Personal Hygiene


Personal hygiene is the gateway to a healthy life. Germs and parasites will not find their way into your body if you have good personal hygiene habits. What you need is following a set of the daily routines to help keep your body clean.

Bathe Regularly

Body odor occurs due to the interaction of bacteria and the sweat produced by the apocrine glands. As bacteria thrive in unwashed sweat, it produces the smell commonly associated with body odor. Other factors contribute to producing body smells such as chemicals in sweat, wastes excreted through the skin, and the actions of bacteria that live on the skin and feed on dead skin cells and sweat.

Clean your body and shampoo your hair at regular intervals. Your body is constantly shedding skin, that skin needs to come off. Otherwise, it will accumulate and can cause illnesses.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands before preparing or eating food, after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling garbage prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Washing your hand lessens your chance of contracting diseases, such as the common cold, influenza, salmonellosis, hepatitis A, typhoid, streptococcus and staph infections.

Trim Your Nails

Trim your finger nails and toenails, and make sure that they are in good shape to prevent problems, such as hangnails and infected nail beds.

Brush and Floss        

Most people have bad breath in the morning because saliva is not made while we are asleep. Bad breath happens because of two main reasons. First, bacteria thrive on particles of food that can stick to your teeth. As the bacteria digest this food, their byproduct results in odor. Food can also get stuck in your teeth and rot over time, producing a foul odor.

Brush your teeth after every meal or at the very least twice a day and floss daily. Brushing minimizes the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, which can cause tooth decay. Mouth washes and mouth sprays can make your breath smell better. To maintain a healthy smile, visit the dentist at six-month intervals for checkups and cleanings.

Sleep Tight

Lack of sleep leaves you feeling run down and can compromise your immune system. Make sure to have enough and healthy sleep patterns; 6−8 hours daily to wake up refreshed and energetic.

In many cultures, poor personal hygiene is considered offensive or a sign of illness. Caring for your body regularly can reduce body odor and improve your personal appearance, subsequently improving others' perception of you. This is particularly important in situations in which proper etiquette is expected or required, such as at work or school. Good personal hygiene is also helpful in improving your own self-image.


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