Food Safety Tips for the Office

by on April 16th, 2010 at 7:00 am

While eating or preparing food at home, your attention is probably fully tuned into the task, and you approach it with hands washed and food preparation surfaces disinfected.

However, when your attention is diverted by a ringing phone or blinking computer monitor, common sense regarding food safety can slip when your stomach begins rumbling. Here are some quick tips to avoid digestive upset or illness!

Tips for Staying Safe

  • Health starts at home. A holistic lifestyle helps foster a strong immune system, which can help ward off pesky stomach problems or illness. Herbs such as Echinacea purpurea and Astragalus membranaceous are known for their antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, as well as their ability to boost the body’s natural immunity.
  • Be mindful of refrigeration. Most perishable foods such as sandwiches or leftovers will spoil without refrigeration within two hours, so be sure to use your company’s fridge or carry an insulated lunch bag.
  • Use caution in shared spaces. Bring your own sponge or disposable cleaning products. As sponges notoriously harbor bacteria, there’s an even greater chance the one at work isn’t cleaned frequently.
  • Clock in carry-out. When you bring food back to the office to eat, be sure to eat it promptly or refrigerate it to avoid food borne illness. Eat leftovers promptly or discard them.
  • Sanitize your eating quarters. Bring disinfectant wipes, paper towels, and a spray cleanser to clean off your workstation. Your phone and mouse are in constant contact with your hands, which in turn touch your food.
  • Savor your food - even at your desk! Eating too quickly can cause stomach upset, so be sure to take small bites and thoroughly chew and keep natural remedies on hand for times of need. Matricaria recutita and Ulmus fulva help address post meal troubles such as heartburn, indigestion and flatulence.

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One Response to “Food Safety Tips for the Office”

  1. Home Cures

    Apr 29th, 2010

    I always make it a point to bring lunch to work everyday even if it means that I cook my own meals everyday. It’s better to be safe then sorry.

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