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5 Simple and Effective Ways to Improve Your Personal Hygiene

Friday, November 11, 2016 6:40
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Personal hygiene is one of the basic requirements for healthy living. It helps to minimize the risk of an infection because it protects you from dangerous germs. Maintaining good hygiene also makes you feel great about yourself, thus improving your mental wellness.

Many people feel that good health can only be achieved by eating a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, staying hydrated and exercising regularly. However, not paying attention to issues of hygiene makes achieving good health little more than a pipe dream.

Many viruses and diseases occur as a result of poor hygiene. While this is not surprising, the fact that most people are aware of the role it plays but fail to keep good hygiene is quite staggering.

Findings show that the public are well-acquainted with general hygiene practices, but lack the will to put this knowledge into practice.

To serve as a reminder, here are 5 ways you can make improvements.

Use public facilities with care

We come into contact with microbes every time that we use public facilities. Therefore we must use these facilities with care since we do not know which viruses or diseasesthe previous users were carrying.

For example, most people get the cold sore infection from a virus known as herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). This virus is mostly transferred through skin contact or saliva as a result of drinking from the same cup. It affects parts of the body such as the lips, cheeks, nose, chin, and mouth. The cold sores site has some useful information on how to treat a cold sore. Unfortunately, once the virus enters your system, there’s no known cure.

Wash your hand regularly

Just by washing yours hands regularly, you can reduce the risk of getting an infection in half. This is because we regularly touch our face and other sensitive areas of the body with our hands. You should also make a conscious effort to touch your face less often.

The hands should be washed after using the toilet, handling rubbish, using public facilities, and visiting a health clinic. If possible, always carry a hand sanitizer or use liquid soaps in public restrooms. It helps to reduce the spread of communicable diseases, infections, and viruses.

Take care of your body

Basically, good personal hygiene involves taking care of the body from head to toe. The more that you cleanse your hands, the less likely you are to become infected.

Here are some of the things you should do regularly:

  • Brush and floss your teeth
  • Cut your nails
  • Take a bath daily
  • Wash your face
  • Trim your pubic and armpit hair.
  • Keep your hair well-kempt.
  • Wear clean clothes and underwear.

Keep your environment clean at all time

Apart from taking care of your body, you must also be wary of your immediate environment. Always disinfect household surfaces, use clean bed spreads, dispose of dirt properly, keep your drainage system clean, and maintain a well-ventilated home. Keep your home clean, especially the toilet, kitchen, and immediate living area.

Disinfect your pets

Pets are also capable of harbouring many nasty germs. They’re capable of giving you diseases such as ringworm, roundworm, hookworm, bubonic plague, giardia, toxoplasmosis, and rabies. Therefore, vaccinating your pets minimizes the risk of contracting any of these unpleasant diseases.

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