Good Personal Hygiene – Are You Practicing It?
By Ricky Elmer
Hygiene is one of those topics that everyone is just expected to know, but never talk about. Some choose to just wear deodorant and use mouthwash and call it good, but what some misunderstand is that good personal hygiene is not just to mask your smell in public – it is also to improve your health.
Not only is good personal hygiene the beginning step for good health, it is also the first step in protecting the public. Disease-causing parasites and germs can be provided with a place to grow and multiply in the human body. This includes the areas in and around any opening into the body and anywhere on the skin.
If you practice good personal hygiene, it is less likely that parasites and germs will find there way in and make you sick.
Simple tasks like washing your hands can lead to better health, as they keep the parasites and germs off of the appendage that is used the most. Good personal hygiene is imperative to living a healthy life.
Here are 5 tips to improve personal hygiene:
- Wash your hands regularly. You catch the majority of infections, such as the common cold, when you put your unwashed hands to your mouth. Another way is when someone with unwashed hands touches or handles your food. You should wash your hands and wrists with clean soap and water and if you have dirt under your nails, clean it out with a brush. Be sure to dry you hands with something clean.
- Dental hygiene is important. You should brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. Bad breath is caused by diseases of the mouth, gums and teeth. There are certain foods that can cause bad breath as well, such as onions and garlic. When it comes to choosing the right toothpaste, try to avoid those with fluoride. Always remember to floss and use mouthwash too.
- Take a bath or shower at least once a day. You should bathe or shower every day, but there are times where you can’t take a bath or shower. Camping is an example, but even in times like this, you have options. You can go for a swim or just use a wet cloth or sponge. Anything is better than nothing.
- Always wear clean clothes. The dirt, grime and whatever else decides to fall on you clothes can contain parasites and germs. Be sure to clean your clothes at least once a week and change out of dirty clothes as soon as you can. If you have a clothesline, use it – the sun’s rays can kill off some germs and parasites.
- Sneeze or cough into your arm. Anytime a sneeze sneaks up on you, turn away from everyone! Nobody likes to be sneezed on and if you have an infectious disease, which you may not even know about, you just covered them with it. Instead of sneezing into your hands, try sneezing into your arm. This way, you keep the germs off your hands and everyone else around you. This is also where you should cough.
Good personal hygiene is an important task that everyone needs to be on top off. The next time you use the restroom or have a sneeze catch you off guard, be sure to practice good hygiene not only for yourself, but for those around you as well.
Do you have any good tips for better maintaining personal hygiene? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
Rick Elmer is a freelance writer from Texas who enjoys learning about health and nutrition while striving to make the world a better place. He is passionate about music, meditation, art, traveling the world and helping those around him.
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