you can make sure that there are no issues that have arisen. When you head out in the bright sunlight, you should wear sunglasses that protect from the harmful UV rays.   Adding some green leafy vegetables and omega-3 rich fish to our diet can benefit our eyes too. In today’s world, we spend so much time staring at a screen so it can be helpful to limit screen time for both you and your kids. Try to rest your eyes at least every twenty minutes by staring 20 feet away from the screen for at least 20 seconds.

Ears

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Try to limit your exposure to loud noises whenever you can by using earplugs. If you or your kids are listening to music through headphones, try to follow the 60:60 rule; this means listening on 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day. Avoid using cotton buds as these can encourage bacteria into your ears and can cause harm to your ear drums. If you’ve been swimming and notice water has got into your ears, gently tip your head to one side and pull on your earlobe to encourage it out.

Mouth

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Good oral hygiene habits are important to get into as early as you can. It’s good to brush teeth twice a day thoroughly for at least two minutes and to avoid brushing them soon after eating food. Also, you should floss at least once a day so you can remove any debris that has gotten stuck in between your teeth, to prevent plaque from forming. Look out for any other issues around your mouth such as cold sores and fordyce spots, and remember that the sooner you treat your fordyce spot, the better. Try to cut down on high sugar foods and drinks which can cause tooth decay.

Nose

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Eating foods that are high in zinc such as lamb, yoghurt and seafood can be good for your sense of smell.  Environmental allergies can also affect how good we smell. Also avoiding smoking can improve this sense, as the chemicals found in cigarettes can cause smell receptors to become damaged over time.

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